17.1 Redo

Confident I’d crush my previous score of getting through 215 reps in the 20 minute time cap. Plan was to switch hands in the air on all of the snatches, not stand up on the box, and reduce my steps by turning in the jump and stepping down backwards off the box.


  • Pass throughs, stretching, and twisting
  • 4:00 Airdyne
  • Did some of each movement getting the hand of better efficiency.

CrossFit Games Open Workout 17.1

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

Finished in 19:15! So much better. It hurt so much worse on the lungs though. It was considerably easier on my back without spending so much time bent over switching the dumbbell hands on the ground. Losing almost 4 pounds in the last couple of days probably helped on the burpees some. Look at the difference in my splits…


Improved round 1 from 2:06 to 1:40, round 2 from 3:27 to 2:47, round 3 from 4:32 to 4:13, and round 4 from 5:43 to 5:24. Then to finish it off I did the round of 50s in 5:09, which was faster than I did the 40s! The snatch hand switch was much faster, but it was also harder on the shoulder and the lungs. I had to do the 30 is 3 sets of 10 today and still did the 40 in 4 sets of 10. I was able to do the 50 in one fewer set by going 14-12 and then 10-14 maybe? It took me forever to catch my breath.

Eventually jumped on the Airdyne for a nice 15:00 flush, going 3.53 miles.


8 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s T2B
  • 10s Rest

Strapped on my grips and tried to match the 7s I’d done last time. Nearly made it. Did 6 sets of 7, then 6-1, and only managed 2-2-1 in the final set. I’ll take it though after all those DB snatches.

Bring on 17.2!

First Attempt @ 17.1

After seeing Ro vs. Boz last night I didn’t expect to finish 17.1. They were hurting!

Did a few heel drives and about 5 minutes on the Airdyne to warm-up, but not much else. The first sets of burpees and snatches would warm me up.

CrossFit Games Open Workout 17.1

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

Time cap: 20:00

The burpees crushed my soul. I’ve tried the stay low technique and it never worked for me, feeling like I’d face plant. I was really trying to limit my steps too but didn’t always work. I think I did the 10 and 20 snatches unbroken, then 15-15, and then sets of 10 with pretty short rest. Guess I was taking a bit of time to pick up the DB after the burpees though. I left 10 of the burpees on the table when time ran out for a score of 215, with a tiebreak (last completed round of burpees) at 15:48.


I wouldn’t say I’m disappointed, because I didn’t have expectations to finish. I did learn a lot from the attempt though. My splits after each set of burpees were 2:06, 5:33 (3:27), 10:05 (4:32), and 15:48 (5:43). I spent 4:12 in the final round, with 10 burpees to go. Look how much slower each round got with only adding 10 snatches; An extra 1:21 for the set with 20, then an extra 1:05 for the set with 30, and 1:09 more for the set with 40. If I kept pace on my final set of burpees the 50s round would have been faster than the 40s because I was trying to empty the tank.

With 2 exceptions in my first 5 Opens, I’ve always been a one-and-done Open athlete. One of those was when I had to do my first attempt the night of the announcement and then drive back to Michigan from Phoenix and the other was when I paced 15.2 way too much. Last year I was already thinking of giving myself the option to redo each workout for this year…

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.

My back is pretty tight and pumped right now, but hopefully I’ll recover well and can make a second attempt on Sunday or Monday. I’m going to finish! It’ll save me a lot of time if I switch hands on the way down instead of resetting every rep on the ground. Maybe a second per rep (150!) and hopefully it’ll save my back from not spending so much time bent over. I’m going to mess around with some different techniques getting over the box too because I wasted so much time there.

Taking advantage of some e-stim on my back to speed up recovery.


4 Minutes

My back was pretty stiff again this morning, though I slept really well last night.


6 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (210#)
  • 8/8 Side Bends (70#)

Had programmed 4 good mornings but I skipped those because of my back and did the RH instead.


