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Old 03-28-2014, 07:21 PM   #21
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Re: 14.5 tips and strategies

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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.
I don't think 14.4 and 14.5 could be more opposite body types as far as what was beneficial. Taller/power athletes did well on 14.4, whereas midget/tiny engine guys will do well on 14.5 -- I was 212 on 14.4 and 12:38 on 14.5 -- polar opposite workouts IMO, one is skill & technique driven, one is straight engine & ROM
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Old 03-28-2014, 07:51 PM   #22
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Re: 14.5 tips and strategies

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I don't think 14.4 and 14.5 could be more opposite body types as far as what was beneficial. Taller/power athletes did well on 14.4, whereas midget/tiny engine guys will do well on 14.5 -- I was 212 on 14.4 and 12:38 on 14.5 -- polar opposite workouts IMO, one is skill & technique driven, one is straight engine & ROM
I think you are more of an exception. 220 lb 6' 3" guys don't usually kick so much *** at muscleups and toes to bars which were the make or break for 14.4 more than anything else.

At first I thought 14.1 would correlate better, but that had a bigger range of times when I looked at people that matched my score. Then I realized that 14.1 didn't have you manipulate your own body weight at all. 14.4 did. Thus the comparison. Not perfect, but what are you gonna do.
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Old 03-28-2014, 10:35 PM   #23
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Re: 14.5 tips and strategies

I think that might be the most miserable workout I've ever done. Might rather do Fran. Twice. Finished in 22:49, which seems respectable, but average.

Like everyone has said, don't burn out early. This workout isn't own or lost in the first 5 minutes. Of course, don't think it's the last 5 minute either. That middle section (15s and 12s) is where you really have to push.

Good luck to everyone!
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Old 03-29-2014, 06:37 AM   #24
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This workout isn't own or lost in the first 5 minutes. Of course, don't think it's the last 5 minute either. That middle section (15s and 12s) is where you really have to push.
Well said. That middle section is a very dark place. A unique pain cave.
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Old 03-29-2014, 07:43 AM   #25
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Well said. That middle section is a very dark place. A unique pain cave.
Yep. During the 12's I had a real moment where I almost quit. I may have finished at just over 33 mins but I finished and didn't pass out so I'm calling it a victory.
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Old 03-29-2014, 08:06 AM   #26
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Re: 14.5 tips and strategies

First attempt last night: 14:14. I am getting over a bad chest cold, so my lungs were not 100% last night, and that slowed me down. I felt like I was drowning in the round of 12.

I broke up the thrusters like this:
11/10
6/6/6
5/5/5
6/6
5/4
6
3

If my lungs are back to normal tomorrow I'm shooting for less breaks on the thrusters (I stared at the bar a lot and that wasted a lot of time).I never stopped on the burpees but some of them were really slow.
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Old 03-29-2014, 08:39 AM   #27
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Re: 14.5 tips and strategies

IT NEVER GETS EASIER! DAMN IT! I thought I'd cruise through the round of 9-6-3 and I was sadly mistaken. Damn it all.
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Old 03-29-2014, 09:34 AM   #28
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Re: 14.5 tips and strategies

13:45

Thrusters I went
11/10
7/6/5
6/5/4
6/6
5/4
6
3

If I did it again I wouldn't change anything about that breakdown. I would however, do the burpees a little different. Instead of jumping up to my feet on the same plane, I would kind of step it up so that one foot was right at the bar. That extra step/jump to get near the bar was exhausting in the long haul.
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Old 03-29-2014, 10:51 AM   #29
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Re: 14.5 tips and strategies

13:10

Did the first set of thrusters unbroken and then broken up the 18 and 15's into sets of three parts (I don't remember the numbers. I would just stop when I felt my shoulders starting to get the burn, wait a few seconds, and pick it back up).

With the burpees the goal was to just keep moving. I found flopping to the ground saved some arm strength and I would also try to drag my feet up underneath me so the jump over the bar was very close (nearly bit it twice in the beginning).

Right at 12 I turned it on and did everything unbroken and tried to speed up a little bit through the burpees, but not too much.

I basically redlined right at the end which is what I wanted so I don't think I could have changed anything too much aside from maybe going a little faster on the burpees, but those aren't my strong suit so who knows. Definitely not doing it again though. At the end of the day, it's just another workout,
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Old 03-29-2014, 10:53 AM   #30
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Re: 14.5 tips and strategies

the Open is done, did 14.5 and that was miserable and my time showed it. the last 2 weeks since I did 14.3 my training half been very minimal and my engine has gone to ****. 14.3 did my back in..and it has showed in the last 2 workouts.

I finished in 16:52, while many of my training partners were in the 13's and low 14's. Not where I wanted at all, but not redoing it.

time to take a down rest week, lay off the weights, get my cardio back with some running and endurance wods now that it is finally warming up in Ohio.
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