17.5 – The thrusters have arrived!

I’m writing this now that the open is over YAY ITS OVER!

10 rounds for time of:
9 thrusters, 95/65 lb.
35 double-unders


Unlike the other workouts, this one was super simple. It was definitely the type of workout that I would lose count in the middle of and be like “wait what round am I even on?” lol! So thankfully the judges with their scorecards were the best at keeping track of all of that. Which was good!

Friday night! 3-2-1 GO!

This one was interesting… I was afraid of pushing too hard because I didn’t want to redline myself into a place where I wouldn’t be able to breathe and keep a decent pace going. Ten rounds is a lot! 90 thrusters, yo. And 350 dubs.

10:14 was my time.

Better than I thought I was going to do! I hate couplets, but I much prefer double unders being paired with thrusters rather than rowing or burpees like in the past.

After round 7 on Friday, my back was really tight and not moving so well. So for my second attempt on Monday night I wore my weight belt:

Ended up being a great choice! I was able to breathe with it on, and my back felt much more… uh… sturdy? The thrusters felt so much better! And my time was 9:43 which is actually quite a bit faster. 30 seconds is a lot of time!

I don’t know what’s going on in this picture. But at least I’m HAPPY!

Now that I think about it, I was either stretching or saying hello to Beefy. ūüėõ

I really want to learn to like crossfit again. It’s so hard not to get burned out with it. Especially after the open making me feel like a crappy athlete.

I still ended up being top 12 in Arkansas, though, which was a nice surprise. I didn’t think I could come back after being so sick during the first few weeks. Part of me wants to redo that first workout and see how much faster I can be. But then I’m like “75 box over burpees voluntarily? Nah.”

It’s so hard to¬†be mentally strong during the open. I feel like I’ve had a big, ugly raincloud over my head for five weeks and it’s finally parted and the sun has come out! Except that the actual sun is nowhere to be seen… April showers.


17.3 The Heavy One

Are you ready? Put your thinking cap on!

Prior to 8:00, complete:
3 rounds of:
6 chest-to-bar pull-ups
6 squat snatches, 95/65 lb.
Then, 3 rounds of:
7 chest-to-bar pull-ups
5 squat snatches, 135/95 lb.
*Prior to 12:00, complete 3 rounds of:
8 chest-to-bar pull-ups
4 squat snatches, 185/135 lb.
*Prior to 16:00, complete 3 rounds of:
9 chest-to-bar pull-ups
3 squat snatches, 225/155 lb.
*Prior to 20:00, complete 3 rounds of:
10 chest-to-bar pull-ups
2 squat snatches, 245/175 lb.
Prior to 24:00, complete 3 rounds of:
11 chest-to-bar pull-ups
1 squat snatch 265/185 lb.

*If all reps are completed, time cap extends by 4 minutes.


My immediate thought was “can I even make it past the first 8 minutes?! This is confusing as hell!”

Then my second thought was:

Bwahahaha. I love squat snatches, but I don’t prefer to mix them with chest-to-bar pull ups. So…. oh well. Yeah.

So I was able to do this one twice. My first attempt was Friday and I was sooooo nervous! I ended up going unbroken on the chest-to-bars and was completely gassed. It made it to where I had a pretty difficult time through the 95lb snatches.

Who knows which bar this even is.

Anywho. I made it into the 135’s and they were feeling terrible. I felt like my legs were to jellylike to stand the reps up. I even failed one.

I got cut off by time at the 16:00 mark in the middle of my last set of pullups for that round so my score was 100 reps.

When I redid it last night (Monday), I decided to take the advice of The Outlaw Way and try single chest-to-bar pull ups. “Disciplined singles” where you keep your feet in one place and breathe in between the reps. I make a HUGE conscious effort to breathe.

My first split was quite a bit slower, but my second split was actually faster through the 95’s so A+ to me for MUCH better pacing strategy!

A ton of athletes were going all at the same time because it was the last heat that could get it done and scores submitted before 7:00.  So I ended up having to set my snatch up quite a ways from the rig. That was disappointing.

I was pretty happy when I realised I was getting more reps than my first attempt, but I was really nervous when I approached my last 4 snatches at 135 and only had less than a minute before I would get time capped at 12 minutes.

