Big 11.5 PR

My legs were actually heavy last night and this morning from the cardio I did. Made Kodiak Cakes this morning to load up on carbs for the long metcon today.


Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165
  • 5×185
  • 5×195
  • 5×205
  • 5×210
  • 5×215

An improvement over the last 5×5 in October.


Open 11.5
20:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Power Cleans (145/100#)
  • 10 T2B
  • 15 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

The Open is right around the corner, so it’s time to start pushing the conditioning. I’ve only attempted this workout once and it was three years ago. I got through 9+12 then by doing 4-3-3 on all of the toes to bars, so my goal was 10+ rounds for today.

I got out ahead of a 2:00 pace early and gave myself over a minute to play with after 4 rounds I think. Then I seemed to hold a 2:00 pace for several rounds, before starting to trail in the last couple of rounds. I did all single power cleans again. T2B were all 5-5 and I played around with my technique. If I keep my legs tighter and really get my shoulders through in the kip they are so much smoother. I made myself zone out on the wall balls to keep every round unbroken.

Finished with 10+9 for almost a full round PR. Chalk up another 2019 PR! Amazing how the body can keep improving at 39 years old when it’s healthy. The score of 309 ranks in the 94th percentile for all men on BTWB. I don’t push like that very often. Was doing a good job of not resting much at all between movements.

1 Open WOD Left

Yesterday my hands ached from the ring work. Got a great night of sleep and felt good this morning.


  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • Power Cleans
    • 5×45#
    • 5×95#
    • 3×135#


CrossFit Open Workout 11.5 – 20:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Power Cleans (145#)
  • 10 T2B
  • 15 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

There were only 2 Open workouts I haven’t done and this was one of them, so now only 11.4 is left to try. Did all singles on the cleans, toes to bar were 4-3-3 every round except an unbroken 7 to finish, and unbroken every round for wall balls (hurt). Saw that around 10 rounds was the 90th percentile on BTWB and was ahead of that pace through 5 rounds, but slowing down. Started to take some 5-10 second breathers in between movements through the second half of the workout, which cost me. Ended up with 9 rounds plus the cleans and 7 of the T2B. Probably could have gone 5-5 on the T2B and saved a lot of time. Grinder of a workout though.


6 Sets

  • 4 Good Mornings
  • 4 Evil Wheels

Did 2 sets with each weight of 145-155-165#. Tried out something new for the evil wheels and I liked it. Makes it more like the ab roller devices, adding a stability element since the plate wants to roll one to the sides a little.


Skill Conditioning

8 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s Double Unders
  • 10s Rest

Had 2 misses, but managed a new PR (by 6 reps) with 286 dubs. Three hundo should be possible if I can get rid of the misses.