It’s been a super turbulent week. Where do I begin?

A lot of really exciting things are happening right now, that’s for sure. I’m graduating from school on Monday, and I start my new career as a hairstylist at PureEssence Spa and Salon on Tuesday! I love hair, make-up and fashion, so this couldn’t make me happier. I also love where I work, and how many people can really say that?

Also the CrossFit Open started this week, and I’ve been waiting a year to do this again. All the hours spent training will pay off in the next six weeks. The first WOD was announced on Tuesday. As we all know, it was 10 minutes of 30 double-unders followed by 15 ground-to-overhead (power snatches for most of us). I was pumped, as most people were. Nothing too fancy, just get the work done!

Now at the beginning of the week I was battling a small head cold. That head cold turned into a massive sinus infection, accompanied by a chest cough. Awesome. CrossFit is extra hard when you can’t breath. I pretty much had a minor breakdown on Friday, the day I did the WOD. I went to school to get my tools ready for my final exam, and everyone said I looked like shit. My Mom called to see how I was feeling and she thought I sounded like shit. I went home and cried to Mike. I was breaking down mentally, beating myself up, totally wallowing in despair and self-pity.

“I almost never get sick. Why now?” I asked. Mike really came through for me both as my coach and my boyfriend. He let me cry and then asked me what I wanted to do. I could wait until Sunday or I could compete Friday night. He knows I love to compete and doing the WOD with Jenn Webber from Freak would push me to be better, no matter what. If I made the decision to go at it on Friday though, I had to get tough and get my mind right. And that’s what I chose to do. I won a triathlon with a sinus infection in the past, so I figured I could push through some skipping and light snatches.

I’m not always going to experience the perfect circumstance for a WOD, where I feel amazing, the weather is great, the WOD is all about my strengths, etc. People face adversity all the time. Robin Maier from CrossFit Regina is competing with a stress fracture and did one-legged double-unders! Kat from CFR has a broken foot and registered a massive score. Leya Moore, also from Regina, is sick and still rocked it! It’s CrossFit: we’re supposed to gut it out.

I did the WOD at Freak with Jenn, and we both posted awesome scores. Jenn managed 310, and I had 305. Judging these WODS is a challenge, especially double-unders. Errors happen all the time, even at the CrossFit Games. Fortunately, we had the WOD on video and we could be accountable for the result. I will be re-doing the WOD because of some missed reps, and I think I’m super lucky that I get another crack at it! I was prepared to hit the WOD again on Sunday, but a few more days of rest is exactly what I need.

I rested Saturday, and Sunday I was back at the garage training. I brought a roll of TP for my nose and some cough drops, and I went to town. I worked on overhead squats at 135 lb., pausing at the bottom in a deep squat. I also did light snatch balances and light jerk technique. I finished with muscle-up practice.

This week we’ll be getting ready to tackle WOD 1 again, and this time I’ll make sure every rep counts!

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BRad

Keep it up Crystal! Grind it out for 10 more mins…it will be worth it!!

Brad

Kmac

You will be awesome….you always are

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