15.3 opened up with muscle ups, a movement I still haven't gotten a hold of. So when I watched the Open announcement last Thursday, I stared at my computer screen with a look of disbelief and frustration. Why did muscle ups have to start the workout? Why couldn't the order of movements be the other way around? I re-watched the open announcement to make sure I heard Dave Castro right and I didn't just imagine that he would throw this kind of a wrench into the Open in the 3rd week.
Unfortunately, I heard correctly, 7 muscle ups were going to separate me from getting to the wall balls. So I started trying to figure out what I was going to do, I checked what the scaled version was and decided I would go Rx, at least for Friday. I know that under pressure and with adrenaline coursing through me, I can do things that maybe were just out of reach before. Getting 7 muscle ups, considering I don't have one, I know was a very unrealistic goal. Adrenaline probably wouldn't take me that far. But I figured if I could get one, just one successful muscle up, it'd be a win in my book. And since muscle ups were the start of the workout, that would guarantee me the best chance of being successful since I wouldn't be tired or fatigued from any work right before.
So when Friday night rolled around, I walked up to the rings to give it my best shot for the 14 minute AMRAP. I kept telling myself, "Just get one. Get your first muscle up." And like magic, it worked! Hah...just kidding. I wish it were that easy but sadly, Friday just wasn't in the cards. However, I came the closest I've ever gotten to one and even surprised myself that I landed in the bottom of my dip on the first attempt (so surprised I let go, dang it!). For 14 minutes, I kept at it. My hands were torn to shreds, my wrists were swollen and bruised, and my arms felt like limp noodles. I could have walked away defeated and bummed that I didn't accomplish what I came to do, but all that 14 minute AMRAP did was make me realize I still have work to do, and got me super excited to get to work. I'm close. I can feel it. I can taste it. I just need to practice a little bit more and I'll get there, as soon as my hands are healed.
I know I'm not a Games contender, the Open is really just an opportunity for me to see where I'm at and what still needs work. That's what makes it fun. For our purposes, these workouts are tests for you and only you. It's me against me from 2014, 2013, and so on. Have I gotten stronger? Have I gotten faster? Have I gotten fitter? The answers will most likely always be, yes, yes, and yes. Sure being on top of the leaderboard, even if it's just CF 818's, is cool but if that's all you care about, you're missing the point. Try to learn something from each week. Like if double unders still aren't your jam, practice them. Or toes to bar, or pull ups; practice those movements you have difficulty with so that when next year's Open rolls around and a workout comes up with your least favorite movement, you're excited because you're going to crush it.
Chest to bar pull ups? Too easy for Preston, he goes belly to bar!
A. EMOTM 15 minutes:
*work up to a heavy single
B. 7 rounds for reps:
40 seconds push press (95/63)
20 seconds rest
40 seconds kb swings (53/35, USA)
20 seconds rest
Posted by Megan