So, let me tell you about my 13.1 experience. To back up, to all of you people who know nothing about CrossFit, for the next couple of weeks, I am competing in the CrossFit Games Open and every Wednesday the CrossFit ‘people’ (not sure who exactly comes up with these work outs) announce a workout that must be completed by the following Sunday by 5pm. Well, the first workout consisted of Burpees and Snatches (the entire workout can be found in my previous blog post). No one really ever says that they love burpess, and snatches are a very hard, Olympic lift.
Saturday rolled around, and I was as prepared as I could ever be with little sleep due to anxiety of my first CrossFit competition, and gitters because I just wanted to do great. I start the 17 minutes of 13.1 hell, and when I got to my second round of snatches I was on cloud nine because 75lbs is my 1-rep max, and I did 19 of them. After I was done, I walked off to catch my breath, and when I came back into the room, Dan walked over to me and my judge, and said, “Kyla, I want you to know- you did amazing, and your form is unbelievable, but we cannot officially count that workout for the open.” My heart sank, and I yelled, “WHY?!” Come to find out, in the heat of the moment, I grabbed two 10lbs plates to put on my already loaded 45lbs bar which only comes out to be 65lbs, and for the workout to be Rx or counted for the Open, I had to have a 75lb bar for the second round of snatches. I wanted to scream. I was so mad. So furious. And I rarely get mad.
After taking a few deep breaths, shedding a few tears, and rolling out my muscles more than once on a foam roller, I went to bed, had the same CrossFit dreams, and went back to the gym on Sunday to get an official CrossFit Games Open workout completed. When my judge said you will start in 3..2..1.. It was game time. I got through 40 burpees and 30 snatches at 45lbs in 6 minutes and 17 seconds, and then after my 30 burpees I knew I had to get the weight up at least once to feel accomplished. I got the 75lbs bar up and over my head, split-snatching it up 18 times. Only one less rep than I got at 65lbs. When my judge called, “TIME!” I threw the bar down, and fell onto the ground and started crying because I was so excited that I could count this workout, and I exceeded all expectations of myself.
Talking about exceeding all expectations of yourself- I have to write about Dan’s 13.1 mission. On his second time around, he got 157 reps of the same workout, which means he snatched 165lbs 7 times and he even got the top score at our gym. He deserves to feel great, and I cannot express how proud I am of him, and how inspiring it was to watch him do so well.
If you are interested in keeping up with either of us, here are our pages:
Dan’s Page: http://games.crossfit.com/athlete/110147