CrossFit Games Open WOD 12.1

Seventeen hours between WODs just isn’t enough time for recovery…

I attended (and assisted with coaching) the 9:30 and coached the 10:30 and Community WODs. I wasn’t the least bit excited about completing today’s WOD, the first of the 5 “Open” WODs. I’m confident that I’m not going to qualify for regionals, and even if I ever did, I would not attend or compete. I already have a full-time job.

Michael Kelley and I both led similar warm ups, based upon a mobility WOD.

Complete as many reps as possible in 7 minutes of:


This workout begins from the standing position. The Athlete will move from flat on the ground to touching an object with both hands that is 6 inches above their max reach. Score is total reps completed. Each person will be paired up with a partner to count reps and ensure that all burpees are completed according to game’s standards.

Michael Kelley and I partnered.

My goal was to complete 120 reps. My strategy was to complete 30 unbroken burpees, and then briefly rest after reps of 5 for the remainder of the time. For the most part, I followed this strategy. Here’s where I went wrong…

For a few of the reps, I put my left and then right foot back instead of jumping both feet back at the same time. This was stupid, unnecessary, and slowed me down. Why did I do this? Because it was suggested.

I didn’t need to rest after 5 reps, and should have instead rested after 10 reps.

Michael Kelley, I am not blaming you for my last mistake, as life it about free will and I could have chosen to not listen to you. With less than a minute left, Michael Kelley suggested that I rest 10 seconds and then go all out until time was up. I didn’t need 10 seconds of rest, and I once again lost valuable time.

I did have to redo the jump and touch for 2 reps. It wasn’t that I didn’t jump high enough, it was that I didn’t, well, touch the bar.

I completed 115 burpees, 5 short of my goal. Yes, I’m disappointed. I’m confident that I could complete 125 burpees. I will not, however, redo this WOD, as I think that’s just plain stupid. CrossFit is constantly varied. Competing the same WOD 2 days in a row is not varied.

As there were any odd number of people in the 9:30 session, I completed a solo partner WOD. I did 25, 52# kb high pulls and then run 200m holding 20# medicine ball. This was a 7 minute AMRAP, and I completed 3 rounds. Good times. Good. Times.

I counted and judged Michael Kelley. Earlier this week, he completed 101 reps and he wanted to beat this score. He did, completing 106 reps. I made sure to tell him his running score after 5 reps, i.e., 5, 10, 15, and so on. Post-WOD, he informed me that he didn’t hear me inform him of any reps past 80. I promise you that I did, Michael Kelley! You may, however, have been deprived of oxygen and unaware of your surroundings.

Michael Kelley has asked that I not speak poorly of the Games while at CFZ, and I shall comply with his request. I may, however, blog about anything damn thing I want, so here goes…

This WOD was stuuuuuuuupid. Yes, I enjoyed it. Yes, I did reasonably well. But is this really a WOD that distinguishes elite athletes? I know, I know, there are still 4 more Open WODs, and I’m sure that I won’t be able to complete 1 or more of them, particularly those that involve a 143# middle-aged man lifting heavy shit. It ain’t gonna happen.

I have resigned myself to remaining disinterested – and non-competitive – for all things CrossFit Games-related. I paid my $20 entry fee, but I’m still undecided as to whether or not I will even post today’s score.

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