5 snatches (M 115 lb. / F 75 lb.)
1-rep-max clean and jerk
6-minute time cap
Well, 15.1 is in the books. Here are my thoughts from start to finish.
Alright, I’m just going to say it. It was kind of boring. And I think it showed an interesting obstacle for CrossFit to make the jump from its Community to mass appeal: sacrificing a bit of tradition for entertainment value.
For example: As a CrossFitter I love seeing Dave Castro during the announcements. This is because I know who he is and his history with CrossFit. If I was a non-CrossFitter who happened to be tuning in, I’m seeing a little guy with a big ego and zero charisma trying to captivate an audience.
Another example: As a CrossFitter watching Rich and Matt compete, I’m seeing strategy and pacing. As an outsider, I’m watching a really boring nine minutes of strategy and pacing. The only moment of excitement during that match up was when Matt Fraser no-repped his final jerk. I mean, I really wanted to see those two go at it.
It’s entertaining to us because we know what we’re watching. And you can argue that we are just fine without mass appeal (thank-you-very-much), and I would answer that HQ would be just fine with the giant paycheck that comes with mass appeal.
Lastly, I love Rich and I think he is second to none, but I’ve never seen an interview with him that didn’t put me to sleep. It’s no wonder he has such phenomenal pacing – the man is so even keeled that I just want to scream. I’m not sad to see some new blood this year. Matt Fraser cracks me up.
But besides all that, I still loved every minute and can’t wait until 15.2’s announcement.
After last night’s announcement, I informed my husband that I would not be using my hands for the rest of the night because I was preserving my grip strength. (He rolled his eyes.)
My Goal: 3 rounds and 130 lb. clean and jerk
My Score: 2 rounds and 11 toes to bar (71 reps). 130 lb clean and jerk.
I knew this would be taxing for my grip, but I didn’t think it would go so soon. Afterwards, I kind of felt ripped off. Except for being unable to hold a pen to sign the judge’s card, I was fine afterwards. I really wanted to be panting in a sweaty heap on the floor. The WOD didn’t tax my conditioning much, yet it didn’t really tax my strength either (except for the clean and jerk, but that was over so fast). I don’t know…it was a weird one. I think I could get 3 rounds if I did it over, but I don’t know when I would do it, and I don’t know when my grip would be recovered enough. If I had thought about it (before right now), I would have tried the alternate grip that Matt Fraser used on the toes to bar. That just occurred to me. Damn.
Compared to 2014
In 14.4, it took me ten minutes to get through 44 toes to bar. Today I did 41 toes to bar in 6-7 minutes. Definite improvement, and I will take it!
Mentally, I’m in such a better place. It was so fun starting today off with my fellow CrossFitters that I’ll be smiling the rest of the day. I love being around people experiencing their first Open as well as those who have seen a season or two. I’m in a sweet spot in my CrossFit journey where I’m experienced enough to know what I’m doing and motivated enough to want to improve. It’s a good place to be.
On to 15.2!
What are your hopes for 15.1? What surprised you? Do you think guys should wear black socks with their 2Pood shorts? (I’ve been meaning to ask this for awhile. It seems to be catching on, and it just looks funny to me.)