So, I did it. I snatched. I know I did because my back, forearms, and the bend in my arm is so sore that I can feel every letter I am typing in that same bend on the front of my elbow.
This was one tough workout. Yesterday, my friend and I pra
cticed snatches at the NYC Box, The Black Box. As I approached 75 pounds on the snatch, let’s just say, there was no snatch. I was able to put my hips into it and get the bar to chest level and then, well, that was the end of my snatch attempt. I was 100% deflated mentally. The reason: the prescribed Open WOD starts at 45lbs, then moves up to 75lbs and upward from there. So, I was deflated knowing I couldn’t even make it into the second set. Such is life, thinks me. I’m not hard on myself. I have been doing CrossFit for 4 months and even though I want to be better and stronger, I do have perspective. But, I am also a competitor. So, I went to sleep last night, just hoping for one good 75lb snatch attempt today.
This morning, my friend and I met at the 10am WOD to do the Open 12.2. She, my friend Stefanie, is much stronger than I, and I knew she would get 75lbs over her pea-sized head because she was able to snatch 78lbs the day before.
Here was our strategy for this 10min Open WOD: 1st set of 45lbs we would do in sets of 10, 5, 5, 5, 5 to equal 30. We would rest in between those sets, change our plates to the 75 prescribed weight and then do one rep at a time. Or, I would attempt one rep and in my mind, probably just cheer Stef on.
We did the first set no problem and changed our plates. I took a deep breath, picked up the bar and attempted a snatch at 75lbs and got to chest level. Son of a b*&^*#. Well, that was it for me, I thought. I looked over at Stef and she was tossing that bar over her head like it was her job.
I set the bar down, picked it up again, took a deep breath and with what can only be described as a miracle-size intervention of Biblical proportions, the bar somehow got over my head. It wan’t pretty, but I stood there with the bar over my head with WIDE eyes and what was probably the craziest ‘I-should-be-committed’ grin on my face in disbelief. Then, I realized I should set the bar down and try it again. Shock and awe entered my being, and I got re-set. I held my breath, entered the beginning of the 2nd snatch attempt at 75lbs. and wouldn’t you know it, it went over my head too!!
What was happening?! I was so excited, I wanted to do a dance when that bar went up and over my head! But, I didn’t. I waited until I set it down and then did a couple of hops. Suffice it to say, I did 8 reps at 75lbs with the assistance and support of my ‘counter’ Craig, tough-as-nails-trainer Sara, and my roommate and friend, Will. I was totally happy with the final count since I couldn’t do a single rep the day before. It’s amazing what a little adrenaline will do!
Oh…back to Stef. Yah…she did okay…I mean, she snatched 14 reps at 75 lbs. 14!! That’s right! She made that 75lbs her bitch and for that, I have complete awe and respect!
So, of course, in our twisted CrossFit minds, we both had such a good WOD, that we have decided to attempt the Open WOD again Sunday! MmmmmHmmmm…Misery loves company and this company is going to get our Snatch on AGAIN in, count ‘em, two days!
There were apparently some pictures snapped of us. If they are ‘show-able’ and won’t make you vomit your lunch, they will be posted here!