“There were a lot of rumors going around that the first workout was going to be Fran; I’m glad it’s not,” said Pat, a 27-year old Boston-area CrossFitter, when he saw first workout for the CrossFit Games Open. Along with three other athletes, Pat will be recording his experience with each week of the Open for Again Faster.
Workout 11.1 was deceivingly difficult: complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 10 minutes of 30 double-unders and 15 power snatches (75/55 lb.).
The opening workout tested these four CrossFitters in different ways. One athlete, Yosh, let his ambition take control and ended up completing the workout four times in one week. Unfortunately, Yosh wasn’t happy with any of his four attempts and fell short of his goal of 6 rounds. He vows to limit himself to one attempt on Workout 11.2.
Pat had a more positive experience with the multiple-attempt strategy. On his third effort, he got a solid 353 reps, tying 2010 CrossFit Games champ Graham Holmberg. Jason, a CrossFit Southie member since December 2010, also found success with multiple attempts. He was “psyched” with his final 231-rep result, a score 19 reps more than his first attempt.
Rounding out the group is Ron, a masters competitor who trains at CrossFit Fenway. On his second attempt, Ron added 30 reps to finish with 210. More impressive than his score, though, is the fact that Ron wakes up at 4:30 a.m. every day to CrossFit.
Video by Again Faster.
Additional video: Taking on the CrossFit Open Part 1.