12 deadlifts (70/50kg)
9 Hang Power Cleans
*8-12:00 goal time, 15:00 DNF. Use ~ 50% of jerk 1RM
I can clearly remember the first time I attempted this workout. The weight was not RX, I think I had my bar loaded to around 40kg's. I was warmed up and ready to go, and in my head I thought, "what's the big deal? Why won't Bill let me go RX? It's ONLY 50kg's!" And in that one fatal moment I made the epic mistake of thinking "It's only". Fast forward a couple minutes later and I'm in round three of this amazing workout. There is sweat running down my back, my hair is stuck to my forehead, and there is a cloud of chalk in the air. I started to feel all panicky inside because I wasn't sure if I could hold onto the bar for another second! My grip was absolutely DEAD.
I stood staring at my bar with my hands on my hips and Bill asked what was wrong. First, I killed him with my eyes because I know he was going to make me eat an I-told-you-so sandwich. Then I pointed out that my grip hurt. To which he says "your grip? Really? Point to your grip." I gestured from my wrist to my elbow and said, "there. That's my grip." (as is scientifically illustrated in the picture above)
Moral of the story: Don't underestimate this WOD. If you are not typically a mover of prescribed weights, then I am going to lovingly recommend that this not be your first attempt at RX weights. Oh, and don't think "it's only." Like, ever.