CrossFit Open 18.2 Recap: Hitting Power Clean PRs

When Dave Castro announced the CrossFit Open 18.2 workout, I knew one thing: RX was not in my future. The workout itself was actually two workouts, with a 12-minute time cap. Assuming I could even get 35-pound dumbbells up to my shoulders multiple times, I knew I’d burn out on the squats. (All photos are by Rob Salinas.)


crossfit open 18.2 dumbbell squats
Yes, my quads are on fire.

Here’s what the CrossFit Open 18.2 WOD entailed:

1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 reps for time of:
Dumbbell squats
Bar-facing burpees

Women use 20-lb. dumbbells, stepping burpees allowed

Workout 18.2a

1-rep-max clean

Time cap: 12 minutes to complete 18.2 AND 18.2a

This was the scaled version of the workout, which I planned to do. My strategy going in was to keep a steady pace in the first part of the workout. I knew that all the squats and burpees would add up. I’ve been CrossFitting long enough to know that if a WOD doesn’t look that bad, it’s probably going to really hurt. My 1RM clean going into this WOD was 80 pounds.

When I woke up Saturday morning, I had no power at my house. This greatly thwarted my breakfast plans – and I mention this because I’m a creature of habit. I wake up, make myself egg whites, spinach, and gluten-free waffles, drink some water, and drink my pre-workout as I drive to the box. Instead, I had to drink egg whites and eat spinach on cold corn tortillas. I was not happy. That’s the mood I had rolling up to the box, but it was alleviated when I got there. I signed up for Heat 2, but Coach Holly moved me to Heat 1 to fill space. I was fine with that. Mariel was my judge. We set up my lane and my bar with 75 pounds because I knew I could do that easily. I had my blinders on at 3…2…1…GO!, so the RX ladies next to me didn’t even register during CrossFit Open 18.2.

During the CrossFit Open 18.2 WOD, I did all my bar-facing burpees by jumping over the bar. And I hit a power clean PR! Anything is possible during the Open.
I’m hopping like a little bunny. A Hopping Hobbit.

18.2 went as I expected. I finished in 8:45, then took a sip of water before I started working toward a 1RM clean. The first one came up FAST. Mariel and Becca loaded up my bar to 80 pounds while I took a rest. That one also felt easy, so we loaded up to 85 pounds. I let out a shriek when I got that bar up! I had just hit a 5-pound PR!

But that wasn’t the magic of 18.2a.

Mariel and Becca added another 5 pounds to the bar, bringing it up to 90 pounds, or 85 percent of my body weight. What the hey, I grabbed that bar and did the ugliest clean ever, but I got under it, got my elbows up, stood up, and just had this look of utter shock on my face.

Two workouts into the 2018 CrossFit Open, I can tell you that I’ve learned anything is possible. I seriously doubted my ability to clean 80 pounds walking in on Saturday, and not only did I do that, but I hit a 10 pound PR. I’ve officially removed “I can’t” from my vocabulary. I credit my coach and her amazing nutrition plan for this, seriously. Trust the process. Listen to your coach. Believe in yourself.

And smash PRs.

CrossFit Open 18.2a: Astonishment