On February 1st, Team BoManda ventured off to Chico for the Heartbreaker Partner Competition at Adrenaline X CrossFit Chico. They placed 3rd overall after 6 grueling workouts and a 12 hour competition day. Here is their story:
BoManda left Marin at about 8:30 PM after a long day of work. In true fashion, they had no plans for accommodations. Wingin’ it would be the correct description of their traveling escapades. Amanda should have had her evening classes covered so they would not arrive in Chico at 1 AM, but she did not. Her bad.
Along the way, they stopped for dinner. Finding a good, pre-comp place to eat was hard, especially given the time of night. Many of you may not know, but Amanda has a weakness for flour tortillas, so when Chevy’s was open the nutrition guard came down. Bo can and will eat anything. You can feed him doughnuts before an event: he’ll not only win, but will lose weight too. Jerk.
They found a hotel 1 mile from the gym. Check in at 1 AM, alarm goes off at 6:30 AM, arrive at the venue at 7:30 AM. Not pleasant.
BoManda entered this competition thinking it was 3 workouts and a final. They were scheduled to drive back to Marin on Saturday for the all staff party, but was surprised by 2 more workouts just 2 days prior to the event. They still considered the drive back to Marin, but would see what would happen throughout the day.
WOD #1 “No Love Lost”
12 Stations: 6 for Reps & 6 for Skills
Athletes have 6 minutes to choose which stations to perform. Stations are worth points (to be announced). A team may choose to perform at a station or skip it. If a team chooses to skip it, the team may not return to it. At the Rep Stations the athletes perform alternating reps together. At the skill stations the athletes perform the skills one at a time.
15 Alternating Handstand Push Ups (Deficit/Level) (2 pts. each)
SKILL: 5 ft. Bridge Walk (10 pts. each athlete)
30 Alternating Box Jumps (24”) (30 pts.)
SKILL: 360 Handstand Turn Around (20 pts.)
30 Alternating Overhead Squats (115/75) (10 pts. each athlete)
SKILL: 4 Alternating Weighted Pistols (10 pts. each athlete)
30 Alternating Pistols (30 pts.)
SKILL: 15 Sec. Toes to Bar Hold (15 pts. each athlete)
30 Alternating Toes to Bar (30 pts.)
SKILL: 4 L-Sit Chin Ups (20 pts.)
30 Alternating Pull Ups (30 pts.)
SKILL: 15 Sec. Hold on 1 Parallette (30 pts.)
They did the HSPU with ease, Amanda did the bridge walk, and then they attacked the box jumps. Amanda was slow on the box jumps (probably not awake yet), but nailed the handstand turn around. They decided to skip the OHS because they wanted to save legs and OHS as we know take a lot of time. Pistols no problem, except they were each no reped for a body weight pistol (strange judging standards). The T2B hold was done by both, which made the T2B challenging, especially because they had to be alternating. Bo attacked the L sit chin ups. Amanda goes for the attempt, makes 2 and comes off the bar. If she realized that she could not rest in between, she may not have tried them at all. BoManda ended the workout with pullups, finishing somewhere in the mid 20’s. They walked off the field having no idea how they did. Since people were running around for this workout, it was hard to judge who did well. Amanda checked the scores and they took 2nd–a shocker!
WOD #2 “Air Force 15”
The WOD is started with an empty barbell, weights for male and female, and clips. On 3-2-1- Go the team must decide which athlete will start the WOD and load the barbell with the appropriate weight and clips. Once the first athlete completes the entire WOD, both athletes may help each other re-load the bar with appropriate weights and clips for the next athlete. The next athlete performs the entire WOD. If both athletes perform the entire WOD, the team may choose which athlete will perform the 3rd round (the second athlete may keep going). Both athletes will perform 4 burpees in sync every minute on the minute, starting at the end of the first minute.
For Reps. / 10 Minute Cap:
15 Thrusters (RX 115/75) (Intermediate & Masters 95/65)
15 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls
15 Push Jerks
15 Overhead Squats
15 Front Squats
At the end of each minute perform 4 burpees.
