We’re continuing today in our series following Coach Niall and his teammates during their Wodapalooza online qualifier. You can read part one here.
Workout 4 was one we all had to do:
3 Minutes to establish a 5 rep max snatch
Our score was the total weight of each of our 5 rep max’s. The one thing that made me very happy after I read the standards was this did not have to be a touch and go 5 rep max. You could hit 1 rep, drop the bar, walk around for 20-30 seconds, then hit another. The bar stayed at the same weight the entire time, this was not for total load, so I didn’t have to worry about changing weights after it was already loaded. The one downside was that the workout had to start with an empty barbell, so I had to waste about 30 seconds to load the barbell every time. My plan for the workout was very structured;
0:00 to 0:30 – load the bar
0:30 to 1:00 – Rep 1
1:00 to 1:30 – Rep 2
1:30 to 2:00 – Rep 3
2:00 to 2:30 – Rep 4
2:30 to 3:00 – Rep 5
You were allowed to miss reps, as long as you completed 5 snatches in the 3 minutes. I did not plan to miss any, and therefore did not account for any “6th attempt” in my time. My 1 rep max snatch was 235, and I had hit 185 for 4 reps in a minute before, so I settled on 215 as a starting point. I then proceeded to take attempt, after attempt, after attempt at the workout. Each time I would get to rep 3 or 4 and then miss. I probably did over 40 reps at 215 within an hour. I was certainly getting frustrated that I had to keep redoing the workout, and unloading the barbell every time just to reload it got annoying. The one weird thing was I didn’t feel like I was getting fatigued from the weight. Every time I hit a snatch it felt really good, and for some reason I just kept missing one or two attempts that would mess it up for me. I probably would have stopped, but the weight still felt good, so I kept redoing it. I couldn’t even tell you what number redo I was on, but I hit 3 reps according to my plan, missed my fourth, and without hesitation I regripped the bar and hit number 4. With the miss I was about 15 seconds off my planed pace, so I waited until about 2:53 on the clock and then was able to finally stand up the 5th rep right around 2:58. I actually planned to do another workout that day, but the snatches had taken me so long I just packed it up for the day and went home.
Next up was “The Girls”:
For Total Time:
1000 m row
50 thrusters (45#)
30 pull ups
150 Wall Balls (20#)
Each teammate picked a girl workout to complete and the team score was the combined time of the three workouts. Fortunately for me, one of my teammates volunteered for Fran. The other guy was cool with Jackie, so I took Karen. I hadn’t done Karen in several years. The last time I did it I think was 2014, and my time was somewhere around 6:30. That being said, I knew it had to be as close to unbroken as possible. Another motivator was that one of my best friends a few weeks prior did 150 wall balls unbroken. He wasn’t doing Karen, so he didn’t know how long it took him, but that’s not what mattered. I knew that if he went unbroken, I had to try and go unbroken, so that was the game plan going into the workout. I started to feel it in my arms and shoulders around the 100th rep, but I knew I could keep going and began to think going unbroken could be a possibility.
Unfortunately, after I hit my 115th rep, I missed the target, as in I threw the ball straight up in the air and it didn’t hit the target at all… I decided not to catch the ball so I could reset, so my quest for going unbroken ended at 115. I took a 10 second break, then knocked out the last 35, for a final time of 4:57. I was very happy with going sub 5. I obviously wanted to go unbroken but two sets was good enough now to help my team out.