18.1 The First Workout

February 23, 2018

Thanks for joining me in my Follow Dave Journey, we are in week 29. This journey chronicles my attempt to be one of the Top 200 Fittest 50 – 54 year old males as measured by the CrossFit Open, which begins the end of February 2018. You can read more about the CrossFit Open here and here.

We made it. The Open started last night. As I mentioned last week I will be doing the workout today, Friday February 23rd, with the rest of the members of Veneta CrossFit. If anybody is interested in watching what this is all about please feel free to drop in sometime tonight between 5:30 and 7:00. You will see me and a bunch of other great people giving our very best effort.

The First Workout

The workout was announced last night on games.crossfit.com with a lot of fanfare. After the announcement two of the female competitors completed the workout. This allowed us to get a first look at how the best of the best would do on the workout named 18.1.

Workout 18.1 is:

20 Minute AMRAP (As Many Reps as Possible)
8 Toes to Bar
10 Dumbbell Hang Clean and Jerks, 50lb Dumbbell
14 Calorie Row

While I’m very nervous about tonight, I believe that this is a workout that I can do well on. It includes movements that I can do and at weights that are manageable for me. A few of the members of Veneta CrossFit went ahead and did the whole workout last night and did really well. This helped to give me confidence.

I wrote about Toes to Bar being a hole in my fitness, you can view that post here. While I don’t do this movement well, it is no longer a large hole in my fitness but instead a small, hopefully manageable hole….Smile. I’m fortunate that it is only 8 reps at a time. This means that I only have to do 8 Toes to Bar each round.

Dumbbell Hang Clean and Jerks is a brand new movement for the Open. This movement is a big surprise. Until last night when I played around with the movement I had never performed it. While a 50lb. Dumbbell is heavy, it is manageable for me. This movement will be very taxing on my grip and shoulders, but everyone will be in the same boat. This situation is where being a bigger person will be helpful.

Rowing for Calories is a really strong movement for me. Taller people have an advantage on the rower and I think this being included in the workout is a definite bonus for me.


The Open is very exciting and there is a lot of adrenaline flowing when the workout begins. I really need to attempt to control this and pace myself. 20 Minutes is a long time to be working out continuously and if I go out to fast I will surely blow up.

If I were doing only one round of this workout, and trying to go as fast as possible, it would be reasonable for me to do the round in under two minutes. My strategy for tomorrow will be to try and keep a 2:30 pace for each round.

If I’m successful at keeping this pace I should complete eight rounds.

I’m hopeful that after I’ve completed the workout and posted my score I will write a post on how I think I did. I imagine that I will be doing the workout sometime around 5:45 tonight, if you think about it say a little prayer for me or even better say a big prayer.

Thanks for following me on my journey.

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