This weekend we will be moving through a mock Regional. Completing all six events, in their respective order, on their respective days.
Our sole aim this weekend – to learn.
1. To learn each specific event.
2. To learn the specific order. Knowing how rope climbs and thrusters feel on Sunday, after five events, is valuable information for us to have.
The key this weekend – our approach. We are not looking to approach these workouts with full intensity. We are not looking to bring our “Regional-level effort” before Regionals. That would be counter-productive. Instead, through focused practice and controlled intensity, we can learn invaluable information about ourselves and these workouts, without breaking our bodies down excessively. This can be a pitfall for many athletes, by taking on more volume and intensity than they should in their final preparation.
Instead, with this approach of controlled intensity, we have the opportunity to hone in on specific strategies and paces. We can learn if it’s best to break up the bench press repetitions on the 9’s or 8’s in Event #2. We can learn how the DB Lunge feels after the Box Step Overs in Event #5. All while we are saving our best effort for the stage. This weekend, let’s practice. Let’s learn.
Regional Week 1 athletes will be completing a modified Regional weekend, pairing down some volume on specific events so that we maximize the experience gained, but minimize the tax on the body. Our theme this weekend is to begin the process of priming ourselves for next weekend. Let’s finish this weekend chomping at the bit for next Friday.
Regional Week 2 and 3 athletes will be completing a very close to full Regional. Given how we have the luxury of more time, we have the opportunity to feel the volume in near full. But despite how our volume this weekend will be slightly higher than our teammates in Regional Weekend #1, we are still looking for controlled intensity. We have movement refinements and specific strategies to dial in next week and beyond.
As we enter this weekend, let’s complete these events just as we would in Regionals – separated by roughly 3 hours a piece. As an example, a 1pm and 4pm start time for each event. And our mindset one last time: to learn.
Lastly, schedule will be changing for all three Regional tracks, effective this weekend.
Friday + Saturday + Sunday – On
Monday – Off
Tuesday + Wednesday – On
Thursday – Off