2014 American Open Recap – Friday.
This was the first time we’ve gone into a national meet with a full roster of lifters who I’ve been able to spend a considerable amount of time working with, and know well. Over half of our roster had lifted at Nationals, and they’d all made a ton of improvements since then. We went into the weekend cautiously optimistic; knowing that if we hit near projected totals we’d be making a run at a few podiums, and have a shot at a women’s team title. Projections; however, become a fleeting memory when the bar gets loaded and the 1:00 clock turns on.
The only session that really went as planned was the first one. Riki Long cut over 20# to make the 48kg class, and basically did it while learning how to lift. She made weight pretty easily, and nailed her opening Snatch of 58kg. Then nailed 61kg next – which would turn out to be the bronze medal winning lift – and we decided to go to 64kg, which was 2kg under her recent PR. I realized 64 would win gold in the Snatch, when the announcer said that it would be the last lift before the 10:00 break to reset for the Clean & Jerk. Riki pulled it, caught it, then ran forward trying to hold it as she stood, and ended up walking right off the end of the platform. Good lift in your gym, bad lift on a raised national stage. No matter what, I couldn’t be more proud of Riki. To have the guts to take the last Snatch and hold it – at your first national meet and second meet ever – shows the kind of balls it took for her to be a 4’11” US Marine. She hit her first Clean & Jerk at 76kg, and totaled 137kg for a 4th place finish overall in the 48kg weight class.
To say that the rest of the meet was up and down from this point, would be a pretty huge understatement. In the 53A session Shantai hit 71kg on her second Snatch, then proceeded to Clean & Jerk 89kg and 94kg (for bronze overall) – only to have both lifts declined by judges decision. I’ve watched videos of both red-lighted jerks, and while it’s heartbreaking, I agree with the judge’s decision. We knew coming into the weekend that Shantai’s Jerk was a major issue, and now have even more inspiration to get it fixed. At this point a common theme started to take shape – seeing red.
Tomorrow – Saturday Recap.
Super Cleary spent the weekend chasing us around. Here’s the first teaser: “It Takes Guts”.
1) 5X1@80% (of max for complex) High Pull (from floor) + Hang Snatch (power position) – rest as needed
2) 5X1@80% (of max for complex) Hang Clean (power position) + Front Squat + Jerk – rest as needed
3X5 UB Cleans (full squat – from the floor) @ 65% (of max Clean) – rest 90 sec.
1a) 3X2@80% Paused Clean Pulls (3 count pause at knee) – rest 90 sec.
1b) 3X2@80% Push Press + Hold (3 count lockout hold overhead) – rest 90 sec.
3 rounds for time of:
9 Bar Muscle-Ups
21 Burpee Box Jumps 24/20″