  • 4:00
    • Buy-in: 400m Run
    • AMRAP Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 4:00 Rest
  • 4:00
    • Buy-in: 400m Run
    • AMRAP Burpee Box Overs (24″)
  • 4:00 Rest
  • 4:00
    • Buy-in: 400m Run
    • AMRAP American KBS (53#)

Pushed it on the 400s. I only looked at the clock coming in on the 3rd one and it was a 1:30, which is my goal pace for a mile I’d like to do this year. The first two 400s were a little faster. I did 50 unbroken wall balls, a short rest and then 14 more for 64 total. I did all step-ups on the box due to my back and made it through 22 reps. I started out stepping down too but started hopping down at some point. I haven’t done any American swings in a long time so wasn’t sure how they would feel with my back, but they were fine. I did sets of 10 and 15 and then held on for the rest of the way, which was nearly a minute, to get 27 in a row. 52 total swings.

10 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s Push-ups
  • 10s Rest

Went all-out and quickly fell off a cliff. Reps were 22-20-13-9-6-6-7-7-7-8 for 105 total. Whenever we’ve done this recently the rest has been much longer to help recover.

Morn & Eve

Legs seem to be a little tired this morning. At around 9am I went out in the garage to get in some strength work I missed yesterday.


2 Sets

  • 5s of StrongFit Tricep & Bicep Openers (8#)
  • 10 Back Squats (45-135)
  • 30s Bar Hang (supinated)
  • 30s Front Leaning Rest (rings)

It’s much harder to hang with that reverse grip. I had my feet touching the ground some because I was inside my power rack which is shorter. FLR (think plank) on the rings is a different feel. Tried to rotate my wrists out to put the shoulder in more external rotation.


E3M – 6 Sets

  • 10 Back Squats (185#)
  • 10/10 Kroc Rows (50# DB)

These squats are getting rough. A few more weeks before we start putting some real weight back on the bar. I don’t know why I thought I needed to go an extra 2 reps per side with the Kroc rows since the dumbbell was only 3# lighter than the kettlebell I’ve been using at the gym.

6 Sets

  • 20s Push-ups
  • 30s Rest

Didn’t want to game it, but did a little bit, leaving 2-3 seconds in the first 3 rounds. I got 20-20-17-17-14-13 for a 101 total.

Went to the 5:30pm class.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 3 Sets
    • 10 PVC Pass-thrus
    • 20 Push-ups
    • 10 Band Pull-aparts (green)
    • 20 Mountain Climbers

I was feeling the fatigue in the push-ups after this morning.


2 3-position Snatch DL + 1 Snatch + 1 Hang Snatch

  • 45#
  • 75#
  • 95#
  • 115#

Snatch + Hang Snatch

  • 125#
  • 135#
  • 145#
  • 155#
  • 165#
  • 175#

Not sure if I’ve done 175 from the hang before. Definitely tough as the 2nd rep in the complex. Called a win there and stripped the bar.


  • Max Pull-ups
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 3 Sets
    • 40-50% of Max
    • 2:00 Rest

Had to go with a regular kip due to my shoulder still and holy shit they are so much slower than butterfly. Wore gymnastics grips and for some reason the bar was really rubbing on the inside of my first finger down that whole side to the crease of the thumb. More on the right hand than on the left. Don’t remember feeling that before, but wonder if had anything to do with wearing the grips. Made it to 26 reps for a 5 rep PR actually. Shows I never really test these that my PR of 21 was during Fran. I did 23 unbroken butterfly chest-to-bar pull-ups a few months ago so I know 26 isn’t up to par for me. Did 3 drop sets of 13 unbroken. I can tell I haven’t been doing pull-ups because this was much harder than it should have been at those numbers.


