As I am writing the first part of this post, it is 2:00 PM Eastern.
The alarm is set on my iPhone to remind me to tune in to the CrossFit Open website at 8:00 PM for the 13.2 WOD announcement and to watch the throw down between Iceland Annie Thorisdottir and Lindsey Valenzuela.
OK, it’s 8:00 and Dave Castro has announced what sounds like a simple WOD on paper; a 10-minute AMRAP Triplet, consisting of:
- 5 Shoulder to Overhead
- 10 Deadlifts
- 15 Box jumps
Follow this link to read the entire workout by gender and class.
It’s 8:30, the Throwdown is history and Annie Thorisdottir won with 361. Lindsey Valenzuela also finished with an impressive score of 335.
The first thing I noticed as I watch these two athletes burning up the gym was that they had finished several rounds and only two minutes had passed. They had to keep on smokin’ for another eight minutes. A ten-minute AMRAP looks like an eternity.
How do I pace myself for 10 minutes? I don’t want to burn out prematurely, but I don’t want to relax and leave reps on the table. Deadlifts will be OK. Masters weight is 95# and I can handle that well. Shoulder to Overhead will be a challenge for me. Why? My 1 rep max for push press is 95#. And I have to do 5 per round. That’s five reps for a weight that I have only done successfully once in my life! Are we having fun yet?
Next is 15 Box Jumps. Have I mentioned I can’t jump? So that means I will have to do step-ups. Steps are much slower than jumps. I will lose a lot of reps. Also jumps are MetCons and they beat the crap out of me, not as bad as burpees, but similarly. So my legs are going to get heavier as I progress through the rounds.
If you’re getting the impression that I am anxious, you are correct. My prediction – I’ll break into the fourth round and maybe get 100 points. Stay tuned for the follow-up. I look forward to your observations, strategies or results in the comments below. 3-2-1 Go!
OMG! A dialogue box just popped on my screen stating that I am now running on reserve power. I hope that is not a premonition.