18.2 Accomplished

Photo cred: Thanks to Laura for playing paparazzi 📸

18.2 was more in my wheelhouse than 18.1, and it flew by so fast! Oddly – despite the fact that I prefer the movements in 18.2 – I was way more nervous for the workout than the previous week.  18.2 was:

12 min AMRAP:


Dumbbell squats (35/50#)

Burpees over the bar

Then with any time remaining:

1 RM clean

Because I was slow on the uptake and missed signing Dana and I up for heat times for Friday Night Lights, we ended up with heats at 7:15 pm. I went home after work first to eat, and then we headed back to CrossFit Sunalta around 6:45.  The warm-up flew by, and I was thankful for the support of my friends Ruth, Laura, and Dena (among others!) who had lots of advice having done the workout earlier in the evening, including:

  • Rounds 8, 9, & 10 were where things got interesting
  • Don’t look at the clock
  • The first lift would feel very heavy
  • Swing the dumbbells like a kettlebell swing to get them up to your shoulders

3, 2, 1, go! With an ascending ladder, you do one rep of each movement, then two of each, and so on up until you hit 10 reps of each.  I just focused on moving consistently through the burpees, and not setting the dumbbells down during the squats.  I really focused on using my glutes, instead of my quads, as I’ve had a ton of chiro/active release technique (ART) done this year and my biggest issue is engaging my glutes.  Thanks Dr. Brad!

I finished the metcon in 8:06, landing on all fours to breath heavily for a few moments. When I got my breathing under control, I approached the barbell for the cleans.

The first clean really did feel heavy, but I had loaded 115# on the bar knowing that I can always hit that lift, rain or shine. Then 125 pounds, and then 135.  135# is in the neighbourhood of my one rep max, but with my back so sore the past few months, I’ve really avoided anything heavy.  My back did feel a bit sore after the dumbbell squats so I didn’t want to push my luck.

I tried 140# twice but no dice.

All in all, I liked 18.2 and it wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever had to do.  Thanks Dave Castro.

I feel like 18.3 is going to feature something technical like muscle-ups and/or snatches. And maybe double unders just for funzies.

Any guesses? How was 18.2 for you?


18.1 Accomplished

Hi everyone!

I’m taking a different approach to the 2018 CrossFit Open as my box is doing the workouts on Friday nights, instead of Sunday afternoons like last year. While I’m definitely glad to do the workouts earlier in the weekend so I don’t have time to nervously dwell on them, writing a Tips & Tricks blog post like past years on Thursday night seems redundant.

Perhaps because I’ve been slowly recovering from two different injuries (a strained low back and tricep) since December, my enthusiasm for the Open is slightly lower than normal. I actually didn’t pay my dues for the Open until the announcement of 18.1 because I wanted to be sure my body was up to the challenge.  Although last year I did all the Open workouts RX, I am open to doing the scaled workouts this year if needed because – let’s face it – I’m not going to the CrossFit Games one way or another, and I’d like my body to stay healthy and well for a long time.

First impressions on 18.1? To be honest, I got distracted after work and tuned into the announcement as the athletes were already chipping away.  So I didn’t even know what the workout was!  18.1 was:

20 min AMRAP

8 toes-to-bar (T2B)

10 dumbbell (DB) hang clean & jerks (35/50#) [5 reps/side]

12/14 calorie row

I really like that the quantity of reps for the movements was relatively low. I can usually string together 8 T2B consistently, and 5 DB clean & jerks didn’t sound too bad (although I had never done the movement in a workout before).  And only 12 calories for ladies?  That’s nothing!  (Classic CrossFit – if you find yourself thinking something is * only * anything… you’re screwed.)

Coach JP briefed us all about movement standards and then I judged a couple heats before I warmed up myself. The clean and jerks felt a little awkward, and with my left tricep blown up the past two months, I wasn’t sure about the jerk/push press portion of the movement.  I grabbed the ladies’ scaled weight, as well as the RX, when I set up my station for the workout – just in case I needed to change mid-workout to the scaled version.

