So 15.2 saw us revisiting one of the WOD’s from the 2014 Crossfit Games, which also happened to be my worst one of the competition last year.
Every 3 minutes for as long as possible complete:
2 rounds of:
10 overhead squats (95 / 65 lb.)
10 chest-to-bar pull-ups
2 rounds of:
12 overhead squats (95 / 65 lb.)
12 chest-to-bar pull-ups
2 rounds of:
14 overhead squats (95 / 65 lb.)
14 chest-to-bar pull-ups
Etc., following same pattern until you fail to complete both rounds
Last year I had only been going to Crossfit for around 8 or 9 months and only for 2-3 times a week so I wasn’t expecting to do too well but thought it would be a good chance to see how I compared against others from around the world.
I’d never even attempted chest to bar burpees before this WOD so to say I wasn’t looking forward to it was an understatement. I’d say I was quite comfortable doing overhead squats and are probably my favourite squat but that’s probably because it’s usually the lightest weight we do whilst squatting so I thought as long as I managed to get through the chest to bars then I shouldn’t have too much of a problem getting through the rounds of OHS.
I didn’t even get through the first stage of 3 minutes with 3 complete rounds and just 1 CTB left to make it through to the 2nd stage but I just didn’t have anything left in me.
You would of thought after that abysmal performance I would of thrown a few sessions of CTB in the following year but you’ve guessed it I haven’t done a single one so you an imagine my face when this resurface from the depths of hell to test me again!
So it after plenty of stretching and letting people go before me I was finally up to be judged for 15.2 and with the countdown from 10-0 on the clock I took a deep breath, grabbed the bar snatched it overhead and proceeded to bang out 10 OHS in quick succession. Now onto the dreaded chest to bar pull-ups… I grab my chalk ball, giving it a tight squeeze I look up and being the midget I am at 5ft 9 (and a half on a good day) getting my tunnel vision on and focusing on the bar I jump grabbing the bar, swing my head through the bar, pull back with a big kick and an almighty pull I nearly clear the bar in what would of been my first muscle up! I’m immediately hit with a surge of confidence…that wasn’t as bad as I remembered!
I push down, head through again and a big push and that’s my two first CTB out of the way and just another 8 to go! That’s all i can think is if i let go now i’m never going to be able to get back up there on the bar so i power through and do my first 10 unbroken and land on my feet in disbelief with the first round of OHS and CTB done in little over minute with 2 minutes left to complete the 2nd round of them.
I was aiming to beat last years score at least and make it into the 2nd stage, which I did with a lot less effort than i first thought ok it wasn’t easy but man did I struggle on the 2nd set of CTB last year!
I didn’t have high hopes for this attempt I just wanted to get further than last years score and got through the 1st set of 12 OHS and CTB but this final set of CTB did take it out of me. I gripped the barbell ready to go for the 12 OHS managing 6 before dropping the bar for a quick breather and throwing it up overhead for my final 6, which I managed to get through with 2 seconds of the 2nd stage to go.
I’d did it, I’d beat my goal of passing last years score and was just 2 reps off doubling last year score of 39 with 76 reps 🙂