*The rep that is being performed at the end of each minute must meet all of the standards for it to count. Burpees do not count for reps.
Bo started off the team for this working, thinking that if they made it further than 2 rounds he would be the better candidate for doing more work. Amanda was scared of her legs. Bo was surprised by just how awful this was. He felt like he had been “Franned”. Amanda watched him suffer, which made her all the more excited to get started! They were able to complete one round. At minute 6 Amanda got started. She was right, it was awful! She finished the OHS at the call of time. They took an 8th place tie in this event. They knew it wouldn’t be their strongest, but should have done better here. The post WOD cough was heard all over the gym, proving that it was not only BoManda who thought this WOD was terrible.
WOD #3: “The Grind”
The team will have 4 minutes to complete:
Row for Calories
Double Unders with a thick rope (rope thickness is the same for RX and Intermediate)
*Athletes may switch between the row and jump rope as many times as they would like.
BoManda decided to go half and half on this workout. They figured it would be crazy to think that Amanda could do all the double unders and Bo could do all the rowing. They finished 7th. Amanda should not be put on the rower–ever.
WOD #4: “Ball and Chain
3 Min. AMRAP KB Snatch in Both Hands RX (53/35) (44/26)
Min. #1 First Athlete Performs AMRAP
Min. #2 Second Athlete Performs AMRAP
Min. #3 Both Athletes Perform AMRAP in sync
*The KB must pass between the legs in sync and lock out over head in sync.
Amanda went first on this workout, because they figured again that Bo could handle the 2 minutes in a row. Amanda learned how to do the double KB snatch just a few minutes prior to the event, so she went in not knowing what would happen. She did them, resting once in the minute. Bo went for his minute, again resting once. They stumbled to get going in sync on the 3rd minute. Once they did, they rested once and finished off the WOD. They walked off the field with Bo saying he thought they did not do very well. Amanda checked the scores. 2nd place. Who would have guessed?
WOD #5: “Every Rep Counts”
Every Minute on the Minute
Wall Ball (RX Men 20# above 10 ft./14# & 10 ft.) (Int. 20# @ 10ft. /14# @ 9ft.)
Box Jump (24”/20”)
Snatch (RX 115/75 Int. 95/65)
Round #1: 7-7-7
Round #2: 8-7-7
Round #3: 8-8-7
Round #4: 8-8-8
Round #5: 9-8-8
And so on… until 10-10-10
If a team reaches 10/10/10 or an athlete does not complete the required reps and standards within the minute, then on the minute the resting athlete performs as many snatches as possible to compete for a tiebreaker.
At 3,2,1, Go any athlete begins with 7 reps each of Wall Ball, Box Jump & Snatch. On the minute the next athlete performs 8 Wall Ball, 7 Box Jumps, 7 Snatches. On the next minute the first athlete performs 8 Wall Ball, 8 Box Jumps, 8 Snatches. The pattern continues to 9/8/8 then 9/9/8 then 9/9/9 then 10/9/9 and so on until 10/10/10. If a team reaches 10/10/10 or an athlete does not complete the required reps and standards within the minute, then on the minute the resting athlete performs as many snatches as possible to compete for a tiebreaker. All of the reps must meet the standards and be complete within the minute for them to count. The person performing the tiebreaker must wait until the top of the minute to begin the snatches even though it may be clear that his or her partner is not going to make the required reps.
Finally, a workout Amanda is excited about! BoManda decided to have Amanda start so that in the event they finished all of the rounds, she would be the one to do the snatches for the tie breaker. Round one was completed in about 50 seconds. This workout would get ugly quickly!
Alternating well, BoManda made it through 7 rounds. Amanda missed a lot of wall ball shots, but was still able to make her rounds. Bo was no reped on one here and there, but nothing to slow him down. On round eight, Bo was hitting his reps well and missed the minute by one snatch. Amanda was set up to either hit the snatches for a minute or go to the wall ball. She went to the bar and hit 10 in a row! Just before this workout started, (were talkin’ 10 seconds prior) their judge informed them that they could not drop the bar from overhead. Amanda forgot this rule and of course dropped her last snatch of the first 10. No rep. She picked up the bar and kept going, making a total of 17 counted snatches.
