This is the second year I’ve done the CrossFit Open in the last three years. I skipped it in 2015 after letting it get into my head too much the year before. I was my own worst enemy, not physically, but mentally. And that darn clock just ticked away…

Well last night at CrossFit Continuum I did Dave Castro’s 16.1 workout for the 2016 Open along with many other athletes from our box. Because of the 25 foot walking lunges we could really only do heats of four at a time but I have to say that most folks really rose to the occasion.

The Workout

crossfit-games-2016For 16.1, Castro set up this as the workout for a 20 minute AMRAP:

  • 25-ft. overhead walking lunge (with a 95# bar for men or 65# for women)
  • 8 burpees (bar facing)
  • 25-ft. overhead walking lunge
  • 8 chest-to-bar pull-ups

Scaled it was a bit easier:

  • 25-ft. front-rack walking lunge (with a 45# bar for men or 35# for women)
  • 8 burpees (bar facing)
  • 25-ft. overhead walking lunge
  • 8 jumping pull-ups

The Evening

Heats began at 4:30 and continued through until nearly 8pm that night. Lots of Rx. Several scaled. And a lot of sweat. We saw a ton of very determined, powerful folks going above and beyond last night.

I got there a bit before 5pm and cheered folks on until it was 7pm – my heat with my wife Ev and our friend Greg.

Of course this was after our daughter Mickey came in (after doing an indoor soccer game about 30 minutes prior) and pounded it out in the heat before us with a 45# bar for overhead walking lunges and regular pull-ups in the Teen 14-15 division. She’s not registered simply because time-wise her schedule is too full to get it in over the next few weeks, but she wants to do as many of the workouts as she can.

She managed 170 reps in that 20 minutes and did awesome. 🙂

How did we do?

Evie got a score of 176 doing it scaled with a 35# bar and jumping pull-ups. And I got a score of 130, scaled, with a 45# bar and jumping pull-ups.

Can I just say that it sucked? I’m glad it’s done and in the books.

Everybody did awesome and they took lots of pictures, so hopefully we can share a few as we see them come out.

Now we’ll see what Castro has in store for us NEXT week…

Great work everybody!


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