4:00 AMRAP

  • Burpee Box Jump Overs (24″)

Started out at a pretty good pace getting about 14 in the first minute. Slowed a bit in minutes 2-3 and then turned up the pace in the final minute for 47 total reps. When I got into the last 30 seconds I really started to quicken the box over and drop into the next burpee. Didn’t want to do that too early and burn out.

Finished with Crossover Symmetry Iron Scap and will ROMWOD.

Big Triple

Planned to get in the HSPU workout in the garage in the middle of the day, but that didn’t happen, so I did it at the gym. Going to be my last Skill WOD workout so I can rest this shoulder from muscle-ups and pull-ups.

Warm-up: 3 Rounds

  • 10 Pass-thrus (over & under grips)
  • 10 Straddle V-ups
  • 10 Back Extensions
  • 10 Heel Drives
  • 10s Handstand Hold

Mobility: 5 Sets

  • 10s GHD Hanging Stretch

Test Your Max

Kipping Deficit Handstand Push-ups

  • 2 @ 0.5″
  • 2 @ 4.5
  • 2 @ 7
  • 4×6 @ 9 (70% of max)
  • Max reps at same deficit

Rest was 2:00 between those last 5 working sets. I made it through all the sets of 6 again and got an extra one to make a final set of 6 on the max set. Wore the new Reebok CrossFit Speed TR that were delivered today. The HSPU strip on the heel is really cool.

Much brighter than I expected from the pictures.

Strength Accessory: 3 Sets

  • 8 Seated DB Press (53# KB)
  • 20 Barbell Hollow Rocks

Not really cool with the KB, but the 40# DBs we have at the gym aren’t heavy enough. Hard to get the KB up to your shoulders from the floor in a seated position. Cut it back to 3 rounds instead of 5 so I could join Bryan in some stuff.


Warmed up snatches with touch-n-go power triples of 45-95-125-135-155 pounds. Felt great!

12:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 3 Power Snatch
  • 10 Pistols

Used 165# for the first 4 sets and it felt really good so I went 175 and then 185! All still touch-n-go too. I’d never even tried 175 before today. Pistols went well and were solid in these new shoes.


6:00 AMRAP

  • 4 Thrusters (115#)
  • 4 Burpee Box Jump Overs

Nasty combo. Quads had a nice burn by the end. Did 7 rounds plus the thrusters and 1 final burpee box over. Rested too much before picking up the bar each round, as usual with me.

Really happy about the new shoes. They are on par with the Nano 5. Looking forward to ordering a pair of the Nike Metcon 2 at the end of the month when they are released.

Get Up and Do The Work

Late workout last night throws me off with sleep and recovery, though I guess the two are largely related. Didn’t want to get out to the garage this morning, but I did.

Coffee Squats

Back Squats

  • 20×45#
  • 10×135#
  • 10×155#
  • 10×175#
  • 20×195#

Didn’t even warm-up today. Jumped right in. Felt better than expected. That’s 20# heavier than the set of Super Squats I did last week.

Lunge University

  • 200 Walking Lunges (20# vest)

No stopping allowed. Finished in 7:50.

Then in for the 9am class at CrossFit Intuition.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 900m Row
  • Deadlift
    • 10×45#
    • 6×155#
    • 6×245#

Strength & Skill

10:00 EMOM (alternating)

  • 6 Deadlifts (245#)
  • 10 T2B

Damn that felt heavy. Wore a belt to protect my back.



  • HSPU
  • Burpee Box Jump Overs (24″)

Gotta manage that handstand push-up fatigue. Went 6-6, 4-3-3, 3-3-2, 3-3, 2-2, and 2 on the wall. Finished at 9:59.


4 Rounds NFT

  • 2/2 Turkish Get-ups (44#)
  • 12 Russian Twists (44#)

Need these TGUs for my shoulders.

