CrossFit Open 17.1: #NotMyWorkout

Good morning, friends! I want to start by saying THANK YOU for the positive feedback on my body image post last week. As I mentioned there, it’s CrossFit Open season and today I’m recapping the first of the 5 workouts. If you’re not into the sport of fitness, please feel free to skip these posts each Monday and come back for yummy recipes and nutrition talk the other days of the week.

So, 17.1 was announced Thursday and looked a little something like this:

Initial Thoughts

My first thought was burpee box jump overs?! Eek! and my second was Hey! I can do this one Rx! I’ve recently been psyching myself out when I see box jumps in WODs, but physically I can do them. The dumbbell snatches are a new movement for the Open, but not all that surprising after the CrossFit HQ announcement that dumbbells would be required for the Open this year. I practiced a few movements with them in the last few weeks–snatches being my favorite—so despite the 35-lb dumbbell being a tad heavy for me, I felt okay about it. 

the workout

Just like last year, I decided to take on this WOD during “Friday Night Lights” at our gym, so there would be plenty of others suffering through it with me and cheering me on. I had a little anxiety but was definitely excited to start the Open season with an Rx on the board! With twenty minutes of work ahead of me (I didn’t anticipate finishing under the time cap), the plan was to just keep moving.  3, 2,1…I started by focusing on one rep at a time. Things quickly fell apart after the first round of burpee box jump overs (aka 25 reps in), when I got a horrible pain in my stomach.  

Hi, I’m a sports dietitian who made a rookie mistake when it came to fueling for my workout.  My normal morning pre-workout fuel is either a little cereal or a fruit squeeze pack, so on the way to the gym I grabbed the closest thing I could find–a MunkPack. I am a huge fan of MunkPacks, but in hindsight it was not the best choice for me right before this workout. Stomach cramping/nausea + throwing myself on the ground for burpees = not a good combo.

Between reps, I tried to explain the situation to Boyfriend who was my judge, but he kept pushing me to breathe and push through.  <—this would’ve been awesome and much appreciated if I was just feeling WOD pain, not stomach pain. I stopped to clutch my stomach a few times, wasting valuable time, even turning toward the chalk bucket thinking I was going to throw up.  I have never been sick during a CrossFit workout, so I knew my issue was food related vs. WOD problems.

I contemplated quitting the workout altogether a few times, but ultimately decided to just keep moving and do what I could do. It was miserable and I was mentally beating myself up the entire time. I just couldn’t give it my all and I was getting discouraged as the girls on either side of me starting leaving me in their dust. I did the snatches 1 or 2 at a time and as soon as the 20 minute mark hit, I ran outside actually hoping to throw up. It didn’t happen and my final score was 160 reps. so I finished the 15 burpee box jump overs after the round of 40 snatches. 

Final Thoughts

As weird as this sounds, I wish I was able to truly feel the pain of pushing myself in this workout. It seemed to be miserable for everyone who did it, and believe me, I was miserable…but in my heart I felt that I was capable of a better score. The good news is I still did the workout Rx, which I’m proud of.

Luckily, I was able to soothe my self-pity with some adorable baby snuggles post-workout. I don’t have any pics to share from during the WOD (just picture me bent over, trying not to vom), just this one after I was done and cheering everyone else on.  It turns out, baby snuggles are the cure for feeling bad for yourself after a disappointing WOD. 

I contemplated redoing the workout on Sunday, but in the end decided it’s not worth it.  I was still pretty sore and I don’t need to prove anything to anyone. It just wasn’t my workout. The world keeps on turning and I’m sure we’ll have another brutal one coming at us this week with the 17.2 announcement. I’m just hoping we won’t see dumbbell movements in all of the workouts.  Check back next Monday to see how it goes and follow me over on Instagram in the meantime!

Tell me—How did 17.1 go for you? Have you ever gotten sick during a workout? Any predictions for 17.2? 

Ice Cream Choices and My Podcast Faves

Happy Monday, friends! We’ve had a few days of wintry weather here in the Northeast and it was kind of nice to stay indoors getting cozy while it rained, snowed and sleeted. The yucky winter weather didn’t stop us from enjoying ice cream, though! Yesterday afternoon, I whipped up this Vegan Cashew Ice Cream as practice for a recipe coming soon to the blog. Then during my Whole Foods grocery trip, I scooped up a few pints of Talenti that were on sale!

The coconut one (ick) is clearly for Boyfriend, who is actually dealing with a man cold right now. He’s a total ice cream junkie even when he’s healthy, but I figured the cool treat would feel good on his sore throat.  #WorldsBestGirlfriend 😉

Since we don’t usually buy ice cream to keep at home, deciding on a flavor is always a struggle for me. So many flavors, so little time! My go-to is mint chocolate chip, but I’m also a sucker for vanilla bean or a really good chocolate. Boyfriend is pretty much guaranteed to choose something with coconut and/or almond. Sometimes if he picks a vanilla based one, I’ll choose chocolate so I can get the best of both worlds. Do you always stick with one flavor or do you switch up your ice cream picks? It’s just the worst to have buyers remorse when it comes to ice cream, ya know? 

Switching gears, let’s talk about something else I’m loving–podcasts. With my longish commute, I spend lots of time in the car by myself and I get super sick of the radio.  Podcasts are an awesome way to fill that time, whether it be for education and growth or pure entertainment. When I first started listening to podcasts, I stuck with “safe”  (read: popular) ones like Serial and This American Life. Today, I subscribe to more than 20 podcasts ranging in subject from true crime to CrossFit to meditation. Let’s discuss my current faves:

I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein. Lindsey created exactly what was missing in podcast land with fun and conversational episodes focusing on women, running and so much more.  If you read this blog, chances are you’ll love her podcast, so go check it out!  Oh, and I was a guest on episode 48, so maybe start there and work your way back.

Terrible, Thanks for Asking. So I fell in love with Nora McInerny while reading her book It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too). It’s a must-read, but long story short: she lost her husband at a super young age to a brain tumor and wrote a blog and a book about that experience. Now, she’s sharing all kinds of difficult stories on her podcast and I’m hooked. Fair warning–there is a lot of crying.

Food Psych with Christy Harrison.  Christy is a Registered Dietitian who talks all about intuitive eating, body positivity and eating disorders.  She brings on guests with amazing stories and perspectives and I take away some amazing tidbit or advice every time I tune in.

My Favorite Murder. Stay with me here…this one might seem a little odd, but I’m a total true crime lover and this podcast focuses on crime (murder, specifically) in a unique way.  It’s a comedy podcast that covers real, horrific stories but makes you laugh along the way. 

Girls Gone WOD is one of the first podcasts I started listening to because A) I love CrossFit and B) Joy and Claire are so fun to listen to.  Like Lindsey’s podcast, theirs is conversational and feels like chatting with friends.  They do talk about more than just CrossFit, so don’t let that intimidate you.

*NEW* Ali on the Run Show! Ali just launched her podcast and I’ve only listened to 1.5 episodes so far, but it’s definitely a good time. With a conversational tone like I’ll Have Another, I know this one will be a regular in my lineup.  I love the questions at the end and can’t wait to see what guests she has on in the future. Go Ali! 

That’s all for today, folks. Have a fabulous week. Maybe grab a pint of ice cream and tune into some new podcasts!