Last night I was so excited to be able to attend the Live Announcement of 13.3! I would say there were around 1,000 people jostling for space on the bleachers inside CrossFit Roots, and I also got to meet two awesome blog readers, Ali and Megan. I also got to chat with Kristan Clever, and Talayna Fortunado, told Dave Castro that we were going to be best friends one day, and asked Bob Harper if he was planning on doing the wall balls in his skinny jeans. But did I get any photos of me with any of these people? Of course not. It’s not like I have a blog to run here or anything. Oops.
Despite the fun and excitement of being there for the live announcement and then getting to watch two crazy talented athletes duke it out feet away from me, that didn’t really overshadow the misery I felt when Dave Castro pulled a wall ball out of that box. I had convinced myself that there weren’t going to be wall balls because the arena wasn’t set up next to a wall, and if you know me at all, you know that I would honestly rather do ANYTHING in CrossFit (yes, even run!) before wall balls.
But no. Here they are. 150 of ‘em.
We all know how much I suck at wall balls. Shall we recap? I get knocked over by the ball constantly, I catch them with my open mouth and end up licking them, the first time I did Kelly I got such a bad bloody lip from the ball hitting me in the face that I threw up after the WOD because I swallowed so much blood. And not only am I super nervous for the wall balls because I just hate them, but I am super nervous because I have never had to do wall balls in a setting where I actually get no-repped for not hitting the 9-foot mark as long as my rep was a solid effort with decent form. Unfortunately, good intentions only go so far in the Open, and I am foreseeing a lot of no-reps in my future. I feel like the true injustice of this WOD is that I am awesome at Double Unders, but I may never even get to see them. I mean come on.
I want to say that I collected tons of helpful tips from Kristan and Talayna about this WOD, but in reality the only thing I was able to get was Kristan’s advice to use your hips, and Dave Castro’s advice to rest by leaning against the ball on the wall so that you don’t have to pick the ball up any more times than necessary. So there you have it folks, tips from the pros.
My hope with this WOD is to get about 17 wall balls per minute, which is one rep every 3.5ish seconds. Is that doable? I’m really not sure. But that would give me 3 minutes at the end to finish the 90 Double Unders, which I am pretty confident would be plenty of time for me to get that many. I hope.
What is your strategy for 13.3? Have you already done it?