Cool Down

  • 2,000m Row (8:57.3)
  • Crossover Symmetry Plyometric

15.2 Again

Rested yesterday so I could take another shot at this. Got up early to get it in so that I could participate in Super Sunday. Got to the gym at about 8:30. Totally forgot about the stupid time change and I was up until after 11 watching the Duke-UNC game, so not much sleep. 🙂


  • 1,000m Row – 4:33
  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • Stretching & Mobility
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 5×45# & 5×75# OHS

2015 CrossFit Games Open Workout 15.2

Every 3 minutes for as long as possible complete:

  • From 0:00-3:00, 2 rounds of:
    • 10 OHS (95#)
    • 10 C2B pull-ups
  • From 3:00-6:00, 2 rounds of:
    • 12 OHS (95#)
    • 12 C2B pull-ups
  • From 6:00-9:00, 2 rounds of:
    • 14 OHS (95#)
    • 14 C2B pull-ups
  • Etc., following same pattern until you fail to complete both rounds

I wore a pair of the Natural Grips instead of the leather gymnastics grips, thinking they are thinner so would be better on the grip. Not sure either set made any big difference. Just didn’t want to rip at all costs.

Much better plan of attack today. All c2b were kipping today instead of butterfly, which I think fatigues me more. I did 5, rested 5 seconds on the back, then 5 more on both sets of 10 OHS and all singles pull-ups. Had 30-40 seconds of rest I think. Went 12 unbroken OHS and all doubles on the first set of C2B I think. Then 12 OHS again or possibly 6, rest 5 seconds, last 6. I don’t really remember. I think I did a couple of doubles, then all the rest singles. Had 23 seconds to rest. I know I could finish those no problem. I just died then. Dropped the bar 4 times during the set of 14 OHS and did all single chest to bar pull-ups. Finished them with like 3 seconds left and fell to the floor. 116 reps, which is 8 less than last year, but it’s all I had on this day. I’ll take it. Bring on 15.3!

Went home, got some food, and rested. Back for Super Sunday at noon.

Warmed up with some stretching, rumble rolling, bottom squat holds. Then some 45# and 95# pendlay rows.

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 10 Pendlay Row (115#)
  • 4 Banana Rolls

We were having a good time talking about P90X and the Superman-Banana that Tony Horton does. Did a few reps with 135# before loading up with 225.

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 5 Strict Pause Ring Dips (3s count in bottom)
  • 8 Stiff-legged Deadlift (225#)

Really like the pause dips. Need some work on the hammies.

Team WOD
3 Rounds

  • 2:00 Row
  • 2:00 Burpee Box Jump Overs (24″)
  • 2:00 C&J (95#)

Paired up with Dan. He would start getting off the rower after 55 seconds and by the time I was on and ready to go I had 55 seconds left. We split up the other two movements in 30 second chunks. I didn’t count anything, just went for it when it was my turn. Dropped the bar early on the c&J, but then ended each interval going the last 10-12 seconds touch-n-go. I didn’t think I’d have much left in the tank to push, but I did and it felt good. Didn’t keep track of any reps or anything, which was nice to just do work.

Stuck around to judge some 15.2 scores. I can definitely feel my quad now, about 90 minutes after the workout.

Rest day tomorrow, but probably with some active recovery.

Automattic CrossFit

Got up and did yoga at 7:30 this morning, let by a couple of women in the company. They did a really great job.

I setup a private Intro to CrossFit class over at CrossFit Park City for anyone in the company interested in trying it out. They did a really great job explaining CrossFit to everyone, teaching some movements and then putting us through a workout. 15 Automatticians went.


3 Rounds

  • 100m Run
  • 5/5 Calf Stretches
  • 5 V-up Roll-overs

12:00 AMRAP

  • 8 Burpee over the Box Jumps (24″)
  • 12 American KBS (53#)
  • 14 Air Squats

Damn altitude! Though I do feel myself getting better as the week progresses. I got 6 rounds plus 3 burpee box overs.

After we did some of the couch stretch and pretzel quad/gluten stretch.

