11.6/12.5/18.5

Y’all are crazy for voting 11.6 instead of 13.5. Why would you want to do those movements for 7 minutes instead of 4 and with ascending reps! 13.5 would have been a 4 minute workout for probably 80-90% of us. Still better than 14.2 though.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Air Squats
  • PVC Passes
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • Lunges
  • 5×45# Thruster
  • 5×65# Thruster
  • C2B Pull-ups

18.5 (11.6 / 12.5)

7:00 AMRAP – 3-6-9…

  • Thrusters (100#)
  • C2B Pull-ups

In the 2012 Open my score was 58 and just over 2 years ago I did 91 reps. I got 88 today. On the thrusters I did 3, 6, 9, 6-6, and 6-5-4. I did butterfly somewhere into the 12 I think and then switched to a regular kip. All 3s through 12 and then quick singles in the round of 15.

My only goal for the Open this year was to come out healthy and it was a success. My ranking should be respectable considering I haven’t been doing a lot of cardio and I basically quit 18.4 by not attempting any of the 315# deadlifts.

Weighlifting

Power Clean

  • 3×135#
  • 2×168
  • 2×185
  • 2×205
  • 1×216
  • 1×238

Some weird numbers because of mixing pound and kilo plates.

Stripped off some weight and did a 3:00 AMRAP with Michelle and Weston. We rotated around each doing 1 rep and we got through 18 reps each. I used 205#. That was a lot of fun and something I really miss.

18.3

I was hoping to see ring muscle-ups come back this year but didn’t expect to see them on the bar as well. After noodling on this one I didn’t think I’d mind it. I was thinking it would be all about how good of a day I could with the rope and how much I could limit my rest on the rings. I figured I would be thrilled if I could miraculously get through 1 round.

CrossFit Open Workout 18.3

14:00 AMRAP (or 2 rounds for time)

  • 100 DU
  • 20 OHS (115#)
  • 100 DU
  • 12 Ring Muscle-ups
  • 100 DU
  • 20 DB Snatches (50#)
  • 100 DU
  • 12 Bar Muscle-ups

Managed to get the first set of double unders unbroken and then did 12-8 overhead squats. Second set of dubs wasn’t too bad. I went 3×3 on the rings with kind of long rests after those sets and then 3×1 with short rest. I was feeling I might fail so didn’t want to push the big set. Should have tried for shorter rest. Started to lose my dubs after that. The snatches felt heavier than I expected and I put it down halfway through. Weak! My 4th set of dubs was a struggle and I was getting pissed as I watched the clock tick away. I was leaning over and resting too much too. I started to worry I wouldn’t have time for any reps on the bar. Finally finished at 13:06 and did 2-2-2-1 to finish with 459 reps.

18-3

I look forward to trying this one again when my conditioning is back up.

18.2

I was so good at not getting worked up going into the workout last week, but I was feeling it most of the day today. I’m going to blame it on the damn burpees.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Jog
  • High Knees
  • Butt Kicks
  • Dead Hang
  • 5 Power Cleans (45#)
  • 5 Front Squats (45#)
  • 5 Power Cleans (95#)
  • 5 Dumbbell Squats (35#)
  • 3 Bar-facing Burpees
  • 3 Power Cleans (135#)
  • 2 Power Cleans (165#)
  • 2 Bar-facing Burpees
  • 2 Power Cleans (185#)

The reps and order of that warm-up are probably way off.

CrossFit Open Workout 18.2 & 18.2a

12:00 Clock

  • 1-10
    • DB Squats (50# DBs)
    • Bar-facing Burpees
  • Max Clean in remaining time

I felt like I started off with a pretty steady pace. Things seemed to deteriorate in round 5 or 6 though. Having to jump back and forward on the burpees really adds up and is much different then stepping back and up, which I’ve done in previous years (and still scored horribly). The squats felt fine even in the set of 9 and 10, but it was hard getting myself to pick up the dumbbells each round. My time was a disappointing 9:44 when I was shooting for something around 8:00. Oh well.

Historically my worst Open scores have been when there are box or barbell-facing burpees. All of that extra movement and stepping allows me to move just that much slower and it quickly adds up on the clock. Give me any other style of burpee and I can keep moving a lot better. I mean, fuck, a year ago I did 100 bar-facing burpees in 8:23. The squats should have been much faster here even with the transition time. My conditioning was much better last year though too.

Enough about fucking burpees. I had my bar loaded with 207# and planned to go 237 and then maybe 257 and 267. I also had no intentions of squat cleaning anything because I knew my back would be taxed from the 10 rounds. I’m actually pretty good at power cleans anyway.

The 207 wasn’t exactly light, but it got me on the board. I had the guys start loading 237 and decided to have them load 5# more on each side because I had to beat Weston who he smoked me on the metcon this morning. I wasn’t sure if I’d make another lift. I made the 247 and then made 257. Some of the widest stances I’ve ever had catching a power clean. 🙂

Am I disappointed enough for a redo? Hell no! #OneAndDone

18.1

Last night my ankles and shins started getting a little sore. I think it was too long after the ankle dorsiflexions so maybe it was the broad jumps?