Now, the scoreboard read 4T for hours. Amanda stewed over the fact that she was no reped on a snatch, but oh well….until, they watched the next heats and people were dropping bars all over the place! Not only that, but BoManda’s judge allowed her next team to drop the bar. They were robbed! Amanda was not pleased but said nothing…
Team BoManda entered the finals in 3rd place. The finals were comprised of the top 6 teams.
“Make Up or Break Up”
2:00, 3:00, 4:00 Min. AMRAP
Athletes have 2 minutes to complete as many reps as possible. Each athlete must rotate between stations. (Example: If athlete #1 performs the row, then athlete #2 performs the burpee box jumpovers, athlete #1 then performs the OH walking lunges, and athlete #2 performs the deadlifts… and so on. Once the 2 minutes is up, the team must return to the beginning and rotate through again, staying in the same sequence rotation. (Example: When the 2 minutes is up, if athlete #1 is still on the OH walking lunges then athlete #2 begins the next round with the row. The next round is a 3 Minute AMRAP. The athletes perform AMRAP for 3 min. and when the 3 min. is up. The team will start over and perform a 4 Minute AMRAP. When an RX team makes it through the handstand walk, the team keeps going through the AMRAP, starting at the beginning. The person that is not performing the handstand walk starts with the row. When an intermediate team makes it through all the movements, the team starts from the beginning but gets to choose who starts with the row. For the intermediate division, the wheelbarrel walk is also be a choice of who walks and who holds.
Row 20 calories (20 pts.)
10 Burpee Box Jumpovers (24”/20”) (2 pts. Each)
OH Walking Lunges (20 ft. there & back) (135/95) (10 each way, 20 total pts.)
20 Deadlift (255/185) (20 pts.)
20 KB Swings (70/53) (20 pts.)
2 Rope Climbs (10 each, 20 total pts)
4 Muscle Ups (5 each, 20 total pts)
Handstand Walk 20’ (5 pts. Every 5 ft., 20 total pts.)
BoManda was given the same judge they had who no reped Amanda from WOD 5. Amanda was no pleased with this, but kept her mouth shut.
Plan: Bo row, Amanda Burpee, Bo overhead, Amanda deadlift, which if they ever got there would place Amanda on the handstand walk. No rowing for Amanda, no deadlifts for Bo. Great plan, but they would have to move quickly to make it happen.
2 min AMRAP: Bo started on the rower and planned to take it easy so he wouldn’t burn out. He was last off the rower. Amanda made headway on the burpee box jumps so that Bo could do the OH Lunges. Amanda made it to the dead lifts doing a set of 6 or so.
3 min AMRAP: Bo was back on the rower. Amanda ran some chicks down on the burpees, Bo hated the OH Lunges, and Amanda got into the teens on the dead lifts.
4 min AMRAP: Bo was not last off the rower–his plan was working! Amanda burpeed, Bo lunged, and Amanda was left to the deadlifts. All of the women in the heat were on the deadlifts at the same time. Fortunately, Amanda was faster than most of these women at the deadlifts, so she was able to catch up for any lost time. Bo blasted through the KB swing leaving Amanda with a small amount of time to rope climb. In the middle of his 20 swings, Bo was telling Amanda that she would need to move it up that rope. Amanda prepared and jumped up there. Bo yelled faster, and she climber faster–Amanda didn’t know she could climb ropes any faster. Time was called at the exact moment when Amanda’s hand reached the line. A very epic finish!
Fortunately, the judge counted the rope climb, so Amanda let the whole no rep thing slide.
Team BoManda finished the final in 2nd place, with an overall finish of 3rd in the competition. On the podium, it was announced that the Heartbreaker Partner Competition will be an annual event. Will they do it again? I guess they have to now…
Aonther one for the books for Team BoManda!