2012 CrossFit Games Open Challenge; The aftermath

By Dion Lamb, in health

So, if you have managed to read to here God bless you, you are a trooper. Here is how it ended, but be warned the hero of the story does not prevail…
The final workout of the Crossfit Open is listed below:

Complete as many reps as possible in 7 minutes following the rep scheme below:
100 pound Thruster, 3 reps
3 Chest to bar Pull-ups
100 pound Thruster, 6 reps
6 Chest to bar Pull-ups
100 pound Thruster, 9 reps
9 Chest to bar Pull-ups
100 pound Thruster, 12 reps
12 Chest to bar Pull-ups
100 pound Thruster, 15 reps
15 Chest to bar Pull-ups
100 pound Thruster, 18 reps
18 Chest to bar Pull-ups
100 pound Thruster, 21 reps
21 Chest to bar Pull-ups…
This is a timed workout. If you complete the round of 21, go on to 24. If you complete 24, go on to 27, etc.

A thruster is a front squat (Barbell high on your chest, full squat) then as you are returning to vertical pushing the weight directly over your head in a shoulder press. This exercise is an oxygen destroyer, it forces your body to use every big muscle group and as a result the oxygen gets depleted very quickly.

Normally this wouldn’t have been a terrible workout for me, but the culmination of the previous four weeks had definitely taken their toll. And I only managed to complete 68 reps, or in English I got through the round of 12 thrusters and pullups and then completed 8 more thrusters in seven minutes. This left me about middle of the pack for this workout.

I finished in 434th place out of 1,424 original entrants overall, my last workout did not make up any ground for me. That put me just outside the top 30% overall in the world. My goal was to be inside the top 25%, so I did not accomplish my goal, but at least I have established a new target to beat next year. I learned a lot and one of the things I really need to do is find a way to help speed my recovery between workouts. By the end of the five weeks I was very beat up.

In the end I am glad that I made myself do it, at my age (46) I find it to be altogether too easy to not push myself to the limit, to not try new things, and it is something I have grown to fear greatly. So beyond the physical benefits of Crossfit, for me there is also the mental benefit of having a great community of friends and athletes who help push me outside of my comfort zone on a regular basis. I plan to test myself yearly and hopefully I can blog about it again next year. If you have any questions about Crossfit or our companies please feel free to e-mail me at Dion@RENEWvation.com.

Thanks for reading and thanks to the Schell Brothers Family of Companies who promote physical fitness as an integral part of a healthy work life balance. And remember – Get outside of your comfort zone!