This week the live announcement brings us a repeat – 14.2 – and an interesting match-up between very similar athletes – very experienced Michele Letendre and a rookie with one hell of performance Emily Bridgers.
Overhead squats and chest to bar pull-ups – two more highly technical movements that I suck at.
Is it just me, or the CrossFit Open is getting more and more technical every year? What’s going to be next? AMRAP muscle-ups in 12 minutes?
It’s interesting to “compete” in movements that do not come even close to tapping into my actual physical fitness – you see what goes first. With overhead squats, the weight is just light enough for me to be possible, but heavy enough that my wrists will give out before anything else. And with chest to bar pull-ups, I’d be so freaked out about hurting my shoulders that I’d probably end up chin-upping my way to the bar for most reps. Awesome.
Last year, I made it into the second round, but not the third, tapping out at 33 reps. This year that will be my score to beat.
If you are taking on 15.2 this weekend, you’d want to:
break up those chest to bar pull-ups early. Notice that both Michele and Emily broke them up in their FIRST set. I hope your palms are intact after last week’s workout.
be nice to your shoulders. You’ll need them even after the Open.
On a somewhat related note, a previously unknown Maude Charron from Quebec posted the best score in 15.1. All eyes are on her now. Oh, and she deadlifts 400lb. What is it with athletes from Quebec, anyway? Is there something in the water???
I am keeping my fingers crossed for box jumps and deadlifts next time. Hell, even the double-unders would be ok this year. 🙂
YOUR TURN: What are you hoping for in 15.3? Which movement/exercise will allow you to demonstrate your strengths?