How To Do It (if You're an Average CrossFitter)
Prepare Your Mind
Figure out how you are going to deal with the hurt before you are in the middle of it. What has worked for you in similar situations? Reminding yourself how much fitter this will make you? Remembering our goals for this Open? Thinking about a rival/friend and trying to beat them?
I just wanted it done. When it hurt the most I reassured myself that this was the last workout, and no way in hell was I doing it again. Be sure to yell nice things at your box buddies when they hit the pain cave and they'll do the same for you. The encouragement from my mates at Remarkables CrossFit absolutely helped me get out of the mire of my own mind and get the job done.
Practice getting in and out of the rower at speed beforehand, and wear Oly shoes if you have them.
Use your hip drive. Legs will be shot to pieces not long into this one and the strength in your ams are needed to get the bar all the way up, so snap those hips like when you're cleaning to boost the bar up. Take short rests in the rack position if you need to. When you do put it down, squat clean into the next rep to save time.
Pause slightly at the top to show your judge that you have full extension. If you get it all the way up but whip the bar back down it doesn't look like your arms are straight.
Repeat it and try for a better score? Like bloody hell no.
I went for a short swim and hung out in the pool stretching straight after this one. Walking down the steps of the hot pool was really difficult and I was grateful for the handrails! My quads are remembering 13.3 (150 wall balls, 90 double unders, pfft muscle ups). After that one I found rolling my legs out with a rolling pin helpful in the days afterwards. See Adam rolling his quad with a barbell on the far right of the pic above? That will work too. If you can stand it.
Tabata Time's Coaching Roundtable 15.5
Nicole Carroll's tips as posted by CrossFit Inc.
The Outlaw Way's video tips
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