Crossfit Open 14.5 – Thrusters & Burpees: OH MY!

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I know, I know, this post is about a week late, but maybe this is my way of keep the Open from being over.

I can’t believe it’s already over. These last 5 weeks seemed to fly by! There are a lot of people are happy about it, but I really enjoyed everything about the Open. (Yes, even week 2 which was emotional for me, darned overhead squats!) Next week, I will share what the Open meant to me and what I learned.

The final Open WOD… 14.5

The 14.5 announcement was in San Francisco, which is about 60 miles south of me. A lot of people I knew were able to go. I wanted to go sooo badly, but that damned surgery in February left me with zero personal time from work. So I didn’t get to see Mr. Froning up close. Boo. But I *did* get to see him on the ginormous projection screen at the box!

(Warning: Complete fangirl moment… I did, however, ask all my friends who went to the 14.5 announcement to text me ALL the pictures of Rich Froning.  I got this…

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*swoon* I triple puffy heart Rich Froning!)


Everyone had been speculating that 14.5 was going to be burpees and thrusters. Well, everyone was right. But boy-oh-boy, I don’t think anyone expected what was about to be unveiled.

Yikes. For time.

My understanding is that there has never been a “for time” WOD in the Open.

My initial reaction was that this was going to take me 3 days to finish.

As I have with the previous 4 Open WODS, I was going to do the WOD on Friday. (The exception was 14.2, which I first attempted on the Friday, but ended up doing it scaled on Saturday.)

All day at work I obsessed about this workout.

I could do a 65 pound thruster, right?

Of course. But could I do 84 of them? That was the question… I tried not to think too much about the fact that I’d only ever done ONE 65 pound thruster… ONCE. YIKES.

I ended up judging (being a certified Crossfit judge was so much fun btw!) another Open participant before I took my turn. However, while warming up, it became very clear that I was going to have to scale this WOD. I struggled with the 65 pound thruster in my warm up. There was no realistic way I was going to get 84 of them. I’m all for pushing myself, but I am also a realist. So with the help of my coach, we determined that it would be best for me to scale the WOD to 45 pounds.

The funny thing is that I wasn’t upset like I was during 14.2. Here’s why… In this WOD you have to finish all 168 reps (no matter how long it takes). If you don’t finish, you get a zero. I knew that I was not going to be able to get 84 thrusters at 65 pounds. So I just decided to scale & my goal was to finish in under 30 minutes AND not to decrease the weight of the thrusters. (Some people were starting at 65 lbs, dropped to 50 lbs and ended at 30 lbs. I wanted to pick a weight that would be challenging, but that I could stick with the whole time.

3-2-1 GO!

I may have failed to mention that a couple weeks ago, I committed to wearing booty shorts for the 1st time in public for this workout. (Next week there will be a post that will make the reason for this commitment.) I was super self-conscious until I started this workout. Then I completely forgot about how I looked, and concentrated on not dying. 😉

Because I scaled, I had to count my own reps. That made this workout suck even more. Thinking whilst trying not to die. Sucky + 100.

The middle rounds were the worst. I didn’t think I was ever going to finish. But my coach kept checking in with me and said I was keeping a great pace.

This video was my final 3 thrusters. I am not sure I even remember this. 😉

I don’t really know what else to say about this workout. It was thrusters and bar facing burpees. It took me 25:21 to complete. And about another 10-15 minutes after I was finished before I caught my breath.

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That picture says it all.

I guess my description of this workout would be – if you can think of the most Crossfit type workout… 14.5 was it. The epitome of what Crossfit is. And while it was hard, and I had to scale – I freakin’ loved every minute of it.


  1. Shelly says:

    Yay! I'm not the only person that a) scaled 14.5 and b) loved it!

    Awesome job and your legs look great in those shorts! :)

  2. […] Something you should know about me… I’ve never really liked my thighs. I often refer to them as my thunder thighs, or my tree trunks. One of the wonderful things about Crossfit is that I’m learning to accept my body the way it’s built, instead of wanting to have skinnier legs. (Skinnier legs is something I used to long for.) What all this means is that I’ve never worn booty shorts in public before! So when the day came for me to do 14.5, I had my outfit ready. The Reebok booty shorts and my Pirate’s Booty tank top! (I talk more about how I felt wearing the booty shorts in Crossfit Open 14.5 – Thrusters & Burpees Oh my!) […]

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