16.2: The One Where I Didn’t Give Up

Did y’all catch onto my Friends-themed titles for this year’s CrossFit Open workout recaps?  In case you missed 16.1, it was The One with The Lunges and my butt/legs were sore for days!  

The workout for 16.2 gets a little confusing, but basically it’s one of those CrossFit workouts where the “better” you are, the longer and harder you have to work out.  Here’s what it looks like:

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.

This continues on but you get the point, right?  If you finish a round within the 4 minute increment time cap, the weight for the squat cleans increase until a max time cap of 20 minutes is reached.  

When the announcement was made, I got excited because I can physically complete all of the movements Rx:  toes-to-bars, double-unders (every time I type that it autocorrects to double udders! Grrr!  Who is writing about double udders, anyway?) and squat cleans.  But there was a catch, of course!  The 4-minute time-cap for each round meant I would most definitely be stopped after 1 round if I went Rx.  I might be able to physically do all of those movements, but definitely not efficiently.  I’m lucky to string 3 toes-to-bar together and maybe can string up to 15 double-unders on a good day.  

So, the question became….should I do the Rx workout and spend 4 minutes doing one toes-to-bar at a time, or scale it?  The scaled version subbed hanging knee raises for toes-to-bar, single unders for doubles and the progressing weight for squat cleans was significantly lighter for each round.  Ideally, I wanted to do the workout both ways just to see how far I could get in those 4 Rx minutes.  If I was able to get to the gym more than once this past weekend, I probably would have done just that.  Instead, I went with the scaled version, which was so much tougher than I anticipated.  

Boyfriend and I were both able to get to the gym for Friday Night Lights and since space wasn’t as much of an issue with 16.2 as it was with 16.1, we were in the 2nd heat.  I warmed up a bunch and felt pretty confident starting the workout.  The scaled squat cleans started at 55-lb, increasing 20-lb each round.  55 pounds is light for me, but once I got into the 4th round (115-lb) I would hit my current (kind of, as of June 2015) 1-rep max.  

Right off the bat, this workout felt tough.  The pressure of the time cap meant it was hard to pace yourself.  I couldn’t get a solid grip on the rig for my knee raises and had to break them up into small sets.  The singles went smoothly, but the first 15 squat cleans at 55 pounds seemed to take forever.  I did a few touch-and-go and then switched to singles so I could maintain my breath for the next few rounds.16.2

I think I finished the first round in about 3 minutes and just kept chugging along.  I finished my 4th set of single unders in 13:49, giving me over 2 minutes to get through 9 squat cleans at 115-pounds.  By this time, most of the people in my heat had finished and a small group of people surrounded me to cheer me on.  I glanced at the barbell, shook my head and laughed, knowing that the weight on the barbell was my current  1 rep max, as previously acknowledged.  Not to mention I had already done 39 cleans in this workout.  Everyone (boyfriend included) was cheering me on and told me to just get on the bar.  I didn’t have much faith but had nothing to lose, so I walked up to the bar and set myself up.  I made one attempt and quickly bailed.  Cleans are never a strong movement for me and I was tired, dang it!  With some encouragement, I tried again and failed.  My pull was decent, but I just couldn’t get under the bar.  After the third failed attempt, I pulled my WODies off and threw them aside, resigning myself to be done with the WOD.  

16.2 clean

A few seconds later, with some coaxing, I stepped back up to the bar and decided NOT to just give up.  So many people were encouraging me to try and if they thought I could do it, maybe I could?!  Call it the “magic” of The Open, but my fourth attempt was a success!  And then I got another rep after that!  With 15 seconds left, I tried for a 3rd rep, but couldn’t stand up.  My final scaled score for 16.2 was 341 reps and I couldn’t be happier.  Looks like I need to retest my 1-rep max, huh? 😉

Two workouts down, 3 left.  Until next week, friends! 🙂


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