Parts came in so I could fix the Air Dyne. Missed having it for active recovery and intervals.


I jumped on for 30 minutes and went 13.66km.

Validation closed last night, so the final results are in for 15.1/15.1a. Men posted 136,986 scores I placed 12,278th to be in the top 9%. Pumped!

My off-the-wall prediction for 15.2 is:

7:00 AMRAP

  • Burpee Box Jump (Scaled: Burpee Step-up) (24/20)
  • HSPU (Scaled: Shoulder to OH – 95/65)

Bench Day Bro

Rough getting out of bed this morning for some reason. Can feel those 100 wall balls in my quads.


2 Rounds

  • 250m Row
  • 15 Rapid Toe Touches
  • 5 Inch Worms



  • 5×155#
  • 5×265#
  • 3×315#
  • 3×365#
  • 2×385#
  • 2×405#
  • 1×415#

Took it easy so I don’t tweak my back again during Open season.


Took about 10 minutes to work on stuff for overhead squats. I did some shoulder stretching with bands.


16:00 EMOM (alternating)

  • 4 Power Snatch (135#)
  • 10 Box Jumps (30″)

It was supposed to be 8 OHS, but I didn’t want to push it with my right quad after all the wall balls yesterday, so I did the snatches instead. Did them all touch-n-go. Since it was only 10 box jumps, I went with the 30″ height. Didn’t rebound them, but did quick transitions.

Bench Bro

Week 3 of the bench program. Stayed after class to get it done and a few people joined me.

  • 10×45#
  • 5×95#
  • 5×135#
  • 3×165#
  • 3×195#
  • 5x3x215#

Felt solid.


Did some planks at home at night.

3 Rounds

  • 2:00 Plank
  • 1:30 Rest

Shorter rest than I’ve been doing for long holds.

Limit Your Burpees

Took a complete rest day yesterday. First one since February 6th. Drove me nuts, but I needed it. Shoulders were pretty wrecked from Sunday.


Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 6×75#
  • 6×95#
  • 6x6x115#

Recommended at 65%. Fast quality reps. Felt good not to struggle.


Wall Ball “Kalsu”

  • EMOM: 5 burpees (including @ 0:00)
  • Accumulate 100 wall balls (20#, 10′)

My goal was sub 6 and I made it. It’s a little fuzzy, but I think I was at 22-38-53-68-83 for my minutes, so I had 17 to go at the end. Knew I didn’t want to do another 5 burpees for a rep or two, so went a little faster through that 5th minute of burpees and sped up the wall balls to finish with time to spare in 5:54. Good mental battle with this one.


5 Rounds

  • 10 Sit-ups
  • 20 Russian Twists (53# KB)
  • 30s Plank

Went all unbroken. Took me 8:25.

Something I’ve realized in the last few days is that after cutting back my volume leading up to the Open, I’ve been feeling great during workouts.

Red Velvet Experience

Had a cheat night last night. Damn that burger was good and picked up some Oreos when I stopped at the store for milk (only had 2 left to finish the package this morning). Slept in later than usual too, which was nice.



  • 1,000m Row – 4:23
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Stretching


5 Rounds

  • 30s Bar MU
  • 30s Rest
  • 30s Box Jumps (24″)
  • 30s Rest

I wore gymnastics grips and taped my thumbs so I didn’t have to worry about ripping anything on the bar. I went 6 (5-1), 5 (3-2), 5 (3-2), 5 (3-2), and then 6 unbroken on the bar muscle-ups. Said screw it and went for it on that last round, setting a new unbroken PR. Stayed at the top for a couple of seconds and was going to try for a 7th, but when I got to the bottom with my kip I had nothing left. I couldn’t see the clock for the first couple of sets of box jumps, but turned after that. Got 14-15-17-17-18. No pain in my quad jumping, which is nice. Still can’t do a pistol on the right leg though.


  • 80-60-40-20 DU
  • 20-15-10-5 Burpees
  • 8-6-4-2 Push Jerk (175#)

Going heavy was a fun challenge in this. The set of 8 was bar the worst, but I never dropped the bar. Double unders weren’t as good as I would have liked. Finished in 9:19.

