…but it doesn’t have to be fun to be fun.
The 2020 CrossFit Games Open is under way! The deadline for submitting scores for 20.1 has come and gone. It seems the Open inspires me to blog – my most active periods are during this crazy test of fitness. For those new to it, the Open is a worldwide competition that anyone can participate in. Each week for 5 weeks, a new workout is released on Thursdays at 5pm Pacific Time and competitors have until 5pm the following Monday to submit their scores. You can track your position on the leaderboard and see how you compare to other athletes. For more information, check out the website.
The first workout, 20.1, was a tough one for me. The 95 lbs weight for the ground-to-overhead (G2OH) movement was manageable but not challenging for that many reps. The burpees were burpees – horrible but mainly just a grind. Just keep moving – no need for breaks during this portion of the workout.
I did this workout twice – first time on Friday and the next on Monday. I managed to improve my score from 7 rounds + 10 reps to 8 rounds + 1 rep. A 9 rep increase good for almost 1000 places on the leaderboard in my age group (45-49). What were the differences between Monday and Friday:
1. Friday: Didn’t work out how best to cycle the barbell. Just did a few reps before the start and then tried to cycle as efficiently as possible. Switched between snatches and clean-and-jerks at different points throughout without any real plan or reason other than an attempt to keep moving.
Monday: Spent the weekend watching videos of pro athletes completing the workout and noting their form and technique. Watched a number of instructional videos on barbell cycling. Practiced with an empty bar and at 95 lbs in my garage. Tried to put my learnings into action on the 2nd attempt. The main difference was that, instead of lowering the bar from overhead onto my hips, I pushed my hips back and lowered the bar directly to the ground.Overall this worked out well for me. On Friday I did bigger sets but took longer breaks between sets. Did snatches all the way through.
2. Friday: Used bouncy plates on the bar which meant having to stabilize it every time I dropped it during the G2OH. Since I didn’t manage to string together too many touch-and-go reps, the value of the bounce was not there for me.
Monday: Used the harder plates which didn’t bounce. This saved me time even though I dropped the bar more often. As soon as I dropped, I was able to reset, and pick up the bar immediately. Also, I could drop down for my first burpee in each round without first stabilizing the bar. Over the course of the 15 minutes, I think this saved me valuable seconds.
In general, I approached the workout with more confidence since I knew what to expect. It’s a suffer-fest and gives you Fran lung. I was breathing like a crazy cross between Darth Vader and a pug. This felt like a point 5 WOD, not a point 1 WOD. But it was a great start to the 2020 Open. I’m further down the leaderboard than I’d like to be but I’m excited about what’s in store for us in the coming weeks.
How did it go for you? Do you have any questions about the Open – let me know?