For time complete:
2 Rope Climbs (15′)
15 Box Jumps (24″)(20″)
2 Rope Climbs
20 Box Jumps
2 Rope Climbs
25 Box Jumps
2 Rope Climbs
30 Box Jumps
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Happy Birthday Carmen aka “Vogue”!
The Puzzle – Event 1 by Jim Kelly
1000m Row; 50 Thrusters @45#; 30 Pull-ups for time
Female first then Male
The word “Wheelhouse” comes to mind when putting Daniel and Janet on this nasty test. They both have and engine that won’t quit and seriously good pull-ups. They are shorter, lighter athletes which does not favor the row but they can stay competitive there. I like our chances on this one.
Being the first event, everyone is jacked-up. We just need that good start. These two are experienced competitors and have nerves of steel. Perfect pair to get our weekend started. We look to them to lead us to that podium with a great start.
They had practiced over and over, getting faster each time, but one major concern was out there, Daniel’s wrist. His range of motion in his right wrist won’t allow him to sustain an efficient rack position, even with the “light” 45lb bar. This had plagued him through practice but was much better do to the work of our (affectionately referred to) “witch doctor’s” at Airrosti. If you are suffering from overuse and mobility related pain, see these guys. It hurts, but it works. Will the wrist hold up?
3-2-1 Go! Janet begins her pull on the rower and as most rowing events go, it’s not much to watch. ACF is in the first heat due to our 26th place open finish and early on it is obvious the race is between Janet and Leah from CF Katy. They exit the rower about the same time to hit the thrusters. Janet begins and has a sweet pace, she is actively dropping under the bar, pulling it down into the squat and returning fast overhead. Cycling the reps 10….20…30 fatigue hits at 35 and the bar drops to the waist, only to rebound right back up to the rack and begin the methodical push to 50. She gets there at a break-neck pace. Her best Jackie time to date was 7:05 and she is on pace to set that PR (Personal Record)
On to the Pull-ups. A bit of chalk, to ease the breathing, and BAM! big sets of butterfly pull-ups. Leah was closing in, her pull-ups are strong and just as fast. It comes down to one last break on the bar, but that break was Leah’s and not Janet’s. Janet lunges to the finish mat at 6:59. Exhausted, spent and having just given her teammate an 12 second lead on the rower.
Daniel runs to the rower, straps in and begins his pull. Solid and more confident on the rower than ever, Daniel knows he has an excellent Jackie time. 6:06 is fast and can compete with anyone in any heat. He also has a lead. Stroke, Stroke, Stroke….1000m comes and he still has the lead.
He settles in on his thrusters all by himself, as no other team is off their rower yet. He begins the march to fifty. CF Katy’s athlete is stalking though; he arrives shortly after Daniel on the thruster station. He begins his thrusters like a mad man. The pace is so fast, it looks weird. Everyone is looking at each other waiting for him to slow down. We kept waiting and waiting for the fatigue to hit him. It never did. He is crushing the thrusters. Daniel is moving fast also, it looks like the wrist will hold up, but then at rep 39…it hits. The wrist begins to visibly bother him and his grip begins shifting on the bar to compensate. The discomfort slows him down; his rythm is off and the last 11 thrusters take what seems like an eternity. He’s got to be thinking, “Just get to the pull-up bar.”
He gets there, but CF Katy is hammering out butterfly Pull-ups and will not be denied. CF Katy finishes @12:55 for the lead. Daniel hits his usual big sets of pull-ups and dashes to the finish line @13:29 an individual time of 6:30 well off his best at 6:06 but considering the injury and the fact that CF Katy had the fastest time of the day. He’ll take it.
When it is all said and done after 2 more heats, including the highest ranked teams coming in to regionals, only 2 more teams beat ACF’s time. It’s a 4th place finish in an event where we anticipated a 4th-6th place. It was a success. Optimism is high because we know we have many muscle-ups and very heavy overhead squats coming in Event 2 and 3. This is going to be a good day.
To be continued…