Wednesday, March 28, 2012
2012 Crossfit Sectional Thoughts
AMRAP burpees in 7 min = 126
Well the 2012 crossfit season is complete for me. This was a very succesful bitter sweet season for me. The best decision I made 8 months ago was hiring Mike Fitzgerald as my coach and programmer. I was/am in the best shape of my life.
My goal was to make it to the northeast regionals. In order to do that I would have to place in the top 60 out of around 2400 athletes. Northern Cal and the Northeast are the toughest regions in the world (according to the top dawgs) so I knew this was going to be a tough road but very possible.
I placed 58th in the 1st workout, 59th in the 4th and 43rd in the 5th workout. Not bad.
The 2nd and 3rd workout went as planned (full effort) but my scores did not line up where they needed to be. I ranked 519 and 325 in the 2nd and 3rd workouts.
My personal limiters with both those workouts were absolute strength. the 165lb snatch felt like 225lb after performing a 4:30 Isabell (30 snatches at 135lb). And the 115lb push press was too heavy to go unbroken past round 5 for me. My aerobic capacity was not a limiter in any of the workouts and I felt my ability to handle and flush lactate was good. I am confident if my Back squat was at 350lb going into sectionals then neither of those workouts would have been as tough for me. What does the back squat have to do with a power snatch or push press...long explanation...but they do.
In 2011 i placed 138 out of 1100 12.5 percentile
In 2012 i placed 116 out of 2400 4.8 percentile.
I have no complaints with the scoring system, or the workouts. Crossfit is a sport and for that reason I respect the workout selection. Does that mean Crossfits sectional wods determine the top 60 overall fittest from each region. Huge topic and discussion that will never be answered. Questions that can be looked at...Crossfit as a sport versus a true test of overall balanced fitness? Are the fittest in crossfit the fittest in another test of fitness? Decathalon? OPTathlon? Big Dawg Comps? Etc...Muliple ways of testing fitness...thats what makes this profession and sport fun.
For that reason alone I am happy with this season. I stayed injury free (for the most part),
3 days of rest and Im ready to rock again. Preparation for the 2013 season begins next week. 46 weeks away....here we go!