The Battle Of 15.2

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On Saturday, I completed CrossFit Open WOD 15.2. Once again, I completed it per the scaled option and quite unfortunately, ended up with a score of 6. Honestly, I was quite devastated.

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With the RX version of the workout, you had 3 minutes to complete 2 rounds of the following:

-10 overhead squats (65#)

-10 chest to bar pull-ups

If you completed that in the allotted time, you had 3 more minutes to complete 2 rounds of the following:

-12 overhead squats (65#)

-12 chest to bar pull-ups

So on and so forth…You were done when you could no longer complete the required work in the given amount of time.

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For the scaled version, it didn’t look too different:

3 minutes to complete 2 rounds of the following:

-6 overhead squats (45#)

-6 chin over bar pull-ups

If you completed that in the allotted time, you had 3 more minutes to complete 2 rounds of the following:

-8 overhead squats (45#)

-8 chin over bar pull-ups

So on and so forth…You were done when you could no longer complete the required work in the given amount of time.

The problem?

I don’t have a pull-up – not strict, not kipping, not anything.

With a band? Yes. Jumping? Yes. On my own? Not yet.

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I was devastated. In the blink of an eye I found myself immediately going into a spiral of how far I have yet to go, instead of focusing on how far I’ve already come! Yes, I have a lot of work to do and a lot of goals I want to reach, but no, I’m not there yet.

I signed up for the Open to challenge myself, but what I didn’t realize was just HOW much I would be challenging myself. How much I would be forcing myself to look beyond that number and instead pay attention to what I can do and take it all in as a learning experience.

We were at Choctaw CrossFit for a 50 States In A Year event and they told me that I could do jumping pull-ups if I wanted to strictly so I could get in a good workout, but they can’t count the score past 6 reps (for the overhead squats).

I so badly wanted to cry. I knew it wasn’t their fault but there was a part of me that so desperately wanted them to be wrong, even though deep down I knew they weren’t. So I got my 6 reps and continued the workout with jumping pull-ups, finishing with 142 reps, something I could be proud of.

I know I have a long way to go but I refuse to forget how far I’ve already come!


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5 thoughts on “The Battle Of 15.2

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  2. Chris

    That’s the good/bad thing with CrossFit, there’s always something more to learn and improve on. It’s frustrating as hell sometimes, but also a great motivator. If the rumors are true about pistols in 15.3, then I will be the one crying and getting upset… but that’ll just set a new goal for me to try something I wouldn’t attempt anyways.

    Your task… set up a pull-up bar in the RV and get yourself a pull-up! =)

    1. Katie Post author

      I know…I’ve been trying to figure out HOW to do that. Ceilings aren’t very high so that definitely makes it hard. I’m hoping with warmer weather we’ll be able to find a few parks where I can practice on monkey bars or something like that!

  3. Katie

    What a bummer! I’m sure there are many positives things from cross fit, but this type of situation is one of the things that keeps me away from trying a box.

    1. Katie Post author

      Don’t let this keep you from trying it! This was strictly how they built the “rules” for the Open so they could score people accordingly. It just got down the inner competitor in me. But with that said, I got in an AMAZING workout using the jumping pull-ups as a modification, I could only “officially” record my score as a 6. But the whole community is really inspiring and encouraging to start where you are and build from there!

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