Sorry for the boring title, but it’s all I’ve got. I’m sitting here with ice packs on my body and KT tape on my neck and roughed up calloused hands on my keyboard. I redid 15.1 just a few hours ago. I’m not sure what the maximum number of PRs someone can set in like a 60 hour period… but I bet I came close to setting the record. I must say, I am a fan of the 2015 CrossFit Open WOD 15.1.
First, if you’re new here and have no clue what I’m talking about with the CrossFit Open, click here.
Before I jump into the workout, I just want to say how much I love the Open. The CrossFit community comes together, with many different organizations like Barbell Shrugged and Athlete Cell producing videos with tips and advice on how to tackle the workouts and strategies for warm-ups and cool downs. I highly recommend checking these knowledge bomb videos every week! Also, Tabata Times puts out a roundtable article from coaches and CrossFitters around the globe with hints and guidance.
2015 CrossFit Open WOD 15.1 (and 15.1a)
Open WOD 15.1 was a 9-minute AMRAP of 15 toes-to-bar, 10 deadlifts, 5 snatches. After that, for the next 6 minutes, you were to find your 1RM clean and jerk.
There were warnings aplenty concerning grip fatigue with this workout. The T2B would do a number on your grip, then reps of barbell work would further smoke those forearms. Everyone was recommending to break the sets up into manageable groups so you didn’t fatigue your grip.Now, perhaps I’m just not proficient enough for that to matter, but my grip held together pretty well during the workouts.
Oh, that’s right, workouts. I redid the WOD to try and better my score. I thought with all the pacing warnings, I went a little more cautious than necessary my first time through. I thought I could improve upon my first score.
15.1 – Round One
As mentioned, I was primed to manage my grip throughout the workout. I was going to break the T2B into 6-5-4, for a total of 15. The deadlifts I were going to go slow and steady unbroken at such a light weight. The snatches… well I wasn’t sure.
Let’s pause right here.
Snatches. Guess what my previous 1RM for snatches was before practicing this WOD? Anybody? Well, if you follow me on Facebook, you know that my previous PR was 45 pounds. Yup, I had snatched the bar, and that’s it. Therefore, I had no idea if I could even attempt this workout at the Rx weight of 115 pounds. Well… I practiced…
Dude. I like snatching. No, I love snatching! That’s a pretty freaking cool movement! Taking something on the ground and putting it over your head in one fell swoop… badass! Here’s me snatching during my first attempt. Yes, muscle snatches, I know, but hey that’s all I know so far!
So yeah, snatches. I’m definitely going to start doing these more! (PR number one for those of you keeping score at home – 115-lb snatch!)
Back to the workout. I figured out how to snatch with the help of coach Jesse and other box members who offered tips and cues to think about. Shoutout to everyone that offered advice, thank you! I could snatch 115 and I could do it multiple times so, I went Rx.
9 minutes went by really freaking fast! T2B were definitely the limiting factor! You can see from the video that I didn’t fly through the snatches, but they didn’t take a ton of time. I actually got a couple no reps on T2B because I just didn’t quite get my feet up to the bar. I definitely wasn’t expecting that to happen.
When the clock read 9:00, I had completed 93 reps. It was then time to work on my clean and jerk.
I waited around 90 seconds to catch my breathe and put on my weightlifting belt, the first time I wore it. I opened with what was on the bar, 115. No problem. I almost hit myself in the face I cleaned it so high haha.
Next I went with 135 pounds. I kind of forgot to be fast and aggressive with my lift and it ended up being like a weird slow split push press. Eww. Here’s a photo which looks much more impressive IMO.
Shoutout to Perry on the right side of this photo who just became a father!
135 went easy even though I made it as hard as possible. Next I announced that I was to attempt 155… but then I changed my mind and said 165-lbs. I thought I had enough in me to lift that. If I could just clean it.
Well… I cleaned it. That photo above is that 165 clean. So, that’s PR number two with the clean. Then, I went overhead with it for a 165-lb clean and jerk. Which is a PR. Two PRs – a new best C&J and a new best jerk.
I’m not going to lie… I was really freaking happy with 165-lbs. I thought the max I could hope for would be 155. I tried to clean 175 after that, but I couldn’t get the clean and then the clock expired.
My score was 93/165. I was happy with that. I was happy I learned how to sort of snatch and I set multiple clean and jerk PRs. Good thing I wore my neon orange Nanos because those for sure helped.
But……. I knew I could get more….
15.1 – Round Two
I didn’t redo any of the Open workouts last year. Might as well start 2015 with a redo then, right? Right.
I knew I could go faster based on how I felt getting those 93 reps. I had a goal set of 115 reps, which would take me through four rounds of T2B and the deadlifts and would leave me at the snatch.
I didn’t have my neon Nanos. I didn’t have my camo leggings. I did have determination though.
Determination proved to be enough.
I have no photos or videos of round two. You’ll just have to take my word for it when I tell you I got 116 reps. Boo-freakin-yah!
I met my goal with about 8 seconds left and had time to get one snatch in before the clock ran out. Now, I had to at least hit my 165-lb C&J. Which I did. And guess what? I cleaned 175-lbs. I missed the jerk but that’s one final PR to add to the collection.
And now… I’m sore. My hands hurt. My everything hurts.
One workout down in the 2015 CrossFit Open. I’m really happy with my results. I’m really happy with the progress I’ve made over this past year. I’m really happy I kept my Open goal of relaxing and having fun! (Not sure if I can keep that up for four more WODs though!)
The Open once again pushed me to try something new, to push my limits beyond what I was comfortable with. I loved the feeling of snatching 65 pounds for the first time, then 95 pounds, and then 115 pounds. I wouldn’t get that stimulus, that push to learn something new RIGHT NOW without the Open.
I’m looking forward to seeing what Dave Castro has in store for us in 15.2. If you need me before that, I’ll be over here practicing my snatch.
Your Turn -> How’d you do in 15.1? Have you ever repeated a workout to try and improve your score? Have you repeated something else because you thought you could achieve a better result?