I watched this announcement with baited breath. Would 14.3 FINALLY be the WOD that I could complete every movement??
BAM! It WAS!!!
Sweet baby Jesus. I was pumped. Deadlifts are BY FAR by best lift (though power cleans are slowly but surely making their way up the list!!) and I can go pretty heavy so I was super excited to see this WOD.
I watched the women compete 14.3 LIVE right after the announcement. And man...it looked like those deadlifts got heavy FAST.
And they do. I mean look at it....not only do we go up in weight, but we go up in reps. A double whammy.
But I felt confident that I'd make it at least through the set of 20 deadlifts at 155 pounds.
I set up my box, my bar, had my weights ready up to 155# and off I went.
I did box step-ups, not jumps. Step-ups can help to conserve your energy, and really just more efficient.
I made it through the first set of 15, got to my bar and knocked out those 10 95# deadlifts unbroken.
Back to the box. Did those and got down to my bar. Had to add 40 pounds for the set of 15 deadlifts at 135#. Did those unbroken as well.
I was feeling GREAT! Strong, confident. Got back to the box, finished those 15 step-ups and got back to my bar.
Added 20 pounds to get to 155# and started lifting. 20 deadlifts were in this set. This is when I noticed the bar really starting to get heavy and I had to start breaking them up. I was doing them in sets of 5. Still surprising myself with how good I felt. Sure, I was breathing really heavy, but my back felt STRONG. My legs felt STRONG. My heart felt STRONG. Sense a theme? STRONG!
I finished the 155# and got back to the box, and wouldn't luck have it, I made it off the box and STILL HAD TIME ON THE CLOCK.
This is where panic set in and I realized just how scrambled my brain really was. I had to get to 185 pounds. I had 155 on my bar. I did not bring any weights over with me upon setup to get me to 185 pounds because honestly I didn't think I'd make it that far.
I had a moment of sheer panic. I couldn't even calculate how much more weight I needed to add because I just couldn't think. My brain was fried, I was just going through the motions.
Thankfully my judge, the amazing CrossFit Katie said me to "Jenny, just breathe. You need to add 15 pounds on each side." Bam. 15 pounds added, and I knew I had just SECONDS left on the clock, so I got in proper position, held by breath and lifted. And I got it up just as time was called.
Here I am lifting 185#
Total Score: 91
I did the WOD on Friday, and technically could have redone it for *potentially* a higher score anytime before Monday 8pmEST. And honestly, if I had redone it I probably would have scored higher because I would have had the weights needed for 185# and not have to scramble, etc...
But I decided NOT to redo it. I had already exceeded my own expectations. And for me, after a lot of soul searching after 14.1 and 14.2, I did in 14.3 what I set out to do. I completed all movements of an Open WOD. Throughout this journey of my FIRST Open, I don’t want to have any regrets. Like I said from the start, regardless of the outcome at the end of the Open, I want to be able to walk tall and be proud of everything I did. FINALLY, I feel like I can do that now.
As each week passes by in the Open, I learn so much more about myself personally, and what I'm capable of. CrossFit is so much more than just physical strength. There is a HUGE mental component as well, and FINALLY I'm starting to put the two together, to not be so hard on myself, and FIND THE JOY IN THE JOURNEY!!