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Thought about doing one of the engine builder workouts yesterday, but with my WHOOP recovery score still only up to 46% and my back feeling shitty it became a rest day. Needed it. Back in the green with 76% recovery today.

Out in the garage around 10am.

Engine Builder – Interval

5 Rounds

  • 2:30 Airdyne (AD2)
  • 2:00 Rest

I replaced 50 calories each interval with 2:30 since I can only see calories 1/5 of the time on the monitor. I’d have to convert 50 to some higher number anyway to account for the AD2’s quicker calorie accumulation. Last week I couldn’t hold 85 RPM for intervals of three minutes with 30 second rests, but was confident I could for this and I did. My calories were 97, 99, 98, 95, 100 and distances were 1.06, 1.06, 1.06, 1.04, 1.07 miles. It felt good to push that pace.

Accessory

Dumbbell Curls – 21s

  • 7-7-7 @ 25#
  • 7-7-7 @ 25#
  • 7-7-7 @ 20#

When I get through two sessions at all 25s I think I’ll try one of the alternate 21s workouts.

Gymnastics Strength

8 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s HR Push-ups
  • 10s Rest

Didn’t let myself rest during the work sets or I should say not any extra beyond the breath I had to start taking before pressing up. My numbers were something like 14-12-10-8-8-7-7-6 for a total of 72 reps, which is 6 fewer than a month ago. That was the first day I did 21s though and only used 10-15-20# for the three sets.

Now I’m off for San Diego. I wonder what my recovery score will look like in the morning after flying across the country and trying to sleep with the three hour time difference.

Too Aggressive

After being at 81% recovery yesterday, WHOOP says I’m down to 37% this morning with my HRV being the lowest it has recorded so far. I slept well and the intervals I did yesterday weren’t terrible, so it feels like a fluke reading. Maybe the sessions were harder on the body than I realized. Maybe my body is responding to the back tweak. Will keep an eye on things.

I had my breakfast this morning and then got started around 10am.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 Row (750m)

Engine Builder – Max Aerobic Power

15 Rounds

  • 40s Row
  • 20s Rest

Three fewer than the 18 intervals of 30/30 on Wednesday, but moving 10 seconds from rest to work is a big difference. Instead of trying to get to a pace of 1:37-1:39/500m by the 5th pull I thought 1:40-1:42 would be a smart move. Turns out it was too aggressive.

I knew I was in trouble at the beginning of round 7. Started too hot in the first 6 and didn’t have any starting power left the rest of the way. Maybe that WHOOP recovery score is right!

Total of 2,868 meters and 219 calories. Averaged 191.2 meters and 1:44.6 / 500m (1,351 cal/hr) pace with a range of 198-187 meters. Intervals were 16, 16, 15, 16, 15, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, and 14 calories and 197, 197, 195, 198, 194, 192, 187, 188, 188, 187, 188, 188, 189, 189, and 191 meters.

Accessory

Dumbbell Curls – 21s

  • 7-7-7 @ 25#
  • 7-7-7 @ 20#
  • 7-7-7 @ 20#

First set felt heavy, but was ok after that. My adjustable dumbbells are definitely more awkward to use than the standard hex heads at the gym.

Engine Builder – Endurance

  • 22:00 Airdyne (AD2)

I tried to stay near 70-75% of max heart rate, which ended up being 68-70 RPM most of the way. There were some weird rises and falls in my HR though. Went 7.57 miles and 536 calories.

Kind of nice to get in two sessions right away.

My back is improving and hopefully it’s good enough for 19.3 tomorrow.

Hump Day

This right shoulder may have something going on. It feels like other times I’ve had an issue. I’m really hoping it’s a couple day thing that passes. Like other times I didn’t really do anything in a workout and I started feeling it on Monday when I only did cardio work. Maybe the cumulation of workouts Friday, Saturday, and Sunday?

I got a great night of sleep. I don’t think I’ve mentioned it, but I got one of the WHOOP bands last week and I’m really liking it. Nice to have sleep tracking again and the recovery scores and data really push me to improve these other areas of my life. Before I got out of bed I was thinking I’d wait and row before lunch, but after I got moving I felt like getting it done.

Engine Builder – Max Aerobic Power

18 Rounds

  • 30s Row
  • 30s Rest

Tried to get down to 1:37-1:39/500m by the 5th pull and towards the end I realized I could be using my legs better in those first pulls to get up to speed sooner. My overall average pace was 1:41.6/500m and 1,446 cal/hr, which would be 216 calories. There isn’t a way to go back and see cals for each interval, but I saw that the last one was 12 so the maths work. Meters for each interval were 148-150-148-147-147-148-147-146-145-147-147-147-147-147-147-149-148-149 to total 2,654, for an average of 147.4 and a range of 150-145.

I thought this heart rate graph was interesting in several ways.

