And we’re rolling…
This year, I’m gonna be a bit more general in the breakdowns of the weekly workouts, as I simply don’t have the time I did last year. Also, you’re gonna have to figure out 14.2 by yourself since I’ll be in NYC. 🙂
First of all:
All of the workouts in the Opens will be longer cardio-based workouts. That’s just how it is. There are also specific exercises and pieces of equipment that’re more likely to pop up, and we can already cross two of those off the list. Snatches and DUs.
One of the most important aspects of a workout like this weeks is gonna be pacing. Imagine you’re doing a “run for ten minutes test”, and I’m pretty sure you’re not gonna see anyone stop to take off their shirt or stop and catch their breath. The key is finding a good rythm that you can keep up for 7-8 minutes, then turn it up a bit towards the end. Nobody cares how quickly you move for the first two minutes. It’s all about the end result. A heart rate monitor is perfect tool for this. I recommend you use one.
Second of all:
This weeks workout is a grip killer. Mashing out your forearms with a lacrosse ball or your hands a day or two before doing it is probably gonna be a good idea. Also consciously try not to tighten up too much while doing the DUs. Oh yea about those – try to maintain a good posture throughout and avoid rolling the shoulders forward. Getting too comfortable in that position will set you up for some really bad snatches.
Thrid and final point:
Test the workout out at 75-80% as soon as possible. Rest at least one full day before doing it and make sure you’ve been eating well. Your other training should be easy during the Opens if you’re serious about giving it a shot. If you’re not, then you probably wouldn’t be reading this. 🙂
Oh and remember to have fun – there are about 200.000 participants and only about 200 at the Games. That means you have to be in the top 0,1% to get to the Games. If you’re not, you can still compete against yourself and friends – but don’t take it too seriously. After all it’s supposed to be recreation. 🙂
Have a great weekend. <3