21.3 & 21.4

My quads have been very sore from Monday’s workout. On the bright side, I got a new bed last Thursday and my back has felt so much better through the night and getting out of bed in the mornings. I’ve hit 100% of my sleep need, according to WHOOP, every night so far too.

Even though I set a PR last week, 21.2 dropped me in the standings, as expected.

21.2
Men: 43,082/111,116 (61.2%)
40-44 Masters Men: 4,377/15,955 (72.6%)

Overall
Men: 31,132/121,837 (74.4%)
40-44 Masters Men: 2,748/17,509 (84.3%)

Note: for the number of total athletes I only count those who have submitted a score, which is why it differs from the percentiles calculated by CrossFit.

Looks like I’ll need to place about 830 for this workout to make the top 10% in my Masters division. If there are two scored parts this week, I would need to average a placement of about 1,645.

With the earlier 3pm announcement of 21.3 today and some plans for tomorrow night, I was out in the garage at 5pm to warm-up and finish my Open.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 10 Kip Swings
  • 10 Front Squats (45#)
  • 4 T2B
  • 3 C2B
  • 2 Bar Muscle-ups

CrossFit Games Open Workout 21.3

15:00 Time Cap

  • 15 Front Squats (95#)
  • 30 T2B
  • 15 Thrusters (95#)
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 15 Front Squats (95#)
  • 30 C2B
  • 15 Thrusters (95#)
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 15 Front Squats (95#)
  • 30 Bar Muscle-up
  • 15 Thrusters (95#)

I thought there was a good chance we’d get two parts! This is actually a pretty cool workout, but they had to unnecessarily complicate things with a starting line and this eight foot area.

It’s also pretty shitty that the original equipment list mentioned a place to do pull-ups, but didn’t mention chest to bars or bar muscle-ups, which much different in requirements. Not sure how many people doing the workouts at home have a high enough garage for those two movements. Also, having to move forward eight feet runs in to issues with garage doors being in the way. Not sure what they’re thinking with dumb requirements like these. I turned my bar the other way and stood well past the 8 foot line so I wouldn’t have to worry about hitting parts of the garage door.

Going in I wasn’t sure I could do butterfly or even kipping C2B because of the height needed for my head. I knew I’d have to do single whacky muscle-ups on my low pull-up bar too. Not a ton of strategy for me here since I’m restricted by my setup. How about… not toast my back with all of the front squats and thrusters?!

I work grips and a belt. I did the front squats unbroken, 5×6 T2B, 9-6 thrusters, unbroken front squats, 5-5-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-1-1-1-1 for C2B (all kipping style), 9-6 thrusters, unbroken squats, and then single bar muscle-ups. Not ideal conditions for several things, but I made it work(ish). I got through 14 bar muscle-ups. I didn’t have any expectations going in because of the pull-up bar situation and I had no idea how I’d handle that many squats/thrusters.

CrossFit Games Open Workout 21.4

For Max Weight – 7:00 Time Cap (immediately after 21.3)

  • Deadlift +
  • Clean +
  • Hang Clean +
  • Jerk

I took 2 minutes loading the bar and resting before my first attempt. Went 165-185-205-220 and made sure not to start that final rep until a few seconds before the clock hit 22:00 to use all my rest. Nice that they changed the rule and the complex only had to be started before the time was up. The hang clean was the worrying movement for me, due to my back. Happy with what I got.

After tweaking my back each of the last four years during the Open I’m happy to have survived without any new injuries this year. Now I can start thinking about golf season. 🙂

Wasn’t Happy Going in to 21.2

Each year I update my own spreadsheet with my Open workout rankings and calculate percentiles. If you use the iOS CrossFit Games app they calculate percentiles based on the number of registered athletes in the division, which I think is quite dumb because some people register and never post a score. I’ve always done my calculations based on the number of submitted scores. Here’s how my placing looks after week one.

Open Division
25,571 / 116,559 (78.1%)

Masters 40-44
2,183 / 16,776 (87%)

One of my goals each year is to hit the 90% or in the top 10% of participating athletes. That’s well within reach for the Masters division and all I have to do is stick around that placement to get there. The top 10% move on to the Age Group Online Qualifier. I wasn’t sure how CrossFit would determine the %, but according to a video they posted yesterday, I’m right under the cut line. So their using all registered athletes.

Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 SkiErg (630m)
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 10 Toe Touches
  • 50 Double Overhead Band Tricep Lockouts (red)
  • Double Band Hang Out
  • Hip Openers
  • DB Snatches
    • 10×15
    • 10×25
    • 10×35
    • 6×45

CrossFit Games Open Workout 21.2

  • 10-20-30-40-50 Dumbbell Snatch (50#)
  • 15 Burpee Box Jump-overs (24″)

A repeat of 17.1, which I did twice that year. In my first attempt I got through 215 reps (10 short of finishing)
and then I finished in 19:15. When this was announced as a repeat I wasn’t excited at all; it’s horrible on my back and that’s a lot of dumbbell snatches for a bad shoulder. On the bright side I weighed in at 206 pounds this morning compared to the 214 I was for that redo in 2017.

My plan of attack was pretty simple:

  • With the dumbbell, switch hands from the top, if my shoulder allowed it.
  • Step back and up on the burpees, turn through the jump and on the box, and step down backwards.
  • Tape my thumbs.

I knew my first split was behind that 17.1 redo and felt like I was dying every round of burpees. Turned out I was also behind split after the second round, I started closing the gap in round three, and then really made up ground in rounds four and five. I did all sets of 10 snatches until the 50 where I did 14-12-12-12. Finished in 18:30! Brandi really pushed me through the second half of this workout. Here’s my scorecard as well as comparing my splits between all three times I’ve done this workout.

Analyzed the video for more splits…

Looking at how much time a round of each movement took and then in parens how much of a time difference it was compared to the previous round…

Snatches – 0:25, 1:03 (+0:38), 1:46 (+0:43), 2:16 (+0:30), 2:49 (+0:33)
BBJO – 1:29, 1:48 (+0:19), 1:57 (+0:09), 2:05 (+0:08), 1:31 (-0:34)

I was dead after I finished, but recovered pretty well and was able to do some ab work.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 30s Stability Plank (on stability platform)
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Weighted V-ups (20# KB)
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Heel Touches
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Hollow Flutter Kicks (20# KB)
  • 10s Rest

This was rough on the upper abs, holding the upper body up so much. B got it and modified a bit from DLB.

Feet, Hands, Hands, Feet

Not exactly the workout I want to see when I’ve been trying to heal a tweaked calf for the last month and have had to baby a shoulder for over 3 months. But here we are. At least this workout isn’t a back breaker.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,309m)
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 3×10 Calf Raises
  • Shoulder Band Mobility
  • 40 Lateral Hops
  • 40 Front/Back Hops
  • 10/10 Single Calf Raises on Step
  • 10 Jump Rope
  • 10 Double Unders
  • 4 Wall Walks

I felt pretty good in warm-ups. My calf and shoulder both felt good with the movements.

Conditioning

CrossFit Open Workout 21.1 – 15:00 Time Cap

  • 1-3-6-9-15-21 Wall Walks
  • 10-30-60-90-150-210 Double Unders

The plan was to do a knee push-up on all wall walks to take some pressure of the shoulders and that worked really well, especially with the standard. I only missed one double under to start a round and every other break was me stopping on purpose for a rest. I stuck to sets of about 30 most of the workout. In my round of 150 I thought I miscounted at 80-90, so I actually did 10 extra reps just to be sure I got them all. So my tiebreak time ended up being five seconds before I actually stopped doing the double unders there. Only had to reset twice on the wall walks for moving a hand before my feet were on the wall, so not too bad. I finished the 15 and 150 and then got 3 more wall walks for a score of 377 and a tiebreak of 14:18.

Interesting workout for sure. Didn’t feel like I rested too much anywhere and my breaks with the double unders were good. Happy not to have missed after not doing any jump rope for over a month.

Since I’m workout out at home I’m recording all of my workouts so I can still register and compete in the Open, possibly making it to the 40-44 Masters Quarterfinals.

Of course I had to come back and do some time split evaluation.

I’m not a fan of redoing Open workouts, but this workout might be one where I could gain a lot of extra ground to help me make it to the top 10% and get to the Masters Qualifier. I highlighted the areas where I might be able to pick up significant time. Would I just give that time back by missing a bunch of double unders though?

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 10/10 Banded Rotations w/ 10s Hold on each side (red band on rig)
  • 12 Seated Leg Tucks
  • 30/30s Side Plank
  • 15 OH Plate Crunches (55#)

This was a good one. Took about 12:40.