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2016 Crossfit Open Recap

So the Crossfit Open is now over.  How did everyone do?
If you read my entry about 16.1, you know that this is the first time I have actually signed up for the Open.  Although I am not looking to go to Regionals (and I am waaaay far out from qualifying for that), I decided to sign up because I wanted to challenge myself, and to be a part of that community, and to say that I have competed in the open at least once.  I am glad that I did. I had a lot of fun participating, and I challenged myself, did a few new things, and got a new PR… and it’s kind of cool to see my name up on the official Leaderboard (even if it is pretty far down)!  And now I have some scores that I can compare next year’s open to.
My goal going into the open was to do as many (if not all) of the workouts I could as prescribed, or “RX’d.”
Here is my recap of the different workouts and how I did:

16.1

The Workout:

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 20 minutes of:
25-ft. overhead walking lunge
8 burpees
25-ft. overhead walking lunge
8 chest-to-bar pull-ups
 
Men lunge 95 lb.
Women lunge 65 lb.

My score: 110 reps
(I completed 4 full rounds, then 25 ft walking lunge and 1 burpee)
I decided to sign up for the open after completing this workout.  I was the only female at my box to do the workout RX’d, so I thought it’d be nice to represent my gym in the Rx division.  I had never done overhead walking lunges before, and since my overhead strength is lacking I thought it would be pretty difficult for me to hold up 65 pounds over my head while lunging.  They weren’t too bad, and when I got my arms into a position where they were locked out overhead it made it easier to do.  The chest-to-bar pull-ups were what had me feeling nervous, since I had never done them before.  But I figured out the motion and was able to do them.  I mostly had to do them one at a time, but there were a couple of times when I could string two together.   I felt like if I had redone the workout on Monday I might have gotten a better score, but I didn’t really feel like re-doing.  But man oh man, my glutes were sore from those lunges for a few days!


16.2

The Workout:

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

My Score: 84 reps
(I completed up to 9 cleans in the first round)
I would have loved to have gotten into the second round, but I knew I’d be lucky if I could even complete the first round with this workout.  Especially with toes-to-bar, they really slow me down and I suck at them.  And my previous 1-rep-max for clean was 110lbs.  But I at least wanted to get 84 reps, and I did just that.  I would have liked to finish the first round, but I’m okay with my score.
Afterwards, I decided to attempt a clean at 115lbs, and it was a success, so new PR!!

16.3

 The Workout:

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 7 minutes of:
10 power snatches
3 bar muscle-ups
 
Men use 75 lb.
Women use 55 lb.

My Score: 10 reps
(I did 10 snatches, and that was it)
I knew my score would most likely be 10 for this WOD.  I do not have muscle-ups.  And while it would have been awesome for me to have gotten my first bar muscle-up, my strength and technique are just not there yet.  So the workout for me was basically 10 snatches, then six and a half minutes of muscle-up practice (I got a lot of chest-to-bar pull-ups!).  Since my goal was to do the open RX’d, I did not move to the scaled version for this workout, like a lot of people did.  As a result, my place on the leaderboard went up a little, since an RX score of 10 is still higher than a scaled score of 300.

16.4

The Workout:

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 13 minutes of:
55 deadlifts
55 wall-ball shots
55-calorie row
55 handstand push-ups
 
Men deadlift 225 lb. and throw 20-lb. ball to 10-ft. target
Women deadlift 155 lb. and throw 14-lb. ball to 9-ft. target

My Score: 165 reps
(I finished the 55 calorie row in the first round)
I was nervous for this one.  That’s a lot of movements, and heavy! And they are not my favorite movements either.  Well… I don’t mind deadlifts, but 55 of them at 155 pounds is more than I have done before.  I wore my weight belt for the deadlifts.  They felt easier than I thought they would.  155lbs is 77% of my previous 1-rep-max, so I thought it would feel a lot heavier than it did.  It was still heavy though.  I was able to break them up into a couple sets of 10, then sets of 5 for the rest.  I thought wall-balls would slow me down because they usually do (I hate wall-balls), but I actually blew through those, breaking them up into sets of 10.
I didn’t have very high expectations for this workout.   My goal was to at least finish the wall-balls and get to the rower.  I thought that there was no way I could finish the row (55 calories is a LOT!), so I surprised myself when I finished the row with 1:30 left on the clock.  I got to the wall and my arms were just shot at this point.  I rested them a minute before attempting a handstand push-up.  I can only do handstand push-ups with a couple of ab-mats under my head, and have never done them all the way to the floor.  I tried 3 times to get one in before the time was up, but my arms just couldn’t take it.  I was super happy with my score though, and I did a lot better than I thought I would!

16.5

The Workout:

 
21-18-15-12-9-6-3 reps for time of:
Thrusters
Burpees
 
Men use 95 lb.
Women use 65 lb.
 

My Score: 18:54 Rx
I was actually excited when Dave Castro announced this workout.  Not because I wanted to do it, but because I could do it, and I was determined to submit all RX scores.  I wasn’t looking forward to doing this because thrusters and burpees are two of my worst movements, and this is a very taxing workout.  Going into this workout I believed that I could at least finish in less that 30 minutes, and my goal was to finish in less than 25 minutes.  I really wanted to finish in less than 20 minutes, but didn’t think that I could.  I broke up each round evenly.  The first round of 21 I did sets of 7, then sets of 6 in the next round, then 5, 4, and 3.  Once I got to the round of 6 I did them unbroken.
This workout was hell.  It was very taxing on my cardiovascular system, and my chest hurt a lot from all of the heavy breathing during this workout.  It was rough, and I was so happy when it was over.  And even happier when I saw what my time was! I think the round of 15 is when it started to get really difficult.  But once I got there and I looked up at the clock and saw how much time I had left, I thought, If I keep pushing then I can maybe finish this in 20 minutes! 
If I thought about repeating any of the workouts, this wouldn’t be the one I repeated. Ha!

The final results:

So I filtered my results down into categories.  I’ll start with the highest to the lowest category.

 

Worldwide in the Rx’d category for individual women:

world

(I didn’t bother scrolling and clicking to see how many people total submitted all five scores).

 

 

Overall in the Region for individual women in the Rx’d category:

 Rx Region
(I think his is out of a little over 6000 people that submitted all scores.  There were hundreds of others who do not have a place because they did not submit every score)
Worldwide for individual women in the Military category:
worldmil
This was kind of cool to see!
Overall in the Region in the Military category:
mil region
Climbing up a bit! (Out of 120 people, 79 of which actually submitted all five scores)
And my favorite, overall in Texas in Military Category for individual women:
texmil
26th doesn’t look too bad, does it?
Overall, I am proud of my scores and glad I participated.  I did a lot better than I had anticipated I would.  I think the fact that I signed up really pushed me a little more, and I had an adrenaline rush at every workout just from the simple fact that I was actually competing.  I’m hoping that by next year I can smoke my scores and be even better!
I won’t be updating much for the next couple of weeks…I am getting married on Saturday and will be away on my honeymoon! So exciting!!!
I hop everyone has a great week!
<3 Jordan

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