It’s a different Open for me this year, which I wrote about yesterday on nick.blog. I didn’t watch a single strategy video today (other than the official one CrossFit showed during the live announcement). I did see this recommended warm-up come through in the Active Life private Facebook group.

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Every year I have a laugh at shit like this. What gyms have enough rowers for people warming up and people doing the workout? You don’t need anything near a 15 minute warm-up for a 20 minute workout and certainly don’t need to fatigue the movements you’re about to do. Maybe the elite athletes, but not the average Joe like me. GTFO!

Warm-up

  • 23 cal Row
  • 5/5 Single Arm DB Hang Clean & Jerk (35#)
  • Ring Hang
  • 3/3 Single Arm DB Hang Clean & Jerk (50#)
  • 8 T2B

CrossFit Open 18.1

20:00 AMRAP

  • 8 T2B
  • 5/5 Single Arm DB Hang Clean & Jerk (50#)
  • 14 cal Row

First round was a little fast, but I fell into a great rhythm after that and was almost dead-on a 2:00 per round pace the whole way. I was doing 4-4 toes to bars, clean right into a push press, and switched hands in the air. Could have got up to speed on the rower quicker but was averaging about 1,125-1,150 cal/hr. I’d take a quick breath or two coming off the bar before picking up the dumbbell but didn’t really rest other than that. Was a good mix of movements for me. I did die out at the end and reset my feet for every T2B at the end without letting go of the bar to finish with 10+6 or 326 total reps.

I think this might be my favorite Open workout. Maybe they’ll all be like this!

17.4 is 16.4

This week I remembered to check the leaderboard after score validations closed. Even though I didn’t improve on my redo, 17.3 may have been my best placing ever in an Open workout. After a weak 17.1, I’ve been able to make a nice climb up the overall leaderboards with the last two workouts.

17.3 Results

  • Open Division: 19,602/167,143 (11.7%)
  • Masters 35-39 Division: 2,268/31,768 (7.1%)

Overall Placing After 3 Weeks

  • Open Division: 26,201/201,248 (13%)
  • Masters 35-39 Division: 3,282/36,980 (8.9%)

*I only count athletes who have submitted at least one score.

Many people were predicting 16.4 as the repeat workout for this year. Since it was my best workout from the 2016 Open I was happy to see Castro select it. We’ve been working a lot on HSPU and I recently improved my score on 15.4 by 9 reps, so I wanted to do a retest on this one. Even last year I felt I left some reps on the table by pacing too much.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Airdyne
  • 2×10 Heel Drives
  • Deadlift
    • 10×45#
    • 5×135
    • 5×185
    • 3×225
    • 2x3x275
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Shoulder stretching

CrossFit Open Workout 17.4

13:00 AMRAP

  • 55 Deadlifts (225#)
  • 55 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 55 Row (calories)
  • 55 Handstand Push-ups

Last year I scored 192 reps, which is 27 HSPU after finishing the row at 8:34. Little bit of a strategy change this year…

  • Deadlift: 11 sets of 5 with short rests (count to 2 or 3 and go)
  • Wall Balls: 5 sets of 11 with about 10 second rests (I count to 8 and get going)
  • Row: 1,100-1,200 cal/hr
  • Handstand Push-ups: Sets of 3 with 10-15 second rests

Rests may have gotten a bit longer at the end of deadlifts, but wall balls were on pace. I needed to push on the rower as I was just under 1,000 cal/hr most of the way, which is not good. I picked it up for the last 10+ calories. Again like last year, I decided to camp out on the seat for probably a good 20-30 seconds before getting up. So much wasted time when I could have knocked out at least a set on the wall. For some dumb reason I decided to set the damper over 6, which I never row at. I usually am in the low 5 area, so not sure if that was enough to make any kind of difference.

I was done with deadlifts at 2:27, wall balls at 5:18, and rowing at 8:47. There weren’t tiebreakers except for finishing the row last year, so I only know that I was 13 seconds slower this year. Not good. 😦 When I finally got up on the wall I was having no problem with triples. Somewhere under 90 seconds I decided to do a set of 4 and it came back to bite me when I got 2 no-reps in the final minute. I didn’t have to do doubles until at the end. Even though I had less time this year, I still set a PR by 5 reps with 32 of the HSPU for a score of 197.

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Good Bye 17.3

Warm-up

  • 4:00 Air Dyne
  • Banded Shoulder Mobility
  • Snatch
    • 5×45#
    • 3×95
    • 4×95
    • 2×125
    • 2×145
    • 1×165

Was feeling smooth.

