Welp I re-did 13.1 today and still only came out with 100 reps. It was definitely frustrating, but I feel better about it now than I did on Friday. I got SO close to getting that 75 pound bar up, but I definitely gave it everything I had and now I really know what I need to work on, which is pulling myself under the dang bar!
I can’t decide if I’m over-thinking or under-thinking, but there just seems to be SO much to think about during the snatch. If I concentrate on moving my hips with my shoulders, by the time I stand up it’s like, “Ah crap, what now!?” and I miss the hip drive. If I focus on the hip drive, then I forget to keep my arms straight and end up pulling too soon. And if I focus on not pulling with my arms, I end up just deadlifting the thing. Seriously. Why is this so complicated.
Last night I was watching videos of the squat snatch and just couldn’t visualize myself doing it, so I decided to go to the source, and on a whim sent a tweet to Coach Burgener. He is one of the preeminent power lifting coaches in the world, and I thought it couldn’t hurt to solicit him for a few tips in 140 characters or less. To my surprise, he replied to my tweet almost immediately and suggested that if I was able to hit myself in the nose with the bar, I obviously wasn’t “finishing” the lift. “Remember, there is no drop but a very aggressive pull under! Each rep!” This was definitely a new way for me to think about it, as I have really been concentrating on “dropping” under the bar, but the thought of “dropping” does not really lead to the full-body engagement that I know I need if I am going to lock the bar out over my head. I tried practicing “pulling under” the bar a few times before starting the WOD, but made the mistake of trying it with an empty bar and when I lost my balance with the bar above my head, I dropped it on myself (again) and gave myself a shin goose-egg. Looks like I am going to need a lot more practice.
The BF went into this WOD worried about the weight as well, as his previous snatch max was 125. In typical BF fashion, however, he was able to get 5 reps at 135, for a total score of 105. What a stud.
With my first Open WOD under my belt, I am definitely feeling ready for 13.2. I have a bachelorette party to go to next weekend so this time I am only going to get one shot at the WOD, and it’s going to be at the crack of dawn on Friday morning. Here’s to hoping for 500 Double Unders to come out of the CrossFit Games hopper…