18.1 surprised me. In past years, the hardest element would have been the T2B for sure!  This year, I think the T2B were the easiest movement for me.  The row was deceptively gassy, and to my surprise, the clean and jerks were definitely the toughest part of the workout.  I found myself resting the dumbbell on my chest after the first five reps so I could finish the other side’s five reps unbroken.

I had hoped to finish somewhere between 8 and 10 rounds, and happily finished the 8th row in time for a few T2B for a finishing score of 242 RX.  The best part of all is that my tricep felt fine throughout the workout and I didn’t need to use the lighter dumbbell.  All that physio has paid off!

I definitely slept well that night, but didn’t feel too horribly sore on the weekend. In fact, I decided to go for a light run on Saturday and ended up doing 8 kms because it felt good and the sun was shining.  All in all, I didn’t mind 18.1 and am looking forward to the weeks of the Open to come.

Any guesses for 18.2? How did 18.1 go for you?

17.5 Accomplished

Thanks to my mama for the pics this week 📸

Can we talk about how relieved I am to be done with the 2017 CrossFit Games Open? Yes, I had fun.  Yes, I did crazy things.  Yes, I love the community spirit that the Open creates.  Yes, I love CrossFit.  And yes, I love competing alongside friends.

But ultimately I am relieved. This month was a busy one with an array of emotions and frankly, it wore me out.  The weekly challenges provided by the Open itself were just the cherry on top.

My best performances – and the ones I felt most like myself doing – were 17.1 and 17.4. I felt a bit like a giant turd doing 17.2 and 17.3.

17.5… I did it but it wasn’t pretty. The word on the street was that if you started with a good pace, the first five rounds (of the ten) felt like sunshine, rainbows, and butterflies, and then sh*t got real.

This was not the case for me. It could have been the less-than-ideal sleeps I’d had all week leading up to Friday, the (one glass of) wine I drank on Thursday night, or work stress, but 17.5 made me crawl in the pain cave from round one all the way up to round ten.  It may have been just as painful as 15.5 (the thrusters and rowing WOD – oof – but I didn’t have a blog then to record it on), but let’s just say it was even more painful because IT LASTED TWENTY FRIGGIN’ MINUTES.

My parents and Meg kindly came to CrossFit Sunalta to cheer me on, and then when I needed a judge, Meg stepped up to the plate (thank you dear friend!!).

The thrusters were totally fine. I did a few rounds with a 5/4 split, and a few with a 6/3 split.  I didn’t split because the thrusters were hard, but because I was desperately trying to keep my heart rate down for the double unders.  This theory didn’t work very well because I was breathing fire pretty much the entire time.

That pike meme I used on Friday morning’s Tips & Tricks post? It held true for me for the entire 350 double unders.  (Although Meg said it wasn’t the worst piking she’d ever see me do, so there’s that.)

Since I definitely wasn’t having an “on” day with double unders, it became more about knocking a few off, breathing heavily, then chipping away at a few more. 17.5 was so painful for me to do – my heart rate was redlining the entire time – but I was persistent and somehow completed all ten rounds exactly on the dot at 20:00 RX.

After I did my last double under, I collapsed on the floor for a few solid minutes while I got over feeling like complete death. I think my face was tomato red for at least the next two hours.  But I survived – both 17.5 and another CrossFit Games Open – yay!

I realize my score isn’t the least bit competitive; however, I did do more double unders on Friday than I’ve ever done before so I’m proud of that small gain. As well, once I got going, I realized that any time finishing the WOD would be a true accomplishment for me, so just to finish (RX) was enough.  I never want to do 17.5 again!

It was cool to see all my friends’ scores through the weekend – after all, everyone has their strengths. Some of my Sunalta friends are real firebreathers!  Dana did 17.5 on Friday evening with me, and seeing how smooth his double unders were both made me feel ridiculously proud and envious.  Rozie, Carrie, Anna, and Meg (and many others 😉 ) all had me beat this week.

My calves and shoulders were very sore on the weekend, but the quads/hamstrings pain that everyone else was talking about? I fortunately missed out on that!  I was glad to have done the workout on Friday night so I could enjoy the rest of my weekend stress-free.

I’ll be back in a few days with another post about what I’ve been up to in the background. See you then!

How was the 2017 Open for you? Favorite WOD?