 OMG YALL. My split time was 11:59!!!!

So once I bought those extra 4 minutes I decided to stand there and catch my breath for a while. And then I went and kinda slowly did my 9 pull ups. And then I put on my weight belt and drank water and got chalk and had a some tea and crumpets and went on a few walks.

LOL but seriously. Then I went to snatch 155. And I caught it. And sat there trying to balance it and my stupid right knee hit the ground. I thought of the standards video and how it said if any body part touches the ground, then the rep is a no-rep… so I sadly dropped it. And went and had another tea party.

Then I pulled it again…. AND GOT IT!

I look really confident, don’t I? And that knee sleeve technique is an interesting one. And I don’t even know if I actually made this lift, because I did another pull that looked like this too, and then I couldn’t stabilize it. I was TUCKERED. But I did give that 155 bar three whole-hearted attempts. I have some things I need to work on.

So I guess this week kinda lifted my spirits a bit more. I finally got rid of my fever (at least by the time I completed this attempt), so I finally got a fair shot at an open wod. Our team moved up to 27th place in the region, and since last year we moved up about 8 spots after they took of the individual scores and the disqualified athletes’ scores, we could potentially have a shot. You never know!

I’m glad I finally was able to contribute, though. And here’s to hoping I can do it again a couple more times.

And I’m SUPER hoping for a repeat of 16.4!!!

And then after this open I’m going to do something else besides crossfit for the next few months because I am burnt out.

Three down, two to go!


Here it is!

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 12 minutes of:
2 rounds of:
50-ft. weighted walking lunge
16 toes-to-bars
8 power cleans
Then, 2 rounds of:
50-ft. weighted walking lunge
16 bar muscle-ups
8 power cleans
Etc., alternating between toes-to-bars and bar muscle-ups every 2 rounds.

I attempted on Friday night. I found it to be surprisingly cardio-tastic. I ripped my hands all to hell doing the bar muscle ups somewhere towards the end of my second round of them.

I don’t have any photos of this wod. Especially since I was only able to make one attempt. But this was taken the day after I attempted.

I got 128 reps, which means I finished the bar muscle ups and didn’t make it back to the dumbbells. Which is a little better than I did in last week’s WOD, but still nothing to be proud of. I am super sad. I invest too much emotionally into the open. I want to just give up. Or change my priorities and take “going to regionals on a team” off of my list of goals.

My hands healed up enough by Monday night that I considered making another attempt, but I ended up having a fever of 101.5. WHY DO I KEEP GETTING SICK?!?! Still have the fever today… I only have one sick day left so I’m toughing it out at work.

I felt SO good a few weeks before the open began. PR’ing my clean at 235lbs. Doing sets of 4 unbroken muscle ups. I felt so strong, but now I feel so weak. Not sure how to deal with this deflated¬†feeling. I think even if a “big person” workout comes out in the open, now my head isn’t right so I ¬†won’t be able to do my best at it. Crossfit is supposed to be a fun¬†hobby to help me stay fit, but this open is just making me feel bad.

It might be time to try a new fitness venture. Mountain biking? Rock climbing? Maybe start running again? Yoga? Before I started crossfit, I contemplated attempting a triathlon.

16.5 The Worst Open Experience Ever…

To say that I hated the open this week would be an understatement.

14.5 is probably my least favorite workout of all time. I’m good at thrusters and pretty good at cardio. But I can’t think of any movement that I truly hate more than bar over burpees. But 16.5 IS….. 14.5. And here the stupid¬†burpees are.¬†AGAIN.

I improved by nearly a minute from 2 years ago, but this workout dropped me like crazy. I plummeted from 115th place in the region to 156th.

No photos from this one, so here are a few that were taken when I did this one two years ago:

I wasn’t able to help our team out this week and we ended up falling from 18th to 24th, putting us way out of the opportunity window to go to regionals as a team (they only take the top 15 from each region, even if the teams in your region make up the majority of the wordwide team leaderboard.

I’m such a negative nancy. I think I am just bummed because I just don’t really understand how I can dominate workouts like last week and then this week I give 110% again and it’s not even close to being enough.¬†I just don’t get it.

