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Fit Mom’s CrossFit Open Update!

Posted Apr 29 2011 12:33pm

Thankfully, today was our last open workout. This workout consisted of 65 pound Thrusters and Chest to Bar Pull-ups {A pullup performed when your sternum hits the bara full 4-6 inches below the chin}.  This workout was to do as many reps as possible in a seven minute period.   We knew, my coach and I, that muscle failure would be my limiting factor in this workout.   Just a reminder, I only started crossfit one year ago and just barely had my pull-ups in January of last year!  And, I came to crossfit with absolutely NO strength whatsoever.  I could run and do endurance stuff, but, I could not lift any weight.  The good news is that I am progressing nicely in my lifts and my strength!  The bad news, I am not young and this is going to take a while!

So, back to Chest to Bar pull-ups….Bottom line, we’ve barely done them in the last 6 months!  That’s the beauty of crossfit–nothing is ever the same!  Only this past Monday, did I learn a “Tarzan” pull-up !

Once I got into the 9’s my arms were toast. I was barely getting 1 at a time. Finished this workout with 12 Thrusters and 9 sad looking chest to bar pull-ups and torn hands to boot. Overall, personally, this has been an eye opening experience! And, for an old girl, I haven’t done too badly.

What I’ve learned from this experience is that strength has been my limiter. Yes, I am strong enough to do all these workouts as prescribed, but, not strong enough to repeat them over and over and over! If you were to compare crossfit to a bike race, a bike racer needs to maintain high speeds for long periods of time, which is the same in crossfit, high levels of strength for long periods of time.    In the workouts that required endurance -Power Snatches and Double Unders or a 20 minute AMRAP, I did better than those workouts that require heavy weights or strength!

Oh well! I’m am going to be proud of my accomplishments and move on!  If you have time, the stories about other athletes competing in the Open have been amazing!

Kirk , Competing while on Chemotherapy and Radiation!

CrossFit CDR will likely move on to the next event in mid-June as we’ve maintained a position of 20th throughout this six week competition!

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