2nd French Throwdown in the box

What a weekend…, two nights in Paris and five workouts later I am back in Berlin. It was a fun one, still I was struggling with two of the five events but I was already aware of it… We had some good placings (6th, 11th, 12th) and sone bad was well (32nd, 33rd) from 40 teams. At least one bad placing was my fault-30 synchronized power snatches for time was NOT my strengths. Well but I already knew it, at least I am sure I have never so many snatches in that short amount of time. I think around or even under 5 minutes… Sounds not very good but for me and my fear of snatches and my horrible technique when it comes to this movement, it is actually not too bad. I think I did most of them as muscle snatch… F***! 😉

We finished up 16th, a better placing than last year. I had my moments when I was wondering if this all makes sense for me and if I really wanna do this competing thing anymore. I am still thinking about it…

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Getting ready for the French Throwdown

Team Icke qualified again for the French Throwdown. We are the same group of people than last year. The next days I will focus may training on the movements we will need for the weekend of June 17th to 19th. They will announce most of the wods before hand, so we are already aware what to expect…

French Throwdown – we made it…

🙂

Monday

It is quite hard to get a spot for a class right now because we have so many new members in the gym, at least I could do the regular wod today…

Weightlifting class was full, it is okay for this week because we have to do the qualifier for the French Throwdown, so I have to be careful with my trainings session.

I did the WOD 2 as a trial last Friday, 1 RM Squat Clean, 75 kg. 77.5 kg did not work because I sat under the bar but could not get up. Annoying, my 1 RM front squat is 90kg… But I squatted before, so I guess, that was the reason. Still, I probably won’t do it again because of 2kg. I am not a big fan of doing 1 RMs anyways… Tomorrow I ll do WOD 1:

Naughty Nate
amrap 8
2 muscle ups
4 handstand push up (with open standard 😦 )
8 American KB swings (24kg)

Warm-up
Snatch position play
1. set up
2. hang
3. high hang
4. snatch pull
5. overhead squat
6. stand up weight overhead

3x
20-60sec headstand hold tucked
60sec rest

Metcon (No Measure)
4x 30sec work, 30sec rest
front squat (I used 65kg)
pendlay row

2min rest

4x 30sec each side, 30sec rest
split squats /w db or kb
one arm ring rows

2min rest

4x 30sec each side, 30sec rest
one legged rdl /w db or kb
even: band pull aparts / odd: band face pull

Sunday French Throwdown

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On Sunday there were only two wods left before the final wods. The cut was after ten teams… First wod was not really a wod:

timecap 8 minutes
– each member has to find his/her one rep max hang squat snatch, only one person is allowed to be on the platform for the lift. The guys started and both of them did 90kg, I think… Then it was our turn. Me and my lifts – no best friends… BUT, I pr’d. I got 50 kg which is huge for me and my horrible technique! I was not expecting it!!!! The other girl started with 55kg and made it up to 60kg, haha depressing in comparing to me. But still, for me and my snatch problems, I was happy with my lift, just do not look around and see what other girls can do… 😉

Then there was a long break before our last wod and it involved swimming… Uahhhhh…, again sth I do not really like
Timecap was extended to 14 min:
Female, Female, Male, Male Order, everyone has to do:

-50 m swim
-20 sandbag ground to shoulder
– run about 300m to the track and field area
– 30 (stupid) dumbbell thruster (15/16kg – Hahaha, depends on the dumbbells you get)

The next team member can start when the one before has finished the sandbags.
Well the swim was interesting but again I was not the only one who was a bit slower…, my jump into the water was legendary and made the people behind me laugh. The sandbag thing was alright, the run without socks and open shoes was okay as well, the thrusters sucked. I had to rest a couple of times because they were heavy, our first male already was there when I finished my last reps but it was okay because he did all of his 30 unbroken :O and the last from our team was not there yet when he had finished. But they “only” had 2x20kg which is easier in comparing to our 2x15kg (yeah, we gor the lighter dumbbells). Our last person did his thrusters also very quick and we finished up 9th during that event, pretty nice spot!!!!

Overall we mad 15th which is not that bad out of 40 teams for the first time competing as a team and at the French Throwdown. The only thing that still annoys me is my bad performance with the OHS wod. We could have done much better if I did not screw up that one so bad!!!!!!! 😦

On the other hand the final wods were brutal and really not easy for me:

2 wods, two members – male+female – work together, everyone only has to take part in one wod:

event 6
15-12-9
synchronized back squats (60(80kg)
synchronized muscle ups

event 7
heavy synchronized DT
3 rounds
12-9-6
deadlift, hang power clean, push jerk (60kg,80kg)

Uff, I am good a back squats but my muscle ups are not the best – and then synchronized, no problem for our guys.
The weight for DT is heavy for me, also this one would have been difficult for me, sounds like lot of singles or doubles during the hpc and jerks. My partner would have been mad at me.

To sum up, I am still so far away from being a well rounded athlete, to many things I am not good and, my strengths (for oly lifts) is a problem, some of my skills are still not very good. I can do all movements but have still so many problems with the technique…, well, well, well…

The rest of the day I enjoyed the competition, watched the heats, bought some nice stuff from the stalls and ate sth. We left the venue around 6pm, head to the airport and flew back to Berlin.

