Friday, March 29, 2013

13.4

by Meghann on March 29, 2013

Has any one else seen the 13.X workouts pop up on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/etc and wonder what the heck they were?

They’re workouts for the annual CrossFit Games. 13 is the year and .X is the week’s number (leave it to CrossFit to shorten everything, right?).

My CrossFit Box had put out a call for anyone who wanted to join the open portion of the games a few weeks ago, but it didn’t click until I saw everyone posting about the workouts on every social media outlet that I grasped just how big the open portion was.

See, the CrossFit Games are broken up into a few parts and the first is “The Open” which starts at home at a local box and is, well, open to anyone who wants to join worldwide. A new workout is released every Wednesday and each participant has until Sunday to complete the workout and log their results online. If you don’t have a box nearby you can submit a video of yourself doing the workout to validate you are doing it correctly.

From the open, the contestants are narrowed down to the top competitors who will compete in the regionals, then the top competitors from regionals will go on to nationals.

My box does the open workouts on Saturday for all of the members who are competing, but they’ve also been throwing the workouts in during the week to give us a taste of the open competition.

This morning we were greeted with 13.4, the latest open workout announced.

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If you can’t read that (who can?!), there’s an amazing explanation of 13.4 HERE (<– click on week 4). There’s even a video breakdown of the moves and everything.

And if you don’t feel like reading all the explanation here’s my non-professional breakdown:

7 minute AMRAP of:

  • 3 clean and jerk
  • 3 toes-to-bar
  • 6 clean and jerk
  • 6 toes-to-bar
  • 9 clean and jerk
  • 9 toes-to-bar
  • 12 clean and jerk
  • 12 toes-to-bar
  • etc…. (add three with every new set)

This is actually the first open workout that I didn’t think looked too bad (minus the 135/95# umm.. yeah..). Plus, 7 minutes? Pshh… that’s nothing!

So we did a longer than normal warmup to get our shoulders and legs ready, set the clock, and got to it. Please note that I didn’t come close to the 95# for RX – HA! I did 55# and felt more than challenged at that weight.

The first two rounds were awesome. I finished the set of 6s just as our coach yelled we had gone 2:00. Only 2:00? Man, I’ve got this! Of course that’s right when I started on the 9s and realized just how high of a rep count that was for clean and jerks. My pace dropped like crazy and I just tried to keep myself moving while not worrying about speed. I was wearing out.

The toes-to-bar move is one of my favorite moves because it’s a move I can actually do and do well. However, the love for it wears off in the high rep counts. I couldn’t believe how tired I was when I started my set of 9. My arms were worn out from the clean and jerks and my hands were burning.

I was hoping to finish the 12 reps of clean and jerks and at least start the toe-to-bars, but I didn’t make it that far. I got to 10 reps of the clean and jerks before time was called. Those 7 minutes flew by.

We had 7 minutes to rest, then 250 row for time (this wasn’t part of the original open WOD).

I’m HORRIBLE on the row. Seriously bad. My coach tried to give me a quick lesson to help with speed, but it didn’t matter. I’m pretty sure I posted what will be the slowest 250 of the day.

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Yep. 1:09. Apparently I need to learn to drive with my legs. Must. Practice. This.

Are you participating in the CrossFit Open?

Post- CrossFit Breakfast:

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Yogurt, fruit, nuts, and a BelVita biscuit.

It’s the first day it’s not too cold for yogurt. I’ve been relying on oatmeal and eggs. Though I did have pancakes yesterday with hot cinnamon apples on top. A-MA-ZING.

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