Automatticians at CrossFit Park City

Another Mile


  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 5 Push-ups
  • 30 Mountain Climbers


12:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Pull-ups
  • 8 Hang Power Cleans (135#)
  • 10 Burpee over the Box Jumps (24″)

Completed 5 rounds plus 5 pull-ups, 8 cleans, and 5 of the burpee boxes. My burpee box overs were so slow!

10 Rounds

  • 20s Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 40s Rest

Got 10 every round. Easy.

Ran a mile, probably at about an 8:30 pace if I had to guess. Good time to work on shortening my stride and landing midfoot instead of running on my toes.


Close Grip OHS

  • 2x5x45#
  • 5×75#
  • 5×95#
  • 2×115#
  • 2×135#
  • 2×155#
  • 2×175#
  • 2×185#
  • 1×195#

Up to 135 with pinkies on the inner knurl marks and then after than I had to slowly keep moving them out. With 195# I think my index finger was just outside of the 2nd knurl marks. Still much closer than a snatch grip though.

I let Kevin talk me into running “another mile”, which fucking turned in to nearly 3 miles. A lot of time to practice running technique improvements.

10 Too Much?

Wasn’t very sore yesterday, so I guess on Tuesday my legs were still feeling the thruster work from Saturday. Walked 18 holes of golf yesterday. Didn’t get my usual fill of sleep last night due to watching the OHS event of the CrossFit Games. Still in for the 9am at CFi though.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • Box Shoulder Stretches
  • 15# Good Mornings
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Arm Circles

Strength & Skill

  • 5×155# Deadlift
  • 3×245# Deadlift
  • 3×315# Deadlift
  • 3×365# Deadlift
  • 3 MU
  • 3×385# Deadlift
  • 3 MU
  • 3×395# Deadlift
  • 3 MU
  • 3×395# Deadlift
  • 3 MU
  • 3×395# Deadlift
  • 3 MU
  • 3×395# Deadlift
  • 3 MU
  • 2×405# Deadlift
  • 3 MU
  • 3×365# Deadlift
  • 3 MU

Ugh, I had to try and go for 405# on the last two sets. Felt it in my back after the 2nd rep. Dropped weight and did 3 slow singles trying to keep a perfect back on the end. It was only an extra 10#, but maybe the same thing would have happened if I had stayed at 395# for that set. Who knows. Can’t change it now.

New PR for muscle-ups in one day with 8 sets of 3! Getting more and more comfortable with them every time I do them. This combination was pretty brutal though. I was sweating my ass off and completely out of breath.



  • T2B
  • Burpee over the Box Jumps (30″)

Damn near biffed it on the first jump to the box. Did all of the toes to bar unbroken and finished in 4:57. My burpees were slow.


100 Russian Twists

Grabbed the 35# KB with the goal of getting some big sets. Did it in 60-40.

Guess what, another afternoon break session in the garage! Did Crossover Symmetry Activation to get my shoulders ready.

Bear Complexes

If you don’t know what a bear complex is…

  • Clean
  • Front Squat
  • SH to OH
  • Back Squat
  • SH to OH

Usually condensed down into…

  • Squat Clean Thruster
  • Back Squat Thruster

I warmed up with some “bears”:

  • 5×45#
  • 2×95#
  • 2×115#
  • 2×135#

E45S for 8 Rounds

  • 2 Bear Complex 155#

My original (ambitious) plan was 16 rounds. Haha!! I wanted to quit after 4! Pushed through to 8. Dropping to my back was starting to get sketchy and I could barely get the bar locked out overhead. Good time to take a breather. I think I made it through the first 2 (maybe 3) rounds without dropping the bar in between each complex.

Rested about 5:00.

E45S for 8 Rounds

  • 2 Bear Complex 115#

Never had to drop the bar in any round. Too easy.


  • 10:00 @ 2:30-2:40/500m

Nice cool down and recovery pace. Made it 1,909 meters.

Finished up with CS Iron Scap.