Things I’ve Learned Doing 14.3

This morning was the only time I could actually go and do 14.3. It was a bit intimidating because Sundays are usually Beasts Days the days where the really good athletes show up to do the Open workout. I was slightly intimidated, but at the same time, I didn’t really care, I needed to get my score in and today was the day!

I knew I wasn’t gonna get far, but I still wanted to give it a shot. Best of all, Ben and the girls came to cheer me on! Yay!

Here’s the WOD in recap:

And here’s my score for it:

Photo 3-16-2014, 1 10 49 PMI am super stoked about my score. That means I made it through the 1st round of deadlifts at 95#, did 15 box jumps, went onto the round of 15 deadlifts at 135# and did the 15 box jumps following that. I won’t lie. The deadlifts at 135# were hard and I did them all in singles. My first rep, I couldn’t get the bar up. Coach Cam came by to assess my form and make sure I wasn’t risking injuring my back and he told me to keep everything tight: core, legs and shoulders. It helped and that’s how I managed to get through all the reps. I then tried to get onto the deadlifts at 155#, but that is 10# over my body weight and my previous deadlift PR was 120#. I knew I wasn’t gonna lift that bar, but I had to try. I gave it one go and the bar didn’t budge. I tried a second time with the same result and called it quits.

Ben said my transitions were really slow, and it’s something to keep in mind if I ever wanted to compete seriously, but I didn’t really care that much. I also did my last set of box jumps step-up and step-down.

Here’s what I learned doing this Open WOD:

  1. When I was getting ready to go, Kevin was there as a spectator and asked me if I was doing it. I said: “I’ll do my best and that’s all I can ask for myself, right?” His reply was: “Do your best and then do just a little bit more.” I kept that in mind after my 1st fail at 135# and it also helped! Thanks Kevin! πŸ™‚
  2. Don’t go for a deep tissue massage involving your hips, lower back and butt the day before doing deadlifts. I got a very good massage yesterday, but it left me feeling bruised all over my butt and lower back. Probably not the best when attempting heavy deadlifts. I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t have changed the final outcome, but it probably wasn’t my brightest idea either! Tiger Balm, hot bath with Epsom salts and my hot water bottle are my new best friends for the next few days! πŸ˜‰
  3. If you’re not at a Regional level of competition, have fun with the Open. If you’ve given it your best effort, that’s all that matters.

Finally, here’s me doing 1 rep of deadlifts at 135#. Thanks babe for capturing it on video. I know it wasn’t easy to do while trying to keep an eye on both girls at the same time! πŸ˜‰ (Yes, I have cellulite on my legs and no, I couldn’t care less!)

9 thoughts on “Things I’ve Learned Doing 14.3

      • I totally agree!! I am doing another Whole30 in April, as the clean eating will help my body heal better and faster. My goal was to get through 2 rounds and I did it, so I was stocked!! I can’t wait to re-do this WOD in a year and see what my next score is. You have made so much progress in 2013, I think this year will be as good for you.

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