Thanks to CrossFit Sunalta for the pics this week!
Although I’m anticipating DB thrusters and double-unders for 17.5, I’m taking a moment to enjoy the feeling 17.4 provided.
Dana, Megs, and I went in the first heat. Carol kindly judged for me (thanks Carol!). Before I started, I asked a few friends to keep an eye on me, and to come yell if they saw me pausing on the rower. Laura made especially good on that promise.
My warm-up felt a little frenzied – I could have used another 5 minutes – but 10:55 arrived and it was go time.
With my belt on, I stuck to my sets of 5/5 seconds rest strategy for 7 rounds for the deadlifts. Then I hit the wall, and elected to do quick singles to finish up. I kept reminding myself to breath because I could tell my nerves were kicking in.
I popped off my belt and headed to my wallball. I think I managed two sets of 10 before I did a whole bunch of smaller sets. My focus was to keep moving and keep breathing.
Somehow I was on the rower before I knew it. When I was warming up, I had done :30 easy, :30 hard for four rounds and coincidentally rowed 55 calories.
For 17.4, I decided to test out a different strategy than my usual “Get on rower. Pull hard. Get tired. Stop rowing.” (patent pending). Instead I rowed easy (~650 cals/hr) for :15, then hard (~900 cals/hr) for :30 or :45.
I probably looked like I was dogging it, but instead, my psychology change worked! I could faintly hear Laura, amongst others, yelling at me to keep rowing, but the calories were adding up and I wasn’t dying! Success!
I was off the rower in 4:10 (11:10 was my tie breaker time, compared to 16.4’s 12:59).
My only goal for 17.4 was to get to the wall for handstand push-ups (HSPU). AND I GOT THERE. My heart was pounding pretty hard from the row, so my first HSPU was a failed attempt. Carol clarified that I needed to keep both heels on the wall to complete a rep. Then I got the hang of it and knocked out 7 kipping HSPU!
My score for 17.4 was 174 reps! (Yes, the number-loving accountant in me was happy for the symmetry of that score.)
Dana enjoyed 17.4 too. I mean, look at this row face:
I wrapped my day off with a relaxing float at Clear Float, and today my back only feels slightly tight (nothing compared to last year’s can’t-tie-my-shoes). I’ll take that!
Any last bets what 17.5 will be? I’m both terrified and excited for Thursday’s announcement. Thrusters and…?