Emily’s Crossfit Open 16.2 Recap

Last Friday I participated in my gym’s group workout to crush the 16.2 workout. Otherwise known as “Emily Learns How to Squat Clean.”

The workout went like this (I did the Scaled women’s):

Beginning on a 4-minute clock, complete as many reps as possible of:
25 hanging knee raises
50 single-unders
15 squat cleans, 55 lb.

If completed before 4 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 hanging knee raises
50 single-unders
13 squat cleans, 75 lb.

If completed before 8 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 hanging knee raises
50 single-unders
11 squat cleans, 95 lb.

If completed before 12 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 hanging knee raises
50 single-unders
9 squat cleans, 115 lb.

If completed before 16 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 hanging knee raises
50 single-unders
7 squat cleans, 135 lb.

Stop at 20 minutes.

That’s cute. They think people will make it the full 20 minutes.

So, yeah. Your reward for completing a round before the time cutoff is … more time!

I was feeling really optimistic going into it. I mean, last week was 20 solid minutes of squats, burpees, and pull-ups, so this seemed like cake! Also, the last time I performed squat cleans was during my basics class. With PVC pipe. Ignorance is bliss, my friends. (For my non-Olympic lifting friends: a squat clean is when you, all in one movement, pick a bar up off the floor, bring it to shoulder height in a front rack position, and do a full squat)

I made it through the first round well before the time cutoff, so I figured this would be a cinch to make my goal of at least three rounds. Oh, so ignorant and so in denial. Because do you know how heavy 75 lbs is to squat clean? Pretty darn heavy. I just made the 11 reps right before the second time cutoff, and I thought I was going to puke. Dinner was not agreeing with me. I plowed through the third set of hanging knee raises (broken up in sets of 5 because my grip was just no longer happening) and jump rope (it’s a trip with JUMPING ROPE becomes your recovery) before the third round of cleans. And … no go. I could not get even one. Maybe fresh I could have landed a couple, but I was just too freaked out to get my body under the bar. My quads were all, “Wait, you want us to do what now?” and my brain was begging me to please not kill myself today. The cool part was through my fatigue, I could see a bunch of my gym-mates around me, cheering me on. A couple of my coaches tried to help me with my form, encouraging me to try and get one. I really thought I could do it, but my exhausted state and the clock ended up getting the best of me. I finished at 12:00 with a score of 253. While a bit frustrated I couldn’t get the last lift (I would have rather timed out than completely no-rep’ed it), I can’t be too hard on myself for failing a lift I have literally never worked on in my life! I’m still super happy about just being there, doing my thing, and enjoying the hell out of the festivities.

The best part? The kiddos were visiting Gramma and Grampa, so Hulk tagged along with me to check out the gym and cheer me on. I always love having his support (he has a very loud, distinctive voice that you can hear cheering from any sportsing crowd). When I got done, he was asking me tons of questions about the workout. When I showed him the weights the men were to do (135, 185, 225, 275, 315 lbs for Rx Men), he was basically, “Holy s**t!” followed by, “I think I’ll start in April.” I just converted Hulk to the dark side, I believe 🙂

Now I’m anxiously awaiting the announcement for 16.3 tomorrow night. What’s it going to be next?!?

That’s it for now, go make it a great day!

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2 thoughts on “Emily’s Crossfit Open 16.2 Recap

  1. I’m so ready to forget about 16.2 completely! It was just NOT my workout. Double unders are evil. Looking forward to the announcement tonight… feeling like we may see some wallballs or some thrusters.

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