Adventures In Humbling Experiences

A few weeks ago I shared that I’d signed up for the 2021 CrossFit Open competition. For those not in the know (it’s ok, I was also not in the know either), this is a three week competition. The workout is posted on a Thursday and athletes have until Monday to complete the workout and submit scores. This 5-day window allows athletes to have several attmepts to get the best score and have a chance to advance on the leaderboard. The point of the competition is to move on to the next level and then the next level and on to the Championships. So the leaderboard and scores are important to a lot of people. (Note that I didn’t include myself in that category, more on that later)

This year’s Open, was Virtual and provided about 5 ways you could do the workout. RX is the top tier and you perform the workout exactly as written. The next level is Scaled, then Foundation, Bodyweight, and then various adaptations.

And in case you were wondering, these workouts are *no* joke. Even the Scaled workouts are intense. Everything has a time cap so you have exercises that are a combination of power and strength and you have to do them fast or else you have “timed out” and your score drops.

(The intensity of CF workouts is why I will reiterate, you need to be instruced or coached first so you can work on technique before just throwing weights around. )

I signed up for the Open not fully reading the rules (oops) and didn’t realize that for me to even submit my scores I needed 2 things. 1) A “box” affiliation (translation: I needed to belong to a CF gym) and 2) Needed to have a CF judge oversee my workout to make sure I did everything correct or I had to submit a video of myself doing the workout.

I don’t belong to a box, I don’t have a judge and I for damn sure wasn’t going to make a video of my self badly attempting the workouts. I mean, I was wearing some sick leggings from, but yeah…NO. Regardless (irregardless?) I was still going to do the workouts because I signed up and paid my $20 and would just play along at home. I’m good at that.

Below you can see the official workouts. These are RX and in must be done according to strict CF movement standards. It’s not surprising that I had to scale and scale and even scale some more on the workouts.

I won’t bore you with what I did or how far I had to scale because that’s actually NOT the point. But I thought I’d do a littel recap on the highlights and areas that I’d like to improve.


  • Doing every wall walk, even at the scaled version
  • Stringing together over 50 singles on the jump rope multiple times
  • Burpees being the easiest part of the entire open
  • PRing my cleans and split jerks at 75#

Areas to Improve

  • Pull ups – assisted, unassisted, whatever
  • Jumping up on the box vs. stepping
  • Push a little more in training

So at the end of the day what did I learn? I learned that I can do hard things. I learned I should read the rules first. And I learned that I enjoy pushing myself way outside of my comfort zone. And I think that we would all benefit from doing that more often. Safely of course!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

2 thoughts on “Adventures In Humbling Experiences

  1. Diana SaintJames

    Great post Kelly! I really like understanding all that you go through behind the scenes of your fitness commitments. Thanks for fessing up and sharing all that you learned.

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