Also I don’t remember hurting this bad last time. Nearly a week later and my arms still feel like someone tried to rip them off, then ran¬†over them and injected them¬†with¬†poison. I thought I was going to have to do it twice to try to improve my score, but then god I didn’t. Other girls in my gym were at least a minute better than my score of 12:47, so it was pointless for me to try again.

Maybe next year we can stop doing burpees and start lifting heavy weights. Enough about that.

Let’s talk about my new favorite rest day dinner:

It’s basically the thing that we’ve been doing with shrimp and pasta, only instead of noodles we used zoodles! And also added a wedge of laughing cow cheese because why the hell not?

The bad thing about this dinner is pretty much the same thing that’s bad about all of the other dinners/meals while doing RP: they are over in like 5 bites.

I went on a post-open candy/pizza binge last weekend so I look and feel pretty terrible this week. Which is awesome because we are taking progress photos next week… the open is such a weird time to try to make progress with fat loss because workouts are all stupid.

Instead of working on skills and strength, during the open I’m too scared to rip my hands or overtrain my back or forearms so I’m trying to be all careful during my workouts. Doing little to no strength training and taking way too many extra rest days to ensure my best performance in each open wod and open re-do. So ridiculous. Glad it’s over!

Time to remember how crossfit was fun and why I do it in the first place.

The 6:30 class is so adorable!!! #swolemates #row

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I’m 99.9% sure¬†the main reason is¬†to get to be around some really cool people.

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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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 ūüėČ

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!!!

16.3 Blunder and Comeback!

I had to do this one twice. I technically did it once, because the first time I did it, I used the wrong weight!

Which is actually pretty funny.


7 min AMRAP

10 snatches (75/55)

3 Bar Muscle Ups

Short and sweet! And just the right amount of bar muscle ups that I could still do them unbroken every round. I have a weird scabby spot on my left hip, though.

So the first time I did it, I was DYING. My lungs, my grip, I was toasted and I got 88 reps. I was pretty happy with that, to be honest. 5 minutes later I was gazing at my bar and realized I had put 15’s on it instead of 10’s which means I did 65 lbs instead of 55. CRAP! No wonder!!! My forearms were beyond smoked!


I’ve never done that in an open workout! Used the wrong weight?! Everyone gave me crap about it last night when I went to redo it.


I was really worried that I might get a worse score with less weight, but thank goodness I didn’t! I almost got an entire round better! 100 reps. That darn 10th snatch didn’t happen in time. But I am SUPER happy!!! Like SUUUUUPER duper happy!

I’m a desk jobber/recreational crossfitter who specializes in heavy lifting so 100 reps in this workout is BOMB.

As much as I appreciate success in the open, I have to remember that it’s not the ultimate test. It’s just a 5-week period between winter and spring when¬†a bunch of people with the same hobby do the same workouts.

I wrote this as a comment on facebook, but I think I articulated it nicely so I’ll post it here too:

It’s so hard during the open not to put all of your self-worth as an athlete into your performance in these few workouts. I’m guilty of it for sure. It’s important just to do your best and be okay with that and not worry about how the rankings shake out. I’m commenting this on your post, but really I’m telling it to myself.


Only two more of these suckers left! Not sure what they’ll be… we have yet to see a repeat WOD, so I think one of them might be that. And we also have yet to see a chipper. There are a lot of movements left, so a chipper seems like it’s on the docket.

Movements we usually see that we haven’t seen:

  • thruster
  • box jump
  • shoulder to overhead
  • row
  • ring muscle up
  • wall ball
  • handstand push up?

potential wild card movements?

  • kettlebell swing
  • pistol
  • hand stand walk
  • running. is running a thing?

So yeah. Maybe a chipper made from about 5-6 of the above. Ooooooh! What if it’s in a chipper “for time”? So maybe we’ll keep to basic movements.

Here’s my guess for 16.4:

Chipper for time:

30 box jumps

30 wall balls

30 calories rowed

30 hand stand pushups

30 thrusters


Hmmm…. gross. I would kinda hate that.


16.2 – one and done!!!

I haven’t “one-and-done’d” an open workout in a long time. And I never ever would that thought that I would decide to do that with this one (or this year at all!), but I did!!!

You can read the details here, but basically this is the WOD:

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.

