The Price of Unbroken Pull-ups

My legs are still sore today. Was out in the garage just after 12.

Year of the Engine – Interval

12 Rounds

  • 45s Row
  • 1:15 Rest

My goal was to hit 1:35/500m and it was a success. I got 237 meters every round except the 5th where I got 238.

2019-06-21-row.JPGThat put me over 150k meters on the rower since I got it.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (140#)

7:00 AMRAP

  • 15 Air Squats
  • 5 Burpees
  • 10 cal Row
  • 4 Inchworms

Got through three rounds and did the burpees instead of 20 double unders, due to my calf.

Conditioning

E3M – 10 Rounds

  • 10 cal Assault Bike
  • 10 Pull-ups
  • 10 MB Cleans (20#)

Second week in a row where the Friday workout repeated some of the movements I did at home on Thursday night. This was programmed as 3×135# C&J for three rounds, then three rounds of heavier doubles, and finally four rounds of heavy singles. I definitely can’t do jerks with my calf and didn’t want to press my luck for my back or calf with heavy cleans so I decided to substitute the medicine ball cleans.

I started hot out of the gate to get the bike going each round and was doing 90+ RPM, until I had 2 cals left where I kind of coasted in because the work is already done and you just need to let it tick over. My goal was to do all of the pull-ups unbroken and I did. Pushing the limit on bigger sets of gymnastics is working out surprisingly well lately. I did tear open my palm in the 9th round, so the 10th was using basically finger tips only to grip the bar on my left hand. I’ve never ripped on my palm before! I think I was done with the first round in 1:02 and the rest of the rounds were 1:11-1:15.

Midline

5:00 EMOM

  • 15 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups

Last two rounds hurt!

Morning Endurance Run

Woke up with my back feeling much better than yesterday morning. Was out the door for a run before 8am while it was cool out.

Year of the Engine – Endurance

27:00 Run

Ended up going 2.87 miles in 28:45, so only a 10:00/mile pace, but I averaged 170 steps per minute again. I’ll chalk the pace up to just getting out of bed. I wore an older pair of Saucony shoes I had actually been fit for at a runners store and they are not at comfortable as my Reebok runners.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (140#)

I also did some hanging to open up my shoulders, bar taps, and a few toes to bars to make sure my back could handle them for the workout.

3 Sets

  • 6 PVC Passes
  • 9 Air Squats
  • 4 cal Assault Bike

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 5×95

Strength & Conditioning

28:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 5 Bench Press
  • 12 T2B
  • 15 cal Assault Bike
  • Rest

The bench press was a sub for push presses since I didn’t want to put that loading on my back. I used 135, 155, 175, 195, 205, 215, and 225, which is 92% of my 5RM. Felt good even as I got out-of-breath in the later rounds. I wore grips for the toes to bars and actually did every set unbroken without any struggle. I never do that large of sets so I was surprised I didn’t fade. Even though there is almost 4 minutes between each set it still adds up to 84 total reps. I started out with the Rx 12 calories for two rounds on the bike but even at 90+ RPM it was too easy, so I bumped up to the Rx+ of 15 calories and even caught up on the calories I was behind from the other rounds. Really not a bad workout, because there is a ton of rest.

Midline

20s Work : 10s Rest (Tabata) until finished

  • 200 DB Russian Twist (45# plate)

It was written to use a dumbbell, which I’ve never tried for Russian twists, so I gave it a try. Big mistake. It’s awkward to hold, I was falling over, and it felt like I was going to rub my knuckles raw. So after getting 18 reps in the first work interval I switched to a 45# plate. Took me 4:06.

2019 Murph

Signed up for the 9am heat with a bench of friends. Nice cool morning for it.

“Murph”

  • 1 Mile Run
  • 100 Pull-ups
  • 200 Push-ups
  • 300 Air Squats
  • 1 Mile Run

**Partition the pull-ups, push-ups, and air squats as needed.

I haven’t done a real Murph since 2016. In 2017 I was traveling back from attending Regionals and didn’t do it at all. Last year my shoulder was messed up so I did ring rows. Here’s my Murph history:

  • 2012 – 44:26
  • 2013 – 39:41
  • 2014 – 40:17
  • 2015 – 37:18
  • 2016 – 37:11
  • 2018 – 43:10 (ring rows)

I’ve run less than 13 miles in 2019, with only two runs longer than 400m, and a good chunk being warm-ups for class. I just finished 12 weeks of Year of the Engine though, so my conditioning has been feeling great. My pull-ups and push-ups have also been really good this year, so I was looking forward to testing out this workout.

