21,567th > DFL > DNF > DNS

by David Tanenholz

Participating in the 2012 Crossfit Open was one of my most exciting and rewarding experiences as a Crossfitter. You might ask why somebody who scales most of his workouts and still frequently finishes dead last in many workouts would have even entered the Open, much less had an amazing experience with it.

I can tell you this, it certainly wasn’t my idea. Justin really wanted everybody in the gym to sign up, and my 6am homies seemed to think it was a great idea. It’s a good thing that I have always excelled at buckling to peer pressure or the world may have been denied another 4,000 word Crossfit blog. Truth is, I’m not really sure why I decided to do it. CFDR has been a huge part of my life for the last several years, and if my friends and supporters were saying I should do it, well, I guess I wanted to give it a try.

I still didn’t think it was a good idea. I paid a little attention to the prior year’s Open, and I was pretty sure I wouldn’t actually be able to even do most of the events. And even if I could, I was pretty sure I didn’t really care if I was the 89,001st or 89,002nd fittest non-Masters man in the Mid-Atlantic region. I was wrong on both counts.

As the event approached, I went through the full spectrum of emotions ranging from Very Scared to Extremely Very Scared. After signing up and publicly committing to it, I quickly become fixated on the goal of trying to complete every workout RX and at least getting a non-zero score for each of the five events. And believe me, there were tons of things that would have done me in—rope climbs, pistols, moderately heavy O-lifts, deadlifts of any kind (I had recently hurt my back and was avoiding deadlifts like the plague), and many others.

But the 6am crew insisted that they would help me get through them, and that I’d be able to handle all the workouts thrown at us. They did, and I did.

So, here’s how it went down… (continue reading)

Post burpee picture and still smiling.

Post burpee picture and still smiling.

Workout of the Day

4 Rounds of:

250 m Row Sprint

50 Double Unders

– 2 minute rest –

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