Monday, March 18, 2013

CrossFit Games Open 13.1

Despite the fact that I'm only 6 months into my CrossFit experience, I have decided to donate my $20 to Rich Froning Jr and participate in the CrossFit Open. Open workout 13.1 was a combination of 12.1 and 12.2 from last year's Open. This was a bit of a shocker that caused people to rethink their preparation leading up to subsequent Open WOD postings. I did 13.1 twice. The first time sucked just as bad as the first. Here's how the workout broke down:

17 minute AMRAP
40 burpees
30 snatches (75/45)
40 burpees
30 snatches (135/75)
20 burpess
30 snatches (165/100)
10 burpess
snatch (210/120)

Attempt 1: 128 reps
Attempt 2: 132 reps

Seriously, I'm not sure if doing the workout a second time was worth the pain and suffering. My shoulders were sore for a good 3 days after both attempts. Here is what I learned after doing 13.1.

  • Burpees suck in general, adding a six inch target makes them suck just that much more
  • Snatches at 75 pounds were easy and clean.
  • Snatches (for me) at 135 pounds after 70 burpees and 30 "easy" snatches were DIRRRTY. I think every single rep was a muscle snatch.
  • I need to work on my shoulder mobility so I can catch the snatch in a slight squat. If I were able to power snatch 135 without having to leap the bar off the ground, I probably would've gotten another 18 reps in. Alas, I need to work on my snatch technique.
  • Oly shoes would be a worthwhile investment.
  • I'm not in the same aerobic condition as most CrossFit fitters. I was absolutely gassed after the burpees. How people were able to maintain a good 3-count cadence on the burpees, and do them unbroken is a foreign territory that I doubt I will ever visit.
All in all, I had a good time firing up my competitive juices. Its nice to post your scores in a public forum and see how you stack up against other people doing the exact same thing you are. After one week, I'm having fun and I guess for somebody who has no chance at going to Regionals, having fun is what really matters.

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