Today we have a guest post by Jake, filling us in on what we missed last Saturday!
This past Saturday was the concluding event of the Iron Will series for the Next Level Invitational. Brian, Holley and I represented Intrepid and this event marked the most challenging out of the trilogy. As usual there were 3 different WODs. Normally, there are 2 workouts with a set start time and then a floater workout that can be completed at any time of the athlete’s choosing. NLI figured that in order to keep things running smoothly, all 3 WODs would have a set start time so the athletes can rest a decent amount of time between workouts.
After the standard briefing of the workouts, the competition began. The three of us all started with the workout named “Inversion”.
As you can imagine this was both a leg and a shoulder killer. Out of the three of us, Holley had the best game plan. She did her best to knock out the wall balls unbroken and do each handstand push up one at a time. This method helped to save her shoulders and yet she finished in the top 15 for this workout. There was a wide range of finishing times for this WOD. Some finished ridiculously fast while others struggled. I found that HSPU are definitely a goat that I need to work on.
The next workout was by far the worst. It was a challenging, tiring, hand -tearing, and grip killing monster. This one was called “Workload.”
AMRAP 19 minutes:
Besides the 7 different movements for this workout, what made it worse was that all three of us had to do it during the hottest part of the day! No shade. No clouds. No wind. All sun. Going into this we all had different strategies of how to break up certain movements. We knew that there was barely any time to rest, even though we were very tired by this point. We just had to keep moving. I would have to say that we all did performed well on this workout compared to the masses. We were each able to finish one full round and start the KB snatches of the second round. We also all had to head to the medic tent to receive treatment for our torn hands. In fact, I’d estimate that more than half the athletes suffered from ripped calluses that day…
The final workout was a power clean and burpee broad jump combo. This one was named“Dizzy”
135#/ 7ft – Division 2 male
95#/ 5ft – Division 2 female
3 Rounds for time (if 5min cap is met, then score will be total reps):
By the end of the day, everyone was fatigued. Every single athlete had to gut out this WOD. Power cleans seemed to be the easy part for everyone, while the burpee broad jump made it difficult to get a good rhythm.
This NLI proved to be very challenging, but at the same time once you finished, you felt like you conquered the world. This event shows that you have to be ready for anything. It is a good reminder to not only practice the movements you are good at, but practice those goats because they WILL pop up in any given WOD. (Note to those taking part in the CFI in-house meet…start working on those goats!)
I really want to recognize Holley’s achievement. After taking first place in Division 3 at the initial Iron Will event, she bumped up to Division 2 for these last two meets. She improved her rankings from April and finished 11th on Saturday. Well done! Way to work on those HSPU!!!
For the Overall Iron Will trilogy, here are the final series rankings:
Press 3×5 or Wendler
5 Power Cleans
10 Toes to Bar (sub 15 Knee Raises)
Rest 2 minutes, then:
500m Row for time