2017 CrossFit Games Open 17.3

  • Prior to 8:00, complete:
    • 3 rounds of:
      • 6 chest-to-bar pull-ups
      • 6 squat snatches, 95 lb.
    • Then, 3 rounds of:
      • 7 chest-to-bar pull-ups
      • 5 squat snatches, 135 lb.
  • *Prior to 12:00, complete 3 rounds of:
    • 8 chest-to-bar pull-ups
    • 4 squat snatches, 185 lb.
  • *Prior to 16:00, complete 3 rounds of:
    • 9 chest-to-bar pull-ups
    • 3 squat snatches, 225 lb.
  • *Prior to 20:00, complete 3 rounds of:
    • 10 chest-to-bar pull-ups
    • 2 squat snatches, 245 lb.
  • Prior to 24:00, complete 3 rounds of:
    • 11 chest-to-bar pull-ups
    • 1 squat snatch 265 lb.

*If all reps are completed, time cap extends by 4 minutes.

I wasn’t sure what to change from my first attempt, even up to when I was warming up. I ended up keeping 3-3 pull-ups for the first 3 rounds, but did 3-3 on the snatches instead of unbroken. Finished 13 seconds faster. Then I kept all 3 sets of pull-ups at 3-2-2 instead of going double with singles on the 5th and 6th round. Kept that 13 second gain so would have a better tiebreaker. Did 8 single pull-ups to try to bring my heard rate down. Rested before grabbing that 185 and made sure I really got into it. Made it, so now I was way ahead of pace. I was fucking gassed though. Was just a bit forward on my next two attempts to miss them. Did not want to pick up that bar because I couldn’t breathe, so I called it quits after I got to 11:00 on the clock since I wasn’t going to even match my 92 at that point.

Since the 3-2-2 on those 2 other rounds didn’t make me faster, I guess I should have ketp to 2 + singles and maybe I wouldn’t have been so gassed. Oh well, had to try something.

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We decided to do some lifting.

Behind the Neck Jerks

  • 5×45#
  • 3×95
  • 3×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 3×205
  • 3×215

Good enough for the day.

17.3 Fresh Off the Plane

I forgot to check overall standings before week 3 scores starting showing up on the leaderboard. My ranking on 17.2 was much better for me though.

  • Open: 25,442th
  • Masters 35-39: 3,129th

Nearly moved halfway up to the top of both overall leaderboards from where I was after week 1, but can’t really get exact numbers due to not looking last night.

Flew home from Austin today, but wanted to get in that first attempt. The plane landed at 7:15 and I was at the gym by 8:30.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 Airdyne
  • Banded shoulder mobility
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Snatch
    • 4×45#
    • 3×95#
    • 2×135#
    • 1×155#

2017 CrossFit Games Open 17.3

  • Prior to 8:00, complete:
    • 3 rounds of:
      • 6 chest-to-bar pull-ups
      • 6 squat snatches, 95 lb.
    • Then, 3 rounds of:
      • 7 chest-to-bar pull-ups
      • 5 squat snatches, 135 lb.
  • *Prior to 12:00, complete 3 rounds of:
    • 8 chest-to-bar pull-ups
    • 4 squat snatches, 185 lb.
  • *Prior to 16:00, complete 3 rounds of:
    • 9 chest-to-bar pull-ups
    • 3 squat snatches, 225 lb.
  • *Prior to 20:00, complete 3 rounds of:
    • 10 chest-to-bar pull-ups
    • 2 squat snatches, 245 lb.
  • Prior to 24:00, complete 3 rounds of:
    • 11 chest-to-bar pull-ups
    • 1 squat snatch 265 lb.

*If all reps are completed, time cap extends by 4 minutes.

Wasn’t sure how to attack this one. Changed my mind a couple of times throughout the day and changed again at the gym after hearing how Bryan did it.

I went 3-3 for the first 3 sets of C2B and touch-n-go on all 3 sets of snatches because 95# really bounces all over the place. Had a solid split at 2:49. First set of 7 pull-ups was 3-2-2 and then a double followed by singles for the other 2 sets. All single snatches with 135#. I really hate doing single pull-ups because I take more break than you can afford. Made it under the 8 minute cutoff with 13 seconds to spare. Not great. I did 8 single C2B trying to calm myself down for the 185#. Took some breaths before giving it a pull and I was not prepared for it. That bar felt heavy as hell, I “Clarked” it, and nearly blacked out. So then I had to waste a bunch of time recovering and getting my head right before stepping back up. I made my next 4 attempts and went 3-3-2 on C2B. I was getting ready to take a pull on the snatch with less than 10 seconds left but my head wasn’t there so I didn’t even try.

So I ended up with a score of 92, which I was surprised by. I remember thinking last night that 90+ would be pretty good for a first attempt. I’m happy to have gotten the 4 reps with 185# because that’s around the load where my squat snatch starts to get really inconsistent in the catch. Will probably try a redo on Sunday or Monday.

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Looks like 17.3 will move me up nicely too. This is ranked as a level 87 on BTWB, which doesn’t even account for people doing scaled and I should be able to improve on my redo.