I don’t really have the time or the energy to do a huge recap post tonight, but I do want to just sort of throw some thoughts out about things I observed/learned/realized over my 5 weeks of Regionals.
-The Southeast had the biggest, loudest, and best crowd I could ever imagine seeing at a competition. Just two short years ago, I remember watching Rich beat BP and Spencer Hendel on the final WOD at the 2010 SE Regional…in a public park…on an outdoor basketball court…with about 50 people watching.
-If you can’t snatch you have two choices: 1) Learn to snatch – immediately. 2) Quit. Seriously. Go play fucking golf or run marathons, or just kill yourself.
-We qualified 15 individuals for the Games (yes, we found out about another today). Those 15 individuals all followed the EXACT same program leading up to Regionals. It is the EXACT same program that was freely made available to every single one of you on a daily basis. This illustrates two truths that I have always believed strongly: 1) If the program is comprehensive, directed, and well planned, and the athlete is already fairly competent, there is almost never a need for “individualized” programming. 2) The reason those 15 qualified and you didn’t, while using the same program, is because they move better than you. They are more efficient, produce more force, understand pacing better, recover better, and generally get more out of their bodies than most humans. The fact is, if you move like shit, you better get someone to fix you.
-There are 3 kinds of people in the world: 1) Those who Kip their HSPU and did very well on Diane. 2) Those who thought they’d be fine without a Kip, and are now not going to the Games (this excludes ALL midget ninjas). 3) Brandon Phillips.
-I wish I could have seen Jason qualify in person. You can’t imagine the thrill of coaching someone on their first WOD, seeing the potential they have right away, and then seeing them realize that potential after years of heartbreaking failures. Come to think of it I’m glad I wasn’t there–crying like a baby isn’t very gangster.
-The Snatch Ladder was my second favorite competition WOD ever (Amanda will always be #1). Obviously I’m a homer for the lift, but the ladder format is absolutely brilliant and should be something we see in some form every year. The addition of the double-unders was another stroke of brilliance and eliminated any logjams while adding another strategy aspect. Also, we won a WHOLE lot of them.
-I had one of the most genuinely wonderful and surprising moments of my life with Greg Glassman during week 3. I was reminded why I am honored to know him, and am grateful, on a daily basis, for the life and opportunity he has given me and my family. Thank you, Coach—I hope we made you proud.
-Rental cars are shit, hotels are lame, and flying still sucks, but getting to see and meet all of you guys was amazing. Besides, the free paleo kits made it all worth it.
7X1 Clean & Jerk @ 90% – rest 60-80 sec.
Back Squat: 1X8 @ 70%, 1X8 @ 75%, 1X5 @ 85%, 1X5 @ 90% – rest 1:00-2:00 between sets.
Notes: Percentage is based off of 120515
3 rounds for time of:
21 KBS 24/16kg