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What We Like, What We’re Curious About
Another early Semifinal present from CrossFit; three of the individual workouts were released Tuesday evening on the heels of the team tests surprising us the night before.
As we did with the teams, here’s what we like, and something we’re curious about, right off the bat for each test.
Individual Semifinal Test 1
We’re going long
3000 meter Echo Bike
Hand-over-hand pull (84 feet)
2000 meter Assault Air Runner
Hand-over-hand pull (84 feet)
1000 meter Ski Erg
Hand-over-hand pull (92 feet)
Time Cap: 30 minutes
A theme we’re seeing with these initial releases is that while we have most of the information, we don’t have all of it. The biggest question mark here is the hand-over-hand pull. There is a listed weight of 225 and 180, I’m hoping it’s a thick rope, I want the pull to matter.
Question: How Long? I don’t see anyone needing the time cap on this one. The machines can not take more than 20 minutes total for anyone. I don’t think there will be 10 minutes of hand over hand pulls.
It’s a nice start to the weekend. Something long, but with less long intervals on each of the different monostructural implements. You will have to risk the pace a little if you want a top score here. Especially in those 60 person fields, you don’t want a mid pack finish on the opening event.
Individual Semifinal Test 2
3 sets of 3:00 Work / 1:00 Rest
5 Ring Complexes (1 toes to ring, 1 muscle-up, 1 ring dip)
20 single leg squats
Max burpees over box
Men: 20 lb ruck, 30 inch box
Women: 10 lb ruck, 24 inch box
Pro: Checks two boxes. Giving us both a high skill gymnastics demand and a work to rest capacity test. Athletes will need to be efficient and precise on the gymnastics, and then grind it out on the burpees over box.
How much does the gymnastics matter?
My initial instinct was that the gymnastics is going to be mostly a wash (everyone can finish in a similar time). However, I’m not completely certain on the effect the ruck will have. There are several elements of this workout I’m excited to see:
- Do you break on the rings or not? Or does it vary by round?
- How much will Range of Motion play a factor? Will the box height balance the gymnastics?
- How repeatable will rounds be with only 1:00 rest between? I feel that for three rounds they’ll be pretty steady, while a fourth round would have been the separator.
Love having a test like this that is a bit of an unknown. Could be a game changer for any Games qualifier who struggles with the Ruck-Rings combination.
Individual Semifinal Test 3
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 reps of:
Deadlift (295/220 lbs)
Dumbbell Bench Press (90/60 lb dumbbells)
Squat Cleans (145/105 lbs)
Time Cap: 17 minutes
Pro: New Wrinkle on an Old Classic. Linda, we’ve seen Linda at Regionals before. True, but not quite like this. The change from a barbell to a pair of dumbbells for the bench press only is a great move.
I’ve done Linda, and also dumbbell Linda, but not a combination. Clever, and I like it.
Are the weights right?
Looking forward to seeing the spread in times. Keeping that in mind, I’m curious what the expected range of finishes could possibly be. It seems like one of those workouts where no matter what you are expecting, a couple athletes will do something significantly better than you thought was possible… while others will get absolutely stopped in their tracks by the dumbbells.
These are at most half of the tests we will have. Until we see all of them we will hold off on overall impressions of the programming as a whole.