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Old 03-28-2014, 08:29 AM   #11
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Re: 14.5 tips and strategies

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I did it last night and 21 thrusters off the bat and felt OK after the 21 burpees. But the thrusters in the round of 18 was a wake-up call and it went down hill from there. If you hit a wall and are just completely fried to the point you can barely stand, find a steady cadence of 3 at a time, drop for 3 or 4 seconds, then 3 more. But the goal is to avoid getting to that point as long as you can.
Nice to hear that. I know I can do the first 21 unbroken from doing Fran, but I'm always dead on the 15s and I don't wanna gas that early.
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Old 03-28-2014, 09:01 AM   #12
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Re: 14.5 tips and strategies

Its really a burpee workout.. yes the thrusters are very hard but they are so much faster than the burpees. Remember after you finish the set of 21/21 you are 1/4 done with the workout. And after 18,18 and 6 thrusters in the 15's you are 50% done with the workout. Going steady on the burpees with not too much fiddling with so many steps will be good.
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Old 03-28-2014, 10:39 AM   #13
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Re: 14.5 tips and strategies

I plan on breaking the 21 thrusters into 7-7-7 and the 18 thrusters into 6-6-6 and then the 15 thrusters into 8-7 and the 12 into 6-6 and hopefully go unbroken from there. We'll see how that works.

On the burpees, I think if you step up to gather your feet together and then jump it will help.

This is definitely not a workout for a beginner crossfitter. I expect to see some scores in the 30-40 or more minute range.
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Old 03-28-2014, 10:58 AM   #14
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Re: 14.5 tips and strategies

I just started my fourth month of Crossfit. This was a beast for me. I'd just done Jeremy (21-15-9 95#OHS and burpees) two weeks ago so I felt like I could do it but I'd also done a heavy strict press workout followed by fight gone bad this week. My ability to put weight overhead was already worn out (but I pr'd FGB by 37 reps). Luckily, my judge told me her strategy before I started and I decided to try it. Break the thrusters down into even threes until 6 and decide from there. I ended up having to break the burpees up too. On the 18, I ended up putting the bar down four times but after that I was steady (and slow but steady). I did string together the last six burpees and that almost pushed me to puke but I made it.

Before that strategy, I'd planned on doing what I did with Jeremy 11 and 10, 9 and 9, 8 and 7, and so on. I knew there was more reps but I felt like the thrusters would be easier than they OHSs. They really weren't for me. I probably would've blown up using that strategy. Came close as it was with the threes.
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Old 03-28-2014, 11:00 AM   #15
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On the burpees, I think if you step up to gather your feet together and then jump it will help.
I did this. It helped me keep my pace and I didn't get no repped.
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Old 03-28-2014, 11:17 AM   #16
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This typo made me laugh. I don't think I will having any trouble "acing" the "barf" after all those burpees!
Doubt that it was a typo.

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Old 03-28-2014, 11:53 AM   #17
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Old 03-28-2014, 03:38 PM   #18
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Re: 14.5 tips and strategies

As always the big mistake is coming out too hot. Here's what I'm doing to avoid that.

It looks like 14.4 performance predicts somewhat well 14.5 performance, so I went on the board and found a bunch of people with 192 and 193 on 14.4 (I got 192) and using excel magic found their average time. 13:02 avg with a best time of 9:57. I want to do better than avg so might shoot for 12:00.

I can hit about that doing 2.5 seconds per thruster and 6 seconds per burpee. That's 24 thrusters a minute, and 10 burpees a minute. I'll test that pace ahead of time with a clock, but sounds doable, especially at first. So then I make a sheet with big numbers that says when I have to be done with each round:

2:59 (might shorten this one a tiny bit to give myself transition time later in the workout)
5:32
7:39
9:21
10:38
11:29
11:54

I'll keep glancing at the clock and slow down or speed up as necessary. If I finish the round a little early I'll take a breather. If I can't finish the round on time then . . . well . . . I ****ed up choosing my pace and I'm on my own. OR, just thought of this, I'll print out 3 pace sheets. If I fall off of one, I'll pick up on the other.

This worked well for 14.1, though I should have paced a little more ambitiously on that one, I think.
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Old 03-28-2014, 05:41 PM   #19
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Re: 14.5 tips and strategies

Did it tonight, 23:58. Just glad it's over, awful.
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Old 03-28-2014, 07:15 PM   #20
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Re: 14.5 tips and strategies

I did it this afternoon in 14:40. I broke up the Thrusters the whole way through and never burnt out (8-7-6, 7-6-5, 7-5-3, 7-5, 6-3, 6, 3). The burpees are what got me. I started out jumping up at a nice pace, but eventually couldn't get my feet close to the bar. I ended up having to push up + jump up, then step to the bar, then jump.
I think I would've done a lot better if I'd stepped up and eliminated that extra step to the bar.
My advice... get your feet close to the bar any way you can on the burpees.
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