Was anyone else shocked that thrusters turned up in the 5th workout of an open again?!
This year's variation was a particularly devastating combo that really tested our double under efficiency and how good our engine held up over a moderate to long time domain.
The 40min time cap also tested our mental fortitude for those that could do some double unders but maybe not as well as they will be able to this time next year .
All in all I thought it was one of the best open workouts of all time (maybe that's because I slightly enjoy being in pain during a workout).
As always, here is the data for crossfit 4000's 17.5:
20 males completed this workout rx with 10 of those getting a score of sub 20min (half the time cap)
On the ladies side we had 9 ladies do this workout rx with 3 of them getting a score of sub 20min
Overall (by the data), Crossfit 4000 performed best in 17.1. Some may be wondering how I am judging this. These are the metrics:
1st place male score in the region - 218th
1st place female score in the region - 925th
5th place male score in the region - 1843rd
5th place female score in the region - 3037th
Best place finish in any category (including masters) - 90th
Add all of these metrics up and then that's the total score for that workout. Whichever of the 5 workouts had the lowest score indicated that's the one that CrossFit 4000 performed best at.
Here are the most impressive performances of the week (once again they are in no order whatsoever):
Taka - 18:34 Rx
Who is Taka sorry? Was that a typo??? Nope. Taka is relatively new to CrossFit 4000. Most of you would know him as that small Japanese guy with gigantic quads but tiny little arms. He first impressed me during 17.2 and almost earned himself a mention for that workout. However, I am glad I saved him for this one. The determination on this guy's face throughout 17.5 was unbelievable. For a guy that probably weighs 55kg dripping wet he smashed out 90 thrusters at 43kg with a measly 350 double unders to go along with it. This guy has one of the best work ethics I have seen and he goes about his business without making a fuss at all. It's great to have you as part of the community Taka. I'm looking forward to seeing you continue to smash it throughout this year.
Kristine Howe - 424 reps rx
Has to be a contender for one of the most improved athletes at the gym from 2016 to 2017. Another one that works very hard and never says away from anything that she isn't good at (although I think she is loving strongman classes lately which she is crushing!! - Joel's words not mine). She told me that she was very close to giving up half way through this workout on Friday night but I am so glad that she didn't. Credit must go to the crowd that helped her get this far through the workout (literally 16 reps short of finishing). But even more credit has to go to Kristine herself. You proved to all of us that we should never give up during a workout no matter how much we are hurting or how badly we just want to throw our skipping rope at the window, light it on fire and never ever do a double under for the rest of our lives. Well done Kristine you should be very proud of yourself for this effort and for the effort you continue to put in every day you show up to a class.
Ellen - 21:50 rx
In the words of Brooke, "I think [she] deserves a special mention even with the thrusters on Friday they are way over half her body weight yet still matched everyone else." In all honesty I think Ellen is pound for pound one of the strongest athletes in the gym (male or female). The amount of people that say "how does she lift so much?" is outrageous (myself included). She impressed the coaches all the way through this year's open and on Friday night she capped it off with an amazing performance. Keep up the great work again this year Ellen and you will see the results continue to be in your favour.
It's hard to believe another open has come and gone for the community. It feels like just yesterday that Max and I were repeating every workout of the 2016 Open just to get ahead of each other (he beat me 3-2 head to head in 2016).
As a coach this year I got to experience much more of the community spirit and I got much more excited for other's achievements this year. It was so good to see the sense of accomplishment when one of our members did something that they were very happy with.
I also loved the crowd and support everyone showed towards each other. For a sport that is so individualised its great to see that we don't have any ego's in our gym. Even when there was some tussling for positions going on in the leaderboard everyone was very supportive of each other and congratulations were always given when they were deserved. It's great to see friendly competition but its even better to see humility, regardless of the result.
Always remember as Kara Webb says, "I never lose. Either I win or I learn."
It's good to see where we currently place in the world of fitness but what is more important is the attitude we bring to our training each and every day. Now that the open is over it's time to get back into our training and time to keep having fun as we work towards our goals for next year (whatever they may be).
Good luck to everyone for this year and I hope we all had as much fun as I did throughout this year's open.
PS people have been asking me this a lot so I will put it up here.
I had three goals coming into this year's open:
Finish in the top 400 in the Aus region - I came 398th
Win all 5 of the workouts on the Crossfit 4000 leaderboard - I did that
Each individual workout to be in the top 664 in the region (I came 664th overall last year) - 4 out of 5. I missed 17.4.
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!