Open WOD 13.2
10 Min. AMRAP
5 Shoulder to OH 115/75
10 Deadlift 115/75
15 Box jumps 24/20
Maybe not wheelhouse as much as a WOD I’ve felt like I’ve done a hundred times. If this isn’t a classic CF triplet, it definitely fits that bill for Maxability. Understand this: every gym based on their resources, philosophy, and own limitations operate differently. Maxability, just like any other gym, has its own limitations – namely, not being allowed to drop weight – which tends to make heavy lifts an inconvenience at times and skews our programming towards lighter weights.
So when the open workout was released, with a light shoulder to overhead and even lighter deadlift, it felt like a workout taken right off the Maxability site. I couldn’t feel more at home with a WOD like this.
Social media exploded when this WOD got released as 13.2 – “why is the weight so light!?” “why is it 10 minutes?” “what is HQ thinking!?” Who gives a shit? HQ knows what they’re doing (for the most part), and if the weight is so light, then it shouldn’t be metabolically taxing in the slightest and you should be able to move through the reps in a seamlessly and efficiently.
The only people complaining were the meatheads with no engine – which may have slipped through the cracks during 13.1. I knew from the get go this WOD would be a burner. The time domain is short enough, the weights are light enough, there’s really no reason to stop moving – ever. CrossFit has said itself “triplets and couplets are at the heart of CF” well here you go.
I did this workout once before – on Thursday – with relatively good results. So it’s not like I didn’t know what to expect. I knew the only way to be successful at this workout was to never – let me repeat that NEVER – stop moving. The only thing that changed in my strategy was trying to come out the gates a little faster. I knew that if I could get three rounds done in the first 2 minutes I would be in good shape and could settle more into my pace.
It was just as bad as I remembered. But I felt like I was consistently quicker to the bar, and moved through the first couple rounds at a blistering pace – an unrealistic pace to keep up. The hardest part of any workout like this is just getting your hands back on the bar. When your throat is burning, lungs gasping for air the last thing you want to do is pick that barbell up even though you know you can bang out some more reps. I constantly had to say to myself just get your hands on the bar and let’s go.
By the time the final buzzer had sound, I dramatically increased my score from the first attempt: 331 reps up from 301 – or to put that another way, 35th in the region from 217th. Thirty reps can make a HUGE difference!
Last week definitely got the better of me. For whatever reason, I was more nervous than I had ever been before a workout. I had all the symptoms – butterflies in my stomach, tingling in my fingertips, swallowing my tongue all of them. But not for this workout. This time it was different. The night before I had one of those serene calming moments. I wasn’t nervous or worried anymore, I knew what I had to do. Not reaching my goal, not pushing harder than I did the first time wasn’t an option. The beauty of this workout isn’t that it takes a ton of skill or brute strength, but it all comes down to how bad you want it. And I wanted it – and all the nervousness the anxiety washed away.
I’m a realist. I know I’ve been effectively eliminated from qualifying for regionals. But that isn’t going to stop me from pushing harder than I ever have during these next three workouts. My goal was to finish in the top 100 and I still plan on doing that. I know what needs to be done, I know my weaknesses and what I need to improve. The 2013 open won’t be looked at as a failure but rather a learning experience and motivation to keep moving forward and get stronger. Nothing will stop me next year.
On to the Next Week.
Open WOD 13.2 – 331 Reps