What’s up everybody? Good morning (or afternoon, or whenever you’re reading this). Obviously I didn’t get this lovely, important post out yesterday (again) but we can still pretend this is Monday Motivation. And I’ve got more talk about the Open. I’ll keep it short, and follow it up with another post later on this week about a friend of mine from CFEC who came up clutch and utilized 18.2 A to PR his clean.
Hopefully *both* workouts were great for ya. Burpees aren’t a popular selection out there as far as “favorite workouts” are concerned and those squats + intensity (whatever intensity looks like for you) are tricky. They’ll get ya for sure. And then throw the clean in there to see what people can do after their legs are shot. Yep, that about covers everything. Except something that requires you being a gymnast, and I’m ok that wasn’t in there this week.
But overall, just like last year…. throw a heavy barbell into the open and it’s so much fun to watch!
Personally, I struggle with said heavy barbell, so I wasn’t like thrilled about that part of the workout as far as where I would match up against other people. But I still wanted to use it as an opportunity to see what I could do. I gave all I had in the first workout on those burpees and DB front squats. My heart and my mind thought it was fun, but it’s all fun and games until your left side says it’s done carrying all 150 lb of you (+ maybe a few more as I ate a good bit of food that day). But lacrosse balls are great for bringing you back to life, a little at least. I redid it today, and went a little faster on the burpees and squats, and didn’t need a lacrosse ball, so that’s a win right there. I opted out for the ball, and instead took a minute to eat a few bites of an apple. It didn’t help, but instead, I guess I had some in my mouth still, and I spit a little bit of it out coming out of a clean that I actually hit. All that to say, the clean was lower, so I went with the first score. I need all the help I can get on that 18.2A score!! It’s easy to be down about that (and I was for a little while) BUT it’s the most I’ve cleaned since surgey less than 5 months ago, so I’ll be happy about that.
So, once again, it’s about perspective. For this workout, and every other Open workout, (and life in general) we get to choose how we look at it.
We can to either pick and choose something to be down about. Or we can be thankful that we were able to attempt and give a great run at a HARD AF (<—sorry, it’s appropriate here) workout in the first place.
If you did 18.2 /18.2 A, what was your favorite part? Hopefully you can aways find something you liked about it (even if it’s just being done:) What was the worst part? For some people, it’s probably those bar facing burpees. For some, maybe it’s those squats. And for others like me, you can’t ever seem to keep up with what everyone else is doing with heavy weight.
Here’s the thing. Burpees are hard. I actually don’t mind them that much in a workout. But they are still hard. No one just LOVES doing burpees for the fun of it. And if you attempted 18.2/18.2A, you did A LOT of burpees. I don’t care if you finished or not. You still did more than 99% of the world did. So I think you’re doing ok!
At the end of the day (or anytime of day, I guess) we have a choice — to focus on where we came up short, or we can find something to be thankful for in the midst of that workout.
So, no matter how ya feel about it, take time today to think of THREE things you are thankful for in this week’s Open workout.
Maybe it’s the fact that you attempted the workout in the first place, and didn’t give up for 12 long minutes. Maybe it’s that you actually finished the workout (55 burpees and 55 front squats with dumbbells). Maybe it’s that you didn’t complete it the first time, so you went back and did it again, and did better the second or third time around! Maybe you PR’d your clean, or at least surprised yourself with how much weight you could pull to your shoulders with bambi legs. Maybe you’re just proud that you laid it all out there on that first part.
For me, my three things to be thankful for are:
- Giving my all on the burpees and squats. I left it all out there (both times) even though jumping of any kind is very awkward for me right now. I even asked Nick, who was judging me, what the plan was if I tripped jumping over the barbell (I assume it’s a no rep, but I was more just giving him a heads up that it was a legit possibility). But I didn’t trip.
- Being able to clean 190 lb. successfully. Unfortunately that isn’t strong enough these days to be as competitive as I’d like. And it’s easy for me to convince myself that I did poorly because of that number. BUT I’m going to focus on the fact that it was the most I’ve cleaned in a long time, with a new achilles.
- Watching people at CFEC surprise themselves on both parts of the workout.
Ok, so you have a lot to choose from. Give yourself THREE things to be thankful for in 18.2/18.2A… GO!