Saturday, March 15, 2014

Week 3, CrossFit Open

It's been a little surreal over here in my corner of Kuwait since the Open began ...

HQ contacted me, asked me for a quote on how I'm going to tackle Open Workout 14.3 ... Well,  hopefully not die?

When I took this position last summer, I had zero thought on doing well enough to be at the top of the leaderboard in the Open.

I had no idea I could be competitive in the Asia region. My plan? I'm training for the Masters. Meaning, I have never been in a hurry to rush my training or to force progress or PR's. I take a lot of unscheduled rest days, I don't have a coach with specialized training, and some days I don't even follow particular programming, I do what I want to do and listen to my body.

Training isn't always fun. Training can be draining, exhausting and sometimes even boring, and you just have to grind it out ... I'll be the first one to tell you, there's been plenty of days where I've tossed my training to jump in with a class ... I still need to have my fun!

Yet here I am, 4th in Asia, top 1,500 in the world out of 60,000 women. You bet your ass now I'm wishing I'd rested a little less and trained a little more ...

All that exercising aside, the best part of it? How much it means to my athletes here. I'm amazed at all of the positive encouragement I've gotten because of it. When I hear, "Because of you, I'm going to try harder," it's all worth it, and you bet your buns I'm going to give it all I've got now ...

I try to keep it pretty cheese-free around here, but I can't help it, this is cheesy: it's awesome to know I'm inspiring some people.

I have A LOT of bad days here ... Contracting is not easy. Working in a military environment is not easy. Living in the middle of the desert away from family, friends, my dog, has been the most challenging experience of my adult life. This culture is something else ... On top of trying to get back on my feet after my divorce last year, there's been more nights of crying myself to sleep than slumbering away peacefully, that's for sure.

But guess what, every day is a new day. So as bad as the days can be, I make it through 'em. That's a 100% success rate so far. And that's not too shabby.

You, my readers, my athletes at the box, even friends and family back home who don't know what CrossFit is ... thanks for your encouragement and support (& thanks for the care packages! I can't tell you how uplifting mail can be out here ... )

So even if I bomb these next 3 workouts (I might die after all of these deadlifts), it's been really fun doing this well for the first few weeks! I've surprised myself, that's for damn sure.


  1. Holy shit! 4th place?! You're freaking amazing!
    You are such an amazing, hard working, kick-ass woman! I can't wait to see how you do in the next 3 workouts!!

  2. Love how real you are! I am always inspired and push myself harder after hearing reading your posts and hearing your advice! YOU ARE DOING AWESOME!!

  3. I have been reading for probably two years and I think this is the first time I've commented! I used to read just for the Crossfit stuff but it has been an inspiration over the past year to see how you've handled a crazy life changes and ended up on top (ok 4th but there are still workouts left) :) Keep killing it!

  4. So many congratulations Court! Love following your journey and so happy for the successes and joys you're having. You deserve every bit of it!

  5. You are freakin' awesome. That is all. :)

  6. Congrats!! Top 4 is a huge accomplishment. Very proud of you.

  7. This was a great post! Congrats on all you've accomplished!

  8. Hey,
    I get that people like Rich Froning and Kristan Clever and Annie Thorisdottir are amazing athletes and top crossfitters all-around, but does anyone find it suspicious that they always get the highest scores in each of the Open WODs? You'd figure with 140,000 competitors, there would be specialists who get higher scorers for specific exercises? I get these guys are better all-around, but it is suspicious when they are first for every single workout, no matter how different they are.Thanks to all!!
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