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Posted by on Mar 8, 2013 in Crossfit, Food Porn, Lifting and Crossfit, Master, Olympic Lifts, Paleo Lifestyle, WOD

Grizzly Way 130308 (Preparation and Luck)

Grizzly Way 130308 (Preparation and Luck)

I’ve recently found the show “House of Cards” on Netflix; the main character, played by Kevin Spacey, has this scene where he’s asked why he taps his ring on tables when he leaves rooms, his reply is two-fold. First, tapping your knuckles on hard surfaces is meant to toughen them so when you get into a fight you are prepared. Second, it serves the purpose of knocking on wood and providing luck. The end result being that success is a combination of luck and preparation. It’s a bit cliche but this evening I couldn’t agree with the sentiment more.

Thursday morning when I read the 13.1 Open WOD I pulled out a post it note and wrote out the rep scheme, 40 burpees, 30 snatches, 30 burpees, 30 snatches, 20 burpees, 30 snatches, 10 burpees, AMRAP 210# snatches. I broke each segment down by time, 4 minutes for the first 40, 90 seconds for the 30 snatches, 3 minutes for the 30 burpees, 5 minutes for the 30 snatches, 2 minutes for 20 burpees. All of that broke down to 15:30 which left 90 seconds to work on 165# snatches, which is 92% of my 1RM. That all seemed very logical, very do-able, and about as well prepared as I could get. The rest of my plan depended on luck, how I felt, potential mistakes, really any number of things that can happen in 17 minutes. Tonight both were on my side.


40 Burpees
75 pound Snatch, 30 reps
30 Burpees
135 pound Snatch, 30 reps
20 Burpees
165 pound Snatch, 30 reps

Result: 151 (1 rep @165#)


It’s no secret that planning for WOD’s is a tricky thing. Some people do better without a plan, I’m not one of those people, I do the WOD at least 3 times in my head before I even touch a weight. It’s also no secret that plans often unravel in the heat of the moment. All the more reason why I was surprised when I hit almost every benchmark I setup for myself. And even more surprised when I got to 165 and hit it, which was huge, that weight alone will separate me from a whole slew of other competitors. I surprised myself and I think I surprised a few people at the box as well.


Celebrating the Lift Big Eat Big way!


MFS | 1-4-6


  1. Doesn’t surprise me 🙂

  2. Awesome job on 13.1. That was a long WOD. Also House of cards was a good show, I watched the whole season in about a week.

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