Up The Road

Rains are coming so headed out from the cabin, walking up the road which is a pretty good “climb” before it starts to switchback around. Was out for just over an hour and about 3.6 miles.

With the close of score validations for the Open last night, it’s time to look at how I finished up.

  1. 2016 – 19,127th out of 166,846* (top 11.5%)
  2. 2015 – 13,195th out of 141,884 (9.3%)
  3. 2014 – 13,737th out of 80,281 (17.1%)
  4. 2013 – 9,251st out of 46,227 (20%)
  5. 2012 – 16,389th out of 22,174 (73.9%)

*Each year I compare my place to the number of men who complete at least one workout, not everyone that signs up (178k+ this year). I don’t care about beating the guys who don’t show up to play. 🙂

A drop from 2015, but being limited in 16.1 and 16.3 by my shoulder affected those scores quite a bit.


The ceilings in the cabin are pretty low so I had to adjust.

10:00 EMOM

  • 30s Pike Handstand Hold (knees or feet on bed)

The Worst

I hated 14.5 two years and said I’d never do it again. One of my least favorite workouts of all-time. Then Castro surprises us all and makes it the repeat for 16.5, bringing back bar-facing burpees for the second time in this Open season. With that said, I actually went in with a positive attitude about it, hoping to hit somewhere around 14:00.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • PVC Pass-thrus
  • GHD Heel Drives
  • 3:00 Air Dyne
  • 5 Thrusters (45#)

2016 CrossFit Games Open 16.5


  • Thrusters (95#)
  • Bar-facing Burpees

Did it in 15:12 two years ago, when did the thrusters in 8-7-6, 7-6-5, 6-5-4, 6-6, 5-4, 6, and 3. figured I could push those more this year and I easily did by doing 12-9, 10-9 (yep, did an extra rep, because math is hard during a workout and I couldn’t hear my judge), 9-6, 7-5, 9, 6, and 3. So I eliminated 4 sets+breaks and felt a million times better through the thrusters. I never stopped moving in the burpees but they got so unbearably slow. How slow? I didn’t even PR, but was 5 seconds worse with a 15:17. 😦 I was wrecked after it was over, so know I had nothing left to push any harder than I did. I can’t really think of anything I’d change. I just need more fitness. I am 8-10 pounds heavier than I was 2 years ago, so I’ll make that my excuse. haha

I did another 3:00 on the Air Dyne to cool down after I recovered some.

Recovery Drinks

That’s a wrap on my 5th CrossFit Games Open. Don’t think I’m going to finish at a higher percentile than last year, which will be the first time I haven’t improved my percentile placing. I’ll do an update after scoring is finished this week. I need more fitness for that 35-39 Masters division next year! 😉

Proud to say it was a complete #OneAndDone year for all 5 workouts. I really wanted to do 16.4 again and can’t wait to try 16.3 when my shoulder is healed and I can string bar muscle-up together again.


Was feeling pretty good about this one when it was announced. I’m fine with deadlifts, have grown to enjoy wall balls a bit, and I’ll take a rower any day.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 3:00 Air Dyne
  • 3×10 GHD Heel Drives
  • Deadlifts
    • 10×45#
    • 5×135
    • 5×185
  • Bar Hang

CrossFit Open Workout 16.4

13:00 AMRAP

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

split-to-calsMy plan was:

  • Start with 10s on deadlift with 15 seconds rest. Decrease if it got bad.
  • Do 5 sets of 11 wall balls with 10 seconds of rest so it was similar to a Tabata.
  • Hit about a 1,200 cal/hr pace on the rower.
  • Doubles on HSPU.

I was really expecting the deadlifts to be a lot worse. I stuck to the plan and ended up with 4 sets of 10, then 8-7 to finish. Wall balls were right on plan as well with no problem. I felt more comfortable at 1,100 on the rower and kicked it in for the last 5 calories. Did 6 or so doubles on the wall and was feeling good so did a couple of triples. Then tried to do some quick singles or maybe even some doubles towards the end. Never failed a handstand push-up until the very last one I was trying to get in to beat the clock. I ended up with 27 handstand push-ups for a total rep count of 192 and a tiebreak time of 8:34. So much time to do the HSPU!!

Looking back I really think I over-paced this one. I could have gotten away with 10 second rests on the deadlifts and maybe 3 sets of 15 plus a set of 10 wall balls. I should have pushed the row to be a little uncomfortable too and got up on the wall quicker. I realistically think I could have been off the rower in under 8:00, which would give me another 2-4 HSPU probably. I really expected those deadlifts to get me a lot worse or the wall balls to add up after the deadlifts, but I didn’t have a problem with either one.

