Gah! I am so sorry I am late in my recap of 13.3. With Neil’s track day out-of-town and the heaps of work I came home to, I didn’t even have time to take any pictures of the WOD. So then I thought I’d just re-create the WOD at home using Felix (18 lbs) instead of a med ball….
Just kidding! He’s such a good sport.
When CrossFit Open WOD 13.3 was announced, I think we were all a little stunned at first. It was last year’s Open WOD 12. 4!
This is a really tough and somewhat boring WOD in the sense that if you’re a reasonably good but not Games-ready athlete, you’ll spend the majority of your time just doing wall balls. We did it last year and didn’t finish the wall balls, and we did “Karen” (one of the girls, a mere 150 wall balls without the double unders or muscle-ups)over the summer and my fastest time was 9:16. It’s just…a lot of wall balls.
Thankfully this year we’re somewhat better at double-unders — in that we can do them and string some together. Neil unfortunately came down with a stomach bug two days before the WOD and made it to 150 wall balls right at the 12:00 point. I finished my wall balls with about 1:30 to spare and managed to eek out 28 double unders. My legs felt like absolute lead! Needless to say, I’ve GOT to get better at stringing my double unders together before next year.
I was bummed knowing I wouldn’t get a shot at the muscle ups. because I just got my first one a few weeks ago and was convinced I could have done one. Scoring wise, if you were able to get muscle-ups as a woman, you were instantly in the top 1/3 of participating athletes. That just goes to show how difficult and complex of a movement they are.
It’s always humbling to see the video submissions of the top competitors once you’ve done the WOD. Above is Sam Briggs, who completely finished the wall balls, double unders and muscle-ups, as well as an additional 50 wallballs! Aren’t her muscle-ups beautiful!? Sam is definitely going to be a force to be reckoned with this year!
In other CrossFit/fitness news, I got a new gym bag. Neil came across it on The Clymb and surprised me with it last night. This may sound completely pathetic, but I’ve never had a real gym bag before. I’ve always just thrown my gear in plastic shopping bags, or reusable canvas bags that people use for groceries. This is the real deal, and I love it!
Plenty of room and pockets to hold all my clothes and growing inventory of gear…
Plus it has a dedicated compartment for shoes to keep them separated from the rest of the bag. I think lifting shoes are in my future.
So Open WOD 13.4 was announced last night, and I can not be any more nervous. A climbing ladder of 95# clean and jerks and toes to bar. Ouch! What do you think?
PS – If you’d like to join the Clymb, let me know and I’ll send you a referral! I feel like we order something at least once a week, and they have great deals on fitness apparel and outdoor equipment.