I think I’m actually liking the cardio to start the day! Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Machine
  • 10 Hang Power Cleans (45#)
  • 10 Front Squats (45#)
  • 10 Hang Squat Cleans (45#)

Weightlifting

2 Hang Power Cleans + 1 Hang Squat Clean

  • 45#
  • 95
  • 135
  • 165
  • 185
  • 205
  • 215
  • 225

Wore my lifters again and put the belt on starting with 185. Tried to drop under the heavier power cleans more instead of getting really wide with my feet like I normally do.

As I was wheeling out the Assault Bike, my back started to lock up and it felt like a tweak. I tried to stretch it and roll on the floor. Seemed good enough to do the workout and if it is a tweak I know it doesn’t gets worse after it’s already happened. I guess my body didn’t like the combination of squat snatches followed by 117 deadlifts yesterday and then the cleans today.

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 6 Strict Pull-ups
  • 10 cal Assault Bike
  • 25 Double Unders

All single pull-ups. Obviously. I used a shorter bar than usual, got my arms in to extension and picked my feet off the ground. Did my pull-up, dropped from the top to skip the descent, and then right back on the bar for the next rep. There is no reason to do sets unless you can immediately jump on the bar and bust out every set unbroken.

I started out around 70 RPM, fell in a rhythm around 68, and then realized I could pick up the pace for the last 3 rounds. Am I getting better on the bike or was this just not a taxing workout on the lungs? Probably the latter. My dubs felt great and I never missed. Finished in 15:38.

Accessory

Dumbbell Curls – 21s

  • 7-7-7 @ 25#
  • 7-7-7 @ 20#
  • 7-7-7 @ 20#

Tried a new route by increasing the dumbbells on the first set this session. Interesting that the end of sets two and three didn’t feel like as much of a struggle as it had been using 20s for every set.

I did some foam rolling on my back and will get on the inversion table tonight. Hopefully I wake up fine in the morning and I’m over the hump. Fingers crossed that this isn’t a back tweak and my shoulder feels better too!

Side Plank Jumps are Better

My nutrition wasn’t great last night and I was up late, so I’m feeling tired today.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 6×95
  • 3×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×195
  • 3×215
  • 3×230
  • 3×240
  • 3×245

Only 10 pounds shy of matching my best triple, so at least I’m getting some of my strength back in my upper body. Wish I had tried 250 instead of 245 for that last set.

Helped with plate changing and cheering on some 19.2 attempts, so 25+ minutes before the metcon.

Conditioning

2 Cycles

  • 3:00 AMRAP (continue reps in the 2nd cycle)5 Bar Muscle-ups
    • 20 Reverse Lunges (50# DBs)
  • 2:00 Rest

Wore my grips and was able to do all sets of bar muscle-ups unbroken. The lunges got rough and I was surprised how nasty that first three minutes was. I got 2 + 11 in the first cycle and finished with 4 + 21. In the second cycle I was playing around with looking back towards the ceiling in my kip, which it felt like kept me patient in the pull. Something that needs more testing for sure.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 20 Hollow Rocks
  • 20 Side Plank Jumps (alt)
  • 50 Hollow Flutter Kicks
  • 10/10 Wood Choppers (30#)

I like these plank jumps to the side a lot better. Finished in 9:01.

Accessory

Dumbbell Curls – 21s

  • 3 Sets 7-7-7 @ 20#

The end of the 2nd and 3rd sets got tough. Will I be able to bump up to 25# for one set next time? Maybe I should try increasing the weight on the first set instead of the last one.

Several hours later I went out to the garage…

Engine Builder – Speed

3 Rounds

  • 5:00 Airdyne (AD2)
  • 2:00 Rest

Based on my best 10 minutes for cals I figured 85 RPM would be a good pace for this. Turns out that was too hot for today. My legs felt heavy from the lunges. I tallied 175, 167, and 174 calories. Happy with the comeback on the final one. You can see from my heart rate that I didn’t push the second interval. Weak sauce!

I really need to fix my custom Airdyne monitor so I can keep an eye an all of the numbers at once.

Dead Shoulders

Feeling a little rough from yesterday, especially my shoulders. My legs are nearly recovered from Sunday. We got snow last night and this morning, so I shoveled the driveway for a half hour today. Made it to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 5 Inch Worms
  • 5 Snatch Grip (Behind the neck) Press
  • 5 Snatch Grip (Behind the neck) Press in a Quarter Squat
  • 5 Snatch Grip (Behind the neck) Sots Press
  • 5 Squat Jumps
  • 5/5 Cossack Squat
  • 5 Hang Muscle Snatch
  • 5 Hang Power Snatch

All with 45#.

Weightlifting

10:00 EMOM – Hang Power Snatch

  • 3×65#
  • 3×85
  • 3×105
  • 3×125
  • 6x3x135

Didn’t feel like pushing it today with so many snatches coming up and my shoulders beat up from muscle-ups.

