800 Meter Sandwich

Feeling pretty good this morning. My legs are fine and I wasn’t tired getting up at 5:20am. Went in to CrossFit Pacific Beach again for the 6am class.


  • 400m Run
  • 10 Samson Stretches
  • 10 Inchworms
  • 10 Zombie Kicks
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 10 Skater Plyos

We also did a little more stretching. I liked doing a bottom squat hold while putting all of the weight over one heel to stretch out that ankle and calf.


Ladder drills

These were quick but fun.

WOD #1

  • 800m Run
  • 40-30-20-10
    • KBS (53# KB)
    • Box Jumps (24″)
  • 800m Run

As you probably know, I love box jumps. I’m not used to doing that many American KBS, but I tried to keep to big sets and never did less than 10 in a row. Box jumps were nearly all unbroken. The last 800m sucked ass. I finished with a good time of 16:40.

Then it was back to the hotel to lead the last day of the Automattic Bootcamp at 7:30am.

Warm-up #2


  • High Knees
  • Bear Crawls
  • Zombie Kicks

WOD #2


  • 50 Broad Jumps
  • 80 HR Push-ups
  • 100 Lunges
  • 80 Tuck Jumps
  • 50 V-ups

I was kind of a 3rd partner in this, so it wasn’t bad. Seemed like people really liked the Bootcamp throughout the week.

Automattic 5K

Today we did a 5k to start the morning. I think nearly 15 people walked or ran. I screwed up when starting RunKeeper, so missed the first 0.08 miles, which would have put my distance pretty close to an actual 5k. Started out way too fast and my pace really fell off in the 2nd and 3rd miles. I ended up logging 3.02 miles in 21:45, which is the fastest I’ve run a quite a while. No CrossFit today.

Snatches and Burpees

My legs are a little sore from the back squats, thrusters, and air squats. Got up again and went to the 6am class at CrossFit Pacific Beach. Although it’s easy for me getting up because of the 3 hour time difference I’m really liking getting in my workout so early. Might have to try it when I get back home.


  • 400m Run
  • 2 rounds
    • 7 Push-ups
    • 9 Burpee Tuck Jumps
    • 11 Ring Rows
  • 50 DUs

I did really well on the ring rows, but it’s probably because they were higher than I’d normally have them. We did some PVC work and a bit of stretching after the above warm-up. Then we did a few snatches with increasing weight to get to something comfortable to use in the WOD.

WOD #1

5 rounds

  • 3 Power Snatches (95#)
  • 6 Ring Dips
  • 9 Pull-ups

After each round, rest for 2 minutes.

My rep scores for the rounds were 45, 37, 35, 35, and 30. Ring dips were my biggest struggle, but I didn’t use any bands throughout the WOD. Pull-ups also got me in the last round. I think this was the first time I’ve done barbell snatches in a WOD and I really liked it.

I got back to the hotel, ready to run another day of Bootcamp for Automatticians. We warmed up with some air squats to loosen up the legs from yesterday and then did some World’s Greatest Stretches.

WOD #2

The original plan was to do 100 burpees for time with a 10:00 time limit. But only 4 people showed up today and I was pretty exhausted from the WOD at the box, so I switched it up.

10:00 EMOTM

  • 10 Burpees

I went with 10 burpees, which gives me a solid 24 seconds of work. I had everyone else base their number off when I finished in that first minute. I’m glad we didn’t do the original plan for everyone’s sake, including mine. I felt like I was really dying in the last 5 minutes, but was able to keep hitting my 24 second sweet spot.


3 Tabata Rounds

  • Standing Bicycles
  • Flutter Kicks

Tomorrow we’re doing a 5K as one of the company meetup activities so it’ll be a rest day from the WODs.

WOD at CrossFit PB and an Automattic Bootcamp

I’m trying to stay on Eastern time for the most part this week because it allows me to get up in the morning and workout before work stuff starts. I got up at 5am this morning and went to the 6am class at CrossFit PB. There was 7 of is class which I thought was surprising for so early.


2 rounds

  • 5 Front Squats (45#)
  • 10 V-ups
  • 20 DUs
  • Samson Stretch

We also did some PVC work and stretching before getting started.


Back Squats

  • 5 @ 45#
  • 3 @ 135#
  • 3 @ 155#
  • 3 @ 175#
  • 3 @ 195#
  • 3 @ 195#
  • 6 @ 215#

The idea here was to warm up for a few sets. Then do 2 sets at about 65% of 1RM. For the last set use 85% of 1RM and do max reps. I didn’t do any strict calculations, but I think my weight choices worked out pretty well.

