With 10 rounds of 9 thrusters and 35 double-unders, the 2017 CrossFit open came to an end on Monday. The last five weeks have featured feats of strength and endurance around the world that seem all but impossible to anyone who doesn’t train with the intensity of a CrossFit athlete.
We’re proud of our Pike13 competitors, Jake and Jesse, who finished the competition strong and in good spirits. That doesn’t mean they weren’t happy to see it come to a close, however.
“17.5 was the most painful one yet, but the good news is…IT’S OVER!” Jake said on Monday morning.
“It actually went better than I thought it would. 17.5 was punishing, but it wasn’t as tiring as 17.4,” said Jesse. “But I’m excited for it to be over.”
But though they’re glad the Open has come to an end, they both reflected positively on their experience.
“It was a great learning experience,” said Jesse. “I learned my limits and how I compare to other people.”
Jesse, who this year competed with the scaled workouts, finished 799th overall and is already looking ahead to 2018. “I’m going to work hard over the next year to improve my strength so I can lift more weight. For next year’s Open I want to be able to do the full workouts rather than the scaled ones.”
Jake competed with the prescribed workouts and finished 258th overall.
“Although I didn’t finish this year’s Open anywhere remotely close to where my goals were, there was still a lot I took away from it. With all the setbacks I’ve had in my training this last year with injuries, I learned there are things that you can control, and things you can’t. I couldn’t control my injuries, but I could control my effort, and I feel I gave every workout my absolute best. I’m proud of my training partners at CrossFit Loft, proud of the effort I put into each workout, and excited to start training for next year!”
Lasting five weeks, the CrossFit Open is the first challenge on the path the summer Games. Next up is CrossFit Regionals, which begin May 19th. The top athletes from each region are invited to compete based on their performance in the Open.
Our Pike13 athletes are already thinking about next year’s Open. But they’ve earned a break, thinks Jake. “I’m excited to take a little break from training and enjoy copious amounts of donuts, pancakes, and ice cream.”
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