I ran the first mile in between 8-8:30 and got right on the pull-up bar when I found a spot (gym was packed!) I broke it up by doing 20 rounds of “Cindy” (5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, and 15 squats), but didn’t wear any grips. I like to wear my Garmin watch for this to help pace the runs, so I took advantage of the lap feature to keep track of rounds. It worked great and kept me moving.

  • 1 Mile – 8:26.4 (after getting in the gym and finding a spot)
  • Round 1 – 43.4
  • Round 2 – 43.9
  • Round 3 – 46.4
  • Round 4 – 48.1
  • Round 5 – 50.2
  • Round 6 – 51.5
  • Round 7 – 53.1
  • Round 8 – 52.1
  • Round 9 – 51.6
  • Round 10 – 55.8
  • Round 11 – 54.6
  • Round 12 – 53.9
  • Round 13 – 55.8
  • Round 14 – 56.5
  • Round 15 – 58.5
  • Round 16 – 1:00.7
  • Round 17 – 55.8
  • Round 18 – 1:03.0
  • Round 19 – 59.7
  • Round 20 – 1:22.9 (After telling someone about the blood on my bar and leaving the gym)
  • 400m – 2:00.6
  • 400m – 2:31.3
  • 400m – 2:17.7
  • 400m – 1:54.6 (8:44.2 mile)

I think my watch said about 8:06 when I finished the first mile, but I didn’t hit the lap button until I found a spot to do my pull-ups. I was able to do all of the pull-ups and push-ups unbroken. I tried not to stop during the squats or pause at the top of reps; just keep moving. With about 5 rounds left I ripped my right hand a little bit and was really starting to slip on the bar. So it was a constant adjustment to finish. It took me just over 18 minutes to finish the 20 rounds, which only 2 of them being over a minute. Felt decent when I headed out for the run, but I guess I slowed over the middle 800 meters. Good enough for a time of 35:28 to PR by 1:43! Really happy with that.

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Gymnasty Thrusting

Out in the garage around 11. I warmed up with a 3:00 row (750m).

Engine Builder – Anaerobic

10 Rounds

  • 20s Row
  • 1:40 Rest

Didn’t even break a sweat and got 31 meters more than last month with 116-116-118-119-119-119-119-119-119-119 meters. I don’t remember it being this “easy” the other times I’ve done it.

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Went to the 4pm class.

Accessory

  • 3×15 RH (90#)

Warm-up

  • 500m Row
  • 2x Tabata
    • Air Squats
    • Front Rack Stretch w/ PVC
    • Kip Swings
    • PVC Passes
  • 5 Thrusters (45#)

Gymnastics & Strength

  • E2M – 3 Rounds10 Pull-ups
    • 3 Thrusters (95-115-135#)
  • E2M – 3 Rounds8 C2B Pull-ups
    • 2 Thrusters (155-175-185#)
  • E2M – 3 Rounds3 Bar Muscle-ups
    • 1 Thruster (195-205-215#)

This was fun! No extra rest between the extra transitions other than what’s left in your two minute window. I was able to do all of the gymnastics movements unbroken and felt really good, especially not having done a bar muscle-up since the open. Thrusters were a little heavy since I haven’t squatted anything like that in a long time. I put the belt on for 175+ I think.

Conditioning

E2M except not at 0:00 – 7 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

  • 100 DB Snatches (40#)
  • 50 DB Hang Power Cleans (50# DBs)

It was programmed as wall balls EMOM but we didn’t do that because I guess it was too much for the morning folks with a 16:00 time cap, so they made the change for us and put a 12:00 cap on it. I scaled back the snatches from 50# and actually wore my belt through this entire workout too. I did 20-20 snatches before the break, then 20-10, 20-10, and just rested extra by my wall ball every time it came around. The cleans were a bitch! I did 10-10, 10-10, and 10. Finished at 10:38.

This week was a lot of lifting for me and it seems my back survived.

Repping Deads & Bench

My shoulders feel pretty good considering the work they did yesterday at the gym. I was out in the garage around noon.

Engine Builder – Speed

  • 2:00 Warm-up
  • 10:00 Test
  • 3:00 Cooldown

Done on my Airdyne (AD2) with 0.73 mile in the warm-up and 0.88 in the cool down, with rests between each part. For the test I got 387 calories and 4.26 miles (6,856m), which is a PR by 3 calories. My start and finish are good but I need to hold 85 RPM more in the middle of the ten minutes instead of falling down to 83. Getting closer to 400!