Do a few sets of 3 to get warm for the WOD. I did 45#, 65#, and 95#.


  • 12-9-6 Thrusters (115#)
  • 24-18-12 T2B

I picked a pretty perfect weight on the thrusters and broke each round into 2 sets. Did well stringing T2B together in round 1, but my hips were shot in the 2nd and 3rd rounds so it was tough to get a kip going. At the end I was actually only doing 1 or 2 at a time. Finished in 8:02.

I rushed back to the hotel where I was putting on a Bootcamp for my coworkers at 7:30am. I skipped the warm-up, but did the rest with them.

WOD #2

8:00 AMRAP

  • 5 HR Push-ups
  • 10 Sit-ups
  • 15 Air Squats

We did this on the wet grass outside the hotel. Not the greatest of locations, but hey, this is CrossFit and we have to be ready for the unknown. I managed to get 7 rounds plus the 5 push-ups.


2 rounds

  • 1m Plank
  • 1m Side Plank (30s each side)
  • 1m Rest

I think the Bootcamp went pretty well and ended almost exactly after 30 minutes like I had planned.

San Diego Sunday

I arrived in San Diego last night for our yearly Automattic company meetup. Got up early this morning and hit up the fitness center in the hotel for a workout.


Did an easy 800m run on the treadmill.


  • 100 DB Hang Squat Clean Thrusters (30# DBs)
  • Every minute on the minute (except for at the beginning), do 5 burpees.

We did this a few months ago at SF from the ground instead of the hang position. Back then I took some rest minutes doing 0 clean thrusters and finished in 23:42. Today I did them from the hang starting position like the video done by Jason Khalipa where this WOD came from. Finished in 15:35 today without taking any “rest” minutes.


  • 100 Russian Twists (25# DB)

I did these in sets of 50, 25, and 25, but didn’t time it.

An Easy-ish Deck

I made it to the 10am class which gives me enough time to pack and get ready for my trip. Flight leaves at 1:30.


4 rounds

  • 15s Jumping Jacks
  • 15s High Knees
  • 15s Air Squats
  • 15s Mountain Climbers


Deck of Cards


  • ♣ – Russian KBS (53# KB)
  • ♠ – 1m Plank
  • – Air Squats
  • – Burpees


  • 10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace – 10 reps
  • 2 through 9 – Face value in reps
  • Joker – 150m Run

I finished in 32:36. Planks really sucked because they brought down the intensity and at one point I had 6 of 9 cards come up a spade. Usually deck of cards is pretty brutal but today it wasn’t bad with the selected movements and the fact that the highest rep count was 10.


Prowler Sprints – 25m High Push followed by 25m Low Push

Casey A. and I did some prowler sprints at the end of class. The first sprint we had 135# loaded on the heavy prowler and it was pretty easy, so we added another 45# plate for 180# of load and did 5 more down and backs. My legs are getting stronger because the heavy pushes are getting a lot easier.

Waiter’s Walk

Feeling good this morning even though I only got about 6-6.5 hours of sleep last night. Went to the 9am class.


5 Sets

  • 3 Deadlifts
  • 2m Rest

Warmed up with 10 at 135# and 5 at 185#. For my working sets I used 225#, 255#, 285#, 310#, and 330#. The last set actually went up really easy. Matt was yelling at me to be explosive, which really helped, because I often get too slow in my deadlift. The lifts really felt great and my back didn’t act up at all.


3 Sets

  • Kroc Rows
  • 2m Rest

For the first two sets we did 12 reps on each arm and then went to failure on the last set. I used 62#, 71#, and 80# KBs for the sets. On the failure set I got 14 with my right arm and 15 with the left.


450m Sandbag Waiter’s Walk

Instructions: Get the sandbag overhead so it’s only supported by the arms. Do not rest it on your head or shoulders. We used two hands because the sandbags are pretty heavy and awkward. Every 10 steps, drop the bag down from overhead and perform a sandbag burpee.

I loved this one because I need to build up my shoulder stability strength for things like the OHS and having long strides is a big advantage. I crushed it, finishing in 6:44.


25 Turkish Get-ups (for quality)

I grabbed the 44# KB, but after one rep I could tell my shoulders weren’t going to be able to handle it. They were absolutely wrecked from doing OHS last night and the waiter’s walk in the WOD. I dropped down to a 40# KB, which was still challenging.


I stayed after class since Matt was doing a 1-on-1 with a client. Loaded up the prowler and did some pulling. First I did about 50m with 135# and then I did a 150m loop in the parking lot with 180# loaded on. I had to take 3 breaks while doing that loop. You wouldn’t think it would do much for conditioning, but I was breathing pretty heavy when I got done.