By Lisa

The CrossFit Games Season is officially upon us. The first Open WOD (13.1) was announced tonight. Like many people across the world, we watched the countdown on the CrossFit Games site with baited breath, wondering what the WOD would be. For the last several weeks, we have all been guessing about the movements in the first WOD. Would we see Burpee Box Jumps? Snatches? Muscle Ups? Pistols? Handstand Push Ups? Surely, the first WOD wouldn’t be too terrible, right?

WRONG! How many of you felt like the floor came out from beneath you when you saw the WOD pop up during the live Announcement Broadcast at 6:03 pm AZ Time? For those of you that missed it, this is WOD 13.1:

17 Minute AMRAP of:

40 Burpees
30 Snatch 75/45
30 Burpees
30 Snatch 135/75
20 Burpees
30 Snatch 165/100
10 Burpees
Max Rep Snatch 210/120

I’ve been getting text messages all night from people that are afraid of this WOD. To be perfectly honest, I’m terrified. The thought that I may have just wasted 20 bucks also may have gone through my mind (that’s 20 bucks I could have spent on Lululemon, by the way). My snatch is not great (ha ha, I know) and my Burpees are just ok. I remember how long it took me to do 100 Burpees all by themselves. Ugh! Putting those two movements together scares the bejeezus out of me. It makes me want to curl up in bed and not go to the gym that day. There is no way I’m going to beat anyone at this workout and I know that.

games blogNow, that I’ve had a couple hours to process things and put this WOD into perspective, I’m OK. I have to remember that my CrossFit goals never included going to the Games (even though it would be really cool if I could make it happen). I got into CrossFit to look good and have the energy to chase after my kids. When I first began CrossFit, there were only two types of WODs in my mind: those I finished and those I did not. As I face the Open WODs, I know I’m not going to be the best female in our box. I know I probably won’t even make the Top 10. I’m OK with that, too.

One year ago, I would have never even considered taking part in an “exercise contest.” Things are totally different from last year. I am participating in the Open to be part of the group and to support the Community. So, I may not absolutely kill 13.1 in some people’s eyes, but for me to get out there and TRY puts this experience in the success column in my book. I encourage all of you that are scared like me to take on this challenge. I think we’ll walk away from this as better athletes, community members, and CrossFitters.

For those of you that are EXCITED by this WOD and plan to smash it, I say… GET IT ON! I can’t wait to watch.

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