We also led the way in hilariously mustached judges. I don’t think that guy understood why I was so excited to meet him. Notice how I'm just longingly admiring it.
We all know that I had my reservations coming into this weekend so I don’t feel the need to rehash them here. Having dedicated myself solely to the pursuit of strength for the last year, I waved goodbye to metcons long ago (that’s not entirely true – typically I row about 300 meters for a warm up). For me to simply say or write that I was helped through this weekend by my teammates is just not enough to give them the credit they deserve. I needed a way to show it graphically and make it glaringly obvious, using mathematical proof to leave no doubt in anyone’s mind that I was carried through these events. Well here it is:
For the purposes of the event 9-10 analysis, I assumed that each rope climb was 5 reps. Why? Because it takes about 5 pulls for the average person to get up there, and they were about 5 times as hard as anything else we did all weekend.
If you’re asking yourself “did he really add up all the reps for each WOD, then calculate his contribution and express it as a percentage in a clustered bar chart?” then you really don’t know me at all. Just to clarify what you’re seeing here, this is my contribution in terms of reps for each event (or group of events) compared to the AVERAGE contribution of reps from the other team members (the formula is [total reps – my reps]/5 for anyone who wishes to check my math). The numbers in the bubbles are how far BELOW that average I was. What the graph doesn't show is that the workload primarily fell on Dan and Eric, seeing as the majority of the events were evenly divided between female and male reps. I probably owe both of those dudes a steak dinner, or at least (another) hug. As Big John and I discussed at one point during the weekend, we were both very correctly type casted for all these events: do the heavy stuff, keep the reps and heart rate low, and try to stay out of everybody’s way. It couldn't have worked out any better.
Had I attempted to complete 100 Goblet Squats, I would still be in Springfield scouring the competition floor for the remnants of my kneecaps and dignity. Thank you guys. Also congratulations! Although we didn't stay for the award ceremony, I received official word that our team took home the award for "Least Head Hair." Very prestigious.
While the dudes definitely kept up their end of the bargain, I think we were all most impressed with the ladies of the team. Take Karen for instance. I heard talk ever since she joined our gym about how strong and quick this young lady was becoming, but I had no idea how true it was until this weekend. Having to immediately follow her in a relay-style event on two separate occasions, I can safely say this with the utmost confidence: That. Chick. Can. MOVE. My favorite Karen moment was walking out to the floor with her before Event 7. She seemed a little shaky, and finally turned to me and asked “do you get nervous before these events?” I shook my head and said “no, why would I be nervous? You’re the one who has to move really fast to give me a prayer at finishing this thing.”
And if this picture was taken from slightly a different angle, you would see me in the background yelling “slow down woman!!”
And then there's Cari. Little Cari who packs a mighty punch and took down every task that was asked of her all weekend. Although I am still trying to teach her the value of having confidence in herself. I figure I'm the perfect person for the job, because maybe a little of my obnoxious and undeserved OVER-confidence will rub off on her and make us both normal. Clearly the highlight of the entire weekend was her discovery that switching from a pronated (palms away) to a supinated (palms facing) grip on C2B pull ups may just give you the boost you need to finish the work. Or as I like to call it, do the "Cari dance."
This is the Cari dance. It's pretty simple, just turn your palms in, pump your fists in the air, and make an excited face like a little kid who just discovered ice cream.
Just to hammer the point home one last time.
Someone commented that our monkey-limbed kids are going to be excellent at climbing rope. To which I responded: "KIDS?!?!?"
The time of my life
No I never felt like this before
Yes I swear
It's the truth
and I owe it all to you .... Jackasses!
WOD 10/31/2014 - Friday
A): Snatch EMOM (Every 2 Minutes perform two Hang Squat Snatch)
B1): Rope Climb (4x1)
B2): Handstand Push-ups (4x Max (strict))
Partner WOD/10 minute amrap
Athlete 1: row for calories
Athlete 2: perform 10 db burpee cleans (30/20)