I’m sitting at my actual computer tonight, so I should take the time to say a few things. I’ll write a long-form summary for the Rest Day post, and try to keep tonight’s short—as I got exactly 12 minutes sleep on the red-eye last night.
-I’d like to first say thanks to the Outlaw coaching staff. They traveled from all around the globe (that’s not an exaggeration), and filled needs despite the fact that my job description to them was mostly, “I don’t know, find something/someone to take care of.” I had no idea how to wrap my head around having so many athletes at the Games, and these guys made everything run smoothly by going to briefs, scouting in the stadium, carrying bags, making sure athletes were fed, and generally helping “Outlaw Industries” not look like a complete shit-show. Thank you guys from the bottom of my heart.
-I’ll write more about this tomorrow, but I have to say how mind-blowingly impressed I was with the athletes this year. Obviously, you guys know most of the big stories, but what you didn’t see was things like the way the male athletes looked when they got off the bus from Pendleton. On the radio broadcast and Twitter feed, all we heard was how wrecked everyone was. When the boys walked in the door of the Marriott, they looked like they had just come back from a leisurely hike. They seriously didn’t even look like they’d gotten up at 4am to get on the bus. Their shoes were dirty, and they had gotten a lot of sun, but to a man there was no limping, no IVs, no stretchers, and they certainly didn’t look like the athletes looked after the 2009 Games opening trail run. Corey and I watched MULTIPLE people pass-the-fuck-out in 2009. This year they were off to an ice bath, got some treatment, then we had our crew practicing broad jumps and med ball tossing the next morning.
-The actual Games, as in the product which was on display, was light years ahead of last year. The fact that there was never conflicting WODs, that there was a legit program and schedule, and little tweaks—like the plexiglass HSPU wall—made the entire event feel legitimate, established, and like this will be the format for the foreseeable future. If that’s the case, then the sport is gonna be around for a while.
-It’s pronounced TA-LAY-NA motherfuckers.
-Clutch performances are usually exclusive to ball sports. Jordan draining a game winning fade-away… Elway leading a 99-yard drive with the clock ticking down… David Ortiz blasting one out to end “the curse”… These are the things I personally think of when I think of athletes performing under pressure. Last weekend I felt like I watched two fairly legitimate clutch performances.
The first was Elisabeth’s run through the Clean Ladder. I know you all know how insanely strong/powerful she is, but 235# was technically a new PR. Not to mention, it was with 10,000 people watching, and she’d just heard the crowd go crazy for Lindsey. By the way, in January—the first time I coached Elisabeth in person—she couldn’t stand up with 200#. Lindsey, by the way, was an Olympic hopeful a year ago.
If you fast forward to 19:00 you’ll see all the good stuff.
The second clutch performance, unless you’ve been living under a rock (or god forbid, somewhere without ESPN 3), was Talayna’s head-to-head “Fran-off” with Kristan Clever. In my opinion, this was the single most dramatic moment in the history of the Games. For simply not dropping off the bar on the set of nine Pullups; Talayna earned $25,000, a spot on the podium, and quite possibly the signature moment of the Games (she was also exactly ONE SECOND from earning 2nd overall). Not too bad, considering it was her first Games.
Fast forward to minute 5.
10X1 3-Stop Snatch Pull + 1 Hi-Hang Snatch – very heavy, rest 40-60 sec.
Notes: This combination of these two movements is meant to be performed in succession. In other words, at the finish of the 3-Stop Snatch Pull the athlete should be set in a stalled Hi-Hang position. Without any re-bending or other momentum, the athlete should immediately perform a Hi-Hang Snatch. It is noteworthy that this version of the Hi-Hang Snatch should should be performed with hip and knee extension.
1a) 4 X ME Strict HSPU – rest 45 sec.
1b) 4 X ME Strict Pullups (any grip) – rest 45 sec.
1c) 4 X 15 Reverse Hypers – medium/heavy, rest 45 sec.
Notes: If you can perform more than 15 Strict HSPU or Pullups – using 2012 Regionals standard for HSPU – then add a weight vest.