Conditioning

  • 6:00 AMRAP
    • 30s Airdyne (AD2)
    • 6 Hang Power Snatch (95#)
  • 3:00 Rest
  • 6:00 AMRAP
    • 30s Airdyne (AD2)
    • 6 Hang Power Snatch (75#)

It was programmed as 10 calories on the bike, but the Assault Bike was taken so I figured 30 seconds on the Airdyne would be good. The monitor was unplugged for some reason, but I kept a pace similar to what I’ve been doing at home on my recovery days, about 75 RPM. I scaled the loading down from 115-95 so I could cruise with the barbell. In the second AMRAP I didn’t even dip the bar back down to the hang position and went right from the bounce. I got exactly 6 rounds and then exactly 7.

Really glad I scaled back on the loading today. I was able to keep moving through the workout and no reason to chance an injury during Open season.

Accessory

Dumbbell Curls – 21s

  • 3 Sets of 7-7-7 @ 20#

Felt easier than Sunday with 15-20-20. Maybe my biceps are growing.

Skill

Stayed for more handstand walking but wasn’t feeling as good with it today, probably due to fatigued shoulders. I did make it past 10 feet several times and out to a new PR of 18 feet. Getting started seems to be my biggest struggle.

Looking forward to seeing what is announced for 19.2 tomorrow night.

Side V-ups from Kari Pearce

My quads are a little sore, but still feel pretty good.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • 10 Walking Lunges
  • Back Squat
    • 10×45#
    • 5×95
    • 5×135
    • 5×165
    • 5×185

Strength

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 5 Back Squats (205#)
  • 50′ Single Arm Overhead Dumbbell Walking Lunges (50#)

That got the heart rate up!

Conditioning

30-20-10

  • Dumbbell Power Snatches (50/35#)
  • Toes to Bars
  • Pistol Squats

Unbroken on the snatches and all sets of five for toes to bars. Pistols were shaky and slow with my back a little tight and just having done back squats. Can tell I haven’t done them in a long time. Grabbed my foot on each rep to help with balance. Squatting on my right leg actually felt fine, but I was unstable on the left. Finished in 10:19.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10/10 Side V-ups
  • 10/10 Leg Circles
  • 10/10 Wood Choppers (25#)
  • 20 Plank Jumps
  • 20 Flutter Kicks

B came up with this. The side v-ups were an idea from Kari Pearce.

The combination wasn’t as tough as I expected because the movements didn’t interfere with each other and we could keep moving. Good to hit more side action though because we don’t do much of that for our core in Crossfit. I finished in 12:40.

Accessory

Dumbbell Curl – 21s

  • 7-7-7 @ 15#
  • 7-7-7 @ 20#
  • 7-7-7 @ 20#

Felt a little easier than the other day with these same weights. All 20s next time.

Skill

Did a few handstand walk attempts. Got over 10 feet for the first time and ended there since it was already 90 minutes at the gym.

It’s a Trap

My shoulders and wrists are sore from the handstand walking and my traps are really sore from so many cleans.

Warm-up

8:00 AMRAP

  • 10/10 Kroc Rows (25#)
  • 10 Weighted Step-ups (24″, 25#)
  • 5/5 Single Arm DB Push Press (25#)
  • 10 Alternating DB Hammer Curls (25#)
  • 30s Hollow Hold

Did two rounds plus the Kroc rows and 7 step-ups.

Skill

We had 10 minutes to work on handstand related stuff (hold, press, walk), so of course I practicing my walking. And yet again, the programming spends a good portion of class fatiguing the movement most important in the conditioning piece. I feel like they are trying to trap you! Maybe this stuff is going to pay off in the Open, but just seems so odd and is completely different from any other program I’ve seen. I didn’t make too many attempts with so many handstand push-ups coming up and I was tired from last night, but I did get out to 8-10 feet a couple of times.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 500m Row
  • 14 DB Step-Back Lunges (50# DBs)
  • 14 HSPU

My goal was 1:50-1:55 on the rower, unbroken lunges, and break the handstand push-ups into 8-6. I figured rounds would take around 3:30. Screwed up the order right off the back and did my 8 HSPU before the lunges. Whoops! No I didn’t do them over again. 😛 I finished at 17:54, so my guess was pretty damn close because a 3:30 average would have been 17:30. The lunges were much easier than I expected. Pushed hard to keep my pace on the rower. Here are my splits:

  • 1:50.1
  • 1:51.0
  • 1:51.2
  • 1:51.6
  • 1:51.7

A 1:50 pace equates to about 1,200 cal/hr, so it’s good to know I can stay in the ballpark during a longer workout. If I would have started each row better I think I would have been much closer after the first one too.

Accessory

Dumbbell Curl 21s

  • 7-7-7 @ 15#
  • 7-7-7 @ 20#
  • 7-7-7 @ 20#

It was time to bump up the weight from 15-15-20 and the third set was pretty tough. Even with this bonus work I was still done before the 5pm class started.

Ready for the rest day!