Mostly Modifications

Walked 18 on Wednesday and planned to golf yesterday as well, but a storm was coming so I didn’t bother going to the course. Sure enough, the storm missed us. Then I planned to workout later in the day, but I wasn’t feeling it so I took a complete rest day and didn’t feel one bit guilty about it. Some days the body needs that. I was out in the garage before noon today.

Year of the Engine – Interval

6 Rounds

  • 3:00 Row
  • 1:00 Rest

My pace was aggressive for the minute rests and the last three rounds were a battle. Got 835-835-836-835-835-835 meters. Might be the hardest effort I’ve put in to some of these intervals actually; I was pretty shaky when I got off the rower. Could also mean I need to get my nutrition back on track. My goal pace going in was < 1:48 and it was a success.

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Went to the 4:00 class.

Warm-up

Got there early to do some posterior chain shit.

2 Sets

  • 15 Reverse Hypers (90#)
  • 10/10 Single Leg Lateral Step-ups (30″)

3 Rounds

  • 200m Run
  • 5 Air Squats
  • 5 PVC Passes
  • 5 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 3:00 AMRAP
    • 200m Run
    • Max Push Jerks (95#)
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 3:00 AMRAP
    • 200m Run
    • Max Power Cleans (95#)
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 3:00 AMRAP
    • 200m Run
    • Max Russian KB Swings (70#)
  • 1:00 Rest

It was programmed to be 15 cal Row, 15 cal AB, and 200m Run in the 3 different rounds, but I took the option to run them all and work on a weakness. Was able to keep a pretty steady pace on the runs, with 55-60 seconds. The push jerk Rx was 135, but it’s much easier to just use one bar, not have to change plates, and that would get heavy real quick when doing it for about 6 minutes total in this workout. I swapped in the power cleans instead of Sumo Deadlift High Pulls too because I I think it’s a stupid movement with way too much risk of back and shoulder injuries. The heavy Russian swings actually felt good other than the tear on my right hand. I was able to get 335 total reps.

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Moving the Bar Again

I was still very sore yesterday, but managed to walk 14 holes of golf before it started raining. I think that helped me loosen up actually. Got a solid 9.5 hours of sleep last night. Was out in the garage before lunch.

Engine Builder – Max Aerobic Power

24 Rounds

  • 30s Row
  • 30s Rest

The goal was to get near a 1:36/500m pace, which I did a few times. My average distance was 155.17 with a range of 157-153, slightly down from 1.5 months ago when I did 20 rounds with a 155.25 average and a range of 156-154. That difference in average only amounts to two total meters though. My distances were:

157-157-156-156-156-154-156-156-
155-155-155-155-153-155-155-155-
154-155-154-155-154-155-155-156m

Went to the 4pm class. It’s been 3.5 weeks since I picked up a barbell and today seemed like a good day to try a few things. Scaled back the weight to keep it light.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 Machine
  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 Russian Kettlebell Swings (44#)
    • 5 MB Cleans (20#)
  • Power Snatch
    • 6×45#
    • 6×75
    • 3×95

Weightlifting

10:00 EMOM

  • 3 Power Snatches (115#)

Felt good to move some weight.

Conditioning

E3M – 6 Rounds

  • 10-15 Push Jerks (95#)
  • 10-15 Toes to Bars
  • 10-15 Hang Power Cleans (95#)
  • 10-15 Handstand Push-ups

The Rx weight was 115 pounds and the notes said Rx+ should add 1 rep to the movements each round. My plan was to stick to 10s, keep the barbell movements unbroken and split up the gymnastics to 2×5 for each movement. I cruised through the first round in under 90 second and then Kinde says, “You guys should do Rx+.” I figured since that round went so well and I had scaled the weight I would give it a try. The first three rounds weren’t too bad, but after 13 got nasty!

After my first clean I went for the quick bounce method and my back did not agree, so I had to take the bar down to the knees on every rep and do a proper hang clean, which is much slower. I split all of the T2B up in 2 sets, 5-5, 6-5, 6-6, 7-6, 7-7, and 8-7. Was a bit surprised those felt so good and I wasn’t wearing my grips. Cleans were all unbroken. For HSPU I think I did 10, 11, 6-6, 5-4-4, 5-5-4, and 5-5-5. I missed the 3 minute clock in the 5th round, after finishing the HSPU I had to go straight to the jerks and split that 8-7, otherwise every other round of jerks was unbroken. I got through the cleans a few seconds before the 18 minutes was up and then finished off my HSPU, which was probably in the 19:00-19:30 range.

