As my belly gets bigger, some CrossFit movements are becoming more difficult or modified, including this week's snatch-extravaganza Open wod 12.2. One of the main cues I tell people with snatches is "keep the bar close to your body" -- this is not a great thing to focus on with a big, pregnant belly. However, other than thinking "do not smack yourself in the stomach," I don't think pregnancy hindered my performance all that much on this workout. My max snatch is 110#, which I got on 11/9/2011 (11 weeks pregnant), and on that same day I did Isabel in 6:15 (30 snatches at 95#). My Isabel PR is 5:31. So my goal for 12.2 was to get some of the 100# snatches, but I didn't expect to get too many. Here's how it went.
The 30 reps at 45# were super light, but still enough to get my heart rate up and shoulders tired. I should have moved faster through the 30 reps at 75#, but I started worrying about how tired I would be for the 100# reps. I ended up getting 5 reps at 100#, for a total of 65 reps. Not thrilled with it, but not disappointed either. I foresee a lot of people re-doing this wod multiple times. There's a lot of strategy with how to break up reps, it's not that fatiguing of a workout, and a few reps will make a big difference in standings. If a better score will help team CrossFit515, I may re-do 12.2 this weekend because I'm confident I could get at least a few more reps if I move more quickly through the 75# reps.
Update: I re-did 12.2 over the weekend and got 69 reps (4 reps better). I did the 45# snatches unbroken, then I started the 75# snatches with two sets of 5 then did singles. I think I finished 75# with about 4:30 left, so the difference was just having more time with 100#.
What do I think of 12.2? Overall, I think it's a pretty good workout to follow the all-burpee wod. 12.2 should shut up the people whining about the lack of skill or strength needed for 12.1. The snatch is a high skill movement, and I'm a little surprised they would throw it in this early in the Open. I was expecting maybe deadlifts or ground to overhead, but the starting snatch weight (75/45) is so light that this workout shouldn't exclude anybody. I don't get the reasoning for the variance in guys' weights versus girls' weights, although I am glad I didn't have to jump up to Isabel weight for reps 31-60. If the last 3 Open workouts are more classic CrossFit wods, couplets or triplets with moderate weight, then I think HQ has done a good job of programming for the Open ... as long as they don't throw anything in there that I can't do :)
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