I wasn’t going to do Crossfit Open this year! I was injured and I had not been able to train properly. I have several herniated and bulging disks in my back and 2018 was focus on managing my back pain. A couple of weeks after Open 2018 I also herniated a disk in my neck and that led to a nerv damage affecting my right tricep. I couldn’t even do a push up! I had to give up my goals and I almost gave up Crossfit as well. I could se my right arm getting smaller and it was a terrible feeling.
I managed to rehab myself to a decent level of performance but there was a lot of things I still couldn’t do. I started to train harder. I finally felt pretty fit again and all I wanted to do was to train more! So I did and it felt good! I was good! And that’s when I snapped about 2 cm of my achilles. I was completely devastated. I think I sank to rock bottom when the doctor told me this is going to be a slow process and I limped out of his room with my foot in a big boot.
For 8 weeks I limped around with my foot in a boot and my back hated the imbalance and started to get really painful again. There was no way I was going to push myself through five weeks of Crossfit Open workouts this year.
I had been out of the boot for about 2 weeks when CF Open 2019 started….
I couldn’t believe it! It was like the workout was written for me! Wall balls and rowing! I love to do both of them movements! Never had I seen such a good workout in any Open, so I signed up anyway! I was planning to do only what I can do and not bother about the rest. This workout placed me 23rd in the world (in my age group) and 3rd in Australia…. there was no turning back…. The game was on!
The two worst movement for me would obviously be double unders or box jumps and when they announced 19.2 I knew this one would be a really bad one for me. I went in to the workout just crossing my fingers I wouldn’t snap the rest of my achilles as well. It’s hard to perform well when all you can think about is to not get more injured. I didn’t do very good in this workout and I of cause dropped far down the lead board! However, I was happy that I managed to do 100 double unders on a foot that literally just came out of a boot and I didn’t damage it more.
I got really happy when they announced strict handstand push ups because I can’t go quick in kipping hspu like some of the shorter athletes, I’m so tall and also due to my neck injury…. so I went slow and got the score I predicted I could get. I was happy with that.
I’m a tall and pretty heavy person so gymnastics is not really something I do quick. I enjoy doing gymnastics but I’m pretty slow. However, I enjoyed this 19.4 muscle ups workout. I probably could have been a bit quicker because I wasn’t really gased out when it was over. My back didn’t really like the snatches and got sore afterwards so I couldn’t redo but I decided that I was happy anyway.
By far the worst workout I have ever done! A double Fran! I pretty much had the near to death feeling from the round of 27 reps (second round) and onwards for over 19 min. I was hurting so much! My body just wanted to stop but I knew I couldn’t! I had to just finish this workout because I wasn’t going to redo this one! I was really happy I got through all reps and it took me a long time to recover from that evil Fran.
Open is done and the scores are in! I’m really happy with myself! I have performed well despite of my injuries. I place 15th in Australia (45-49) and 150th worldwide. I’m really happy with that! I will from mow on take care of my body, learn to recover better and never miss a rehab session! Perhaps I get to do next Open without injuries…