75 HSPU is a lot, especially combined with 75 push jerks!

400 Sit-ups in 3 Days

Throughout yesterday I got sore in my quads, shoulders, core, lats, and biceps. Pretty much everywhere. I finally cleaned out my gym bag yesterday too.

After morning meetings at work I got on the bike.

Engine Builder – Speed

5 Rounds

  • 2:00 Airdyne
  • 30s Rest

I wanted to hold 87-90 RPM, because I had to go faster than I did for a straight 10 minutes, right?! Made it, but would like to be more consistent. Those 30 second rests were over in the blink of an eye. My calories were 90-84-82-85-89 (430 total) and 4.35 miles. I did an easy five minutes for 1.36 miles to cool down.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 400m Run
  • Front Rack Stretch
  • 10 Muscle Cleans (45#)
  • 10 High Hang Power Cleans (45#)
  • 10 Hang Power Cleans (45#)
  • 10 Power Cleans (45#)

Weightlifting

Power Cleans

  • 5×95#
  • 5×135
  • 3×165
  • 2×185
  • 8x2x205

No belt. Worked on not leading with my hips, which alleviated some pressure on my low back. Go figure!

Conditioning

20:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 20 cal Row
  • 20 Sit-ups

I was really excited (/sarcasm) for 200 more sit-ups after doing 200 on Sunday! My goal was to hold 1,500 cal/hr on the rower and I did it with ease. Average was probably 1,550-1,600. I was finishing the row in 46-47 seconds each round and pushed the last one to finish in 43 seconds. I was barely even breathing heavy when I got off the ground after sit-ups each round. I actually felt pretty good with these smaller sets of sit-ups and did them in 30-31 seconds every round.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 12/12 Single Leg Hip Thrusts
  • 15 Reverse Hypers (90#)

Definitely got a low back pump from the RHs.

Back Survives Powers

The outside of my pecs and my shoulders were fairly sore from Wednesday. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Row (1,200m)
  • 2 Rounds
    • 15 PVC Passes
    • 15 Air Squats

Weightlifting

Power Cleans

  • 10×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×115
  • 2×135
  • 2×155
  • 2×175
  • 2×190
  • 2×205

I think I put on the belt for 190 and 205.

Conditioning

  • 400m Run
  • 9 Power Cleans (205#)
  • 400m Run
  • 6 Power Cleans (205#)
  • 400m Run
  • 3 Power Cleans (205#)

Kept the belt on for this. Ran at a pretty good pace, right ahead of a runner the entire time. I was able to pick the bar back up pretty quickly after each rep. Finished in 8:15.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 10 GHRs (red band)
  • 20 Banded Pull-throughs (green band)
  • 40/40s Single Leg Stands (squeeze glute)

When I was testing out the glute hame raises I could feel them in my back a bit, so I knew I wasn’t keeping a solid position. Tried without a band, then the tiny orange, and finally settled on the red. I even used my hands to push off a little on the pad. Probably should tell me something that GHRs have always been a huge weakness for me.

I should probably also get in one of the Engine Builder workouts today, especially with the 95% recovery score in WHOOP, but I’ll do it tomorrow.

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Got this new pair of kicks, the Speed TR Flexweave. The Speed TRs have been my favorite style of shoes over the last couple of years and these are even better. Felt great lifting and running.

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!

19.2 is Essentially 16.2

Got Taco Bell yesterday for lunch on my rest day to remember a friend and I felt terrible the rest of the day. Got a headache stomach was rolling. It was almost 1,800 calories so I ended up skipping dinner.

With the close of scoring for 19.1, I ended up with a better ranking than any of my 2018 efforts. I always base my rankings on the number of men who have completed the workout, not sign-ups.

Men’s Open Division
18,894 / 178,021 – Top 10.6%

Men’s 35-39
2,854 / 36,083 – Top 7.9%

A group of us went over to CrossFit Bay City to throwdown tonight at 6pm, which is later than I’m used to for a workout.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • 20 Double Unders
  • 10 Kip Swings
  • 500m Row
  • Squat Cleans
    • 5-10 @ 45#
    • 5 @ 95#

Conditioning

CrossFit Games Open Workout 19.2

Same as 16.2, but everyone gets at least eight minutes this year instead of possibly getting cut off after 4 minutes.

  • Beginning on an 8-minute clock, complete as many reps as possible of:
    • 25 Toes to Bar
    • 50 Double Unders
    • 15 Squat Cleans (135#)
    • 25 Toes to Bar
    • 50 Double Unders
    • 13 Squat Cleans (185#)
  • If completed before 8 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
    • 25 Toes to Bar
    • 50 Double Unders
    • 11 Squat Cleans (225#)
  • If completed before 12 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
    • 25 Toes to Bar
    • 50 Double Unders
    • 9 Squat Cleans (275#)
  • If completed before 16 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
    • 25 Toes to Bar
    • 50 Double Unders
    • 7 Squat Cleans (315#)
  • Stop at 20 minutes.

