I rose from my slumber at 5:30 on this winter morning to be with my friends as we chased another CrossFit Open.
I was paired up with my gal pal Julia. She performed the workout beautifully. She kept her back straight with each lift. She had a steady tempo as she went through the first two rounds.
As she got to the third round, she was dropping the barbell more frequently, but her form remained good. As I judged her and tallied her points, I was impressed by her performance and grit.
I was delighted with her score of 90 points. She completed three full rounds.
My last post on Defiant Wellness, was my forecast, predicting how I would perform in the CrossFit Open 14.3.
My forecast was as bad as a Boston weatherman in the winter of 2014. For those of you who are not in New England, that means I blew my forecast by a country mile.
Perhaps it was because of my dismal showings in the past two week’s WODs, or perhaps I need to get my head tweaked. Either way, I set the bar far too low. I predicted I would get about 60 points on the leaderboard. I actually finished with 90. Yes, I blew the forecast by a full 50%! Yes, I tied my judge, Julia.
Masters Men’s deadlift weights were: 10 reps at 95#, 15 reps at 135#, 20 reps at 185#, 25 reps at 225# (with 15 Box Jumps between each round in the ladder). When the clock said to go, I was lifting well. My back was straight in Round 1 and I never released the bar for all ten lifts.
In Round 2, I still had a good back and I broke the 15 lifts by eight, then seven. By the time I began Round 3, I was fatigued. I started out with five lifts, with mixed grip. Next five, reverse the grip. Then the next ten lifts were all ones or twos and dropping the barbell. I kept straight, but I was growing weary.
I got through three rounds of deadlifts and when I got off the box I had 37 seconds to go. I needed to load another 40 pounds onto the bar before my next lift.
I may have been able to load up to 225# and get one more lift, but I didn’t. Know why? Because I didn’t set out enough bumper plates for Round 4, because I never figured I’d get that far! Shame on me!
Though I had a good showing in 14.3, I am second guessing myself. Can I get into the fourth round of lifting? Should I retry on Monday morning, or should I revel in my current success and save myself for next week’s challenge?