It’s that time of the year, The CrossFit Games season is upon us!
Yup, today is game day!
Many of us have been waiting for this week like kids waiting for Santa to scurry his butt down the chimney but I’m guessing that there was slightly more moaning around the world when Santa Dave Castro told us what our first workout of this competition season would be–
30 Snatch 75lbs
30 Snatch 135lbs
30 Snatch 165lbs
AMRAP Snatch 210lbs
This may look familiar—it’s a combination of the first two workouts of the 2012 CrossFit Open. A lot of people seemed annoyed by this and I heard a lot of folks say “what happened to constantly varied”. To that I say, “MEASURABLE, OBSERVABLE, REPEATABLE”. K-Starr says it in almost every video, “test and retest”. If you don’t repeat workouts at least once in a while, how do you know where your gains are being made? It’s why CrossFit has benchmark workouts, and many of them at that. I for one, while not in love with burpees, enjoy them for one reason–it’s super easy to see gains.
In 2012, in 7 minutes, I did 57 burpees. About a month ago I did 72 in the same time frame and continued on to finish 150 burpees in just over 15 minutes. So, I did 15 more reps in a year and then doubled that without stopping. That, my friends, is a positive burpee experience!
Also in 2012, I could not snatch 135lbs during the second WOD. I have since retested WOD 12.2 and did 9 reps at 135. Another positive gain.
Knowing that I’ve worked very hard to improve myself in physical skill, strength, and mental toughness, I feel that I’m ready for this test. I’m nervous, sure, most will be but I’m also excited to put myself through the ringer and see what’s on the other side.
For those people prepping to do this, take a look at this vid from our Superfriends at San Francisco CrossFit who make up MobilityWOD, GymnasticsWOD, FuBarbell, and CrossFit Endurance. It’s a well spent 20 minutes!
To all my friends at CrossFit 403, CrossFit Ramsay, and all my CrossFit friends across the country (and around the world for that matter), I say this:
Have fun. Be safe. Don’t back down. Be strong. You may not be there yet, but you’re closer than you were yesterday.
Good luck in the 2013 CrossFit Open!