If you’ve ever looked at a CrossFit WOD and thought, “meh, that’s not so bad” then you know the inevitable: that same workout will kick your butt. That is the one where you will leave a sweat angel on the ground and won’t catch your breath for 5 minutes.
The CrossFit Open workout 14.3 (which stands for year 2014, week 3) was exactly that. When it was announced on Thursday night, my friend Heather and I were at Faux Book Club and I might have even clapped when I heard it and thought it was something I could do. Box jumps and deadlifts? I can do those all day. Or so I thought.
Turns out, when you make the weights heavier and repetitions longer, it’s a heck of a lot harder to do than it looks on paper. Here was the workout, highlighted with where I ended.
I made it to 155lb deadlifts and squeaked out 16. My total score was an ever-humbling 71 (for reference, the current top score for ladies worldwide, when I wrote this, is 186). You know what though? I have never deadlifted heavier than 140 so it was a PR (personal record) for me. Times 16. At least I know I could pick up my body weight + 10lbs, 16 times, if there was ever a need…
I quit at 16 reps even though I had time left on the clock because my form was deteriorating and I’m not competing to go to regionals, just to become the best version of myself and I know when to put down the barbell and walk away.
I love seeing my friends’ scores during the Open because we all have such different strengths that every week has made them crystal clear (or maybe highlighted our opportunities for improvement a bit as well). For example, my 10am girls Heather, Jackie & Kristen all killed it with scores of 90+! Strong ladies and such an inspiration when they lift big!
If you’re competing in the Open, what did you think of 14.3? I’m already looking forward to the 14.4 announcement on Thursday night!