16.4 – The Best Open Experience EVER!

I feel like last night was my Birthday party or something, for real! Taylor even came up here from Conway. She could not have picked a better week to have a super fun Monday night with us as the first overnight guest in our new house 🙂

The Workout: 16.4

CrossFit Games Open Workout 16.4

13-min. AMRAP:

55 deadlifts (225/155)

55 wall-ball shots (20/14)

55-calorie row

55 handstand push-ups

This one was a doozie! I made my first attempt Friday night. I flew through the first three movements and was hopping off the rower at 7:41 which left me over 5 minutes to get through the hand stand push ups.

I did a set of 8. Did a second set of 8. Ugh. Fatigue set in so I slowed down to sets of 5. then suddenly I was eeking out sets of 3 and 2. Then time was up. Yuck. My score? 219 reps–I was ONE rep away from getting back  to the deadlifts! Damn it.

So then Monday night I was ready for my second go at it! I  was so nervous I put one of my knee sleeves on inside out.

Photos for this post courtesy of Taylor and her iphone 🙂

Bro tip: crappy bouncy plates for this one are lovely for touch & go’s. What are these? Recycled tires?

I decided to break things up the exact same way I did on Friday because I wanted to get the same split. 7:41 was an AWESOME split! Only things were hurting a bit more this time. I felt some shakiness from my hamstrings during the deads and the wallballs seemed a little bit more taxing this time.


I can’t help but get super nervous during open workouts. I was worried that my split would be worse, but I had a new plan of action for my hand stand pushups: sets of 5 the whole way!


I jumped on the rower and the damper was set a bit lower than I usually have it, but I didn’t care. I figured why not try it and see if it matters.

I think it actually was a little less taxing and I believe I was just as fast! I was stepping out of the rower at 7:40–exactly one second faster than Friday. Feeling pretty dang consistent and determined at this point.


I did sets of 5. I had the same split as I did Friday, but people were telling me I should take my time. So I tried to shake out for a second between sets, but I knew I had to keep at it in order to finish them and get back to the deadlifts.

Julie was judging for me, and she kept letting me know I was on pace and how many I had left, which really helped me mentally. Especially since she mainly had good news for me–20 left—15 left… etc.


And she said “you’re gonna finish these last reps and then you’re gonna turn around and start deadlifting like crazy!”

It made me so excited! I had no idea what the clock was saying, but she definitely made me think it was possible, so I was super pumped. On my last set of 5 I had to break it into 4 and 1. But then I turned my happy butt around and grabbed that deadlift bar (sans weight belt) and just started pulling my heart out!

My wonderful fiance was going alongside me (and PR-ing his attempt as well) and he stopped his workout and turned towards me and went “F*CK YEAH!” Because he knew I was smashing my goal ❤ I get to marry him in exactly 7 months 🙂

Then I think someone said I had 30 seconds and my brain was like “30 seconds? That’s so long!!!” So I set it down for a second. With every rep I knew I was passing 20-30 people on the leaderboard. So I picked it up and tried to keep going but then set it down one last time and picked it up for one more rep. 21 deads.

I scored 241! The first time I’ve ever had the top female score in my gym. Ever.

And then got a huge sweaty fiance hug. Highlight of my night week month. I would say year, but we’re gonna get married 😉

And then we ate fancy pizza with a bunch of awesome peeps from crossfit and maybe we went to Harp’s after that and bought Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. And then I got to hang out with Taylor and  ask her to be a bridesmaid and I stayed up way too late. #noregrets #iamletired #bestnightever #rpdietfail

4 down, and 1 to go!!!

4 thoughts on “16.4 – The Best Open Experience EVER!

  1. amberbusyboldblessed March 23, 2016 / 6:52 am

    Yay! That is so awesome. Congrats on your amazing score and such a wonderful night 😀

  2. kaitlynk March 29, 2016 / 4:36 pm

    Awesome job! That’s so impressive that you got back to the deadlifts! Me… I was on the rower for all of eternity (or so it felt like).

    • fabulousinfayetteville March 29, 2016 / 4:46 pm

      This WOD was literally all of my best movements in one workout! i fell apart on 16.5… haha

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