In 2016 I had about five minutes to work on the 3rd round and I finished the double unders with 6 seconds to spare, so I didn’t even touch 225 pounds. Back then I did 11-8-6 T2B, round two was 5-5-??, and round three was mostly slow singles which killed my chances. I completely blew up. I’ve been doing mostly sets of fives toes to bars in training, which allows me to go deep in workouts, so that was the plan this time. Even if it takes an extra 10-20 seconds in round one I figured I’d get it back in round two and hopefully have some hip flexors left in the tank for round three. My T2B endurance is a lot better now and I’m 10 pounds lighter.

I was a lot more worried about the squat cleans this time because we haven’t been squatting heavy at the gym. Maybe the 135# thruster workouts we’ve done on Sundays will help though. On the bright side hopefully this means we don’t have squat snatches this year. 🙂

In 2016 there wasn’t a 35-39 master’s division yet, but according to the BTWB data for 16.2, finishing the 3rd round of double unders should get a top 10% ranking. I really wanted to hit that 225 pound bar this year.

Felt good starting off with 5×5 T2B and did them in under a minute, which surprised me. I think I missed once on my dubs. The cleans felt ok and I was done with them at 3:25 I think, so about 30 seconds slower than 2016. I was hoping for something near 3:30 so that went according to plan. 5×5 in round two felt good again. My double unders weren’t so great. I think I had just over 2 minutes left for the cleans and finished them 10-15 seconds to spare, which is slower than I wanted. Those cleans wiped me out! My hip flexors were shot and I couldn’t do anything more than single toes to bar in round three. My hips were hurting to just stand! Finished them at 11:01, missed a bunch of double unders, and finished them right as time expired.

So I got 253 again, with a tiebreak six seconds worse. Still didn’t get to touch the 225 pound bar. I did not feel good and quickly got a headache. I had my belt on loose and then tightened it up for the 185. Didn’t wear any grips.

A bit disappointed, but I need to be fitter. Simple as that. My T2B felt great, but those 185 pound squat cleans blew me up. Need to start hitting heavy weights again.

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Turn Out

Went out for a huge dinner at the Japanese steakhouse last night. Not sure it counts as a full-on cheat meal because it was pretty much all whole foods, other than the green tea ice cream. It’s an insane amount of food and some of the sauces probably weren’t great.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 Row
  • 5/5 wrist circles
  • 10 elbow punches
  • 5 inch worms
  • 10 clean deadlifts (45#)
  • 20 mountain climbers
  • 5 high hand clean pulls (45#)
  • 5 hang muscle cleans (45#)
  • 10 alt cossack squats
  • 5 power cleans (45#)
  • 10 lateral jumps
  • 5 power cleans (95#)
  • 3 power cleans (115#)

Weightlifting

10:00 EMOM – Power Cleans

  • 3×135#
  • 3×155
  • 3×165
  • 3×175
  • 3×185
  • 5x3x205

Screwed up with going to 165 when I should have gone to 175 so then I’d naturally get to 195. Instead I figured it out right before it was time to start the 5 working sets and had to make the 20 pound jump. Did every set touch-n-go. Tighted up the belt with 165 I think.

Conditioning

30-20-10

  • Burpees Over the Bar
  • Power Cleans (135#)

Flew on the burpees to get a really nice lead and was able to catch up during the 20 burpees as well. Went with two sets of five but then bitched out, doing singles for the last 20 and all singles for the set of 20. Thought I might be able to get through 10 unbroken, but at four I knew I wouldn’t make it so did 2×5. Finished in 9:10.

So many cleans today! Oh, I wore a glove on my right hand to protect where the blister was yesterday. I prefer to keep the skin on it as long as possible because it helps with healing.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 10 Evil Wheels

These are really easy now at my lighter weight. Maybe I’ll start adding a pause at extension; I’ve done that before and it definitely ups the difficulty.

Skill

Asked Molly for some tips and she gave me a few things to work on. Turning my hands out made a huge difference and I was consistently able to go five feet on the open floor. I tried doing some one arm holding on the wall but it’s really hard for me to lift one arm up and then hold unless I’m doing shoulder taps.

My wrists and forearms started to burn from all the attempts, which was more volume than I’ve been doing. I was just so excited to finally be getting five feet at a time.