*Warning: CrossFit talk ahead.
Beast Mode Battle = 4 WODs (workouts) in one hour.
Station 1-- 12 minutes to complete.
1 rep max of ground to overhead (clean and jerk).
3 minutes to rest and travel to the next station.
Station 2-- 5 min AMRAP (as many reps as possible).
5- 75lb snatches and 20 DUs (double unders).
2 min rest.
5 min AMRAP
5- 55lb fat bar thrusters and 20 DUs.
Station 3-- 12 minute ladder.
row 15 calories, 2 KB goblet squats, 2 KB SDHP (sumo dead lift high pulls), 2 KB swings, 2 KB snatches. 15 cal row, 4 KB goblet squats, 4 KB SDHP (sumo dead lift high pulls), 4 KB swings, 4 KB snatches... etc.
Station 4-- 8 min AMRAP
6- 135lb dead lifts, 6 box jumps (20 inch).
2 min rest.
2 min extra credit AMRAP
135 lb cleans OR burpee box jump overs.
What makes this competition unique is the back to back to back to back workouts. And the gravity of that began to set in as competition day neared. I practiced individual stations at the end of my regular workouts to get used to doing the WODs while feeling fatigued. And twice I strung together multiple stations to prepare. Then I tweaked something in my knee/quad.
The Week Prior:
Due to the pressure of the competition and my own insecurities, this minor tweak became the monster under the bed. There were moments I was quite sure that surgery was absolutely needed. That pulling out of the competition was the only viable option because my leg just might fall off. And then moments of clarity, when I realized that my mobility was not at all affected, and if I wasn't thinking about it, it didn't really hurt at all (if you saw me hobbling, it was in the name of preserving the quad and resting it... and that paranoia about the leg falling off).
Well... I did a whole lot of resting it-- worked my upper body and did lots of foam rolling, frozen lacrosse ball rolling, icing and stretching. By Friday, I was beginning to embrace the fact that the whole competition would only be an hour. I also realized that my husband had in fact correctly diagnosed the problem as a tight quad (not the torn meniscus, ACL, MCL, or flesh eating bacteria that I had invented).
Well, let me just say, it completely sucked... and it was totally awesome!
Pretty much, the other stations were short trips through hell that felt like mini-eternities. It was "3-2-1-GO!" followed by a sweaty, intense, constant battle.
Station 4-- this was probably my strongest performance. Unfortunately, my judge miscounted my reps. However, my husband filmed most of the WOD, so I was able to submit the video and have my score adjusted. It was enough to move me from an original place of 16th to 9th. I am happy with my placement. Happy with the competition. It's a good starting place. Now it's back to some heavy lifting.
Video! Having the WOD on video made a HUGE difference in my final score. And video is also a useful tool in training. My husband coaches me, corrects my form, encourages me that I have the strength to do something, but sometimes, you just have to see it.
|My un-corrected scorecard.|
Since writing the original post, Beast Mode Battle has calculated the scores of all competitors in the BMB series. (They do North, Central and South events.) My final score places me at 10th in the state for the series. Not too shabby!