Grizzly Way 130309 (I Get It Now)
On Thursday when I finally read the 13.1 workout, it was still unclear to me what the big deal was with this whole Open thing. Especially considering I’m approaching the whole thing from an offseason testing perspective, not really from a competitive one. Even on the phone with Mike, he told me to consider it as practice, give 100% but not to stress. Which was perfect, I think a lot of the competitive people at our gym psyched themselves into underperforming. Charging out of the gate on the first sets, or even just coming into the workout stressed and under-rested. Cortisol is a hell of bad time. In any case, even though my goal is not to compete this year, it’s hard not to get caught up in the energy of it. My mind traveled back to November at Heart of America and I remembered why I started down this road to start with. Now today, as I plan to judge this afternoon, I can see how the next 4 weeks are a pretty big deal, and hopefully how to harness that energy for my own purposes. Fuel for the fire.
Power Snatch, blocks 1RM 165
Power Clean + Jerk 1RM 235
Front Squat 5RM 225
Bench Press 5RM 230
Barbell Row 5RM 235
Conditioning, if you’re wrecked, skip
60:180 sec, work:rest max Russian KB Swings (70#) x 4 sets Skip
Once the glitter and sparkles faded and I came down from the 13.1, first-open-workout-ever high, there came another pretty stark realization; the open is going to ruin this cycle for me. Okay ruin is probably a pretty strong word, but it’s not going to make it any easier. This became readily apparent yesterday morning when I tried to snatch, and jerk, and even front squat. The snatch was clearly going to be the hardest, locking out overhead was a struggle to say the least. My clean actually felt pretty good, which made how bad the jerk felt rather unfortunate. It even carried to my front squat work, holding that tight t-spine through a 5RM was humorously difficult. My point is, for an unloading week, I don’t feel very fresh going into this next cycle, and that worries me.
Here’s hoping my shoulders come back in time for tomorrow.