Out of three online qualifiers for The Athlete Games, number 1 got most of the public attention mainly due to its combination of 100 burpees over the rower, and rowing – as far as possible. All within a 20-minute time cap. If you need a good endurance workout and a brutal battle with your mental toughness, then you definitely need to try this one:
TAG Qualifier 1
Time cap: 20 minutes
100x burpees over the rower
Remaining time: row as far as possible
Score: the total distance rowed in meters.
With 3537 meters Steph Dekker from CrossFit Glasgow, Scotland finished 3rd in women individual category.
We asked Steph what was her strategy for such a gruelling workout:
Steph told us: “When I set out to do the WOD I decided I was going to pace my burpees. I had worked it out beforehand that the burpees were going to take me around 6:30, and that I was going to sit at a 2:00/500m pace on the row.”
“Once I started I felt like I was going just a bit too quick on the burpees, but I just stuck with it anyway and managed to hang onto that pace. When I got onto the rower I stuck to the 2:00/500m as I had planned, only creeping up to 2:03/04 occasionally when I wasn’t looking at the monitor.”
“That’s what my advice would be to anyone doing it: start with a realistic plan, set targets and fight to stick to them!”
See Steph’s performance in the video:
Steph Dekker finished 17th at this year’s European Regionals and came very close to making it to the GRID (National Pro Grid League). With a 14th place overall, Steph’s next goal are the Athlete Games’ finals in January.
Did you try it? What`s your distance?