Crossfit Amsterdam Open 19.5, Community, Open, Thrusters

CrossFit Open Recap 19.5

Crossfit Amsterdam survives another Open! There will be blood!

“And just like that the open is finished, and there is so much we can be proud of! And yet the end of the open can leave us feeling a bit hollow."

No matter how much we improved from last year or how much we have improved from where we started, we struggle to always feel satisfied. If we met our goal during the a workout, we immediately wish we had pushed a little bit harder. If we hit a new PR, we immediately raised the bar for the next one. No matter how much we improved, we feel like our final placing on the leaderboard should be higher.

As we reflect on this year’s Open, it’s important to remember happiness does not lie on the side of achievement. We are never going to reach a place where we sit back with our hands behind our head completely content with who we are as athletes and people. No matter how much we improve, there will always be room to grow. There will be more obstacles and bigger challenges. We’re always fighting uphill.

At the end of the day, all the leaderboard tells us is how we did relative to other people, it doesn’t tell us anything about how hard we worked, how committed we were, or the voice inside our head. If you had a goal, these are things that matter. Effort. Sustained, tireless effort. "Ben Bergeron, Comp Train."

As a group, our coaching staff could not be more proud of the athletes who gave their all not only during 19.5 but the entire five weeks of the CrossFit Open. There was nothing shown but effort, sustained tireless effort.

Leading into 19.5, every man and his dog knew that the workout was going to have thrusters and some type of pull up movement. As per usual, the twisted sick mind of Dave Castro didn’t let us down.

Today was the first time I did it and I didn’t have anyone test it.  There was no reason for testing, I didn’t need someone to do this to know how horrible it was going to be.Dave Castro.

A very simple couplet consisting of 33-27-21-15-9 Thrusters and Chest to Bar Pull-ups meant that every athlete was going to be tested, physically, mentally and emotionally. At no point during this workout did the athletes feel safe. The legs were burning, the lungs were working over time and everyone’s hands were under extreme pressure. The aftermath of 19.5 looked like a cheap horror movie with blood everywhere.

Once again without singling too many people out, some notable achievements from the evening:

  • Eldina Duisdeiker getting 16 CTB Pull-ups!!
  • Daphne Mol getting 17 CTB Pull-ups! This was after she told me she would probably be standing around looking at the bar for 15 minutes - I never doubted her!
  • Masja Kristelijn getting 22 CTB Pull-ups. After failing a few times trying to kip, just decided that strict was the way to go. Outrageous!
  • Sabrine Buis getting into the round of 27 CTB Pull-ups!
  • Tim Zountendijk completing the workout inside the time cap. He left it till late but he made it!!
  • Pepijn Lagerberg getting his first chest to bars ever during the workout. What was even more impressive here was his determination to keep on going, striving to just get one more. Great to see.
  • Sander Goos getting through to the round of 27’s! Great heart shown.

As I said, these are just a few highlights from the evening, but everyone who did the workout can be extremely proud of themselves.

“It is not the critic who counts: not the person who points out how the strong person stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.“

This might seem a little deep for a CrossFit workout, however it is easy for people to sit on the sideline and say “I could do that”, “You should have gone faster”, “You should have done more reps of those Thrusters” but it is another to actually put yourself in the thick of the action, another thing to pick the Barbell up when every part of your body is telling you it’s easier to quit and it’s another to jump up on the pull up bar when your hands are shredded and bleeding.

Overall fantastic few weeks where everyone brought an amazing attitude and the community was well and truly up an about!

Some future predictions from the author -

  • Jon Snow will win the great war and work out he is the rightful heir to the throne, however will abdicate and allow his Aunt to rule.  
  • The Avengers will somehow defeat Thanos. (By somehow they will either time travel with Captain Marvel or use the Quantum Realm with Ant Man) Obviously Thor, as the strongest, smartest and best looking Avenger, will be the real hero!
  • Thrusters will never get easier.
  • The pain of 19.5 will live on forever in our memories.

A big thank you to all the community who came out on Friday nights to throwdown and support fellow CFA members. An extra big thank you to everyone who judged! And of course a big thank you to our coaches.

27 March 2019 | by CrossFit Amsterdam