Testing Twenty

Slept in this morning after getting up in the middle of the night to order my iPhone 6s. Headed to CFi just before noon.


Easy 3:00 on the Air Dyne for 61 calories.


  • 20:00 for max meters

In the first week test I was not happy with my performance of 5,150 meters at an average pace of 1:56.5 because in my recent 5k PR I averaged 1:53.8 in just under 19 minutes. World’s apart. In that first test I started out at a good pace but couldn’t hold and just kept drifting away.

Today I followed the plan set out in the program and set my target at a 1:54 average, knowing I shouldn’t have much of a problem beating it and getting near or under the pace I did for the 5k. Having to hold back in the first 10 minutes was tough but I trusted in the plan. If you notice the pace of the first 2:00 split is low that’s because of going hard for the first 10 strokes and then settling in around 1:57.

Between 5 and 6 minutes the average was right an 1:56.0, and I held exact there until around 9 minutes in, when it started to creep down. From there it kept getting lower each minute. When I passed 5,000 meters it wasn’t off a PR time by more than 5 seconds and I was just starting my kick going into the final stretch, so I could have easily beat it. Averaged a 1:53.6 or .7, depending on if you’re looking at the ending screen or the splits, to beat my goal pace. Total of 5,278 meters for a 128 meter jump over week 1. I think I could have done a better job from about 8 minutes left to 4 minutes left, which I’ll have to remember the next time I do a 5k test.



Happy with the progress and the things I’ve learned about the erg so far, but still a lot of room for improvement. Excited for the next phase.

I don’t know why I didn’t take my shirt off today. It got very uncomfortable after about 5 minutes when the sweat started pouring out.


5 Sets

  • 8/8 Single Leg RDL (115#)
  • 15 Decline DB Bench (45# DBs)
  • 5 Supinated Pendlay Rows (135-145-145-155-155#)

Gradually going up on the RDLs each week. My posterior chain felt a lot tighter when I was standing on my right leg. The bench was easy even at 15 reps. First time trying Pendlay Rows with the reverse grip; definitely a different feel to it.

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Nick Momrik

I'm searching for the perfect golf swing and my first hole-in-one. I'm addicted to CrossFit. I work for Automattic.

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