2021 AGOQ Event 5

After the bike yesterday I mowed the lawn and spent a few hours working on the outside of the house. Was good to keep moving. My body is still sore as fuck this morning.

Warm-up

  • 10:00 TrueForm Walk (1.16 km)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 10 PVC OHS Squats
  • Power Snatch + OHS
    • 1+6 @ 45
    • 1+6 @ 95
    • 1+3 @ 115
    • 1+3 @ 135
    • 1+3 @ 155

2021 Age Group Online Qualifier Event 5

12-9-6 (10:00 Time Cap)

  • OHS (165#)
  • Burpee Box Jump Over (30″)

I hadn’t done an overhead squat in over a year until two weeks ago and this is heavy! I did the first six and had to drop the bar. Oh boy! Even had a single in that round of 12, but made a comeback the rest of the way to get through 3 of the 6 OHS for 45 reps of the 54 total. I would have loved to finish this one, but my overhead stability and leg strength coming out of the bottom of the OHS just isn’t there. Proud I kept fighting while having to do 8-9 snatches I think!

Made it through a really tough weekend without tweaking my back and that’s a first place trophy for me. It was fun to compete again and I’m sure I’ll have more to say after the final results are out tonight.

2021 AGOQ Events 1 & 2

Still no golf yesterday with the cold weather, but I did get a little time to tear apart more of the structure from the sunroom. I took today and tomorrow off work because I knew I’d be useless with the AGOQ happening. Tried to keep myself busy today with errands, small tasks around the house, and a nap. I got my garage setup early for event 1 so I could get it done shortly after the workouts were released at 3pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,230m)
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • Hanging
  • 10 DB Push Jerks (25#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 5 DB Push Jerks (40#)
  • Handstand Hold

2021 Age Group Online Qualifier Event 1

5 Rounds – 20:00 Time Cap

  • 15 HSPU
  • 15 DB Shoulder to OH (50# DBs)
  • 15 cal Row

My plan was 3×5 HSPU, 8-7 or 9-6 with the dumbbells, and around 1,200 cal/hr. That quickly changed on the second round of dumbbells. For the most part after that I was doing 4 sets on both movements. My average pace on the rower was probably about 1,150 cal/hr, expect for the final row when I sent it. Finished at exactly 19:00 and was wrecked!

Got to Next Level Fitness around 5:30pm.

Warm-up

  • Lay on GHD
  • Duck Walk
  • Partial Rope Climb
  • Toe Touches

2021 Age Group Online Qualifier Event 2

20:00 Time Cap

  • 60-50-40 GHD Sit-ups
  • 6-5-4 Rope Climbs (15′)
  • 60-50-40 Pistols

I hadn’t been on a GHD in well over two years and hadn’t climbed a rope using legs in about that long as well. For someone who has to be careful with low back tweaks, this is a scary workout I’m not conditioned for. My goal was to be smart and not get hurt. Wearing lifters for the pistols really affected the rope climbs and not in a good way. Just a nasty workout all around with so much interference on the low back in all three spots. Got through 28/50 pistols for 209 reps.

More Overhead Squats and Thrusters

Out in the garage shortly after 9am so we can get out of town for the day.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 SkiErg (594m)
  • 2:00 TrueForn Run (0.28 km)
  • 4 Sets
    • 40’ Tip Toe Walk
    • 10 Calf Raises
    • 10 PVC Passes
  • 20 DU
  • 10 OHS (45#)
  • 5 OHS (95#)

Conditioning

  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 OHS (115)
    • 50 DU
  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 Thrusters (95)
    • 50 DU

I scaled the overhead squats down from 135 pounds due to where I’m at with getting back in to these movements, but I kept the thrusters at the Rx weight. The OHS and thrusters felt surprisingly good. I only missed twice on the rope. Finished in 8:59 and could have saved a lot of time with a better setup and quicker changing of the plates. Happy with my effort and performance though.

Arms

3 Sets

  • 21s (20-25-25#)
  • 12 Tricep Pushdowns (bar, 60#)

3 Sets

  • 12 In and Out Hammer Curls (25# DBs)
  • 12 DB Skull Crushers (30# DBs)

Feeling Those Overhead Squats

Body is pretty wrecked from the 90 overhead squats. Out in the garage at 10am.

Warmup

  • 2:00 BikeErg (1,029m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 30s Dead Hang
  • 5 Snatch (45#)
  • 5 C&J (45#)
  • 3 Snatch (95#)
  • 3 C&J (95#)

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 3 Snatches (115#)
  • 3 Burpees over Bar
  • 3 C&J (115#)
  • 3 Burpees over Bar

My goal for today was unbroken to work on my cycling. First round was done in around 45 seconds, which I knew was hot and wouldn’t hold. I was done with five rounds at 5:46 and finished at 11:53, so the second five rounds took me 6:07.

Back

3 Sets

  • 12 Seated Cable Pull (double handle, 115#)
  • 12/12 Kroc Row (53# KB)

3 Sets

  • 12 High Pulley Underhand Row (double handles, 82#)
  • 12/12 Elbow out DB Row (25# DB)

Busy day ahead.

