Friday morning put me into a downward spiral that lasted the duration of the weekend. I was depressed. I lay on my couch and stared into the abyss. I questioned everything about Crossfit and about life in general. I got navel-gaze-y and existential. I got more depressed. Then I got the idea in my head to re-test 15.5, even though I had never, ever, ever re-tested an Open WoD in the three years I’ve been doing this. I got the idea on Sunday morning and by Sunday night, I was determined to do it, so I spent about an hour and a half rolling out my poor legs while watching Firefly on Blu-Ray.
I came to the gym at 0750 this morning hoping to find a judge. Coach Tim was willing to judge, but had to run out (probably for coffee, I’m thinking, whatever) or Coach Matt could do it after foundations. Matt didn’t show up until later, so Coach Tim ended up coaching Foundations while Coach Eamon was going to do the 0815 class. Luckily for me, in the midst of this chaos, Yogi and Man-About-Town Lex stepped up and volunteered to judge me. He assured me he was an excellent judge/motivator and that he had the day off, so it was no inconvenience. My exact words were, “what the hell, let’s do this.”
I strategized completely differently this time. I took a (literal?) page from Mentality WoD’s website regarding 15.5 and 1.) pulled a couple of very heavy thrusters at 85#, like 5 or so in a row, then de-loaded down to 65#, 2.) understood that 18 calories into the set of 21 was halfway 3.) broke the sets intelligently, 4.) Didn’t bend over and stare at my hands and 5.) chilled out on the rower. I still rowed about a pull per calorie, but not OBSESSIVELY. I slowed down on the first round, 9-9-9, five deep breaths between sets. Then 7-7-7 in the second set, five to seven deep breaths between sets, then 5-5-5 on the third set, seven to 10 deep breaths, and then one big set of 9 at the end, which was very, very hard and I made some funny noises.
In any case, I went from 12:51 to 11:05 for a 1:46 PR, which rocketed me up the leaderboard, with my best finish yet at, like, 740th place (there are still scores to be finalized right now), but it put me about 600-700 places up the leaderboard, if the leaderboard were judged on 15.5 alone.