So no podcast, but that means you get more actual, written words from me - just like in ye olden days, back before I was podcasting and tweeting and listening to all that hippety-hop. Before we get to the SWAG, here's a collection of thoughts about 15.4 and the Open so far:
- If it wasn't already clear, it should be clear now that HQ does not intend the Rx division to be for the masses. They want the everyday CrossFitter to use that scaled division and aspire to make it to the Rx division. I think by next year, people will come into the Open with this mindset, but I'm sure it was difficult for a lot of folks to accept that they'll need to scale workouts this year. But it's just about modifying your perspective, in my opinion. The Open was always too heavy, too hard, too skilled for a lot of CrossFitters. Now they've just made the Rx division an even higher bar to attain, but they've left the scaled division there for the masses. The scaled division is now even more inclusive than the older Opens, so my guess is that in the future, more and more people will scale, and we'll see the Rx division be a smaller subset of the total field than it is now.
- I liked the movement choices for 15.4 (although they went against my SWAG, of course), but Occam's Razor would say "What the hell are you doing with that rep scheme?" Would anyone have complained if it was 3-3-6-6-9-9-...? In that case, the heavy cleans would have played more of a role, and in my opinion, that would have been a well-balanced workout. The way it was written, it was not only confusing, but also seemed quite biased toward the handstand push-ups. I just don't get this one.
- Rich Froning is going to have a hell of a hard time sitting out of the individual competition this year. The man can't even let Matt Fraser just have the Open title. Just watch: Rich will win the final workout, and he will do triple Grace at 315 afterwards and post it on Instagram, just to let you know that he still could win the Games if he wanted to. And Matt Fraser will come in 2nd on the final workout, and he will win the Open, and it will still be damn impressive.
- How did Annie Thorisdottir sneak back up into 2nd place on the women's side? Top 11 on the past three workouts? Looking at the leaderboard right now, I think it's safe to say the women's side is going to be crazy-competitive at the Games this year.
Enough about the past, let's move on to 15.5. The Rx division of the Open this year is shaping up to be the heaviest (based on LBEL and average relative load) of all-time, by far. It's actually on par, right now, with what we typically see at Regionals. Normally I'd say this implies we'll get something lighter in 15.5, but I doubt that's the case this year. We've seen a progression so far in 2015 of the workouts getting more and more challenging each week, and I think that continues in 15.5. I also think this workout will be for-time, and I think they'll make use of most of the movements that have showed up in the past but not this year (burpee, thruster, box jump, row, push-up).
With that in mind, I am going to defer to my wife, who came up with this pick last night. It has everything I was planning to throw in, and if it ain't broke, why fix it?
3 rounds for time of row 500 meters, 21 burpee-box jumps (24"/20"), 12 thrusters (135/95)
As always, post SWAGs to comments, and enjoy the final workout (or workouts?) of the 2015 Open!