You read that as Christmas Evil, right? Because that’s what Thursday, February 27 at 8:00 PM ET brought – a sack full of evil toys by the names of double unders and snatches. Take that red suit off Dave Castro, it doesn’t work for you.
Pop Quiz! Guess how many lifetime reps I have of double unders? Here’s a hint: it’s the same as my lifetime reps of snatches.
I have never executed a double under (DU). I’ve never snatched up a snatch.
That Thursday was a pretty exciting day filled with anticipation. I knew my box’s WOD was a ton of running and I wasn’t exactly thrilled about that. Oh and then of course there was the big 14.1 announcement after that! The work day couldn’t conclude quick enough.
Fast forward through work and the commute and the running and here we are – 2000 hours.
It was pretty dang fun to watch with the crew I would be participating in the Open events with. We had come to the consensus that there would again be a burpee movement in Round 1. Boy were we wrong!
As I wrote last time, we were going to laugh about the workouts and ensure we had some sort of fun with them while competing. When Dave made his announcement, the thoughts that went through my head were as follows:
- Why the *$^@ did I sign up for the Open?
- Oh wow I’ve never done either of these movements!
- I’m going to get last place.
- I need a drink.
- WHY THE *@$#*!^ ?&!* DID I SIGN UP FOR THE OPEN???
I laughed. We laughed. This was going to be “fun”.
The following day I devoured the internet looking for information, tips, hints, strategies, anything related to double unders and 14.1. I read everything. I watched anything. I had to charge my iPhone multiple times! I was a sponge and my thirst for knowledge was insatiable.
It was awesome to see how quickly information came out about 14.1. There were videos created and posted discussing DUs within hours of the workout announcement. Articles were written by multiple CrossFit coaches with topics ranging from fundamentals of DUs to strategies for moving between movements to how to properly warm up and cool down. Wow, what a community! Everyone wanted everyone to succeed. That in itself was motivational! Maybe I do have a shot at qualifying for a score this round?
By the way, I’m not going to attempt to snatch. I’m going to perform ground to overheads. I think learning two new movements in a couple of days is slightly too ambitious for me. I am sticking with absorbing DU info and I’ll work my way through the ground to overheads.
I’m nervous about 14.1. I’m nervous to compete in movements I’ve never attempted.
I read multiple times that a key to double unders was to stay calm and not get frustrated or angry at the rope. That’s my goal for the movement. I may only be able to complete single reps of DUs at a time. I doubt I go unbroken on my GTOs. But I’m going to stay positive. That’s my challenge to myself for 14.1, to remember to take this as a learning opportunity and as a benchmark. I’m going to fail, but we’ve already discussed that failure is paramount to success.
My goal is to complete one set of each exercise. I know that’s not much and that will put me in approximately last place in the overall leaderboard of Open competitors. I’m ok with that. I’ll have four more events to perform better in. And I’m not trying to sell myself short, I just am being realistic with my expectations and limitations.
Hey, no matter what, I’ll get a PR on double unders. =)
That’s it. Time to rest up to perform in the morning. Wish me luck. I should have plenty to discuss after my 14.1 score is obtained.