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Well, I’ve seen a TON of people who have already done 14.1 and it makes it so exciting! It’s unbelievable that this year, over 180,000 people are competing in the open. It’s such a beautiful thing to see such a ridiculously huge community getting together, suffering together, and STICKING TOGETHER! It will be a very strange/exciting/nerve-wracking experience to do the open workouts at a new box this year (since I am away at school). Because of my knowledge of the crossfit community, though, I am sure I’ll be welcomed with open arms.

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Absolutely huge breakfast of peanut butter banana pancakes, cheeseburger (no bun), bacon, and coffee with a shitload of cream. Open Breakfast.

Today was an active rest/play day. I rowed 3000 meters at around a 70-75% pace, with sets of 30 double unders every 500 meters. I wanted to see what it felt like to do 30 double unders (the first movement of 14.1) while my arms and legs were on fire. Magic happens when you force yourself to not think. You just do. Every set was unbroken except for one of them, so I was very pleased with that. If I have any advice for double unders, here it is:

1) Stay positive. Want to know what will happen if you’re scared you’ll trip up when you get to the double unders? You’ll trip up when you get to the double unders. Go into those double unders KNOWING that you’ll knock them out.

2) Stay calm. This is very difficult. Double unders are a movement that are so incredibly frustrating when things start to go wrong. It’s very easy to begin to trip up and say to yourself, “WHY IS THIS SO F#CKING HARD?! WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING WRONG?” Although easier said than done, don’t think that way. Take a couple deep breaths, get your mind right, get set up, and keep going.

3) Body relaxed. Don’t tense up your body. It’s easy when you get tired to start engaging in physical behaviors that you wouldn’t usually do when you’re fresh (like raising your hands up, moving your hands outward..etc.). If your torso tenses up you’re likely to lose your rhythm and trip up. Stay tight in your wrists and keep your arms close to your body.

4) PAY ATTENTION TO HAND PLACEMENT-THE ENTIRE TIME. I can’t stress this enough. Everyone’s hand placement is different, but from personal experience, keeping your hands in the exact same spot (for me, slightly in front of me at hip level) is absolutely CRUCIAL if you plan on going unbroken for everything. It’s easy to let your hands wander when you’re tired. If you’re going to let any aspects of movement go out the window, don’t let it be your hand placement.

As far as snatches go, there’s less advice (which is a good thing!). With the weight being so incredibly light, it shouldn’t be difficult to go unbroken for at least the first few rounds. 15 snatches is a lot, and yes, they build up, but if you have a nice strength foundation and are making sure to engage those hips to save your shoulders, you should be fine. When it does start getting impossible to go unbroken, break the sets up into either 8 and 7 or 3 sets of 5. 3 sets of 5 is a great idea… it’s 3 short goals that build up your confidence and make the grand total of 15 seem less daunting.

All in all, the best advice I can give is to have fun. Do what you can to the best of your ability. Approach it with a positive attitude. Don’t pay attention to what anybody else is doing. Don’t compare scores. Don’t compare abilities. Be you and be amazing.

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