Oats & Whey

Threw together some overnight oats last night and they may become my go-to breakfast. Except for pancake Sundays of course! My back has been really tight all morning, which is a surprise since I didn’t feel anything over the last few days of workouts. Looking back I did feel tight after the stretching on Thursday. Maybe it’s the cumulative effect of pushing hard for 3 days. Hopefully today’s cardio will loosen it up. I was out to the garage by noon and I did not use the heater.

Accessory

Dumbbell Curl 21s

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

I guess I’ll do these twice a week, trying to increase the weight of one set every other session.

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 3:00 cal Airdyne (AD2)
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 3:00 cal Row
  • 1:00 Rest

My goals were to hit 80 cals (70-75 RPM) on the Airdyne and 60 cals (>1,200 cal/hr) on the rower every round. These are paces I want to be able to sustain for 60-90 efforts during 15-20 minute metcons.

I felt good about my mental and physical effort. Was able to get negative splits, which is always a win. Went 82-84-85-86 on the AD and 60-61-61-62 on the rower (#gram). My hoodie came off after round 2 and probably should have after round 1 because it was a thick one. After I finished, I checked my Tesla and it was 41° in there, so I bet the garage was in the high 30s.

Picked this new BSN protein powder (buy one get one 50% off at bodybuilding.com) based on flavor reviews, so I’m excited to try them. I’ve been using MusclePharm for a few years and am getting close to finishing a supply that had been saved up (months past the expiration date) in the closet when I wasn’t taking protein powders.

Triple Threat

I’m tight in a few areas from the last couple of days. Around 10:30 I took the car out of the garage, fired up the heater, and set out the machines. All I had so far for the day was a cup of coffee. I made my usual workout drink but there was no time in transitions to take a sip.

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40:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 12 cal Ski Erg
  • 16 cal Row
  • 20 cal Airdyne – AD2
  • 16 cal Row

I tried something different today and put on headphones and listened to Talking Elite Fitness because the machines make too much noise to understand a podcast over the speaker. I generally don’t get in to audio podcasts and would much rather watch a video podcast, but it really helped me zone out; my eyes could focus on the pace and my mind could pay attention to what they were saying.

I only preheated the garage for 15-20 minutes, but it was enough since I would be doing all my work right there. Somewhere around the midpoint I turned off the heat and then it wasn’t much longer before I ditched my hoodie.

I did the maths last night so knew I had to average 960 cal/hr on the ski erg and 1,280 on the rower to finish in 45 seconds. Maybe a little aggressive for active recovery because I had to keep on the gas, but it felt good.

Starting 21s

Decided to exercise at home today because I planned to do some accessory stuff anyway and then I could sub a bunch in the metcon. Was pretty nice in the garage after I warmed it up for 2 hours.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 1:00 Airdyne
  • 10 Goblet Squats (53#)
  • 10 Sumo KB Deadlifts (53#)

I came up with my own warm-up, which was much simpler and shorter. Something felt weird in my knees on the squats but maybe it was because I had my knee sleeves on.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 14 Bar-facing Burpees
  • 1:00 Plank
  • 30s Double DB OH Hold (40# DBs)
  • 30s Hollow Hold
  • 20 Hand-to-hand Kettlebell Swings (53#)
  • 1:00 Rest

At the gym this was programmed with a 200m run to start each round but running inside sucks. That’s part of the reason I stayed home. I replaced the run with the burpees because we haven’t done any of the bar-facing variety in months, which is not good with the Open in 2 weeks. I was feeling good with the movement this summer, so I should easily be able to pick my technique back up. I put in the overhead hold instead of a bar hang since I’ve been doing plenty of gymnastics bar work and my hands are feeling all of the bar muscle-ups I did yesterday. I also replaced 10/10 single arm swings with the H2H version.

My burpees felt really good and I got faster each round. I didn’t have the greatest setup for them due to the garage floor being a bit of a mess in the winter, but I made it work. On paper the original version of this workout looked like active recovery, but I was working hard! The static work in a metcon is interesting and rare, but it was a really nice change of pace and far from a walk in the park. My round times were 3:51, 3:42, 3:40, 3:38, and 3:31. BOOM! The only real places to go faster in this workout are the burpees and transitions, so 20 seconds is a lot.

BTW, every time I do a double overhead hold I underestimate it. Glad I didn’t try to use 50 pounders.

Strength

dbs-for-21sDumbbell Curl – 21s

  • Top half of curls
  • Bottom half of curls
  • Full range of motion

I mentioned doing a variation of this on Saturday with my buddy Mo. Found a big weakness for me so I’m going to try to hit them once a week. T Nation has a great article with some other variations and uses of the method. I’m so used to counting to ten for light stuff that I went well past the 7 reps in the first round. Started light, but it’s a start.

  • 10-10-10 @ 10#
  • 7-7-7 @ 15#
  • 7-7-7 @ 20#

Tabata HR Push-ups

Went 13-12-10-10-9-8-8-8 for 78 total reps.

Slop Shoveling

Last night my quads started to feel more sore. In case I forgot, my ass is letting me know I lunged yesterday. Out in the garage in the late afternoon for some active recovery.

15 Rounds
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  • 1:30 cal Ski Erg
  • 1:30 cal Airdyne (AD2)

There was about 10 seconds of transition time between machines, especially writing down my ski calories. I totaled 314 there (each round shown in the picture) and 520 on the Airdyne. I really enjoyed that actually and it’s refreshing to do cardio like that in the cold garage; I haven’t been heating it up for these sessions.

Headed outside after and shoveled the sloppy driveway after 3″ of snow last night and rain during the day.

Body Says

After tough workouts the last two days, my back is hinting that I need a rest, especially with heavy deadlifts programmed at the gym. So I jumped on the Airdyne for 30 minutes of active recovery before lunch and went 9.78 miles. I’ll plan a complete rest day on Saturday.

Ski & Bike

Busy day, but made time in the afternoon for some active recovery.

4 Rounds

  • 5:00 Ski Erg
  • 15s Rest
  • 5:00 Airdyne
  • 15s Rest

The rest was essentially just transition as I wrote down my score and jumped on the other machine. I did 1,089, 1,096, 1,113, and 1,123 meters on the skier, and 1.64, 1.67, 1.70, and 1.76 miles on the Airdyne. Fell in to a good feel and was able to pick up the pace each round.