Friday, May 12, 2017

Reflections on the 2017 Open

Another year has passed.  The Open is over.  Overall, I felt like this year’s Open was much worse than last year.

Here are my thoughts on each workout:

17.1:  I honestly feel I put out every bit of effort I could on this workout.  Being week one that should not be a surprise.  I didn’t finish, but I did MY best, and that is all I can ask.

17.2:  Again, I feel like I left it all out on the floor on this workout.  I would have liked to get a couple of more reps, as I didn’t quite finish the walking lunge section right before the Bar Muscle-ups (which I wasn’t going to be able to do anyway).

17.3:  Here is where my Open started to go downhill.  I put a huge focus on pull-ups in the past year because they were such a weakness of mine.  Now my pull-ups have gotten a LOT better, but that did not translate to my C2B pull-ups as much as I would have liked.  I set the goal to at least get some snatches in at 135#, but that did not happen.  The pull-ups were just too slow.

17.4:  This one was disappointing because I didn’t improve on my performance from last year. Technically, I did improve, but by only one rep.  For the second year in a row, I didn’t finish the row. That was really aggravating.

17.5:  This was probably the most disappointing workout of them all.  Another weakness came up here.  My double-unders have come a long way in the past 6 months, but they are nowhere near where I need or want them to be.  I had 40 minutes, but couldn’t finish this workout.

I felt like this Open did not go well.  But feelings can be deceiving.  According to the numbers, I made huge strides forward compared to previous years.

In the 2014 Open, I finished in the 0.8th percentile

In the 2015 Open, I finished in the 9.3rd percentile.

In the 2016 Open, I finished in the 24.6th percentile.

In the 2017 Open, I finished in the 48.4th percentile.

That is a trend that must continue if I am to meet my goal of making the Games in 2020.  But I don’t want to get ahead of myself.

I have to focus on THIS YEAR and let 2020 take care of itself.

My goal for the 2018 Open is to finish in the top 75th Percentile.

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