Given my whole website idea was based on the deadlift, I was super excited about the latest CrossFit Games Open 14.3 workout. Here is what it was:
I’ve talked about this before, but I’m not a competitive CrossFit athlete, and I don’t think I will ever be (never say never, there is always the masters division). I love running and at least for the foreseeable future all of my goals will be based around running. That said, every once in a while one of these CrossFit Games Open workouts pops up and gets me all fired up and excited. This one was it for me.
Since my dead lift 1 rep max is around 425 pounds, I wasn’t worried about the weight at all. It was just a matter of figuring out how to get as much work done in 8 minutes as I could. I knew that I could at least make it to 315 pounds and I really wanted to get there bad. The night before I thought about it way more than I probably should. I found 2 songs that were exactly 4 minutes long, and listened to them over and over again thinking about where I needed to be when each song was half way through and where I should be when each song ended. Crazy, right? The night before on twitter Mike Bledsoe suggested relaxing music and Chris Moore suggested Pearl Jam. I combined their advice and I’m convinced it worked. Being relaxed and breathing is always important, but particularly so when competing.
Anyway, I flew right through the rounds of 135 and 185 both unbroken. Then I broke the round of 225 up into sets of 10. 275 was a bit heavy after all that work so I was breaking those up into ones and threes for the most part. I was right where I needed to be to get to the round of 315 pounds, and it felt good. I had about 30 to 40 seconds left when I loaded the bar for 315. I managed to eek out 2 reps at 315 pounds, and I’m convinced I should have attempted a third. Maybe I’ll do it again in a few months. 🙂
That still puts me in 571st place right now in my region (Ha!), but who cares? I’m happy with it, and that’s all that matters.