CrossFit Open Recap: 17.1 and 17.2

I am never timely with my posts. I’m just not. When I have an idea for a topic, or am inspired by a current event, it just takes me a week or so to let the thoughts gel a bit before I’m ready to write about them. It’s a very good thing I do not have a career in news broadcasting.

Anyway, I wrote this while waiting for the 17.3 announcement last week. And waited until now to publish it. I expect I’ll post my 17.5 recap sometime in late August. Until then, enjoy!


So, they’re announcing the 17.3 workout tonight, and I don’t think I’ve mentioned my recap of the first two workouts yet! #fail.

This year, I feel like I’m a bit behind what my fitness was last year, despite having a year of CrossFit under my (weight) belt. I’m having a hard time pushing myself into that “pain cave,” or at least I go spelunking into it a lot sooner that I think I should. Also, weights that didn’t seem like a big deal to me before feel significantly heavier these days. I’m not sure if it’s just shedding my rosy-viewed innocence of my abilities (a 75lb clean and jerk doesn’t seem like that much until you actually do one consistently) or if this past year of Life Stuff has hit my body’s stress coping abilities enough to the point where the intensity floors me more than I realize. Either way, I haven’t been super stoked about my performance this year. But I’m doing the best job I can with what I have to work with, and that’s really what it’s all about: putting yourself out there and just seeing what you can do this year.

17.1: All The Dumbbell Snatches

The Workout (Women’s Scaled)

For time:
10 dumbbell snatches
15 burpee box jump-overs
20 dumbbell snatches
15 burpee box jump-overs
30 dumbbell snatches
15 burpee box jump-overs
40 dumbbell snatches
15 burpee box jump-overs
50 dumbbell snatches
15 burpee box jump-overs

Women use 20-lb. dumbbell and 20-in. box, step-ups OK

Time cap: 20 minutes

My score: Finished in 17:06

I was traveling the weekend of the open, so I did this workout on the following Monday at open gym. I was happy to crunch through it, but I definitely missed the energy of Friday Night Lights to help push me. Still, I was super stoked to finish well under the cutoff time, I wasn’t sure I was going to pull it off!

17.2: Emily Tries In Vain for a Pull-Up

The Workout (Women’s Scaled):

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 12 minutes of:
2 rounds of:
50-ft. weighted walking lunge
16 hanging knee-raises
8 power cleans
Then, 2 rounds of:
50-ft. weighted walking lunge
16 chin-over-bar pull-ups
8 power cleans
Etc., alternating between hanging knee-raises and chin-over-bar pull-ups every 2 rounds.

Women use 20-lb. dumbbells

My score: completed 2 rounds in 2:54 then spent the next 9 minutes trying to get a pull-up

So the one thing I did that was smart for this one was I warmed up with 25lb dumbbells, which were heavier than what I would be using for the workout. That way once I started the workout it seemed much easier than I remembered!

But I’ll be honest – I really expected to land my first pull-up. Especially since I don’t work on them and always think I can just show up and magically pull something off that I’ve never done or worked for before. And I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit disappointed that I didn’t get one. I was having fun in the attempts, and I had never tried kipping before, just swings but never with a pull-up. Kipping is so fun! But I just couldn’t get my chin up over the bar. I still got a lot of practice in so I’m happy enough with my performance. But it would have been amazing to nail my first pull-up, and all of the Open Glory it would entail! Maybe next year.

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



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!