My attempt at 14.2 only proved again what I already knew; The Cave has fantastic coaches and my shoulder is weak. I’m on re-entry from an injury, so I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to handle this one. First I spoke with Bo.
“Bo, what do think I’m better off doing. An empty bar for the overhead squats, or go for the Rx weight and just do front squats?”
“Well, it depends on your intent and how you are feeling. An empty bar overhead might help stabilize your shoulder muscles and aid in recovery. But if you want to experience the workout similar to everyone then stay with front squats. How has it felt doing overhead?”
After a few more minutes of talking, Bo recommended that I stay with front squats, and I’m one who always listens to her coach. I was thankful for the sound advice and I was ready to tackle my version of 14.2.
I filled Coach Anthony in on my plan. He advised me on how to warm up and a good strategy for my sets. If you haven’t had a class with Anthony, you should! He has a great understanding of fitness and kept a close eye on my form.
Anthony set the timer and off I went. The first set of ten squats weren’t a problem, the chest to bar felt good also. I broke the kipping pull-ups into 2 sets and dropped off the bar once. Shoulder recovery and kipping aren’t a great mix. Out of the corner of my eye, I heard Coach Russ telling Anthony to watch out for my shoulder. Another epic coach looking out for me.
I think that first set took me a minute, maybe 1:10. Coach Anthony was giving me great encouragement, I was feeling good, I had lots of time and picked up my bar again. I didn’t go as fast because I was thinking, “This is going to go longer than 3 minutes, I’ll make it to the next set and I should start pacing.” Squats were decent, I did them in sets of 5 and jumped right back to the bar, did 2 chest to bar pull-ups, and came right down. My face said it all, and Anthony quickly advised me to stop kipping and do them one at a time. It was sound advice and it went well, but slowly. I was grateful for Anthony’s quick thinking so I didn’t have to fully abort, but I knew I was done after 3 minutes. I went to run it off, and when I came back, Anthony was ready with numerous mobility suggestions and an alternative workout. What a great coach!
Once again, the open didn’t disappoint. Sometimes you learn about yourself, and other times you learn about who surrounds you. This time it was about a deeper appreciation of the coaches and knowledge at my disposal and less about pushing myself. That time will come… again.