The live announcement WOD 13.1 was made on Wednesday; Burpees and Snatches. Seriously? Burpees and Snatches… Gross! It was actually a combination of 12.1 and 12.2 from last year’s Open and I had done both of those in preparation for this year’s Open, however, I never suspected they would be put into the same workout.
Proceed through the sequence below completing as many reps as possible in 17 minutes of:
75 pound Snatch, 30 reps
135 pound Snatch, 30 reps
165 pound Snatch, 30 reps
210 pound Snatch, as many reps as possible
My plan was to do the WOD on Thursday and if I wasn’t happy with my score, hit it again on Saturday and after analyzing the WOD I figured I could get 155 reps in in the 17 minutes. I mean, I did Isabel (30 135 pound snatches) in 3:15 and I’m pretty good at burpees, so I figured I should be able to hit this one pretty hard and get a good score.
Because I’m not a part of a CrossFit affiliate gym I have to video my WODs and submit them for the Open, so me and my training buddy Alex setup the camera and went at the workout on Thursday. I didn’t really have a game plan for the WOD before doing it so I just went at it as hard as I could, but unfortunately my camera fell over before the workout even started and it didn’t get any of the WOD recorded. I didn’t notice this until I was almost done of the workout and there was only about 3 minutes left on the timer. I was so pissed off that without thinking I stopped my workout, and in hindsight, I wish I had of finished the workout.
With 3:30 left on the clock I was only at about 112 reps and this was a huge smack of reality to the face. It humbled me quite a bit. What was also an eye opener was that my buddy Dai (who is a freakin’ beast) scored 156 on the WOD. The burpees took way more out of me than I thought they would. 135 pounds never felt so freakin’ heavy. I also started over analyzing things and started to get in my own head about the WOD. All of this made me a bit frightened to go after the workout again on Saturday.
I stayed up late Friday night researching how to beat this workout and I had to teach classes early Saturday morning and I actually didn’t get a good night’s sleep Friday because I had dreams of burpees and snatches. So I was a bit tired Saturday but after teaching class for four hours in the morning I had about three and a half hours to kill so I figured I’d go home, cook a great meal and chill. Unfortunately three hours before I was suppose to do the WOD, I got a migraine… So I popped some pills and tried to take a nap, to no avail.
I decided that I wasn’t going to let this pounding migraine stop me from the workout. I figured I had a better chance doing it Saturday than I would Sunday with what I call the “migraine hangover”. So off to the gym I went.
Alex and I wanted to go head to head on the WOD but we weren’t sure what the rules were for videoing so I volunteered to go first. I had a game plan and I wasn’t worried. The plan was to use the burpees as active rest and really hit it on the snatches. My realistic goal was 125 reps and my ideal number was 151. Quite the jump, but you have to aim high.
For the most part I stuck to the game plan, getting away from it a bit on my last set of burpees because I was gassed, but for the most part I was pretty happy. I hit 127 reps and set the bar pretty high for Alex to beat and he did, 128 reps. I’m making him go first next round!
Overall, it was a great experience. My nerves were at an all time high but it was a lot of fun. I miss good ol’ fashioned competition like this. I’m hoping WOD 13.2 is a bit more in my wheelhouse, maybe some handstand pushups and double unders, but overall, I’m happy(ish) with my first CrossFit competition experience.