Woohoo! I met my goal and survived Open WOD 13.4!
As I mentioned in my previous post, 95 pounds (the prescribed weight for this workout) for clean and jerk was pretty close to my 1RM, so my goal for 13.4 was to make it through the set of 12 clean and jerks and toes-to-bar. I thought 60 (total) reps was a good, safe goal for me. It would challenge me and push me out my comfort zone, but it was attainable at the same time.
Even though this workout was only 7 minutes, pacing was really important. With such a heavy weight on the clean and jerks, I knew I didn’t want to burn myself out too quickly, so I split jerked and dropped the bar right from the start.
And, of course, I made sure to get my head through on each and every rep. I did not want to get no-reped on a 95-pound clean and jerk!
The toes-to-bar were actually the “easy” part of the workout for me, which is crazy to say considering I could barely do them a couple of months ago. I feel like in just 4 weeks, since the start of the Open, I’ve come a long way with my CrossFit skills. I mean, I guess I didn’t really have a choice if I wanted to post a score in the Open, right?
I kept a nice, steady pace through all of the clean and jerks and then busted out the toes-to-bar as quickly as possible (I did the sets of 3, 6, and 9 unbroken!). I made it through the set of 12 and then managed to get 3 more clean and jerks for a total of 63 reps, which surpassed my goal. Yay!!
Even though I met my rep goal, I couldn’t help but think what might have happened if I had set that number higher. Maybe I should have set my goal for 70 reps instead of 60? Or 75 reps? Who knows what could have happened?
After the WOD, I told Mal I felt like I had sort of “sold myself short” with my goal. Mal isn’t one to sugarcoat (anything), which is just one of the reasons why I love him so much, and he totally agreed with what I said. He said he could tell I was trying my hardest during the workout, but I really didn’t need to split jerk all of the reps and maybe I would have picked up my pace if I was aiming for 70 reps instead of 60. Good points, Mal. Good points.
I thought about repeating 13.4 again yesterday to see if I could beat my score, but I decided to just enjoy meeting my goal and move on. (It’s not like I’m going the Games, right?) But, I learned an important lesson this weekend with regard to goals, and I’m definitely going to set a “reach” goal for 13.5. I can’t always play it safe!
Ok, let’s talk about the funky pants I wore for this workout. They’re awesome, right? My friends at Reebok sent them to me for the Open. They’re the Reebok CrossFit Forging Elite Fitness Capri – Print, and I love them so much. Julie Foucher actually wore a similar pair of capris during the blogger event at Reebok, and I really liked them, so I was psyched when Reebok sent me a pair of my own.
As you might remember, I love fun workout pants. Black pants are fine, and I wear them all the time, but they get boring. Colorful or printed pants are so much more fun! In addition to the crazy-cool Reebok + CrossFit pattern on these pants, I also really like the thick waistband (super flattering and very Lululemon-esque) and how low it fell on the hips. The material was soft, smooth, and moved really well during the workout. I’m a big fan of these babies. They’re definitely my new favorite CrossFit pants!
The nice folks at Reebok also sent Mal some new gear for the Open, including a CrossFit Compression Top, which he wore during 13.4 this weekend.
Mal was pumped when he opened the box from Reebok and saw compression gear inside. He immediately said: “Cool! I’m going to be all Austin Malleolo with this!” Haha! Austin definitely loves his Reebok compression gear!
Mal really liked how the compression top felt during the WOD. He said it kept everything nice and tight.
I asked him if it made him hot (it’s long-sleeve after all), but he said it didn’t. Mal was sweating by the end of the workout, but the material is really thin and breathable, so it didn’t trap in heat at all.
Mal did really well during 13.4 and got 73 reps!
April Burpee Challenge
The folks at my CrossFit box are crazy awesome and decided to embark on a Burpee challenge for the month of April. Our goal is to do a combined 150,000 Burpees this month, so we’re each doing an average of 90 Burpees per day. I love challenges like this, so I thought I’d tell you guys about it in case you wanted to do your own Burpee challenge. I mean, who doesn’t love Burpees?!?
Question of the Day
Do you set different types of goals for yourself? Do you think “safe” goals are better than “reach” goals in some circumstances and vice versa?