E3M 18:00 (6x)

  • 30s Row @ 100%

Should have set the computer for time intervals to be able to get exact distances, but tried to eyeball it with the time. Went 174-174-173-173-174-181. Being able to get that much more on the end pisses me off because it means I was holding a little back on the first 5 rounds.



  • 3:00
  • 2:30
  • 2:00
  • 1:30

Took at least a few minutes to rest between each set. Did them all with straight arms, on my hands.

Some Squatting

Feeling fine after yesterday, other than the lingering issues I have. This stupid shoulder has been acting up for a few weeks, but luckily hasn’t been an issue for any movements.


  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hangs (4-5x of about 20-30s)


Partner Workout

  • Pacer: 500m Row (4x each)
  • AMRAP:
    • 5 Push-ups
    • 10 American KBS (53#)
    • 15 Air Squats

I was trying to keep my pace around 1:45 on my rows and just keep moving at a decent pace through the movements. First time really doing any squats in 2 weeks. We got done around the 17:40 mark and made it through 13+7 on the circuit.


3 Rounds

  • GHD MB Toss (20#)
  • 8 Evil Wheels

Went all the way back to the ground on the first round of tosses, but only to parallel on the next 2.


4 Rounds

  • 30 Shoulder Taps
  • 10 Ring Rows (feet on 20″ box)

I actually felt better than I ever have on the ring rows and it’s quite a bit harder on the box like that. Progress!

CrossFit Games Open Workouts 15.1 & 15.1a

Had the day off work today since House of Cards season 3 was also released and I knew I wouldn’t be able to concentrate on getting any work done along with that and thinking about the Open. Got to the gym just before 5:30 and started warming up.


  • 1,000m Row
  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • Stretching
  • Empty barbell work
  • 10 Sit-ups
  • 2 C&J (115#)
  • 1 C&J (145#)
  • 1 C&J (165#)

Open Workouts 15.1 & 15.1a

9:00 AMRAP

  • 15 T2B
  • 10 Deadlift (115#)
  • 5 Snatch (115#)

Immediately to…

  • Establish a max C&J

I came up with a strategy and couldn’t have executed it any better. Went 4-4-4-3 on all rounds of T2B except at the end when I went 5-3 to finish. I’d drop from the bar, take a step, turn around, and get right back up. I did all of the deadlifts unbroken, but slow and with controlled breathing as almost a rest period and so that I wouldn’t spike my heart rate. I did all single power snatches, but was right on the bar as soon as it settled on the ground. Grip didn’t become an issue and my hips were just starting to fatigue in the last full round. I think if I had gone 5-5-5 like I was thinking last night, I would have had to break them up more than that in about the 4th round. I ended up getting 5 full rounds plus 8 toes to bar for 158 total reps. My goal was to get 5 rounds, so I’m really happy with that.

I quickly put my shirt back on for the grip on the bar on my chest. Loaded up 207#. After waiting almost 2 minutes, I power cleaned it, and push jerked to get on the scoreboard. Then I changed up my original plan because I knew the jerks were going to be shaky. I had planned on doing 227-237-247, but wanted to make one less attempt than that. So I went right to 237#, which was the minimum I wanted to hit. I quickly changed into weightlifting shoes and put on the belt. Made that attempt with about 2 minutes left on the clock. Power clean again, but split jerk. Put 247# on the bar for the last attempt and waited until 20 seconds left. Power clean again and a pretty shaky split jerk, but I controlled it and made the lift. Success!

Really happy with my scores for week 1. All of the gymnastics work we’ve been doing on the bars has paid off. My grip wasn’t an issue at all and my T2B didn’t die out like they have in past years.

2015 Open Goals

I beat 26.1% of the men in 2012, 80% in 2013, and 82.9% in 2014. It’s been a nice climb. My goal for this year is to beat 86% of the men. I’m not sure how the percentages might end up being different due to the scaled division, but that may not be a high enough goal. If that’s the case, I’ve had the number of beating 88% in my head. We shall see what the leaderboard looks like after week 1, especially with 2 very different workouts in the scoring mix.

Here We Go

Went to the gym before the 15.1 announcement to get my row on.


20:00 – 4,552m

Tried to keep a really low stroke rate, but get in powerful pulls. It made the effort a lot easier and was pretty simple to keep a steady pace.

I like the double workout for 15.1. Will be interesting to see what my C&J looks like after a 9 minute AMRAP.