I’ve been doing this test long before Engine Builder and it’s neat to see the progress.2019-05-22-300-fy.png

I went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

8:00

  • 5 Up Downs
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 15 Lateral Hops
  • 10 Leg swings
  • 2x 30m Run

Just the run shy of getting 4 rounds.

Conditioning

  • 4 Cycles
    • 3:00 AMRAP
      • 400m Run
      • Max Sumo KB Deadlift (88#)
    • 1:00 Rest
  • 3:00 Rest (total – skip the 1:00 rest after the 4th cycle)
  • 4 Cycles
    • 3:00 AMRAP
      • 500m Row
      • Max Bench Press (135#)
    • 1:00 Rest

The cycles were programmed in the opposite order, but we have to adjust due to the number of rowers in the gym. I knew I could do well with the rowing when I was tired so volunteered to do the rowing one first. I ran the out-and-back 400m route and couldn’t be more pleased with my times there. Rx was 225# deadlifts, but I’m not ready for that, especially after so much lifting yesterday. I could have done a few more deadlifts in several of the minutes, but 35 in every round was more than enough reps! I wanted to keep a pace under 1:50/500m on the rower and I was able to. Wasn’t really sure how the bench press would feel, but after the first round I set a goal to start with a set of 10 each time. I did 10-8, 10-10, 10-5-5, and 10-5-3. So a total of 140 sumo deadlifts and 76 bench presses.

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Midline

4 Sets

  • 1:00 Plank
  • 40 Russian Twists (35# KB)
  • 1:00 Rest

I did the planks on my hands because I was soaked in sweat already. The planks felt extremely easy. It took 9:33 to complete this.

Kind of Like Murph

Set my alarm and got up to get to the 9am class.

Warm-up

  • 400m Run
  • Dynamic stretching

Conditioning

  • 1 Mile Run
  • 100 Pull-Ups
  • 200 Push-Ups
  • 300 Air Squats
  • 1 Mile Run
  • 300 Sit-Ups
  • 200 Double Unders
  • 100 Pull-Ups
  • 1 Mile Run

Paired up with TJ. Tom was the odd man out, so he joined us and worked at the same time as me. We decided to go through this like a chipper and thankfully even the runs were able to be split up. We did 200 meter runs, sets of 5s for pull-ups and push-ups, and 15s for air squats. Then we did sets of 15 sit-ups most of the way with 2 or 3 sets of 10s. Dubs were sets of 25 (no misses for me) and 5s for pull-ups again. I was able to get through ever set of pull-ups in both rounds doing butterflies and I did wear grips. There was a 35 minute time cap, which we hit right around the end of the sit-ups. We decided to finish and it took about 45 minutes.

After cleaning up the last of the tree branches and running a bunch of errands throughout the day, I hopped on the rower. With the long workout this morning I decided to put off the week 9 endurance piece on the Airdyne until tomorrow.

Warm-up

5 Rounds

  • 30s Row
  • 30s Rest

Increase the pace each interval. Ended up with 131, 137, 143, 150, and 158 meters.

Engine Builder – Anaerobic

8 Rounds

  • 30s Row
  • 2:30 Rest

Going to stop paying attention to the calories for such short intervals like this. There just isn’t enough variance at a high pace like this. So my goal pace shifts from > 2,200 cal/hr to < 1:25/500m. I went 178, 178, 179, 181, 181, 181, 181, and 182 meters. This was 33 overall meters more than a month ago and 56 better than two months ago. Today’s first interval matched my best distance from last time. I think the warm-up definitely helped. There was still a bit of warm-up up at that high pace as you can see from the first four intervals.

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Last Day in Utah

Another 7am drop-in at CrossFit St. George.

Engine Builder – Anaerobic

5 Rounds

  • 400m Row
  • 5:00 Rest

My goal was < 1:34/500m and I ended up 3.2 seconds faster overall. Last time 1:15.0 was my fastest and these are my times: 1:15.1, 1:14.7, 1:14.8, 1:14.6, 1:14.5.

Conditioning

  • 15-10-5 Strict Handstand Push-ups
  • 15-10-5 Toes to Bars
  • 45-30-15 Air Squats

Came up with this one last night. Thought I might be able to keep all sets of five, but wasn’t able to using the AbMat and 25# plates compared to my big mat at home. I think I did 3×5, 5-3-2, 2-2-1 on the HSPU. All sets of fives on the T2B. Squats were slower than I’d like, but had to recover a bit before going back to the HSPU. Finished in 7:20.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 60 Hollow Flutter Kicks
  • 30 Plank Jumps
  • 20 Floor Wipers
  • 1:00 Rest

This took me 7:34.