Overall a nice competition with stupid not so well planned team wods, some struggle but also fun moments…

French Throwdown Saturday

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The event took place outside of the centre in a big sport complex. The area was really nice. The organization great, good equipment and everything well planned, except the wods for the teams, they were all disappointing, no real team wods for event 1 to 5. Actually there was one event where the males and the females did 60 toes to bars together but that’s it.. All the other wods were like one is working at the time, the others are waiting. So it felt more like an individual competition than anything else. We could not support each other, share reps, split up movements etc…
Also the wods weren’t my favorites, no deadlifts, no handstand push ups, no double unders, no bodyweight stuff, no wall balls… – all wods were kinda sprints for every athlete, short and more or less intense. Mmh…

Saturday we did 3 events and Sunday we did two, the cut was afterwards. From 40 teams only 10 teams could go on, also weird. They often have two cuts or take at least a couple more people into the finals. We finished up 15th, which is not too bad overall. I was not happy with my performance. I screwed up one wod which all of my team members were thinking will be a good one for me and then I was stuck with the 50kg OHS and got so many reps and attempts to finish the last four. This was though… :/

The competition level was high, there were a couple of regional athletes, competing in a team or as individuals. If you see them performing and then look at you, it is kinda depressing…

Saturday WODs

each member has to
run 400 m
20 pull ups
10 chest to bar pull ups
5 bar muscle ups
run 400 m
“Yeah” – running and bar muscle ups… It was outdoor on a track and field area. As expected my bar muscle ups sucked but I made it through. Still no butterfly chest to bar pull ups, only kipping :/ We finished up 14th.

The next was my hat wod because I had so many trouble with the OHS:
each member has to
21 cal assault bike
15 box jump over
9 ohs 50/80kg

So as I said I totally messed up the OHS, my kinda strengths. I changed my assault bike strategy, used my arms more than my legs because I wanted to safe my legs for the box jumps, mistake! During the las 4 reps of the OHS I lost my balance and my upper body strengths. O could not hold the bar overhead, I dropped it a couple of times, got no reps, had to do one by one – IT WAS FRUSTRATING!!!!!! 😦 I totally lost my confidence afterwards and felt so bad, it was horrible. We finished up 30th… 😦

Last wod was male/male and then female/female
9 min timecap
60 toes to bar
– find your three rep max touch and go clean

After the disappointing wod before I was really insecure, so I started light with the clean, 55 kg – I think this was a joke for other athletes… It really felt good and easy, typical me – more like muscle high power cleans than anything else… I went up to 60kg and finally to 65kg. Perhaps I could have done more today but I wanted to be on the safe side…

So Saturday was done. At the end of the day we were 22nd overall…, but very close to 17th…, just some points in between.

At night we went to the supermarket, the guys bought pizza. We ate and fell asleep…

Friday – Paris here we come

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What a day, we arrived Paris almost 5 hours to late. There were a lot of storms in Europe and almost every flight had a delay. We spent more than 4 hours at the airport, another hour inside the airplane and another 25-30 min in the plane after we arrived in Paris… So we finally went in pur Air Bnb apartment around 11pm. The only good thing: We don’t have to be there early, our first wod will be around 1:15-30pm, we just have to register before.

Thursday – Assault Bike Test

Today I had the opportunity to go to the 7 am class which was perfect. I woke up early, felt fit and awake and decided to go. It was a nice and warm summer day. Right now the sunrise is early in Berlin, so it really did not feel like early morning anyways.

The wod was perfect for a good start into the day:

Warm-up 3x
30 jumping jacks
10 swings
10 push ups

Power Clean + Jerk 2x
5 clean deadlift
5 clean high pull
5 muscle clean
5 power clean
5 split jerk

Weightlifting Clean and Jerk (1×3)
emom 10
3 power clean & split jerk
*increase weight as needed
I finished up with 60kg

Metcon
emom 20
I. 100m run
II. 10 wall balls – I used 20lbs
III. 10 power cleans – I used 35kg and went for unbroken
IV. 10 burpees
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In the late afternoon me and the other girl who is gonna be in our team for the French Throwdown went to CrossFit Aorta to try the Assault Bike in combination with box jumps over and 50kg overhead squats.

Well, what can I say – I totally underestimated the impact of the bike – I did 21 cal, moved forward to try the box jumps overs, heard my friend saying sth like “Be careful with your first jump!” – was wondering about her advice, jumped and almost felt down the hard way… I did not have my legs under control. I did not jump high enough and almost felt. This was one of my weirdest CrossFit moments – hahahaha – I had no control of my lower body. Good we have practiced the combination of assault bike and box jump overs…

Back at home I packed my stuff for Paris, our plane will start at 3:35 pm tomorrow.

Tuesday 3/5/16

So, time for the next one… Today it was time to do the CrossFit Total for the French Throwdown: Take 15 min to find your 1 RM back squat, deadlift and strict press.

I started my back squat with 100kg, went up to 106kg and it felt okay. I can def squat more, I am just so scared of the numbers, the weight feels so heavy on my back. Haha, so one kg PR. 😉
My strict press was 47kg, felt easy but it is always so hard doing the strict press, because you only have few reps and one or two kilo are not that big of a difference within the CrossFit Total. Last but not least deadlift, I started with 105 or 110 and went up to 125kg…. YEAH, 5 kg PR, it was heavy but it felt good… 🙂

So excited to be over the qualifying wods. Now we have to wait and see if it will be enough for our team….

Warm-up 2x
50 single under
5 push ups
5 ring rows
2x 10 side to side hang & 10 scapula push ups

coordination drill
2min catch reaction

Bench Press (7×7)
5min to warm up
then 7×7
*rest exactly 1min between sets
*add 1-5kg to last week
I had to do 50kg today and did not make it through all sets with 7 reps
4×7
1×6
2×5 (I think)

Metcon amrap 9
3 pistols
3 t2b
6 pistols
6 t2b…
I finished 24 pistols RX