14.3 and More Lifting, Please


Another week has passed, and The CrossFit Open continues!

I felt similarly to 14.3 the way I felt about 14.2; I was excited to see what I could do, but also had realistic expectations because I know my limits. For 14.3, my Deadlift max is 170#, so I knew that 20 reps at 155# (which, if you’re playing at home, is over 90% of my 1RM) would be a stretch, but that if I did make it to 185#, it would be a miracle to get a 15# PR after 55 previous heavy deadlifts.

I did step-ups instead of box jumps, linked my first set of deadlifts at 95#, then broke the 135s into sets of 3 and 4. When I made it back to the bar for the 155# deadlifts, I had about 3:30 left on the clock. I picked up the 155# bar, and thought, “Ok, I can do this, maybe I can make it back to the box…” But by the 3rd rep, I knew that I was not going to be able to finish all 20 deadlifts. I had a great judge–Chris G, one of my favorites at the gym, who also interviewed Joy & me in GGW Episode 31–who helped coach me through the last set, and with his help I stood up my 10th rep as the timer ended.

I am definitely happy with my results–of course I would have loved to surprise myself, but the amount of fight I had to put up in order to get those final 3 or 4 reps made it pretty clear that I was giving it everything I had, and really, that’s all I can ever ask of myself.

In addition to all this Open fun, yesterday marked the end of the first week of the Catalyst Athletics training program that I’m working on. I decided on a slightly shorter one from the original plan I was considering–this one is 6 weeks instead of 12, at the recommendation of TJ who pointed out that coming from a sporadic weightlifting background at best, I would be at a much higher risk for an injury if I just walked into 3 months with no deloads.

So far I am really liking the program. For those of you who asked about how I’ll incorporate this into my normal CrossFit schedule, I plan to still WOD at least 2x a week (one of which being the Open), but apart from that I’m going to be giving the lifting program priority. If my body feels good and I want to do a 3rd WOD, then great; but more than likely I’ll be keeping the metcons to a minimum for the duration of this program, which is fine. I am already really enjoying the extra time under a barbell, and I managed 2 reps at my C&J 1RM last night, so I think that a C&J PR is in my future, which is exciting.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, after a little high volume programming last night, today I was SO hungry. So that part is working.

  • Rachel Ostberg

    Love this post Claire! I am on my last week of an 8 week weightlifting/strength class right now (4 x per week) and I love it. I am pr-ing in everything and I know you will too! Awesome job on those deadlifts. This is the wod I wish I were doing the open for. I love love love deadlifts and after a 20# deadlift pr about a month ago I wish I could’ve done that wod. Oh well!

    Anyway, good luck on the rest of the open! Ps: my strength class is making me 1) exhausted in a good way and 2) HUNGRYYYY :)

    • clairechapman

      Dang that is a lot of weightlifting! I wish we had an oly class like that offered at my gym. At least now we have Open Gym, which we didn’t have until a few months ago… Baby steps :)

  • stevie

    Is there an English version of this post?

    • clairechapman

      huh? sorry i couldn’t hear you over the sound of my biceps.

  • http://www.winetoweightlifting.com/ Jennifer Hudy

    Yay! More heavy lifting = more food! ;)

    I’ve looked into the Catalyst programming before but never carried through with anything. I am signing up for a 10 week Oly-specific session at my gym which I cannot wait to do to make some gains in efficiency and hopefully bar weight as well. Can’t wait to see how you progress!

    Love the deadlifting pics! :)

    • clairechapman

      Yay! Excited to see how your Oly class goes!

  • http://teaandkettlebells.com/ Simone

    That’s awesome! I think once I get more comfortable in a real crossfit box, I’ll set some weightlifting-specific goals too. There’s usually open gym on Sunday, so maybe that’s where I’ll start before tackling a lifting program. I’m excited to hear how yours goes!!

    I didn’t make it to 185# either. My max is still stuck at 195, so I thought it’d be neat to get a few at 185, but I finished the box steps with 10 seconds left and didn’t have enough time to put more weight on the bar. Boooooooo.

    (I was SO nervous for 14.3 for some reason!?!!)

    Oh. And you’ve talked about this before, but… WHAT DO I MAKE FOR BREAKFAST. I want to eat big especially since I’m starting to work out in the mornings a few days a week, but I can’t fry up some bacon when I get to work and turkey/apple doesn’t cut it… I need to start meal prepping more, don’t I.

    • clairechapman

      Haha yes you need to start meal prepping! Although not as much as you might think. Maybe just some hardboiled eggs, and then instant oatmeal that you make at work, and an apple with a lot of almond butter… would be at least a good start :)

  • http://ifailedfran.com Chris

    Awesome job! I found your blog from Jennifer’s (below) and I enjoyed reading through your 2014 Open recaps. Love the DL photos, you’re looking so beastly! And I’m totally with you on eating… especially on the days I do the Open WODs… I literally eat ALL THE FOOD. And… I like it!

    I hope 14.4 went well and that 14.5 brings good times too!


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