13.5 & The Crossfit Open
Here we go. I guess the simplest place to start here is with 13.5. For starters, talk about unsurprising programming, I’m pretty sure we all knew this one was coming the way Castro saved C2B and Thrusters. There were a lot of hopes of OHS and maybe even some new movements, KB swings anyone? But alas, why program something new when you can just reuse something old?? Cynicism aside this was obviously a great test of skill, strength and work capacity, watching some pretty big names fall short of the 8-12 round, and even seeing some people with 3:30-ish Fran’s not making it passed 90. Chest to bar pull-ups get humbling real quick.
I touched on strategy earlier in the week and really this one deserves the least amount of strategy for me. I throw that in there, because if you’re a stronger gymnast and can get your C2B Fran in a 3:30 range then you have a lot more to think about. The game plan for me however went a little like this, thruster like you’ve never thrustered before and pray to god your chest to bar lasts longer than 30 reps. I would’ve been very happy to get back to a third round of thrusters, very very happy. I’m just bad at pull-ups, if you have longer-ish arms you need a lot more strength, a lot more.
4 minute AMRAP of:
15 Thrusters (100 / 65 lbs)
15 Chest to bar Pull-ups
*4 minute bonus for every 90 reps (3 rounds) completed.
Result: 57 Reps
1 Full Round + 12 Chest to Bar
That’s it! The Open has come and gone like a flash, quite honestly I don’t think another 5 week period in my life has gone by much quicker, save maybe the last few weeks of college. I wanted to set this mark a part for myself and for the blog because every day beyond today is less than a year until next years Open and my first competitive season. I imagine I’ll be an entirely different person in some aspects. That’s 365 days, if you assume 5 days of training a week, that’s 260 training sessions, throw in some 2 a days and a competition season and maybe we’ll call it an even 300. That’s not a lot of time, I think it’s important to appreciate how finite this time is going to be and how fast it’s going to seem. Time to start improving, every day I walk into the gym is an opportunity to improve at something, even if it means improving my acceptance of a bad training session, or my mental toughness instead of strength or fitness. It’s all about accumulation, accumulating hours under the bar, training adaptations, mental hurdles, and knowledge. It sounds weird but I’m in full sponge mode, every experience is a chance to learn and build up.
If you’re moving on in the 2013 season – I wish you luck. If you’re done until next year, it’s time to set some goals and get your head right for the road ahead.