Should I Scale or Should I Go?

Should I Scale or Should I Go?

Kenny calls me an elite coach who is a non-elite athlete. From him, I take that as the highest of compliments.

But when the Open workouts are announced, I wade in that uncomfortable limbo where I am usually just below a true Rx. I could decide to go Rx, for the sake of Rx, but it would come at a cost that I’m not sure I want to pay any more. And a slow, lumbering Rx is usually not the context of the Open workouts. If slow and lumbering ever are the intent of the workout, Rx will surely be too heavy for me.

Since we speak so much into context here at CFLA, it is important that I stay true to that. If I tell my students to trade context for ego, I have to do the same.

It’s not always easy. I’m still a (mildly) competative athlete who wants to shine in some capacity though admittedly winning and killing myself to compete are not my priority. But still. I want to be able to lift heavy, and go fast, and express power, and score points in the prescribed capacity, damit.

The heavy squat cleans announced in 16.2 made me sigh. Double unders are my jam! But after six years of consistently squatting, the movement remains mediocre at best. The words “heavy squat cleans” yanked my stomach to my feet. And now I’m petting my ego like it’s a riled up cat. I’m talking it down, telling it, “It’s going to be ok. Ssh. Knee ups are fine.” The phrase “knee ups are fine” feels a little like a punch to the chin. “Ssh, it’s going to be ok.”

In all reality, it will be ok. Scaled is perfectly fine. 20 minutes of 16.1 was tough no matter how it was done, am I right? My squat clean will not suddenly get better before 16.2. So, yes, scaled it is – and it may remain so throughout the Open. If I squirm a bit as I get more comfortable with this reality, at least I feel safe collaring my ego within this community. I am truly thankful for that.


Friday’s Workout
Competition

“CF Open 16.2”

RX:
Beginning on a 4-minute clock, complete as many reps as possible of:
25 toes-to-bars
50 double-unders
15 squat cleans, 135 / 85 lb.

If completed before 4 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 toes-to-bars
50 double-unders
13 squat cleans, 185 / 115 lb.

If completed before 8 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 toes-to-bars
50 double-unders
11 squat cleans, 225 / 145 lb.

If completed before 12 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 toes-to-bars
50 double-unders
9 squat cleans, 275 / 175 lb.

If completed before 16 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 toes-to-bars
50 double-unders
7 squat cleans, 315 / 205 lb.

Stop at 20 minutes.

Scaled:

Beginning on a 4-minute clock, complete as many reps as possible of:
25 hanging knee raises
50 single-unders
15 squat cleans, 95 / 55 lb.

If completed before 4 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 hanging knee raises
50 single-unders
13 squat cleans, 115 / 75 lb.

If completed before 8 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 hanging knee raises
50 single-unders
11 squat cleans, 135 / 95 lb.

If completed before 12 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 hanging knee raises
50 single-unders
9 squat cleans, 155 / 115 lb.

If completed before 16 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 hanging knee raises
50 single-unders
7 squat cleans, 185 / 135 lb.

Stop at 20 minutes.

Saturday’s Workout

With Partner:
AMRAP 12 (alt)
A: 200 M Run
B: Power Cleans

Rest 6 Mins

AMRAP 12
A: 50 Double Unders
B: Thrusters

Score is total Cleans & Thruster btw partners

 

Monday’s Workout
RECOVERY: PRACTICE

A) FQL
3-3-3-3-3
Bench presses

B) 10 RFQ on the 2:00 @ ≤7 RPE
50 Double unders
5 Strict pullups
5 Strict ring dips
–75sec Cap each round–

 

 

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