I told myself I would do all of the Open WODs one time and one time only.
…unless I really screw the pooch somehow.
After I completed 14.1 (read about it here) I figured I did about as good as I could have done. I nailed most all of my double-unders and I think I went through the first four rounds unbroken on the snatches. My plan to change to clean and jerks once my grip started to fail was executed and although I really thought I should have completed at least six full rounds I was OK with my score of 259 (11 snatches short of completing my sixth round).
There wasn’t room for improvement.
Then, last night, just as I was getting ready to fall asleep, I had this bright idea: what if I do all clean and jerks and no snatches?! That would certainly help my grip, which was what limited me in my first attempt at 14.1. I also lost track of my rounds and my pace the first time, so I figured if I do a better job keeping my pace and doing all clean and jerks I could definitely get six full rounds and onto the double-unders in round seven.
I re-did 14.1 this morning and was going really well, ahead of my pace, through two rounds. I made sure to catch my breath and shake out my hands after rounds one and two. Round three was also solid, but I could start to feel my grip. I barely finished round three under my pace of 1:30 per round (4:30 for three rounds), but my grip was failing. I took a bit longer to get to my double-unders and fumbled a few times and was moving onto the clean and jerks with over five minutes on the clock. I finished my fourth round just at about the six minute mark which had me right on pace, but left me no time to rest before getting back to the jump rope. I rested a bit anyway so I could make the double-unders count. By the time I was completing round five the clock was close to the eight minute mark, 30 seconds past my 7:30 goal. Now I was out of breath along with my forearms being on fire so I had to take a few breaths and even had to break up my double-unders because my forearms just couldn’t hold the rope. I got back to the bar with just about 9:20 on the clock (I think) and I moved to the snatch for the sake of time and just picked up the bar and kept putting it back down and picking it back up. I wasn’t letting go until the clock said 10:00, no matter how much my forearms wanted to quit.
I ended up with 263 reps, four more than my score from Friday, but seven reps short of my goal of six full rounds. Forearms = done.
That wasn’t worth four extra reps….and this is why I will go one and done the rest of the Open. These WODs suck too much to do over without gaining much.
My boy watching my wife kill it!
I was going to lead off this blog entry discussing my experience from yesterday and 14.1, but I can’t. The best part of the Open WODs is watching someone do something they thought they couldn’t do and this time that person was my wife.
It took me a good two years to convince my wife to start CrossFit. When I finally landed at my current box the owner is a former co-worker of my wife’s from 15 years ago (or more?!) and that helped get my wife to CrossFit. I think it has been about a year now since my wife started and it took just a little bit of pushing, but I got her to sign up for the Open.
She doesn’t have double-unders or pullups or handstand pushups and a few other movements, but she can lift a bunch of weight – she is strong like bull, which is why I try not to piss her off – she hurts me. (this is where the observant reader calls the authorities for me….please!). Then last week she received a diagnosis that could have, and would have a year ago, sent her to the bench: she was told that both of her retina’s are detaching and she requires surgery. A year ago, heck, maybe even six months ago this news would have easily been enough to give her reason to stop CrossFit altogether. The doc told her no impactful exercise and he thinks jumping rope and running are impactful (I would disagree, but I ain’t a doc). Box jumps? OK, those could be impactful, but jumping rope? When she received the news she went to CrossFit that same night and instead of having a pity party she was more concerned with how she would compete during the Open.
Fast forward to Thursday when 14.1 was announced which includes 30 double-unders per round. That’s 30 reps of an exercise the doc told her not to perform. She might have had the detached retina’s for a year now, or longer, and she figured if they haven’t fallen off by now she would give it a go. What the hell? What’s the worst that could happen? She loses sight in one eye? Pffft, this is the OPEN AFTERALL! Continue reading
This morning the obvious smacked me in the face: I need to change my WOD schedule for the Open.
For the past seven or eight weeks (since January 1st or 2nd) I have almost religiously worked out six days a week, sometimes seven or eight. I have kept a pretty rigid schedule where I WOD Monday thru Saturday with an occasional PM session where I would either lift or do some light cardio type work (rowing intervals, for example). Sundays have been my sole rest day since the New Year. I have had lighter days mixed in that have served as active rest days, but I was in the gym lifting something heavy and getting a metcon everyday other than Sunday’s. I had planned on just keeping with this schedule and my Friday daily WOD being the Open WOD in the coming weeks, until this morning.
This has been my week, in summary: Continue reading
Gonna be spending a lot of time on this thing this week…
“They” – you know, those who know – say that if you can do the WODs on CrossFit.com you are well rounded. If you can RX all of the CrossFit.com WODs you are a pretty damn good CrossFitter.
I am not. I am not a great CrossFitter. I don’t have a muscle-up, I can’t squat 300, I struggle with GHD situps and on a good day I can get 15-20 pullups unbroken.
This week I am going to take on mainsite and see how it goes. The WODs have looked pretty good lately and from reading the comments it sounds like Greg Glassman has been doing the programming recently. Let’s see how much I crumble.
On Monday I am doing three rounds for time of 21 power cleans at 115, 27 burpees and 27 GHD situps where the hand must touch the floor. I can do the first two parts of this WOD, albeit they might take me a while, but that last part…ain’t gonna happen. I will do 8-10 each round where my hand touches and then I will just go to parallel or slightly past parallel on the remaining reps. If I tried to get my hand to touch for all reps I might hurt myself. Seriously. I might pull my abdomen apart. Continue reading
As I have said many times before on this blog: I used to have a really bad back and horrid sciatic nerve issues. I noticed that when I wore flip flops and had to walk any sort of significant distance my back would feel horrible. It became really uncomfortable and when I wore sneakers over the same distance I wouldn’t have issues. I used to go on vacations and take flip flops, no more. I could be going to the middle of the Earth and if I plan on walking more than a block I will still bring a pair of tennis shoes.
If I go to the mall, it’s sneakers. If walk to the pool from the hotel room, flip flops. If I am in a hotel two blocks from the beach it is sneakers until I hit the sand, then switch. I wear flip flops for convenience around water and maybe to take the trash out in the summer time, otherwise I always choose sneakers. My back thanks me every time I opt for sneakers over flip flops.
And today Kelly Starrett confirms why it doesn’t feel good for me to wear flip flops and then tells me exactly why.
Think about this next time you choose to wear flip flops to the mall in the summer time. And don’t get started, ladies, on wearing high heels.
Does this upset anyone else?
This is more insulting than Walgreens telling me they are on the corner of “Happy and Healthy” while they are advertising low prices on frozen pizza and Snickers.
This is more insulting than Diet Coke telling me their soda is healthy and OK for you since it has 0 calories.