The one where I do 13.1…

On Thursday morning I woke, grabbed my phone and went to see what 13.1 was.

Now that sentence will either mean something to you, or not.  For many people who do Crossfit around the work it meant that they found out what the first workout of the Crossfit Games was.

And here it is

Workout 13.1

17 minute AMRAP of:
40 Burpees
30 Snatch, 75 / 45 lbs
30 Burpees
30 Snatch, 135 / 75 lbs
20 Burpees
30 Snatch, 165 / 100 lbs
10 burpees
Max rep Snatch, 210 / 120 lbs

And then the tweets started…’I can’t snatch’

For many/most of us at S.O. Crossfit having only started Crossfit in the last few weeks/months we are still learning the movements and lifts.  So that night a group of us re acquainted ourselves with the white plastic pole.  Spending an hour shoulder shrugging, hip exploding, showing our armpits and doing the hook grip. (I am so hoping for brownie points for that description!)

And then we swapped the white plastic pole for the barbell…


And then we put weights onto the barbell…


But sure it’s fine as it is *only* 30 snatches.  Well for starters.

I went in on Friday to S.O. Crossfit for my turn on 13.1.  We were all doing it individually  I watched 2 members do theirs, this didn’t in any way help my nerves.

I had set my expectation at getting 70 reps, the first 40 burpees I knew I could do, and then hoped I could somehow do the 30 snatches. If I got the 70 I would be delighted.

So then I am standing under the (hateful) hoop 6 inches above my reach that I need to jump and hit after each burpee, trying to remember how to do a burpee (if you ever forget, I often do just throw yourself on the floor, you’ll suddenly remember)


And you find yourself just doing it, the first 10 hurt, your body doesn’t want to comply, but you keep throwing yourself down. Then that voice starts in your head ‘you can’t do this’, ‘it hurts, stop’, ‘you’re not good enough’ ‘this is the one that you will fail’

And then you get to 25 and you think, ok.. I AM DOING THIS

So 40 burpees done, time to lift that bar..It is 45lb. Pick it up.

So yes technique, not so great, but determination, oh yes, that was great.

30 times the bar was over my head, arms locked.

And then the realisation, it was time to throw myself on the floor again, there was lots of time left. I had done the 70 reps.

Keep going.

So through the pain, the little voice in my head silenced and just the thought ‘make yourself proud’ being mumbled under  my breath. 30 more burpees. Done.

Change the weights, and attempt the 75lb snatch.

Lift the bar.

I had 3 attempts, and failed each, but it didn’t matter at all.  I tried.

About to attempt the 75lb snatch
About to attempt the 75lb snatch


I got 100 reps total.

This screwed up piece paper was my score sheet.  It is going up on the wall.

13.1 score sheet

So up next is 13.2



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