Different Routes to 45

Took a complete rest day yesterday with the workouts coming up over these three days.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 SkiErg (650m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 10 Kip Swings
  • 10 PVC OHS
  • 10 OHS (45#)
  • 5 Kip Swings
  • 5 OHS (75#)

Conditioning

  • 21-15-9
    • OHS (95#)
    • C2B Pull-ups
  • 5:00 Rest
  • 45 OHS (95#)
  • 45 Pull-ups

I literally haven’t done an overhead squat in over a year, except for some warm-ups a couple of weeks ago before squat snatches. This was supposed to be chest-to-bar pull-ups again for the 45, but that would have taken me a long time so I scaled back to pull-ups to keep up my intensity. I went 12-9, 9-6, and 9 on my overhead squats and 8-7-6, 6-5-4, and 4-2-3 for my chest-to-bars. Finished that at 5:47. Then I went 13-12-10-10 and 10-10-10-5-5-5 on my pull-ups to finish at 16:46. Kept my intensity up so that was a good call for the pull-ups. I did wear a belt with so many overhead squats, which actually felt pretty good. Overall this went much better than I expected.

Midline

E2M – 5 Rounds

  • 16 alt V-ups
  • 16 Leg Lifts
  • 16/16 Side Plank Bounces

We’ve done this with 14s before at the park and my notes had said we could do 16s. I was getting 42-45 seconds of rest each round.

Singles Suck

Worked on the house all weekend, replacing a sliding door with a big window and tearing down the sunroom. My body was beat, so Monday stayed the usual rest day. It was too cold and ended up raining for golf yesterday too. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 SkiErg (667m)
  • 3 Sets
    • 40′ Tip Toe Walk
    • 10 Calf Raises
    • 10 PVC Passes
  • Deadlift
    • 10×45
    • 10×135
    • 5×165

Conditioning

  • 50 cal Row
  • 75 DU
  • 35 Strict HSPU
  • 75 DU
  • 20 Deadlifts (185#)
  • 75 DU
  • 35 HSPU
  • 75 DU
  • 50 cal Row

It was programmed to be strict HSPU twice, but I knew that would take me forever, so I kipped the second time. I also scaled down from 275# on the deadlifts. I held 1,200+ cal/hr on the row. I missed or stopped 2-3 times each 75 dumbs except for going 70-5 the last time. My strict went quick, doing 5-5-3 and then singles, which took sooo long. Deadlifts felt pretty good and I thought about doing 10 every time I picked up the bar, but stuck to four sets of five. I was able to stick to 7×5 for the kipping handstand push-ups. Finished in 19:45.

Legs

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Lateral Step-up w/ Knee Raise (20”, 40# DB)
  • 10 RDL (70# KB)

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Step-ups w/ Knee Raise (20”, 40# DB)
  • 20 alt Curtsy Lunges (30# DBs)

That workout smashed me, so these leg supersets were especially rough.

Midline

2 Rounds

  • 20 V-ups
  • 20 Plank Knee to Elbow
  • 20 Reverse Crunches
  • 20/20 Side Plank Pulses
  • 20 alt V-ups
  • 20 Big Hollow Flutter Kicks (single leg raises)
  • 20 Oblique Heel Touches
  • 20 Russian Twists
  • 20 Lying Leg Lifts

Knew I wouldn’t be going nuts today. Finished in 8:44.

Grinding Ten Rounder

My traps were pretty sore from the double dumbbell hang power cleans, but at least my quads are almost done being sore. Worked out at about 10am.

Warmup

  • 3:00 TrueForm Run (0.45 km)
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 1:00 Dead Hang
  • 3×3 Handstand Kick-ups
  • 10 alt DB Hang C&J (35#)

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 14 cal Row
  • 10 alt DB Hang C&J (50#)
  • 8 Burpee over Rower

The workout didn’t say from the hang, but that’s typical and what we did. I realized that I didn’t reset the monitor when I got back on in round two so just kept the calories rolling throughout. I started out with my usual 1,200+ cal/hr but after round one realized that wasn’t going to be sustainable. If I wanted to keep a good pace on the burpees I was going to have to use the rower for a little recovery. I was dipping just under 1,000 cal/hr most of the workout. Picked up my pace in the last 2.5 rounds. Finished in 21:55.

Midline

2 Rounds

  • 20 V-ups
  • 20 Plank Knee to Elbow
  • 20 Reverse Crunches
  • 20/20 Side Plank Pulses
  • 20 alt V-ups
  • 20 Big Hollow Flutter Kicks (single leg raises)
  • 20 Oblique Heel Touches
  • 20 Russian Twists
  • 20 Lying Leg Lifts

We’re going to use this DLB workout in our rotation since it’s so good. Last week I did 4:20 – 9:11. This week I didn’t start out hot with the V-ups and it paid off with 4:09 for the first round and 8:17 overall.

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.

Warm-up

  • 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#)

Conditioning

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!

Stretching

2 Sets

  • 30s Dead Hang Partner Push

Shoulders on Fire

Warm-up

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

Chest

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

Conditioning

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!

Midline

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.

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.