I know some of Jenna’s events have not been covered on the CrossFit site and when they are she isn’t being featured enough, so I am going to do a running blog on some of the events going on to give you a feel for things. I am going to try to get these out fairly quickly, so please excuse the typos and grammar.
We are also trying to post lots of Instagram stories on the Cove Instagram
The CrossFit Games are a blast but it goes to an all-new level when you get to follow a fellow Covie.
Max bike calories in 5 minutes
1-rep-max weighted pull-up
1-rep-max front squat
Event two is an interesting event. It’s the total number of calories and pounds lifted. It makes the strategy of the event really interesting, as you have to figure out what the bike is going to cost you for the upcoming two lifts. I have no idea what to expect.
The event starts and I have no idea how many calories Jenna is burning but feeling good about it. Jenna does this really interesting training method but Maffetone training. It is basically long periods of time on a piece of aerobic equipment (bike, rower, running, etc) where you keep your heart rate at a fairly high level for periods of 45 minutes to 90 minutes. It is the definition of boring and dedication to your craft. After seeing her grind those sessions on the bike at the gym, I know she is doing great. She has paid the price to get here.
(I find out at a later date that she hit 99 calories)
The 5 minutes end and she is off to the weighted pull-ups.
I LOVE THIS EVENT. I LOVE ALL THE PROGRAMMING THIS YEAR FOR THE GAMES! It is so inspiring to see young women not only pull up their own bodyweight but add some huge 45-pound and 35-pound plates to weight belts and knock out these pull ups!
Jenna is having some problems with her weight belt. The clip isn’t working. I have noticed a couple of weird things happening to Jenna during the games so far. A clip not working, the rope catching on her leg on the way down from a rope climb, etc. Little annoying things that cost you seconds in a world where seconds count. But she doesn’t let it bother her, she is focused on the task at hand. She gets the clip on and proceeded to do a series of pull-ups with insane weights. I am trying to figure out the math with the colored plates of blues, whites, and greens and just give up. It is just a ton of weight.
(I later find out she hits a 55 pounds weighted pull up which is like strapping on 2 kids from the Cove kids room onto Jenna)
Finally to the front squat. Jenna has her front squat bar all set up. It’s got the big boy weights on and she is off to rep one. She hits it and just explodes out of the bottom of the squat, finishing the rep with ease and a great bar path. THAT’S A GREAT SIGN!
She adds more weight and hits it again at 225 pounds, still looking fast out of the bottom.
She decides to go for it, and adds ten’s to both sides. She has about 40 seconds left and is going for 245! WOW!
She gets into a great position with her front rack and steps it off the rack. One big breath in and down she goes. She hits the bottom with no question that she will NOT be no repped. And bounces up and drives and drives and drives and it just won’t move up anymore. She drops the bar forward. UGH. She almost had an insane lift and then we realize that it’s 245 and she can’t clean it in time to make a second attempt.
I see it in Jenna’s eyes that she realizes that it’s over, she doesn’t have time for another attempt. I am sure she is deflated and she might be for a moment but just for a moment. You can tell Jenna gave it everything, went for it, and just came up short and the focus is now on WHAT’S NEXT!
We can be inspired by what athletes do in the victories but I was inspired by how Jenna handled this really tough moment.
On to Event 3!