Workout 17.5 – my CrossFit Open experience

Well that was an epic finish to a huge 5 weeks of competition. I’m going to miss the fun and excitement of competing each week, but at the same time I’m really looking forward to getting back to regular training. The Open has been an extraordinary experience; and I mean that quite literally. I feel like in focusing on the competition – the announcement, completing the WOD, cheering along other competitors, and just the spectacle of it all; it’s as if I took a temporary timeout from my regular life.

Workout 17.5
9 Thrusters (95/65lb or 43/29kg)
35 Double Unders
10 Rounds for Time

I’ve loved the mental and physical challenge of each workout – overcoming those challenges teaches you so much about who you are. And in these past 5 weeks I’ve learnt a lot. And honestly, what’s not to love about a sport that gives you the chance to compete alongside athletes from around the world?!?! ❤️

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Getting briefed with the CF4504 crew before 17.5 (photo courtesy Lee Sargent).

It’s almost been a year since I started my journey with CrossFit, so in a way the Open was perfectly timed to see how I’ve grown, to appreciate all the skills I’ve learned and strength I’ve gained, and to figure out what goals I want to focus on in the future. Plus it was fun to have that little competitive buzz and adrenaline high waiting for me at the end of each week (well things became infinitely more enjoyable once I survived the terrifying nerves of week 1, lol).

Even though I suspected 17.5 would contain some of my least favourite movements, I was on track for a good prep week. Well that was until I got to Friday morning, where some strange and sudden illness had me feeling very unwell. 😭 Much as I tried to convince myself otherwise, it soon became very clear that I would NOT be competing on Friday night. #sadface

It was still great to go along and support my Mr and the rest of the CF4504 crew, but of course it’s always hard to watch from the sidelines. And this was one brutal workout – short, sharp and very much to the point. Of all the workouts, this was one I really wanted to get DONE. It might have been because this was the final Open workout, or maybe because I wasn’t feeling 100% – but for whatever reason I was feeling a bit apprehensive about facing this workout down.

I’m so glad I felt well enough on Saturday morning to give this one a go, even if I wasn’t feeling 100% confident. I feel like I struggle reaching depth with thrusters, and there were a lot of rounds to get through. But once I got into the workout (just like always), those doubts drifted away and I just did my thing. I stayed true to my strategy throughout, and in the end I was really happy with how I went. 😊

If you’ve ever considered giving CrossFit a go, or thought about entering the Open, my advice is to do both (find an awesome CrossFit community and get yourself ready for next year’s comp). You’ll be amazed at how much fun you’ll have, inspired by the people you’ll meet, and you might just be surprised by what you discover about yourself along the way. 💖