Week 4 … and what would it be?
17.4 would be a repeat of last years workout 16.4
this made me happy, as it wasn’t the unknown. We had done this workout about 5 weeks earlier and I knew where I was at. I knew all the movements, so I was excited to go again. Gary decided to do it on the friday night and got 31 HSPU out. That night he hatched a plan for me, to pace through the HSPU which would be the weakest part of the workout for me.
Saturday morning I gave it a shot, and the plan worked pretty well until about the 35th HSPU where they started breaking down. I ended up getting 50 HSPU out, and I failed my last two reps … so I felt pretty confident that I had hit my capacity for where I should be. I was also proud of the improvement from the previous year. I dont think I even got 20 HSPU out last year … so I was super happy about that progress. I decided not to repeat it. Probably my most satisfying workout of the Open so far.
the before and after shots
It was a hot month here in Brisbane. I love summer … so I wasn’t too bothered, in saying that, training in the heat can be tough and there were some sessions which I felt I was battling the heat rather than the workout.
Everyone in our house got back into the New Year routine of school and work, and adjustments were made by everyone getting used to the new timetable. Gary jetted off to NZ for a mountain biking trip with his mates.
The end of February sees the CrossFit Open start, which isa super exciting time of the year for me/us. For those not familia with CrossFit, the Open is a worldwide competition that anyone can enter, each week there is a worldwide announcement where the workout for that week is announced, and then you have until tues to submit your scores. These are then on a leaderboard where you can see how you got one against your peers in your country and the world. It runs for 5 weeks.
17.1 was announced on Friday which was the following
I did the workout on friday afternoon. I guess the dumbbell snatch in that quantity was a bit of an unknown. Everyone said to watch the pacing … which was correct as the burpees jacked up your heart rate. I managed to keep moving the whole way, and the last 15 burpee box jump overs were definitely the hardest. It was a tough workout for sure. I finished on friday with 15:07 which I was pretty happy with … then as the weekend went on, I started thinking I could go faster – as my first two rounds I maybe paced a little too much.
So even though it made me nervous again to repeat, I wanted to give it another crack. The first two rounds I went faster, and it did hurt alot more – but I managed to shave 47 sec off my time. I also played with changing the dumbbells in the air rather than the ground. I believe this was faster, however I had trouble co-ordinating it … so I reverted back to switching on the floor by the 3rd round.
Looking forward to 17.2 …. what will it be?