16.1 has come and gone- and left a trail of sore butts, bruised egos, unreal scores and Fran-cough in its wake.
I heard things like “It was worse than 14.5” (disagree) to “Oh man, I could do so much better if I did it again” (You can say this all you want, but you have to actually do it, otherwise, after Monday at 5pm, your score is your score, accept it and move on) to, “I would crush that WOD – but I didn’t enter the Open.” (Shut your mouth, you don’t get to talk about 16.1).
My girlfriend and I kicked off our “wild/STRONG Open Tour” by performing 16.1 at CrossFit Evolve in Fort Collins, CO. It was an amazing environment, great athletes and awesome coaches. A big thank-you to letting us drop-in and be part of the logistical nightmare that was 16.1.
My girlfriend crushed it. She posted a score of 193 reps, beating me handily. She performs very well at long workouts, and the 20 minutes was not a problem for her. I on the other hand, view any workout over 6 minutes as way out of my comfort zone. I went in with what I thought was a realistic goal of 182 reps/7 rounds. I have always struggled at stringing together sets of chest-to-bar pullups, and despite my slow pace, I still gassed out completely at minute 12:00. I kept moving and posted a score 169 reps. I was disappointed I didn’t achieve my goal, but happy I was able to simply keep moving through the entire workout. I knew it would be a struggle for me to keep up with a lot of my training partners on this workout – and I was right. Thanks to my girl for putting up with my sullen, pouting attitude on the drive home – I can be real difficult to be around when I fail to achieve a goal I set for myself. She keeps me in line by telling me how it is and I appreciate it. Thanks to my big bro too, he shot me a text that really put it into perspective. The bottom line? For us non-regional athletes, stop being delusional about your score and its importance.
“Constant battle for us…The Open beats down people like us. You just have to keep thinking “Fuck you Castro” and move on. You don’t need to get continuously better at CrossFit, only continuously better at life.”
This workout is all about finding a pace you can hold. Instead of going minute by minute – I thought I would share with you the best write-up I have seen on 16.1, from an athlete at my former gym, who, despite what you read, posted a score of 234 reps.
Beth Bacon, CrossFit Sua Sponte, Raleigh, NC.
Minute by minute thoughts during 16.1:
Min 1: this is cake. I'm going to the games. Why is Lauren already so far ahead of me? Why she do dis? Why have you betrayed me, Lauren, why?
Min 2: why did Chip Nasty look like he was dying? This really isn't that bad.
Min 3: I need to go a little faster to keep this pace
Min 4: this is going to suck in about 3 more minutes
Min 5: fuck, I am only 25% done with this.
Min 6: ok, breathe in through your belly. Deep breaths. Big steps on the lunges, you got this.
Min 7: bitch, you need to move faster
Min 8: I have no idea what round I'm on but I just want to go to sleep here on the floor.
Min 9-16: I hate CrossFit and I just want to die.
Min 17: if Hunter doesn't stop yelling at me to pick up the bar, I am going to rip his throat out with my teeth
Min 18: what is life?
Min 19: I can't. I can't. Where is the bar? I can't even see it. Why is hunter still yelling? Can I catch Lauren? Fuck, she is running with the barbell. I'm dead. This is what it's like to die.
I can echo all these statements. It was brutal. So why did I voluntarily do it again on Sunday at CrossFit Frontier?
I typically don’t redo workouts. I have only redone one in three years before this weekend. I am not going to the Games, I am not making it to Regionals – but when I don’t perform as well as I think I could – I will do it again. I wanted to know if I picked up the pace on my chest-to-bars, if I could get through one more set of lunges and pullups.
So I strapped on my gear and mentally prepared myself to embrace the suck once again. Surprisingly I wasn’t sore from my first attempt (I guess you don’t get as sore when you don’t do that many reps). The lunges absolutely have to be the easiest part of this workout if you are going to do well – and the first time I did it, they were not a problem at all. Despite my lack of soreness however – in round three, my legs blew up. They weren’t sore, but clearly they were very fatigued. I knew I was in trouble.
I wanted to get 4 rounds by 10:00 – so I could get 3 in the final 10 and hit my goal. As I completed round 4 with 9:45 remaining, I knew I was in trouble. I had gassed out faster this time and was literally crawling through my burpees. With 3:00 left I realized I would be exactly where I was the first time – as the time ticked down, I resolved to get one more rep than I did before. I couldn’t accept doing a 20:00 long hellish workout for the same score. I tried to speed up my burpee pace with 20 seconds left – but my legs simply would not comply. I pushed as hard as I could and finished my 8th rep…I glanced at the clock, I had to get five feet on the overhead lunge to count one additional rep or I would tie my score, six seconds were remaining. I had to snatch the weight and lunge as fast as I could – two big steps and I collapsed. I got the rep. More importantly, scoring almost the exact same reps, I knew that both times I pushed as hard as I could – that score of 170, while pretty low for most people – represents what I know I am capable of. The best performance I could muster – and that’s what makes the Open so awesome.
I want to give some shoutouts to some people I train with or have trained with who put up great scores on this workout:
First and foremost, my girlfriend. I watched her push the pace the whole way. She amazes me every time I watch her train. I am really proud of her and she walked away with the top female score in our gym.
Alyssa Renneissen, CrossFit Cheyenne: 234 reps. Incredible.
Andrea Snyder, CrossFit Mariner Square: 192 reps: I honestly never thought Andrea would take to CrossFit the way she has. She has a great motor and proved it this weekend.
Penn Holderness, CrossFit Sua Sponte: 169 reps. The man who made Christmas Jammies famous – and ruins my days with song parodies on his Facebook page. I am proud to say I introduced him to CrossFit. When I see how far he has come, I love it. I am also really grateful right now for that one extra rep I got.
Jaden Bickell, CrossFit Frontier: 216 reps. Jaden is 15 years old and did the teen workout - good for 9th in the region. Impressive, youngblood!
And an extra shout out to the whole squad of firebreathers at CrossFit Sua Sponte back in Raleigh. Nate Trevillian, 21 year old stud and multiple time regional athlete, tied Games Champ Ben Smith for 10th in the Mid-Atlantic with 312 reps. They also have the 5th best female score in the region with Jordan Adcock’s 302 reps. A look at their top athletes makes me think they may be headed back to regionals this year.
Nathan Trevillian: 312
Jordan Adcock: 302
Hunter Stewart: 298
Courtney Bird: 295
Cornelius White: 247
Lauren Childress: 246
Beth Bacon: 234
Next up on the wild/STRONG Open Tour, CrossFit Endure in Windsor, CO for 16.2!