I can’t think of a more painful combination of movements than Thrusters and Chest to Bar pull-ups. 105 repetitions of each movement brought pain to a new level for me.
My goal was to finish the 5th workout of the 2019 CrossFit Open under the time cap of 20 minutes. I knew I needed to stick to a plan. The Strategy was simple, break the thrusters into small sets of 7 or less, and do the same with the chest-to-bars.
I held onto the small sets of thrusters all the way through, but the chest-to-bars fell apart and I dropped to sets of 5 and 3’s. Towards the end of the workout I knew I could maintain this level of suffering (and I did) but it came with a price.
Chest to bar Pull-ups
Time cap 20 minutes
Staying in the pain cave for several minutes caused a mild form of rhabdomyolysis (aka: rhabdo). Basically, I pushed too hard and now I need to take a week off and stay hydrated. Not the way I wanted to end the 2019 Open but I was satisfied with my overall placement: top 2% of the “Masters 35-40” women worldwide. Now, time to recover.