September 17, 2013 7:35 AM

Revisiting the 2013 Opens

It has been 6 months since we all did the Opens and CrossFit 2A has started re-testing those workouts. We have completed 13.1 and 13.2 and the results (for me) are eye-opening.

13.1 was 40 burpees, 30 #75 snatches, 30 burpees, 30 #135 snatches (and the rest does not matter to me). In March, I scored 106 which was 40 burpees, 30 snatches, 30 more burpees, and 6 heavy snatches (#135 was previously my 1RM at the time).

In the re-test last Monday, I got 19 of the heavy snatches - an improvement of 13 reps. That may not seem like a lot, but consider this table:

Group13.1 Rank @ 10613.1 Rank @ 119Athletes Passed
New England Masters19792105
Worldwide Masters1641776865
New England Men476832891479
Worldwide Men487133407114642

That's right, I would have improved by almost 15,000 spots if I was in the shape I am now six months ago. That blows me away.

This past Monday, we re-tested 13.2. This WOD was 5 shoulder to overhead @115#, 10 dead lifts @ 115#, and 15 box jumps @ 24". This was a 10 minute AMRAP. My score in March was 177 (3 reps shy of 6 rounds). Monday, I finished 6 full rounds plus 5 shoulder to OH and 10 dead lifts. This raised my score to 195. This is how that would have impacted my placement in the Opens:

Group13.2 Rank @ 17713.2 Rank @ 195Athletes Passed
New England Masters26618977
Worldwide Masters21181587531
New England Men54454550895
Worldwide Men54960464148546

OK, it's not 15,000, but improving by over 8,500 spots kicks major ass, too!

The point of all this is to realize that the small, weekly gains that we make all add up to dramatic changes - even in just 6 months. Now I am already looking forward to next Spring when we take on the 2014 Opens.