- After watching the announcement, I was pretty ok with this workout – I don’t have handstand push-ups, but other than that, this workout was pretty good for me (DL are my jam, wallballs aren’t too bad either, and I’m decent at pacing on the rower. Plus, I love a good chipper – long and heavy is right in my wheelhouse).
- I was grateful that “Castro decided to be a bit less of a dick this year” (my words) and put the tough gymnastic skill movement at the end of the WOD, so I could still do this one RX and get a decent workout.
- How beautiful are Icelandic women and how easy did they make this look (at altitude!)?!? Loved it when Sara Sigmundsdottir was all like “that was fun.”
- At first I didn’t realize there was a tiebreak time and I just thought I could coast and have a nice easy workout in 13 minutes since I didn’t need to save time for HSPU I couldn’t get, then CrossFit friend Leanne texted me and was like “tiebreak after the row, this is your week lady.” Crap, now I actually had to try.
- I had to go in Friday at 6 AM (even though I had the week off) because it was our breakfast potluck 🙂 (I made cinnamon rolls) but knew there was no way I would be doing this one two days in a row – thankfully coach agreed and gave me a nice little WOD of 5 rounds of 10 wall balls, 15 cal row and 5 hand-release push-ups 1:1 work:rest (1:1 rest is NICE – can we do that more often? ;)).
- I will admit, I had some pretty ambitious visions of how I would break things up, given that these are all pretty strong movements for me (DL starting with 15s, wallballs 20/20/15 – ha).
- As has become my Open routine, I woke up, got nice and caffeinated, went for a bit of a walk, and arrived at the gym at 11 for our “Saturday Showdown.”
- Coach Janet (leader of our team, Planet Janet and the Superstars) had done the WOD Friday, and she and I have similar strengths as athletes, plus even though she is old enough to be my mother she is a total BEAST; so I asked her for strategy. Her advice: do 11s on the deadlifts, and she did 5s all the way on the wallballs with quick rest (she also can’t HSPU).
- In my head I thought that 5s seemed a bit small for wallball sets, and thought I might start with something bigger, but overall it seemed like a good plan. I saw Janet’s tiebreak time was 10 minutes flat, so that became my goal.
- I wasn’t until heat 4, which meant lots of waiting, and discovered that apparently I get major nervous sweats when I went to bathroom and looked in the mirror and saw some serious moisture in my underarm region.
- Finally: go time! I motored through those deadlifts, sticking to the plan of 11s until the last set which I broke up into 5 and 6, getting off the barbell around 2:30.
- Then I got to the wall and felt like Bambi: my legs were all wobbly and I quickly decided that Janet’s 5s all the way was a GREAT plan (Coach Alex was my judge, and before the WOD I requested that as I broke up the wallballs, I needed her to countdown my rest, which she was amazing at, giving me a 3-2-1 each time). I got no-repped a few times too, which just goes to show how rough I was feeling.
- Wallballs done, onto the rower (during the previous heats, I was surprised how much everyone looked like death at this point). I was not feeling like pushing the pace, and it definitely was not my fastest row, but for the most part I kept my pacing fairly consistent in the seven and eight hundreds, pushed it for the last couple of minutes, and got off the rower at 10:50.
- I wasn’t even going to bother getting measured against the wall for the handstand push-ups, but before the WOD Coach Alex insisted. Coach Duncan saw that I was going to attempt one and advised me to wait at least a minute before trying. I gave it a few attempts, but no go. Just like chest to bar pull-ups and bar muscle-ups, HSPU were not going to be a thing for me for the 2016 CrossFit Open.
- My quads were a bit sore for the rest of Saturday, but going for a nice walk with CrossFit friend Kim and her dog Jax helped flush things out, and, as I type this Sunday my back is a bit sore, but not terrible (Kim said I was rounding a little bit for the first 30 or so but set my shoulders pretty decently, but things started to go more for the last 20-25). I think there will be a lot of busy chiropractors and RMTs near CrossFit gyms this week. 😉
- I am not sad that there is only one more week of the Open to go, and I predict thrusters will be in 16.5, possibly a repeat of 14.5, or maybe a box jump/thruster combo? I also think after making it through this week that (fingers crossed) I might be able to submit 5 RX scores, which would be kinda cool…..
.4 Final Score: 165, 10:50 tiebreak