Workout 17.4 – my CrossFit Open experience

Ok, so here’s the thing.
I don’t remember the last time I felt this sore after a workout. This morning I reached a level of soreness that had me questioning whether it’s possible for my soreness to get sore? Like, is that a thing? Because that’s definitely how it was feeling. 😉

17.4 was an AWESOME workout – combining classic movements, a shitload of reps, and not a lot of time on the clock. Starting with 55 deadlifts, my strategy was to break the reps into sets of 10 … and that worked well. It was a plan that allowed me to keep good form, and take a few seconds break in-between sets to catch my breath. And anyway, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love deads? 😀

Workout 17.4
Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 13 minutes of:
55 deadlifts, 225 lb.
55 wall-ball shots, 20-lb. ball to 10-ft. target
55-calorie row
55 handstand push-ups

From there it was on to wall balls. You might call me crazy, but I don’t actually hate wall balls. I wouldn’t go as far as saying they’re one of my favourite CrossFit movements, but I do love the challenge they bring. They’re grindy, taxing and always let you know you’re working hard. I broke my sets down into 10 reps and just kept pushing through.

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Getting those deads done (& check out the strut on the handsome dude behind me). lol. 😉 Photo courtesy CF4504.

If there was one part of this workout I was dreading, it was the 55 calorie row. YUCK! I actually really enjoy the rower, but coming to it after all those deads and wall balls, I knew it was going to burn. And burn it did.

Rowing for calories always feels super tough; it seems to take f-o-r-e-v-e-r for those calories to tick over. I tried to stay consistent with my strokes, but when your legs are fatigued, your breath is struggling to stay under control, and your arms feel so. very. heavy … well, consistency is easier said than done. 😂

I was VERY grateful to hop off the rower, but less enthused about the hand release push-ups that were then coming my way. 😅 They were tough. Really tough. It was super hard to keep good form, and I needed plenty of rest throughout. I somehow managed 28 of those suckers before the clock caught me.

I really LOVED this workout. It was short and not-so-sweet, which just so happens to be one of my favourite ways to train. At this point you may like to refer above to my whole, ‘you might call me crazy’ statement – I totally understand if you find it necessary to apply it here as well. lol.

There’s just one more week to go of the Open, and I’m REALLY looking forward to what it brings. I’ve enjoyed all the ups and downs of comp season, and I know I’ll miss the buzz, excitement and camaraderie it’s built from week to week. But at the same time, I am looking forward to getting back to my regular training life. Well, it’ll be regular training life with one very BIG difference … because I know that in 12 months time I’ll be back to Open life again (& loving it).  ❤️