Workout 17.1 – my CrossFit Open experience

It’s been a long while since I’ve felt sick to my stomach with a potent combination of nerves, adrenalin, excitement, and just an outright fear of the unknown. But on Feb 24, 2017 at about 4.15pm – well, that’s exactly where I found myself.

In other words, I was totally shit scared.

Maybe that’s just how it is during CrossFit Open season. All I know is that it was unnerving to feel so nervous in the familiar training landscape of CrossFit 4504, and facing something that really could be looked at as ‘just another workout’.

Except of course, that it wasn’t.

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Action shot from 17.1 – photo courtesy CF4504

This was the CrossFit Open and I was about to be a part of it. I was well and truly in ‘take a big, deep breath’ territory.

In case all this CrossFit Open stuff is outside your usual realm of care or interest, this is what yesterday involved:

Workout 17.1
For time:
10 dumbbell snatches
15 burpee box jump-overs
20 dumbbell snatches
15 burpee box jump-overs
30 dumbbell snatches
15 burpee box jump-overs
40 dumbbell snatches
15 burpee box jump-overs
50 dumbbell snatches
15 burpee box jump-overs
Men use 50-lb. dumbbell and 24-in. box.
Women use 35-lb dumbbell and 20-in box.
Time cap: 20 minutes

In summary, this was brutal.

I scaled the workout to try and beat the time cap, and I did! I got through it all in 16:29, which I’m super happy with. But let’s take it back to the start…

In hearing those sweet words, ‘3, 2, 1, GO’… I started lifting the dumbbell, and all anxiety left me … I was in my own zone. I could hear the crowd, was aware of the cheering and music, knew that I was surrounded by athletes giving their all … and yet, at the same time all of these externalities faded into the background. It was just me, a dumbbell, a line, and a box.

It’s funny that in all the nervous build-up to this event, I kinda forgot that it was still a workout … and a tough one at that. lol. I was more caught up in the ‘officialness’ of it, and feeling the pressure of not just giving my all to the competition, but perhaps even more so, the stress of being an accurate judge. It’s amazing how adrenalin can carry you through.

Today the ‘workout’ aspect caught up with me – my muscles are weary, my body exhausted, and yet I’m still riding the high.

Now, that I’ve competed and judged for the first time in the Open, I’m feeling so much better about what the next 4 weeks will hold. I’m still expecting to be just as anxious, excited and on-edge as I was for this round, but at least I know that whatever happens, I’ll be fine.

17.1 was epic – seriously tough, fun, and an experience that I will never forget.