20.1

Yesterday I walked 18 holes. It was a beautiful day and now the weather is shifting tomorrow.

I’m curious how I’ll do this year in the Open. I didn’t do any special “Open prep” work, like the Thruster Attack program or additional gymnastics volume. I’ve been doing the engine builder work, but that’s since February, so not new. My training hasn’t been very consistent for the last couple of months either.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • PVC Passes
  • 2:00 Echo Bike
  • Snatches
  • C&J

Maybe could have done a better warm-up. 🤷🏻‍♂️

CrossFit Games Open Workout 20.1

10 Rounds

  • 8 Ground to Overhead (95#)
  • 10 Bar-facing Burpees

Last year for the three rounds of 10 snatches and 12 bar-facing burpees in 19.4 my rounds were 1:20, 1:32, and 1:30. Plus I had a pretty badly tweaked back which slowed me down. Based on the video. I estimated a quick round of this workout would be a little more than a minute with snatches. That was my big question though, to snatch or to clean and jerk?

I think going unbroken on the snatches is a trap for the majority of us. When I did 17.5 I split up my thrusters 5-4, so my plan was to do something similar with 4-4 today, and even 4 snatches + 4 c&j. The break helps to slow you down, which in needed in a workout like this. That rest for your grip is a huge help as well. Mixing up between snatches and c&j saves from taxing any specific muscle groups and breaks up the monotony of 80 reps.

My rounds were 1:11, 1:19, 1:22, 1:26, 1:40, 1:41, 1:51, 1:48, 1:51 and I ended up needing 7 more burpees to finish. So I did 9+11. I clipped the bar once with a foot and had to redo a burpee. I started out with 4 snatches and 4 c&j, which was working great. At some point I decided to give up on the snatches and do 2×4 c&j. If I had to guess it was in round 5, where I fell of 14 seconds. Then at some point I went to singles. Guessing it was when I dropped another 10 seconds in round 7. I think I did 1-3-1-1-2 in the 10th round and then 3 quick burpees.

My first rounds took 5:18 and I don’t think I’d want to go much slower than that or there is no room to slow down the rest of the way. The next four rounds took 7:00, so if I can bring that down to the 6:00-6:30 range I’ll be solid. I mentally gave in for whatever reason. I can keep doing the two movements of four reps, which would be huge for my time. Pretty sure I’m going to give this one another try.

I checked WHOOP and my heart rate got up to 150 quickly and then stayed at 145-160.

Gym to Garage

Yesterday I walked 18 holes on a very sloppy golf course from all of the rain. When the conditions are like that it really takes a lot more out of me than you’d think. Went to the 4pm class at the gym.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 15 Reverse Hypers (50#)

4 Rounds

  • 10/10 Leg Swings
  • 10/10 Arm Circles
  • 10 PVC Passes
  • Front Rack Stretch

Hang Power Snatch

  • 2x3x45#
  • 3×75

Hang Power Clean

  • 3×95#

Conditioning

  • 7:00 EMOM
    • 7 Pull-Ups
    • 3 Hang Power Snatch (95#)
  • 7:00 EMOM
    • 7 Burpees
    • 3 Hang Power Cleans (125#)
  • 5:00 Rest
  • 7:00 EMOM
    • 7 Pull-Ups
    • 3 Hang Power Snatch (125#)
  • 7:00 EMOM
    • 7 Burpees

I was able to get all 14 sets of pull-ups unbroken! I was starting to feel my back when bringing the bar down between reps during the 125# snatches. When I’m resetting like this is when it’s bothered me the most over the last year or so. Then I almost lost my grip on the barbell during the last two sets of that second round of snatches. I went to pick up 165# for the hang cleans, deadlifted it, and decided not to push my back, so I just did the burpees to finish. Lifts from the hang and especially stringing them together affects my back a lot more; I probably should have done singles from the ground.

Year of the Engine – Time Trial

10:00 Airdyne

Jumped on the bike when I got home from the gym. Could I beat 400 calories? Close, but no cigar. I got 396 calories and 6.95 km. It was the middle section again where I start to really slow down. Solid effort after being at the gym.

Light Barbell Work

Feeling good. Went to open gym at 10.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 15 Reverse Hypers (90#)

No B.S. Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 8×95
  • 4×135
  • 4×175
  • 4×205
  • 4×225
  • 4x4x240

Still on the low end of the recommended 240-245 for the working sets. Not sure I could have added the extra five pounds to either of the last two sets even. I have to remind myself 245 is my all-time 5RM (which I matched back in May) and I did 16 reps with 240 in this workout. Things are moving in the right direction.

