Recovery Ride

I felt so good yesterday after finishing that workout. Not sore or anything today. Ate plenty of food all day.

40:00 Airdyne

Went 12.76 miles, which turns out is the longest distance I’ve made it for 40 minutes, even though they are always just active recovery rides. Was watching YouTube videos so wasn’t thinking about what I was doing.

Forgot a Set of Twelve

Thought about doing gyms programming before I hit the road on Friday, but rested instead. Got to it today in the garage after getting home.

Warm-up

Went 3:00 Ski Erg for about 680 meters.

Strength

Back Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 5×115
  • 5×165
  • 5×205
  • 5×235
  • 5×255
  • 5×265

I put on the belt for 235 and above. Was close to failure on those last two sets. I completely spaced out and forgot to do 12×195 (75% of heaviest) at the end. Saw it in the list after I had already put the jerk blocks away and unloaded the bar. Probably enough struggle for my back today.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 8 C&J (135#)
  • 12 Pull-ups

I warmed up my clean and jerks with 5×45, 3×95, and 2×115. Did a few pull-ups too.

This was programmed as 6 muscle-ups, which I haven’t been able to add back to my repertoire yet. I don’t have a place to do them at home anyway. I can’t do chest-to-bar pull-ups at home either, so it was scaled to pull-ups for me.

I did all singles with the barbell and 3×4 for my pull-ups, without wearing any grips. Finished in 9:49. Today was my first test of the mat setup and it worked great for the metcon. I really need to get my new rack on the wall though because squatting off the blocks is getting really old. I stacked up a couple of plates on the blocks today so I didn’t have to do a half squat to get the bar off of them.

Free For a Reason

The workout at the gym is long cardio with core cash-out, so I decided to make my own version and stay home. Out in the garage at 1pm.

Warm-up

  • 400m Ski Erg

Didn’t really plan a warm-up, but I was going to use the treadmill for the workout and when I hopped on it, it slowed right down from my weight. I guess that’s why I got it for free! Seemed like the motor might just be having a hard time keeping up under load, which could be bearings or any number of things. Will have to fix it soon so I can get in some running throughout the winter. Hopefully it’s an easy fix.

Conditioning

6 Rounds

  • 400m Ski Erg
  • 1:30 Airdyne
  • 25 Burpees

My pace on the ski erg was < 2:15 / 500m and on the Airdyne I kept pretty steady around 72 RPM, which came out to about 42 calories or 0.55 miles. My burpees felt consistent throughout and were definitely the movement that raised my heart rate the most. Finished at 31:16, which was what I was looking for over 30 minutes.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Tuck-ups
  • 10s Hollow Hold
  • 1:00 Rest

First two rounds unbroken and then 2 breaks in each of the last two rounds. Finished in 6:32.

1st Quarter

Each time I woke up during the night I could feel the soreness in my shoulders growing.

I think the active recovery I get from walking the golf course in the summer really helps my recovery and conditioning. With the weather shift our golf season is most likely over, so I’ll try to get on the Airdyne or treadmill each week.

Started at the beginning of the Michigan vs Michigan State game and planned to go through the first quarter, but then there was a weather delay for lightning.

40:00 AirDyne – 11.33 miles

Sets of 5 or 3?

Walked 18 holes yesterday on a cooler day when it misted/drizzled off and on the entire round. Tt was actually quite comfortable though with pants and a long sleeve t-shirt under my golf polo. Instead of going to class today I decided to do yesterday’s programming because I need the squat work. Out in the garage around 5pm.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 1:00 Airdyne
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 10 Shoulder Rolls (PVC)
  • 10 Good Mornings (PVC)

Strength

Back Squats

  • 10×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165
  • 3×195
  • 5x3x225

I squatted off jerk blocks, so it was like an extra half rep each set. Need to get my new rack installed this weekend.

Conditioning

Warmed up my power cleans with five at 45# and at 95#.

15:00 AMRAP

  • 30 DU
  • 15 Power Cleans (115#)
  • 30 DU
  • 15 T2B

Started with 3×5 on the cleans, then went 5×3 for 3 rounds, and 3×5 in my 5th round. I had debated on 3×5 or 5×3 for toes to bars, but stopping at 3 felt right during the first round so I did 5×3 every round without issue. I think I’ve mentioned plenty of times how I don’t like the bar in my garage. I only missed one double under, at 14 in the first set of round three I believe. Finished four full rounds, the dubs, cleans, and 8 more dubs for 4+53. If I was going to do it again I might stick with the power clean sets but try doing 3×5 T2B throughout.

Hang Needs Work

Legs seem a little tired today. My upper body is almost over the DOMs. Went to the 4pm class again.

Active Life – Shoulder Abduction 9

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Knee Supported Shoulder External Rotation (5# plate)

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 3:00 Airdyne
  • 30 Air Squats
  • 10 Inchworms

Weightlifting

Hang Power Clean

  • 2x5x45#
  • 5×95
  • 3×135
  • 3×165
  • 1×185
  • 1×205
  • 1×215
  • 1×225
  • 1×235

I chickened out on my first try with 235 and then got it after resting a few minutes. Much lighter than I can do from the floor, so I guess I need some work on my hang lifts.

Conditioning

The Chief – 5 Cycles

  • 3:00 AMRAP
    • 3 Power Cleans (135#)
    • 6 Push-ups
    • 9 Air Squats
  • 1:00 Rest

I’d only done this Rx once before over three years ago, going 5+1, 2x 4+16, and 2x 4+9.

Today I did 5+3 for the first four cycles and 5+2 for the last. I had a really good push from Tom in class today or I would have let myself get slower. After the 2nd or 3rd cycle I realized I could keep track of my rounds and didn’t need to move power chips, so those first cycles could have been better. According to how BTWB adds it up, today was 26.556 rounds and my last attempt was 24.296 rounds, so this was a pretty big PR for me.

Ranks an 89 on BTWB and I’m thrilled anytime I’m around 90, especially with this one dominated by bodyweight movements. I think my new bodyweight of 200 pounds suits me much better than the 210-215 I’d been carrying around the last few years. Will I be able to stick to this weight as I get some of my strength back though?