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Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in Crossfit, Lifting and Crossfit, Master, Music and Rants, Olympic Lifts, Rant, WOD

Grizzly Way 130827 (HOA5: Tryout #3)

Grizzly Way 130827 (HOA5: Tryout #3)

I won’t lie – I’ve been putting off writing or even thinking about this post for most of the day so far. Partially it just sucks to talk about, mostly I just haven’t accepted it myself yet, or I’m still busy trying to convince myself that it’s not a big deal, or less important than it actually is. Here’s the truth, this third workout was a pretty big gut check; and it sucks to invest so much in one thing, and not find the success you’re looking for. The other truth of it, is that I’m not special, this isn’t in any way a hardship, or really even something worth discussing. People get out there and “do” and subsequently fail, or fall short, all the time. It’s life. It’s just a part of life I’m having to become more familiar with than I’m used to.


The other side of the coin, is that HOA isn’t just a competition to me, it was, for better or worse, the place where this whole thing started. 3 months into Crossfit, I decided this is what I wanted to do, my passion, my energy, my time, would become devoted to this sole endeavor. The wrist tag we got when the weekend started, is still hanging on my pin board at work, as a reminder of those origins, of that feeling, those moments that hooked me, and why this all started. So that’s where my head is today, what it all means, and how to improve.


10 Minute AMRAP
100 Burpees to 6″ target
100 Double Unders
AMRAP Muscle Ups

6:45 Burpees
94 Double Unders

Yesterday’s tryout workout resembles an Open workout, pretty closely actually, last year 12.3 I think it was, was 150 Wall Balls, 90 Double Unders, and 30 muscle ups I want to say. Obviously this one is pretty similar, a huge chunk of a taxing movement, a finer skill based movement after you’ve gotten your heart rate elevated and your system taxed, and then a gymnastics follow-up to test the skill under pressure. Not once in my consideration of this workout did I think about the double unders, really I was planning on how to do the most muscle ups without failing, in what I hoped would be a little under 2:00 left in the workout. Warming up I did a few burpees, a couple sets of 20 or so double unders, and a couple muscle ups, no issues. I really don’t know what happened during the workout, the wheels fell off, it was embarrassing, frustrating, and humbling; in all the worst ways. The saving grace is that I’m proud and happy with how I did the burpees, I wasn’t fatigued overly, I didn’t turn them into pushups, or squats, I did 100 pretty clean burpees at a very respectable pace for a 6’2″ 210# man. It is what it is. At this point, I’m about 90% certain I won’t be returning to HOA this year.

On an unrelated, I got sick of doing Z1 work on my off-days between these tryouts, so I snuck in some snatching on Tuesday, really trying to focus on hip location and torso angle through the second pull. Honestly, looking back at the video, it wasn’t a great day. I think my mind was elsewhere. The power position was there, but I’m still on my toes too early, which puts the bar forward, and makes the receiving position more unstable than it should be.

If you need a laugh today, which I did. Take a pass at this weeks Barbell Shrugged, they talk about common weightlifting faults and how to correct them. I probably have some if not all of these, and see them everyday. More than anything, it was entertaining watching Doug bounce around with a barbell over his head like a Ballerina. Mike’s “rope arms” comments are also hilarious and Chris is in real top form. All in all I laughed more than I learned, but sometimes I think that’s probably for the best.

MFS | 9 – 3 – 2

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