Photo cred: Thanks to Laura for playing paparazzi 📸
18.2 was more in my wheelhouse than 18.1, and it flew by so fast! Oddly – despite the fact that I prefer the movements in 18.2 – I was way more nervous for the workout than the previous week. 18.2 was:
12 min AMRAP:
Dumbbell squats (35/50#)
Burpees over the bar
Then with any time remaining:
1 RM clean
Because I was slow on the uptake and missed signing Dana and I up for heat times for Friday Night Lights, we ended up with heats at 7:15 pm. I went home after work first to eat, and then we headed back to CrossFit Sunalta around 6:45. The warm-up flew by, and I was thankful for the support of my friends Ruth, Laura, and Dena (among others!) who had lots of advice having done the workout earlier in the evening, including:
- Rounds 8, 9, & 10 were where things got interesting
- Don’t look at the clock
- The first lift would feel very heavy
- Swing the dumbbells like a kettlebell swing to get them up to your shoulders
3, 2, 1, go! With an ascending ladder, you do one rep of each movement, then two of each, and so on up until you hit 10 reps of each. I just focused on moving consistently through the burpees, and not setting the dumbbells down during the squats. I really focused on using my glutes, instead of my quads, as I’ve had a ton of chiro/active release technique (ART) done this year and my biggest issue is engaging my glutes. Thanks Dr. Brad!
I finished the metcon in 8:06, landing on all fours to breath heavily for a few moments. When I got my breathing under control, I approached the barbell for the cleans.
The first clean really did feel heavy, but I had loaded 115# on the bar knowing that I can always hit that lift, rain or shine. Then 125 pounds, and then 135. 135# is in the neighbourhood of my one rep max, but with my back so sore the past few months, I’ve really avoided anything heavy. My back did feel a bit sore after the dumbbell squats so I didn’t want to push my luck.
I tried 140# twice but no dice.
All in all, I liked 18.2 and it wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever had to do. Thanks Dave Castro.
I feel like 18.3 is going to feature something technical like muscle-ups and/or snatches. And maybe double unders just for funzies.
Any guesses? How was 18.2 for you?