I wanted this workout to be a metaphor for life – pick up your burden, press it over your head, march forward.
I wanted the overhead walking lunges of the first workout of the 2016 CrossFit Open to represent my internal struggles as well as the external ones.
I wanted to take another movement I was barely familiar with and use the Open to challenge myself, to overcome an obstacle that seemed insurmountable… and then use that strength inside me.
Turns out… 16.1 didn’t happen that way. I didn’t keep that burden elevated for long. I didn’t Rx. I didn’t scale. I ended up somewhere in the middle.
The workout called for 18 minutes of overhead walking lunges, burpees, and chest-to-bar pull-ups, with the weight on the lunges at 95/65 lbs. Scaled used a lighter weight with front rack lunges instead of overhead and jumping pull-ups as a sub for the chest-to-bar.
Going in, I planned on attempting Rx. I had never done an overhead walking lunge and I knew 95 lbs would be at the threshold of my limits. Warmup would tell if I could handle it or not.
Man… 95 was literally exactly my limit! I could lunge with the weight overhead… but I knew I wasn’t going to make it far with that weight pressed up in the air. I could do the CTB pull-ups fine and burpees are just a movement to get through. Lunges were definitely my limiting factor.
In fact, lunges always seem to be a limiting factor for me. When I lunge out with my left leg, I have a hard time getting back up. I’m not sure if it is just muscle weakness, some sort of imbalance, or perhaps some of my muscles aren’t firing correctly (I know a guy that had acupuncture in his glutes and when the needle was inserted, his muscles didn’t fire… meaning they weren’t activating correctly) but yeah I have a serious weakness with my left leg. Call it my lunging stanky leg.
This workout from a while ago, one that my box revisited not too long ago actually, was a WOD that had front rack lunges and they gave me all kinds of trouble.
Anyways, back to 16.1, I made the decision to go Rx. I got my bar with 95 lbs ready to march the 25 feet, chalked up my hands, and awaited the clock countdown.
Quick note – I didn’t register for the Open. I was going to do the workouts on my own just to do them but I wasn’t “doing the Open” this year.
3… 2… 1… Go.
Gaaahhhhhh 25 feet is a freaking long distance with weight overhead! I’ve marveled at the CrossFit Games athletes when they do the midline march type workouts. Well, now I know what that feels like since this was the Open version. Yuck.
Long story short… I made it 25 feet. I had to drop the bar twice. I knew I wasn’t going to make the return trip with that beast overhead. I decided to do Rx- (Rx minus).
But first, burpees. Yeah, no problem, just keep moving. Got it.
And then… let’s front rack lunge this 95 lb bar back to the rig to get my pull-ups on.
So yeah, I kind of made up my own workout. I did the Rx weight but the front rack lunges instead. When I got back to my starting point, I did the Rx chest-to-bar pull-ups. Here’s a really blurry pull-up photo to show you!
When I hoisted that bar to begin my second round I swear someone slipped two more 25s on there! Things just got real real quick. I think it was the amount of energy I expended trying to go Rx with the bar overhead that did it, but wow I felt my energy being syphoned right out of my body. And I still had A LOT of time left on the clock. Ugh.
The rest of the workout was a grind of lunges and burpees and pull-ups. I had no more drops of the bar during my lunges and that was a struggle that I was proud to have pushed through. There were a few wobbly steps where I wanted to let that bar come crashing down, but I didn’t.
I ended up with 118 reps, which equates to 4 full rounds plus half of a 5th. But I can’t compare that to Rx or scaled scores because I had a hybrid workout. Or a bastard workout… that might be more fitting.
I thought I would score more reps. I really think that first walk took so much out of me that I was in too big of an energy deficit for the rest of the WOD. That was a tough workout.
So there we go. One workout in the books. Nothing to compare it to. Fitting. I didn’t pull an Atlas and carry my burdens above my head. But then again, perhaps I did carry them on my shoulders… just on the front instead of the back.
Your turn -> Carry any burdens lately? Tell me how your 16.1 went!