Conditioning

  • E2M – 5 Rounds
    • 10 Power Snatches (75#)
    • 5 Muscle-ups
  • 4:00 Rest
  • E2M – 5 Rounds
    • 10 C&J (75#)
    • 5 Handstand Push-ups

My original version of this was using 95 and 115, but I switched to 75 and 95 yesterday. I did the first 4 sets of muscle-ups unbroken with a near failure on the last rep of those. Then I finished with 3-1-1. After struggling towards the end of the first couplet, I decided to stay at 75 for the clean and jerks. I also added an extra two minutes of rest because I was not recovering fast enough. As soon as I went for my first strict HSPU I knew it was going to have to change. I did 3-2 and 5×1 strict before switching to unbroken sets of 5 kipping for the other 3 rounds. I probably could have continued with 5×1 strict, but I wanted some rest time!

Damn, that light barbell can really give you a great workout. Too many people think you need to go heavy all the time and keep adding more weight.

Midline

6-4-2 with 10 second holds

  • Curl-up
  • Side Plank
  • Bird Dog

Increased from the 5-3-1 since it had been easy. This was definitely more of a challenge, but the workout may have contributed to that.

Did a bunch of yard work, ran some errands, and then was out in the garage by 8pm

Year of the Engine – Polarized

26:00 Airdyne

** Endurance pace with 7s sprint @ 6, 12, 18, 24

Went 692 calories and 14.93 km.

Max Minutes

Yesterday I walked 18 holes on the golf course. Out in the garage at noon today.

Year of the Engine – Interval

12 Rounds

  • 1:30 Row
  • 1:00 Rest

My goal going in was 1:45.5/500m based primarily on the other day with 10x 1:30/1:30. I beat the goal by a bit, getting 427-428 meters every round and felt good about it. Looking at results on BTWB though, I was much further behind a guy than I usually am.

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Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 10 PVC Pass Throughs
  • 10 PVC Good Mornings
  • 10 Power Skips

Gymnastics & Weightlifting

E2M – 10 Rounds

  • 10 Toes-To-Bar
  • 1 Hang Power Snatch
  • 1 Power Snatch

I had on my grips but didn’t use the finger holes. No issue getting every set of T2B unbroken. I went 95-105-115-125-135-145-155 touch-n-go. Then I dropped 165-170-175 in between reps. I had hoped to go 175-185 at the end, but after 165 I knew I didn’t have it in me. No misses though.

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 1:00 Max Russian KB Swings (53#)
  • 1:00 Max Burpee Box Jumps (24″)
  • 1:00 Rest

It was American swings, but I’m retired from those. I put on knee sleeves to help protect my knees on the burpees. I did 35-35-36-37 swings and 11-12-12-13 burpee box jumps. Always feels good to increase reps through a workout like this.

Another golf day tomorrow!

Getting Better

I walked 18 holes yesterday, but still not feeling like myself. I’ve had this cough for a week now. My energy does seem to be getting better each day though. My biceps and lats are pretty sore from the bar muscle-ups on Sunday.

Out in the garage in the early afternoon. Haven’t done an engine workout since the 7th with this sickness. Warmed up with a 3:00 row for 706 meters.

Year of the Engine – Interval

8 Rounds

  • 1:00 Row
  • 3:00 Rest

Over two weeks ago for 10x 1:00/2:00 I held a 1:34.9/500m pace, so I knew I could go faster with this being rest and fewer rounds. My goal was 1:32-1:33/500m.

Really surprised myself with this effort actually because I’m not 100%. Got 325-325-324-324-324-324-325-325 meters.

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Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 Assault Bike (30 cals)
  • PVC Passes
  • Burgener Warm-up

Weightlifting

High Hang Power Snatch + Hang Power Snatch + Power Snatch

  • 2×75#
  • 2×95
  • 2×115
  • 2×135

Paused in both hang positions. Wasn’t going to push it today. Worked up a good sweat still though.

Conditioning

I went over to the dumbbell rack and did some single arm push jerks to warm-up so I wouldn’t have to mess around with a barbell since mine was already set from snatches.

