13.5 not fun. Even in the Philippines

13.5 Crossfit games open
4 minute AMRAP
15 Thrusters 100#
15 Chest to bar pull ups

This might have been actually worse in the Philippines. It’s scorching hot here, which gives me an excuse to do a Cian (do a workout without a shirt). That probably had no bearing as I only managed to do 49 reps total. I would have preferred to do more than 50, which was my goal. I managed to do 10 then 5 thrusters and broke up the pull ups into 3s I think. Then it was a bit of a pain to pick up the bar and do the thrusters, but a voice inside me reminded me that it’s only 4 minutes which gave me time to do a few more pull ups.

Took me about 45 minutes to recover, and I almost puked a few times but managed to keep things together. It was a fun 5 weeks of the games. Looking forward to more of these types of competition and push myself more. Better yet, I’m looking forward to the piss off next week! That is going to be fun, especially with jetlag..

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No no rep

13.4 Crossfit Games Open
7 minutes
3-6-9-12-15….
Clean and jerk 135#
Toes to bar

When I heard couplet, I was excited. When I heard clean and jerk, I was happy. When I heard toes to bar, I was good to go. This looked like an easy one, or at least more manageable. I was comfortable with clean and jerk, and while it has been a while since I’ve done toes to bar I had that skill in my bag somewhere.

So off I went to my good friends at Crossfit Insurrecto and jammed with them. I went head to head with one of their guys, but kept to my own game plan and worried about myself. I had to do singles as 136lbs gets heavy quickly for me, but decided to get back to the bar quickly. The cycle could have been better I think, but I’m not to worried about it. I lost my rhythm on the toes to bar and could only string 3 at a time.

We also had a bit of a bar malfunction and had to switch bars losing a few seconds towards the end. I ended up with 46 reps which was 14 shy of my goal. Not great but not bad I think. At least I had no ‘no rep’ and kept my head down and did the work. One more to go.

Games standard

WOD
Games Open 13.3
12 minute AMRAP
150 Wall balls 10kg
90 double unders
30 Muscle Up

I was quite looking forward to this, but that may have been a mistake on my part. Based on my numbers I should be able to squeak by the 120 wall balls and at least attempt the double unders. I ended up doing less reps compared to last year, where I think I was able to do 120-something wall balls. There are a few things that might have attributed to this:

1. Stress – finally figured out what has been holding me back in recent performances. Work is getting a bit hectic and I with the upcoming moving flats plus a 3 week business trip I just had too much on my mind. I always fail to consider this as a factor, but reality is that this is a key to any physical endeavor.

2. Too many variables – Having bought a new pair of Reebok CrossFit Oly shoes, this was the first time I’ve ever used them in anger. The result was me not used to the mechanics of having a raised heel, which probably put me off a bit. Plus, I had to throw an extra 1 kg (which amounted to an unnecessary 113kgs of total effort) due to the limited number of 9kg wall balls. Not that it matters, at least I got a good workout out of it.

3. Games standards – I think most of us got hit with this one at some point. It was funny hearing the judges say ‘No Rep! I’m sorry!’. You know how painful those words are, especially if you’ve been ‘no repped’ as well. But we had to be strict, we had to know what is expected of us and that we had to deliver otherwise what’s the point? I’ve always loved the saying: If you have to do it, do it right.

As usual the gang at CrossFit London put in a great effort and we enjoyed cheering each other and gaining inspiration from those who did pretty well. Unfortunately, I will have to bring my cheering to a different box the next 2 WODs. But I am definitely looking forward to share a few pints after all this is over!

13.2 and further reflections

WOD
13.2 Games Open WOD
5 Shoulder to Overhead 52kgs/35kgs
10 Deadlift 52kgs/35kgs
15 Box jump

After party strength session
5×10 Back squat 50kgs

When I saw the WOD, I wasn’t sure what to think. Sure the 52kgs are a bit heavy for shoulder to overhead, but quite light on the deadlift. I figured if I didn’t stop, I could get a decent score. I was wrong. My back felt a bit funny after the previous Tuesday’s heavy deficit deadlifts, so that was one reason for my distasteful performance of 5 rounds and 2 shoulder to overhead. While I dropped the bar a few times, and did step downs on the box jump rather than rebounding I felt there wasn’t much left to squeeze out of me. I am now a solid 3 spots from the bottom of the team. I thought I could do better than that. Scratch that, I thought I was better than that.

It got me thinking as to what was lacking. I’ve got decent technique, strength needs a bit of improvement I guess, and so would my conditioning. But how do I improve them? Doesn’t seem like my 3 days a week isn’t enough. I’ve always thought that I’ve not met my full potential yet. And it seems that I’m way off of that. The final question is which path do I take?

13.3 will be released in a little over 24 hours. I will be able to attempt that with the folks here in London but I will be heading back to the Motherland for 3 weeks for business and I am quite apprehensive about that. I tend to lose whatever gains I’ve made every time I travel, and at my current state, I fear I might be going backwards rather than forwards.

Sad happy man

WOD
17 minute AMRAP
40 Burpees
30 Snatches 35kgs
30 Burpees
30 Snatches 60kgs
20 Burpees
30 Snatches 75kgs
10 Burpees
As many as possible Snatches 95kgs

Well that’s done.

Managed to do only 100 reps and finished the first set of snatches at 7m37s. It was what I was expecting, but not what I was hoping for. I think I managed to start on the 60kg snatches around the 10 minute mark, which was better than my initial plan. However I failed all of my attempts which was disappointing. I was however able to get the best ‘no rep’ ever on the snatch which is encouraging. Big thanks to Kat, Tom and the rest of the folks who cheered for me.

I reviewed all the failed attempts and I think 60kgs is now definitely in the bag given that everything was in place in terms of technique, even after 100reps of burpees/snatches. I got the bar overhead and it was just a matter of controlling it and standing up.

Big congratulations to everyone in the box, especially to those who had PBs in their snatches after that epic WOD. You all are an inspiration!