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Pump Games Recap: Event 3

The third and final WOD on Saturday was done against an eight minute clock.  First, you rowed 1000 meters with the damper set on 10.  You then had the remaining time to set a one rep max clean and jerk.  

My friends made all the difference in the world on this one.  Despite the fact that we'd talked about not rushing the row and staying at an easy 2:30/500m pace, I went out too hard.  I started out at around a 2:00/500m pace.  At 4'11", I'm not the fastest rower, and I was anxious about being the last one off.  I could live with one DNF for the weekend, but there would not be another.

If I had kept that pace up, I would have been gassed before the lifts.  The trick was to keep your heart rate down and trust that you could get in at least three solid attempts in three minutes.  Luckily, my friends were right there yelling at me to slow down.  And, luckily, I listened.

I did 75lbs for my first attempt.  I wasn't going to take any chances after the disaster that was WOD 1.  That went up easy.  I added 10 pounds; 85 lbs went up just fine.  Then I let me anxiety get the best of me.  I should have gone for 95 pounds and just made it happen.  Instead, I went for 90.  I cleaned it up, but I wasn't focused and couldn't commit, so I failed on the jerk.


I grabbed my jump rope to do some tie-breaker double unders, but time had been called.  Saturday was over.

When the rankings came out that night, I was very happy to not be ranked last despite my DNF and very much looking forward to the next day.

-Gym Belle-

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