Test One

Yesterday I walked 18 holes for the first time this year and it was so nice to be out there. I’m feeling fine after my first shot of the vaccine, other than my arm being really sore. My quads are still really sore though. Out in the garage at 4pm.


  • 3:00 SkiErg (622m)
  • 10 Calf Raises
  • 40 Lateral Hops
  • 10 Calf Raises
  • 24 PVC Passes
  • 10 Shoulder Press (45#)
  • 50 Jump Rope (singles)
  • 5 DB Hang Power Cleans (25# DBs)
  • 5 DB Push Jerks (25#)


2021 Quarterfinals Test #1 – 10:00 Time Cap

  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 Strict HSPU
    • 10 DB Hang Power Cleans (50# DBs)
    • 50 DU
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 HSPU
    • 10 DB S2OH (50# DBs)
    • 50 DU

Since the Mayhem workout didn’t have much for us today I was planning to do machine intervals. Might as well try out some of the Quarterfinal workouts when I can in case the AGOQ workouts are the same or similar. The last time I did handstand push-ups was a workout with 30 strict on November 17. My plan was to break them up in sets of 5 all the way, even the kipping ones and see how far I could get in the workout. I figured the second half of the workout would get pretty nasty with the back-to-back overhead movements.

Well, I had to call an audible in round two, going 5-3-2 and then 3-2-2-2-1 in round 3. Finished the first part in 5:40. My kipping push-ups felt good so I went 6-4, was tempted to go unbroken, and remembered I had shoulder to overheads next. Oh shit, those were the worst part of the workout. I had to go 5-5 and almost missed a bunch. I went 6-4 again on the kipping HSPU and got 5 more S2OH for a total of 295 reps before the time cap. Fun workout that I’d like to try again once I get some shoulder endurance back.

15:00 AMRAP Partner

  • 1 Rope Pull from Laying (each)
  • 10 Push-ups

This was written as 1 rope climb or 5 strict pull-ups each, but I don’t have a tall rope (yet) and we’ve done plenty of strict pull-ups lately. It was also supposed to be synchro push-ups, but that doesn’t really work with a M-F team. We did do our push-ups as the some time though before going to the rope again and Brandi did 7-8 each round. I think I did three rounds unbroken and then went 6-4 the rest of the way. We got through 19 rounds!


2 Sets

  • 30s Dead Hang Partner Push

Shoulders on Fire


  • 16 PVC passes
  • 10 DB Bench Press (35#)
  • 10 DB Fly (20#)


3 Sets

  • 10 DB Bench Press (60# DBs)
  • 10 DB Fly (35# DBs)
  • MAX Plate Press (35#)

This added up quick. Got 20-20-10 for the plate presses.

3 Sets


20:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 40s Sandbag Bearhug Hold (100#)
  • 15 Burpees
  • 40s Double DB Overhead Hold (35# DBs)
  • 60 Double Unders

Hard to try an catch your breath holding a sandbag on your chest. haha High speed burpees all the way. The overhead hold was miserable. Missed a dub at 17 in round one and at 53 in round three. Three unbroken sets of 60 is great for me!


4 Rounds

  • 40 OH Hollow Flutter Kicks (20# KB)
  • 30 Reverse Crunch
  • 20 Russian Twists (45# plate)
  • 10 PVC Sit-ups

This was a grinder! I slowed a bit between some sit-ups, but otherwise went unbroken, which was not easy at all. Finished in 8:27.

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.


  • 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.


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?


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.

Not Even Five Rounds

Out in the garage after 4pm. With Brandi’s knee hurt, I just don’t have as much motivation so far this week. I’ll snap out of it.


  • 4:00 SkiErg (911m)
  • 5/5 Single Arm DB Hang C&J (15#)
  • 5/5 Single Arm DB Hang C&J (30#)
  • 5/5 Single Arm DB Hang C&J (40#)


7 Rounds

  • 40 Double Unders
  • 20 Air Squats
  • 5/5 Single Arm DB Hang C&J (50#)

I got through four rounds at about 8:01 and then 37 more double unders somewhere near 8:30. As I was going through that fifth round of double unders I could feel my right calf going and then it gave and I had to stop. FML! I should have stopped as soon as I felt it getting weird.


4 Rounds

  • 20 OH Plate Crunches (45#)
  • 20 alt Side Crunches
  • 20 Russian Twists (45#)
  • 10/10 Side Bends (70#)

Finished in 9:26, doing everything unbroken.

259 Dubs


  • 2:00 TrueForm Run (0.34 km)
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 10 Double Unders
  • 10 Deadlifts (45#)
  • 10 Deadlifts (85#)
  • 5 Double DB Hang Cleans (40#)


3:00 AMRAP

  • Double Unders

I started out with a set of 92 and ended up with 259, which is a PR of 6 according to BTWB. My right calf was tight after.


14:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Deadlifts (135/95#)
  • 10 Double DB Hang Cleans (50/35#)
  • 10 alt Renegade Rows (50/35#)

I did two rounds of deadlifts unbroken and then went 5-5. Everything else was unbroken. Really grippy. Finished with 8+17. Not my jam with all weighted movements.


3 Rounds

  • 12 Half Circle Knee Raises
  • 12 alt Single Leg Lifts (L-sit on parallettes)
  • 30s Plank Hops
  • 12 Seated Leg Lifts

Pull Ski and Run Squat

Workout 4pm.


  • 3:00 Row (753m)
  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 10/10 Single Leg Calf Raises
    • 20 Lateral Hops


8 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s Double Unders
  • 10s Rest

I think I missed twice and got a total of 268 reps.


4 Rounds

  • MAX Wide Strict Pull-ups
  • 15/10 cal SkiErg
  • 2:00 Rest

I got 10-10-9-9 pull-ups and my round times were 1:38 – 1:24 – 1:22 – 1:21.

10 Rounds

  • 1:30
    • 1:00 TrueForm Run
    • Max Air Squats
  • 1:30 Rest

Felt the first round was way too fast on the runner, but I almost got back to that pace by the end. I think my legs and hips loosened up a lot for the squats. Here are my distances and squat counts.


2 Sets

  • 30-30s Eagle Arms
  • 30s Dead Hang Partner Push

Cycling AMRAPs

Not enough sleep again. I did take a 35 minute nap this afternoon though. Workout at 4.


  • 3:00 SkiErg (696m)
  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 10 Scap Push-ups
  • 30 Hops


3 Cycles

  • 4:00 AMRAP
    • 18 Russian KBS (53/35#)
    • 12/8 cal BikeErg (standing)
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 4:00 AMRAP
    • 30 DU
    • 12/8 cal Row
  • 2:00 Rest

This really escalated! I missed a double under in three of the four sets in cycle one, went all unbroken in cycle two, and missed in two sets of cycle three. Need to get rid of those misses before the Open! Going between the two different AMRAPs was a fun way to mix it up. My scores for the first one were 3+6, 3+15, and 3+18 and for the second they were 3+30, 3+34, and 3+35.


3 Sets

  • 20 OH Leg Lifts (25# DB)
  • 20 Seated Leg Lifts over DB
  • 20 OH Sit-ups (25# DB)
  • 20 Plank Hip Dips
  • 1:00 Plank
  • 1:00 Rest

I don’t remember the last time a plank felt so difficult! In sets 2-3 I had to take a 10 second rest after the hip dips and I went to my hands because my position on the elbows was failing. I was able to do the other movements unbroken though. Finished in 13:11.

Was pretty exhausted after today’s work.

Five More Pounds

I’ve been swamped at work, so yesterday ended up being a full rest day instead of active recovery. Workout at 10am this morning.


  • 3:00 Bottom Squat Hold
  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,523m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • Power Cleans
    • 10×45#
    • 5×95
    • 3×135
    • 3×165


  • 4:00 EMOM – 3 Power Cleans (185-185-195-195)
  • 4:00 EMOM – 2 Power Cleans (205-205-215-215)
  • 4:00 EMOM – 1 Power Clean (225-235-245-255)

All touch-n-go reps. Five pounds more than a few weeks ago. I haven’t picked that up since February of 2018. Felt good today and definitely had more in the tank. I’ll keep slowing working on my leg strong and confidence with the lift. Things are working. Maybe I can get back to my best of 275 or even more.


5 Rounds

  • 20 PVC Sit-ups (anchored + AbMat)
  • 30 Russian Twists (35# plate)

These PVC sit-ups are gross. My upper abs were on fire in round 3 and I had to start breaking them up. I did the twists all unbroken though. Finished in 7:11.


20:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Burpee Pull-ups
  • 40 Double Unders
  • 10 Double DB Box Step Overs (50/35#, 24/20″)

Did step burpees from the start to help with heart rate. I missed a dub is 3-4 of my rounds I think. Never rested during the step overs. You just have to keep grinding. Finished 7+1.

Another Brutal 30 EMOM

My shoulder seems to be getting worse.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 3 Rounds
    • 5 Burpees
    • 10 Kip Swings
    • 20 Jump Rope Singles


30:00 alt EMOM

  • 20 cal Row
  • 50 Double Unders
  • 15 Weighted V-ups (20# DB)
  • 25 Push-ups
  • 25 Air Squats

Going from roughly 40 seconds of 1,800+ cal/hr rowing to double unders was brutal. I was dying in the last two rounds. I missed at least once on the rope in every round. I was able to do every round of push-ups unbroken, but that last round was a struggle with slight pauses at the top. Felt good on the air squats taking about 28 seconds to do them each round.


4 Sets

  • 12 Low-Pulley Knee-In (pause, 27#)
  • 12 OH Plate Crunches (pause, 55#)
  • 5/5 Hip Abducted Evil Wheels
  • 160′ Goblet Carry (53#)

Was supposed to be sandbag carry but I subbed in the goblet instead after the rowing and so many squats.