Test: 500m Row sprint
– then –
2 Push Jerks 155/105#
4 Push Jerks 155/105#
6 Push Jerks 155/105#
8 Push Jerks 155/105#
*Post times. [Advanced: C2B Pullups]
Regionals Recap Part III
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I want to enjoy every bit of it…
Event 6: Chipper
I had been looking forward to the chipper since the WODs were first announced 2 weeks ago. I knew it was something I could do well at.
Double unders, shmubble shmunders. At this point these are easy if we have to do less than a thousand. A few years ago there were people struggling with these things but we’ve all got them down by now.
50 Handstand pushups was harder than I expected. The main reason for the difficulty was the narrow hand placement that they made us use. Once again, it’s difficult for us tall guys to bring our hands in this narrow. I got no-repped a few times because my hands were too wide, but I made it through without too much trouble.
40 Toes-2-Bar were fine. A year ago I would have had significant trouble with these, but I’ve been working hard on T2B for the past year. I’m no expert, but it’s no longer a weakness for me.
30 Axle Jerks (@ 160#) was hard on everyone. They made us stand on numbers that corresponded to our reps so the crowd could see who was winning. I accidentally stepped off of the number a few times so I didn’t get credit for the reps. The thickness of the axle was hard to prepare for. I’m very used to the feel of a barbell in my hands – it’s comfortable. The diameter of the axle is more than twice as big so it’s hard to maintain a good grip. This is where we all started to feel the fatigue from the HSPU. I got through them faster than most of my competitors, though. Some of the athletes never even finished these.
100′ of lunges (holding the axle in a front rack) was pure misery. It’s one of those things that you can always do another rep; it’s a matter of how much pain you’re willing to endure. I dropped the axle twice. When I was out there on the field I though I dropped it for 5-10 seconds and picked it right back up. Later I saw a video and I realized that it was an illusion – in reality I sat there huffing and puffing and looked at that thing for way too long. Regardless, I finished my heat first and felt great about my effort.
During the workout I could hear the announcers referring to me as “Crowd favorite, Anthony DeJager.” It wasn’t because of anything I had done, but rather a tip of the cap to all of the CFMers in blue shirts screaming at the top of their lungs. I got more cheers than just about anyone. It was a cool moment and it makes me appreciate all of you who showed up to cheer me on – even if I was in the bottom heat. Y’all got heart.
Event 7: Rope/Clean/Sprint
I think this would have been a great workout for me if I was fresh; I was definitely NOT fresh.
Rope climbs were fine. None of us had any struggles with them. They were mostly there as a spacer between reps on the heavy barbell.
225# Cleans (full squat) were nasty. I do a lot of cleans in training and 225 pounds isn’t ever a struggle. It’s different, though, when you have to run and climb ropes, and DO THE CLEANS FAST. I stayed steady and methodical. I only pulled the bar when I was certain I’d be able to complete the rep. I had a miss on my third round because I left the weight too far forward. I may have been able to recover it, but we had to be on the printed numbers in the mat, so I would have gotten no-repped. I’ll be dedicating more time to heavy squats to get better at these.
By the time we got to event 7 there was no pressure at all. As competitors we had gotten to know each other and were enjoying these events together. In my heat we were out of the race by now, and realized that we wouldn’t be moving up and down the leaderboard with any significance, if at all. It had essentially become a celebration of our achievement together in getting to this point. None of us were giving up – we still gave it everything. I ended up getting 3rd place in my heat. It was a lot of fun to be in the group competing.
[To be continued…]