Pull Snatches, Thrusters, and Burpees. (And Larry, Moe, and Curly)

I attended the 7:15 session this morning, so as to workout before a team-building activity at 8:30. More about said activity in a moment.

I did arrive at CFD at 6:30 as the 6:15ers were finishing their warmup and preparing for the skill building. Griff and Max, for whatever reason, did the met-con earlier than and not with the remainder of the class, and Max asked if I would start the timer. He didn’t ask me to provide encouragement, but one need not ask to receive. Although Max and Griff started at the same time, Max eventually lapped that gaycist Griff. I would shout the elapsed time at the end of most rounds, and (even though they both started at the same exact time) it would sound something like this: Great job, Max! Your elapsed time is 3:30. Griff, your performance is quite mediocre, and your elapsed time is 4:45. I also had the opportunity to observe and cheer for the cool 6:15ers who did the met-con when it was supposed to be done. Ashley D. (not you, Denton), remember to extend your hips!

Doug led the 7:15 session, and the focus was on the snatch pull. After having success with the clean pull earlier this week, I was actually looking forward to today’s skill-building, and I wasn’t disappointed. I’m finally starting to get the feel of the pull, hip extension, and jump. As there were but 5 of us in attendance, Doug had ample time and opportunity to observe my performance and provide feedback, and he did just that. Thanks, Doug!

I warmed up with the bar, and I heard Doug say, “Good, Paul.” Yeah, me! The posted workout was 7 snatch pulls, working up to a heavy weight. As faithful readers know, I’m focusing on form, consistency, and then intensity. Given that, I didn’t do just 1 snatch pull until the last 2 reps.

75 & 95 x 3

105, 115, 125, & 135 x 3

145 x 1 (That’s my bodyweight!)

150 x 1 (Not the best snatch pull, but the weight was feeling rather heavy. I can’t imagine why.)

Today’s met-con made my heart pound, before, during, and after.

7 rounds for time of the following

7 thrusters (135/95; I lifted 95 lb)

7 burpees

Thrusters always remind me of my CrossFit Level 1 certification, and my inability to lift 95 lb, the weight I lifted today. I also couldn’t kip back then. How things have changed! I nonetheless felt very anxious just prior to the start of the met-con.

My goals were to complete at least first round of thrusters unbroken and to complete all burpess unbroken. Come on, it’s just 7 burpees, right? How difficult can that be, right? Very freaking difficult. Here’s how it all transpired…

The clock counted down, I cleaned the bar (cleaning 95 lb now feels quite easy), and did 7 unbroken thrusters. Well, kind of. I did squat deeply, I did extend my hips, and I did lock my elbows — for all but the last thruster! Doug called me out on it, and I’m pleased that he did so. I try to keep myself as honest as possible, but I would’ve counted that last rep. I gathered my breath and my thoughts, and did the final rep. My first goal was not achieved.

I completed all but the last round of thrusters in reps of 4 and 3.

I did complete all rounds of burpees unbroken, but I was certainly tempted to not do so. It took every ounce of resolve to not stop midway and catch my breath, and I was very, very winded after each and every round.

I was keeping track of rounds in my notebook. In my mind, I was thinking that 7 rounds looked like 4 hash marks with a slash, obviously representing 5 rounds, plus and additional 3, yes, 3 hash marks. Uhm, that’d add up to 8.

I finished my 7th round, looked down at my notebook and counted a total of 7 hash marks (including slash), and thought to myself, “That can’t be right. Does that what 7 rounds look like? Did I count the hash and slash marks correctly? Let’s see, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. Yup. Have I really completed 7 rounds? I know I made a mark after each round of burpees. Have I really, really done 7 rounds? Did I mistakenly make a hash mark after a round of thrusters? I can’t remember doing so. That does add up to 7, right, Paul? Just to be sure, you had better do another round.”

And that’s what I did. And the last round was a bitch. I completed thrusters in reps of 2, 2, 2, & 1. I was in a world of hurt. I did complete last round of burpees unbroken, and I can recall Doug saying “Come on, Paul. Down and up. Down and up.” I called time at 10:48. I was drenched in sweat and completely exhausted.

Kate, Katherine, and Jillian, members of the Training & Professional Development team where I am employed, attended the 8:30 session, led by the always delightful ATD, as a team building activity. They did awesome, and I am very proud of each of them! I spent time teaching them how to do 6-count burpees, squats, and goblin squats, and even spent a little bit of time assisting them with band-assisted pull-ups. Their met-con was modified in that they did 6 rounds of 7 goblet squats and 7 burpees. Except Jillian, who did 10 instead of 7 reps. Glad to see I’m not the only one who’s bad at math!

Thanks for all of your coaching, ATD! You’re tied with Ashley D. as my favorite Ashley. And, my favorite Ashley D.


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