|I'm carrying Anthony while Denis is performing the reverse med ball toss. Katrina, not shown, is rowing.|
I had been very concerned for the Grizzz-abel workout. Grizzz-abel combines two of the Girls workouts, Grace and Isabel, and makes it into a team endeavor splitting the work between the two sexes. I had just hit my 1RM for the full snatch at 70# and it's not like I excel at the power snatch anyway.
“Grizzz-abel” (7 min cap)
with one bar for men and one bar for women:
men complete 30 Clean & Jerks and 30 Snatches, 135# (Scaled 95#)
women complete 30 Clean & Jerks and 30 Snatches, 95# (Scaled 65#)
each member of the team must complete at least one Clean & Jerk and one Snatch
We all agreed to start with the snatches. Denis and Anthony decided to go 15 and 15. Katrina and I had a different approach. She would start and when she put the bar down, I would go. I think we came out around even but she definitely did a few more snatches. I'm all about the clean and jerk and I think I did a few more of those. I want to give a shout-out and a thank you to Matt Bronson whose coaching on the push jerk made the movement finally click for me. I would've lost serious time if I had to split jerk the entire time. The guys finished in 2 something and Katrina and I finished in 3:24, so our time was 3:24 for the team.
You can see all of the workouts here.
We were in 5th and then 6th place until the third WOD. Twenty synchronized push-up buy-in followed by a sprint, grabbing our plates, and then finding our individual 4RM OHS. My teammates did AWESOME - Katrina lifted 95# like it was nothing! I really struggled making it to 65#. Really fucking struggled. I felt like I had let everyone down but it was a PR even for a 1RM for me. Now that 14.2 has been announced, I am so appreciative that I made it to 65#!
We had beautiful weather and a fun atmosphere, but hands down, the best part of the entire day was working with my team. Our boxmates came out to cheer us on and I felt so loved and part of a family. I think I'd like to compete individually, but I am so thankful that Denis and Anthony convinced me to be on this team. I didn't know Katrina very well before this and now I absolutely love her. If you're thinking about competing, I highly recommend you do it with your box family.
These photos are all from the talented photographer Shaun Cleary. You can see his work at http://www.superclearyphoto.com.