Open WOD 13.1
17 Min. AMRAP
40 Burpees to 6” Target
30 Snatch 75/45
30 Snatch 135/75
30 Snatch 165/100
The first week of the 2013 CF Open has finally come to a close and few thoughts rush to mind:
1. I forgot how much fun this is!
This is why I love CrossFit. I really can’t put into words how much fun the past few days have been. From the moment Wednesday night when we had to take a break between classes to watch the WOD being released to the last heat Sunday afternoon, It’s been a blast – and best of all, I know the community would agree with me.
I won’t lie, it’s difficult to convince your average crossfitter – someone who has no aspirations to make it to regionals – why they should do the Open and what’s the point. I damn near had to force/threaten some people to sign up, but I know they’re all happy they did. The Open isn’t about making Regionals (for most of us), it’s about being a part of something bigger, something we can all share in, and something that’ll hopefully bring the community even closer together. And this is only the start!
2. The nervous looks on people’s faces pre-WOD.
I love the look on people’s faces leading up to their heat. I can’t tell you how many people came up to me before the WOD started that told me their stomach was in knots, and the nervous/anxious look that crept over their faces watching other people compete. For a lot of people, especially those who never played any sort of organized sports growing up, this was their real first exposure to that feeling.
Being nervous is a good thing. Everyone gets nervous. It’s how you respond to that feeling that matters. When it’s game time. Everyone deals with those feelings leading up to the WOD differently – some sit idly by almost frozen, other people cheer their brains out to relieve some of the pent up feelings. Some people almost feel like they’re going to throw up, while others (like me) have to pee approximately 13 times beforehand. Either way, I love to see the build up – it means people care. That they understand that this isn’t just some other WOD, and they want to show their stuff and perform well.
3. The atmosphere in the locker room.
My initial thought when the WOD got released – besides for holy shit 17 minutes is a long time – was where the hell are we going to do this thing. The 6” target really threw a wrench into our plans. If it was just burpees to a target we would do it in the box, but because heavy weight was involved – and since were not allowed to dump weight at our box – we would normally go to the rink, but there was no place to hit a target.
Thankfully, Tim and Rob came up with a solution: use one of the locker rooms. Awesome! For Friday and Sunday, we took over locker room 7. We could only run 3 people at a time in the cramped, fight club-esque which created an incredible atmosphere – especially Sunday afternoon when about 30 people crammed into the tiny room to cheer on their fellow competitors. It was loud, sweaty, and probably slightly dangerous and I loved every minute of it. It was like a party every time someone lifted a barbell over their heads (Willie said it was better than New Years). Next week the WOD might move out of the locker room and back to the normal box, but I’ll never forget the feeling of intensity in that room.
4. The highlight of the week – Andy’s 135# Snatch.
The highlight of the week, without a shadow of a doubt, was Andy’s 135# snatch. It honestly brings a smile to my face everytime I even think about it.
What more needs to be said?
As for me, I loved the WOD. I thought it was excellently crafted by HQ for balance more than anything else. 13.1 was equal parts bodyweight, power, and technique all rolled into one. It truly didn’t favor any one particular athlete.
I attempted the WOD twice, once Friday afternoon and once Sunday. I employed two different strategies each time, with the second yielding (slightly) better results. The first attempt I super paced the burpees trying to conserve my energy for the later snatches – didn’t really work to my advantage how I thought it would. Either way, when I sped up the initial burpees it didn’t make a huge difference in the long run – the same problem slowed my down – 135# snatches.
I’m not saying that 135# snatches are particularly heavy for me – I’m able to touch-and-go a decent amount of reps – they just take some much out of me. It tough for me to catch my breath after a decent amount of reps, and with all the burpees on top of them, forget about it. I found myself, on both attempts, resting way too much during the snatches. My only regret from this workout is maybe I should’ve switched to doing singles sooner and kept working at a move even pace, but I like to think I left it all out there. All that this means is I have a pretty steep up hill climb the rest of the way, looking forward to next week.
Open WOD 13.1: 155 Reps – Tiebreak Score – 13:05