Welcome Niall – he’s one of our coaches and has recently competed in the Wodapalooza online qualifier! Take a read on the first part of his journey through the competition in his eyes, and stay tuned to hear more updates in his journey and the strategy involved as his teammates worked through the qualifier together.
Quick Background on The Online Qualifier:
There are two team division options when you sign up for the qualifier; Elite/Rx, and Intermediate/Scaled same gender teams of three.
Elite/Rx is for games/regional level athletes, Intermediate is for anyone outside the top 100 in their region based on their Open placement (just a rule of thumb that they use), and scaled is first come first served open registration after invites have been sent out to the intermediate teams.
The top 20 teams in the elite/rx division qualify as Elite, positions 21-80 qualify as Rx. For intermediate/scaled they take the top 60 teams. This year over 650 teams signed up for the intermediate/scaled division.
The online qualifier for Wodapalooza takes place over 10 days. The first day, 10 workouts are announced, and they must all be completed with scores submitted by the end of the tenth day to have a chance to qualify. There are 10 scored workouts, however each teammate normally only has to do 7-8 workouts. I did 1 workout a day, which left me a few days if I wanted to redo any.
The first three workouts were based on the individual qualifier a few weeks prior:
10 Back Squats 185#
20 Toes to Bar
15 Back Squats 135#
15 Hand Stand Push Ups
20 Back Squats 95#
5 Ring Muscle Ups
Each member of the team had to do one of the workouts, and their time was scored individually as its own workout. My teammates and I decided since I am the biggest guy on the team, that having me do the higher reps on back squat and lower reps of gymnastics would give us the best score, so I did workout 3. My goal for the workout was to go sub 3 minutes and not break up any of the muscle ups. The times were going to be so close on this workout that 10 seconds would be the difference of 50-60 positions, so I had to make every transition count and really had to push the pace on the back squats.
Going into the workout I felt like I could do the first two rounds of muscle ups unbroken but I wasn’t sure about the last round. I had been working hard on my muscle ups but even 3 sets of 5 for me is a lot of reps (I blame being 6”4’ and over 200 lbs). I ended up getting 2:55 and went unbroken on all 3 sets of muscle ups. I felt that it was a good time and after going back and watching the video I thought my transitions were pretty solid. My teammates also did really well; Workout 1 was 3:13, Workout 2 was 3:18.
A few days into it, I realized that my score was not going to hold up very well. There were teams who were doing workout 3 in under 2:30, so this worried me that this could hurt us overall. I knew that if it came down to the wire, I would have to redo this workout because it had the biggest upside for the shortest amount of time.
Check back in tomorrow, to see how part 2 of Niall’s road to Wodapalooza progressed!