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Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Crossfit, Lifting and Crossfit, Master, Mobility, Music and Rants, Rant, Recovery, Strength Training, WOD

14.2 (The Inevitable)

14.2 (The Inevitable)

I have weaknesses. We all have weaknesses. That’s the challenge of wanting to be a competitive Crossfit athlete, you are the whole team, you can’t get really good at one position, or one role, you’re all the roles. It’s why people like me love Crossfit, and today, it’s why people like me hate Crossfit. The Open is, and always will be, a dice roll. Programming in general is the same, you’re always at the mercy of the particular test of the day. Some of them you read and know you’ll crush, some of them are just middle of the road, and hopefully few, you read and instantly fear. In case you’re not catching on 14.2 falls into that last category for me. (And a lot of other people)


I’ve done my rant about long femurs, most of you are probably tired of hearing about it, but a workout like this really punishes taller, or lankier athletes. The overhead squat in particular becomes brutally inefficient the longer your limbs get. Further, the longer your arms are, the further from the bar your chest is, the more work you have to do to get there. It’s just physics. Two movements, coupled together, than punish tall athletes. Great. Not to mention, you know we’ll see wall balls, you know we’ll see thrusters, and we already did snatches, so why the overhead squat? Not sure what HQ or Castro or whoever, was thinking there, but I’m a little butt-hurt.

That’s all the complaining I have time for, but thats where my head is. That being said, I came into 14.2 knowing it would not be my best score, but hoping I could hold onto at least a decent score, so the Open could continue. That didn’t happen. I racked up a stunningly mediocre 85 reps in 6 minutes. Obviously I’m disappointed, not because people beat me, but because I think this points out a pretty glowing lapse in my programming and training, maybe there just wasn’t enough time, but thats hard to believe. Maybe we discovered it too late, thats more likely. Whatever the reason, it’s a difficult lesson learned, especially after only a week into the Open. My hope now obviously is to contribute enough scores to my affiliate that I can make a team. The unfortunate reality is that this workout will put me in too large a deficit to even come close to going to regionals alone.

The bigger picture here, is that maybe Crossfit has evolved beyond the point that a year is enough time to make it to regionals. Sure a year sounds like a lot of time, but in the scheme of the Crossfit athlete it really isn’t. Most have been at this for 3-5 years, and even more are coming from competitive athletic backgrounds to begin with. The time when you could start Crossfit and train hard for a year and make it anywhere but off the couch seems to have passed me by. That’s alright, and perhaps I was a little naive for not seeing it sooner. I suppose there will always be next year. Cooper didn’t even ask once what I got on 14.2, and for that I love him.


Here’s last weeks training leading into 14.2 for those who care.


A1: EMOM 1 Back Squat, increase 20 lbs each set until 3 rep failure, start at 60% of predicted 3RM 325

7 Rounds:
400m Run
21 KB Swings (53#)
12 Ring Rows (2 sec hold at the top) 26:49:00


Every minute on the minute complete reps for 1 movement, move onto next movement the next minute
8 Rounds:
3 Power Snatches (70% of Snatch 1RM)
8 CTB Pullups
3 Power Clean & Jerk (70% of Clean & Jerk 1RM)
8 Burpees, 6″ target


Airdyne 30:30 (work:easy) x 20 sets, record calories per set


14.2 – 85


A1: Work up to 1RM Pause Front Squat; 5 sec pause at bottom 265
B1: Work up to Press 1RM 135

Alternatine EMOM
5 Rounds:
C1: 8 Bar Facing Burpees
C2: 3 Deadlifts @ 70% of estimated 1RM 295
Alternating EMOM
5 Rounds:
D1: 8 Box Jumps (24″)
D2: 8 Clapping Pushups


Airdyne 30:30 (work:easy) x 20 sets, record calories per set

Obviously I’ll be retesting today, but I don’t foresee a miraculous 200 rep improvement coming my way. At least my beard will look nice and smell good.



  1. Where is that beard kit from?

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