Monday, October 3, 2011
WOD #2 Fran-tastic 2
Fran - I'm not sure quite how this became the gold standard bench mark. In fact I think too many people freak out over this WOD. Even though I have been chipping away at Fran for years, what is burned in my mind is an epic fail on a PR attempt at Crossfit New England back in 2009. See the footage here - Fran Disaster . Not only are my pull ups ugly but I'm rolling around on the floor like I have been shot.
I was speaking with Kevin Daigle over the weekend on how he approached Fran as he crushed it last week - 2:38! Kevin said he had asked Mel and she said just take the first round a bit easier and you will have a lot more juice at the end. When I walked into the Craic house the energy was through the roof! I was picked to go in the first heat with Paul T. I knew that Paul would be faster on Thrusters but thought i might have a slight advantage in the pull ups. John called 3,2,1 Go. Paul finished the Thrusters about 2-3 reps ahead of me and then I passed him in the Pull ups. Felt good. You can see in the photo we finished in just over a minute. The second round went well. Was able to do the Thrusters unbroken as well as the Pull Ups. When I started the last 9 I knew that I would have a good time. We finished in a dead heat - 2:56! A huge improvement over my previous PR.