Today, John coached the class. Usually Saturday classes are a metcon WoD – you basically come in, very little thought is involved and just plow through the WoD. Today, the WoD was a strength WoD. Last week, I posted about rest days and how Susie reminded me that the body needs rest in order for it to recover and for you to get stronger. I think it paid off!
The WoD was simple: 1RM clean and jerk
I have never down the clean and jerk for 1RM. The only time I did jerks was in college…(heh, see what I did there?). Anyway, the only times I’ve done them in Craic were for quality and also with Jarrod – working on technique. The highest wait that I’ve done a jerk is 75#, so I don’t really consider that a PR. I was really nervous for some reason, but John is a really good lifter and Jarrod armed me with some good technique training. I really, really, really wanted a clean PR today. I started out at 75# to get the body warmed up. It was no problem. Not knowing what I could lift overhead, I thought I would build slowly – so I went 85#, 95#, 100#, 105#, 110# and then to my personal record so far, 115#. 115# was a messy clean, but I managed to get it up and the jerk was no problem at all. So I decided to go for it. I at least wanted to see if I could clean 120#. I DID IT! Yay! The jerk was a bit of a hot mess, but I’ll take it! I still have trouble having fast elbows and letting go of the bar as I’m pushing my elbows through on the clean. That’s where I fall apart every time. I then did three attempts at 125#, but failed to clean it each time.
But it was a PR today for the books at 120#. Yippee!