I was hoping to average 3:00 for the first 3 movements and had no trouble beating that. My rep goal was 185-195, which was in the 80-90 percentile from the early scoring, so I’m not disappointed at all. You just learn a lot the first time you do a workout. I’m already thinking next year I might just commit to doing every workout twice for a change and an interesting challenge. If they do introduce a 35-39 Masters division it would be fun to see how I rank with full effort and redoing workouts too. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think I have to worry about making it into the Masters Qualifier. I’m far from that level.

One more workout this year!

CrossFit Open 16.2

Everyone was surprised how sore our upper backs were from the snatch and overhead squat workout Wednesday. I thought my quads might be really sore due to how much they were burning through the second half of that workout.

Got to the gym around 5 to get warmed up. Was excited for this one after watching the announcement last night.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 2×10 Heel Drives
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Cleans
    • 3×45#
    • 3×95
    • 3×135
    • 2×185
    • 2×205

CrossFit Games Open Workout 16.2

  • Beginning on a 4 minute clock, complete as many reps as possible of:
    • 25 T2B
    • 50 DU
    • 15 Squat Cleans, 135 / 85 lb.
  • If completed before 4 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
    • 25 T2B
    • 50 DU
    • 13 Squat Cleans, 185 / 115 lb.
  • If completed before 8 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
    • 25 T2B
    • 50 DU
    • 11 Squat Cleans, 225 / 145 lb.
  • If completed before 12 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
    • 25 T2B
    • 50 DU
    • 9 Squat Cleans, 275 / 175 lb.
  • If completed before 16 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
    • 25 T2B
    • 50 DU
    • 7 Squat Cleans, 315 / 205 lb.
  • Stop at 20 minutes.

A couple of keys to remember for scoring:

  • When finishing each set of double unders, mark the time on the clock, which is used as a tiebreaker.
  • If you happen to be one of the small percentage of people in the world that can finish everything, your score is your total time. Otherwise, score is number of reps completed for the rest of us mortals.


OMG! Got done with round 1 at about 3:00. Went 11-8-6 T2B, unbroken DU, and fast clean singles. Started 5-5 and then I don’t even know what after that. Some 3s and 4s I think. Tripped once or twice on DU. Pretty quick on the single cleans again. I was somewhere under a minute left I think, so that gave me 5:00 to work on round 3. At this point I couldn’t breathe. I jumped up on the bar and holy fuck! I did a lot of singles with way too long of breaks. I was shot. Managed to get in some triples at the end. Those T2B took me forever. Had about a minute left for the DU and finished with 6 seconds on the clock (11:54 tiebreak). Didn’t even touch 225#. I really wanted to get at least one because it would have been a nice jump on the leaderboard over all the tiebreaks that couldn’t lift that weight. No way in hell I’m doing it again though. I’d rather do 16.1 over.

I was absolutely wrecked! Every time I got up and walked around I got light-headed for the next hour.

More Than One

Watched the 16.1 Open Announcement last night. When Castro started off saying it was a new movement I got so excited, hoping it was pistols. Did not see overhead walking lunges coming. Then when he said chest-to-bar pull-ups my heart sank. I haven’t been able to do pull-ups or muscle-ups in 6 weeks because of my shoulder. I still didn’t try until I got to the gym tonight. I was able to pull-up fine, but coming through on the butterfly hurt like a bitch. Stringing together kipping was uncomfortable, so my new game plan was to do all singles. Better than having to do 1 and stop like I feared!


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • GHD Bridge Stretch
  • Thoracic OH Stretch on Medicine Ball
  • Bar Taps
  • OH Walking Lunges

CrossFit Open 16.1

20:00 AMRAP

  • 25′ Overhead Walking Lunge (95#)
  • 8 Bar-facing Burpees
  • 25′ Overhead Walking Lunge (95#)
  • 8 C2B Pull-ups

Wanted to start out feeling slow after seeing people come out guns blazing. Something over 2:00 was the goal and it was 2:06 without actually feeling that slow. I knew I was in trouble at that point. The singles on chest-to-bar really slowed me down. Each round seemed to gradually get slower, especially on the burpees, but also picking the bar back up. I went out and bought some cheap knee sleeves which really helped save my knees and felt pretty good. Wore wrist wraps too, but holding the bar overhead was actually the easiest part of the workout. My shoulders didn’t even feel fatigued from that. The burpees got so slow and with an extra step in there as time went on. I did go 3-3-2 kipping pull-ups on my last round to hurry through and finished with 7 rounds plus one section of lunges for a score of 183. I’ll take it for a long workout and my shoulder problem. Better than the 19 I was scared I might have to take. Going to be sore for a few days!

I tried one bar muscle-up after recovering to see how it would feel. I can get up there no problem, but coming down sucks. Definitely would need to do singles there if Castro programs them.