CrossFit Games Open 14.5

I had planned on completing the workout at 8:30 am, but was unable to do so, try as I might. An out-of-town visitor was completing the workout, and, as she’s competing in the Open, she requested a certified judge. That’d be me. I had earlier asked what she expected her finishing time to be, and she said, “Twenty minutes of less.” As I expected that it would take some of the CrossFit Surmount athletes as much as 30 minutes to complete, I thought this would give me enough time to warm up after she completed the round.

This wasn’t to be the case, as it took her (and others in later rounds) more than 30 minutes to complete.


I attempted 1 thruster and immediately decided that I wasn’t nearly warmed up enough to continue.


Jeff had planned on completing the workout at 9:45, but as there were an odd number of people present, he was unable to do so. During one of the brief breaks I suggested that we both do the workout after the Community WOD. And that’s what we did.

Workout 14.5

21-18-15-12-9-6-3 reps for time of:
Thrusters (95)
Barbell facing burpees

Uhm, that’s 84 thrusters (boo!) and 84 burpees (yay!). Uhm, 95# if more than 65% of my bodyweight.

My goals were to complete in less than 16 minutes and to do burpees unbroken.

I hate thrusters.

I completed the round of 21 in reps of 7, and the remaining rounds in reps of as many as 6, as few as 2, and usually 3 or 4. Mostly just 3 at a time. And that’s okay, as I had no failed reps.

What I didn’t expect was for the jump over the barbell to be so difficult. I missed 3 jumps. Yes, I missed 3 jumps. Jeff didn’t even have an opportunity to yell “No rep” before I had already begun re-doing.

This workout was exhausting. During the round of 15 I thought, “I could just stop now and attempt tomorrow. Shit, if I do that I’ll have to do 21 & 18 thrusters. I don’t want to do that again.”

Time =15:51

I don’t ever want to do this workout again.


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