Single Arm DB Push Jerks

  • 5/5 @ 30#
  • 3/3 @ 40#
  • 3/3 @ 50#

21-15-9

  • Push Jerks (135#)
  • Burpees Over The Bar
  • Toes-To-Bar

I wasn’t sure how the push jerks would feel, so I went in with a plan, knowing I might have to back off. Ended up sticking with the plan and did 9-7-5, 9-6, and 9. After the first round of jerks, I was already having a hard time breathing with this sickness. So I had some epically slow ass fucking burpees, even stepping back in to most of them! I think the 21 took me around 2 minutes!! I was hoping I could use the same sets on T2B but decided against that as soon as I got done with those first burpees. I just tried to be quicker between sets. Did 6-5-5-5, 5-5-5, 5-4. Finished in 9:41. Would be a good one to try again when I’m feeling like myself.

Slowed Too Much

That Sunday night rowing workout took a lot out of me. Yesterday I walked 18 holes on the golf course. My mid and upper abs are really sore from the core work on Sunday.

Year of the Engine – Endurance

39:00 Run

Headed out for a run at 8am before it got too hot and humid. After noticing my heart rate was getting in to zone four too much on previous runs, I held back and wanted to keep more of an endurance pace for this. Went 3.48 miles, which is less than I did for the 36 minute run last week, but more on par with what the goal is supposed to be. I need to speed it up some though so there isn’t much time in zone one and it’s mostly zones 2-3. I need to set the heart rate zone alerts on my Garmin watch.

I felt kind tired the rest of the day after that run. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Reverse Hypers (160#)
  • 4 Rounds
    • 5 Russian KBS (44#)
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 10 Jumping Jacks
  • Power Snatch
    • 5×45#
    • 5×75
    • 3×95
    • 3×115

Conditioning

  • E3M – 5 Rounds
    • 10 cal Assault Bike
    • 10 T2B
    • 3 Power Snatch (135-145-155-160-165#)
  • E3M – 5 Rounds
    • 10 cal Assault Bike
    • 10 T2B
    • 3 Power Cleans (185-195-205-215-225#)

Could I do the toes to bars unbroken? You bet! That was without a doubt my win of the day. 100 total T2B and I never broke up a set. Granted, it was a long (nearly 30 minute) workout, but I usually end up at singles with that much volume even doing sets of 4s or 5s. I did the snatches all touch-n-go and then went to singles for the power cleans. I put on my belt after the set of 185. I was holding about 80 RPM on the bike, which was taking around 25-35 seconds to finish. I had about 90 seconds of rest each round.

More Midline

2 Sets

  • 2:00 Weighted Plank (45#)
  • 2:00 Rest

Was programmed as 4 sets of 1:00 / 1:00, but I got a late start so jumped in with a couple of guys and wanted to catch up.

Too Late

Yesterday I woke up with sore shoulders and tight achilles. Walked 18 holes on the golf course. Today my old body feels good (knock on wood). Out in the garage during lunch.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

36:00 Airdyne

**Endurance with 7s sprint @ 8, 16, 24, 32

I did 1,012 cals and 21.25km. My endurance pace is feeling good on the bike lately. Maybe being able to run again is helping. This summer humidity is no fucking joke though.

Went to the gym at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 400m Run
  • Burgener Warm-up (45#)
  • Hang Power Snatch
    • 5×75#
    • 5×95#

Weightlifting

  • 3:00 EMOM
    • 3 Hang Power Snatch (115#)
  • 3:00 EMOM
    • 2 Hang Power Snatch (135#)
  • 5:00 EMOM
    • 1 Hang Power Snatch (145-155-165-175-185#)

Missed first attempt at 185, so I let Weston go, and then I got under it for an ugly rep. Haven’t done anything heavy like that in a long time. Especially with hang reps too.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 15 cal Row
  • 5 Hang Power Cleans (increasing: 135-155-165-175-185-195…)
  • 12 Toes to Bars

My goals were to keep a 1,200 cal/hr pace on the rower and go 2×6 T2B. After having no issue keeping pace on the rower for a few rounds I finally picked up the pace to over 1,300. I had my belt ready and started using it after 155 I think. Toes to bars felt good and I probably should have cut back on the rest. I wasted a bunch of time increasing to my last weight before going over to the rower. I got on with about a minute on the clock, pushed hard through the 15 cals, tried to quickly put the belt back on as I jogged over to my bar in the other room, picked the bar up, and was dipping down as time ran out. I did the rep with 195# but it obviously didn’t count. So I got through 5 rounds plus the row.