If completed before 12 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 toes-to-bars
50 double-unders
9 squat cleans, 275 / 175 lb.

If completed before 16 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 toes-to-bars
50 double-unders
7 squat cleans, 315 / 205 lb.

Stop at 20 minutes.


Ha. I thought to myself when I saw this: “If I¬†could make it to the 175b barbell and get at least one rep at that weight, that would probably significantly separate me from the ladies who are good enough to get that far but not quite able to lift that much weight! This would be the ultimate way I could play to my strengths. Literally.”

So I set that as my ultimate goal, and my “realistic” goal would be to get over halfway through those 145lb cleans.

Welp. I DID IT!!! I was able to get all the way through to round 4. I lifted that last 145b clean with about 10 seconds to spare! lol. I was DYING. I almost didn’t want it to count because I knew I’d have to march my crying/drooling/sweaty butt back over the to the rig for 25 more toes to bar.


(this picture is from like three weeks ago! lol I’m just a faker, but I managed not to have any pics taken of me this week.)

I took a little break and then tried to do a big set. That didn’t work. So then I just did a few sets of 2-3 reps and then went to singles. The whole gym was gathered around me cheering me on, which felt incredible! I had started the workout with a group but was the only person who made it this far.

After about a century of ugly toe to bar singles, I stepped up to the jump rope to attempt my 50 double unders. I had done every round unbroken up to this point, but I felt like I was holding in vomit and trying not to pass out so I broke about halfway through and had a little staring contest with the floor. I could hear Nathan telling me that I needed ONE clean and I remembered my “ultimate” goal. So I hurried through the rest of the double unders.

I approached the bar with a little under 1 minute left on the clock. I could barely walk at this point so cleaning 175lbs seemed seriously daunting. So I gathered myself for a moment and made an attempt…


(again, this photo is not from this workout! lol)

SUCCESS! It was so ugly and it felt like I was lifting a car. I had hit my ultimate goal at that moment and couldn’t see the clock because I was all blurry-eyed, but people began yelling for me to lift it again. SO I DID! Then I realized I still had about 15 seconds. So I quickly made a third attempt… and failed. But man. TWO cleans at 175.

I wanted to re-do it but then I thought about what a bad idea it wad for me to do 100 more toes to bar just to try to get to do more ugly-ass heavy cleans. My traps were killing me… so I talked myself out of repeating it.

On Monday night, I was tempted… but I decided against it. I didn’t want to end up hurting myself or needing more recovery time or anything. Gross.



16.3 was announced yesterday! I’ll be attempting it tonight. 10 light snatches and 3 bar muscle ups for 7 minutes. I’m pretty excited. I have worked my tail off at bar muscle ups for the past year or two, so I am super ready to try this and see how it goes!!! YAY!

I still hate the open though. I am gonna be SO freaking happy once it’s over ūüôā

Have a fabulous weekend!!!


(p.s. I no longer technically live in Fayetteville… but I don’t have any ideas for renaming my blog yet. We’ll see…. Nervous in Northwest Arkansas? Sleepy in Springdale?)

16.1 Final Recap

After I posted my blog yesterday, a ton of lovely photos were added to Facebook of the workout. I felt like this blog would be incomplete without sharing my pain faces ūüôā

First warming up with one of my favorite workout buddies. He’s also my spirit animal.12768259_1059592420764649_1714201380578627767_o

I’m not entirely sure how i get so chalk-covered every time I work out… but whatever.12805671_1059592870764604_8539466590412800081_n




Soooo many freaking burpees! ūüė¶


Wanna see something weird??? This is the exact outfit I wore for 15.1 last year! I didn’t realize it until I saw it on my time-hop this morning. *twilight zone music* Even down to the same knee sleeves!

As much lulu/workout gear as I own, its totally weird that I accidentally did that!

While I’m here, I think I’ll share my predictions for 16.2!

8 min AMRAP:

double unders and thrusters. 30 DU /15 thrusters with the weight increasing every round! 65/95/105/115/125/135/155

It sounds kinda gross but way more fun than the crap we did in 16.1… I hope I am close!!! I don’t want any muscle ups or toes to bar yet because my hands are still hamburger.

Ok have a great week!!!