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.

Sore Shoulders

Forgot that I posted about weeks 3-4 of my calorie counting yesterday.

My bis and tris seemed to feel fine from yesterday. Until I got in to today’s work.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 6×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×195
  • 3×215
  • 3×225
  • 3×235

Definitely started to feel some of the fatigue from Friday and Saturday as I got deeper in to the sets. Happy to hit that because it was back on July 31st I barely got 235 for a single!

Conditioning

7:00 AMRAP

  • 10 C2B Pull-ups
  • 5 Hang Squat Cleans (115#)
  • 5 Push Jerks (115#)

I warmed up with 45 and 95 pounds. Did the chest-to-bars in 2×5 each round. My first round was under a minute and I knew that wouldn’t last. Shoulders really felt the fatigue in the 2nd or 3rd round. Made it through 5+6.

Midline

4 Rounds

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

Haven’t done our favorite ab workout in months so I thought it would be a good test after all of the higher volume stuff we’ve been doing on Sundays. My last round wasn’t pretty, but I finally completed all 4 rounds without breaking it up. My time was 6:08.

Skill

Spent some time working on my balance and handstand walk practice.

Sandbag It

My hamstrings were getting sore yesterday too. My quads, hammies, and glutes are all still sore today.

Warm-up

  • 2 Rounds
    • 40 Jumping Jacks
    • 10 Deadlifts (45#)
    • 30 Mountain Climbers
    • 16 Elbow Punches
    • 20 Alt. V-ups
    • 10 Back Squats (45#)
  • 7 Hang Muscle Clean (45#)
  • 7 Hang Power Clean (45#)
  • 5 Hang Power Clean
  • 5 Back Racks (45#)
  • E90S
    • 8 Hang Power Cleans + 8 Back Squats (65#)
    • 6 Hang Power Cleans + 6 Back Squats (95#)
    • 4 Hang Power Cleans + 4 Back Squats (125#)
    • 3 Hang Power Cleans + 3 Back Squats (155#)
    • 3 Hang Power Cleans + 3 Back Squats (175#)

Quickly decided I didn’t want to try 155# for the workout.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 1:00 Run around gym
  • 10 Hang Power Cleans (135#)
  • 10 Back Squats (135#)

Since we’re obviously not running outside we did a minute run around in the gym instead of 200 meters. Generally I don’t like when a cardio movement is subbed in as a timed piece, because there is no real incentive (other than improving your running) to run faster because a minute will always take a minute. I’m really good at sandbagging runs. 🙂 I’d rather work on my endurance with the barbell anyway since the Open has never had any type of running.

I did eight hang power cleans, dropped it, did the other two and transferred it to my back for all ten squats. Wore my belt the entire time, so was tightening and loosening it. Got through 6 rounds, the run, and the cleans.

Midline & Skill

5 Sets

  • 6 Evil Wheels
  • HS Walk Practice

Got some good tips from another member. My hands are too wide, probably from being used to wider stance for HSPU. Need to keep practicing with the Open coming up.

Keep Squatting

I was messed up for the rest of the day yesterday and wanted to eat all the things. Stuck to my macros though. Woke up with a sore chest and by lunch my legs were starting to get sore. I have a feeling tomorrow is going to be rough. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 4 Rounds
    • 10 MB Hang Cleans (20#)
    • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 5 Front Squats (45#)
  • 5 High Pulls (45#)
  • 5 Hang Muscle Cleans (45#)
  • 5 Hang Power Cleans (45#)
  • 5 Hang Squat Cleans (45#)

Like I didn’t do enough squats with the medicine ball yesterday!

Weightlifiting

Hang Squat Clean

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×115
  • 5×135
  • 5×155
  • 5×175

Worked up to a moderate weight or basically something heavier than we planned to use in the workout.

Conditioning

  • 12-10-8-6-4 Hang Squat Cleans (155#)
  • 12 Burpees to 6″ Target

Decided I’d try to get the cleans done in 2 sets every round, so I split the reps in half. Made it and did the set of 4 unbroken. Just kept moving on the burpees and then picked up the pace in the final round. I wore my belt for this one, loosening it and turning the buckle towards the back for the burpees. Finished in 11:08. Glad I went with the Rx weight instead of scaling back. The issue was breathing with that front rack position and the burpees bumping up the heart rate.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 25 Weighted Sit-ups (30# DB)

Big 11.5 PR

My legs were actually heavy last night and this morning from the cardio I did. Made Kodiak Cakes this morning to load up on carbs for the long metcon today.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165
  • 5×185
  • 5×195
  • 5×205
  • 5×210
  • 5×215

An improvement over the last 5×5 in October.

Conditioning

Open 11.5
20:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Power Cleans (145/100#)
  • 10 T2B
  • 15 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

The Open is right around the corner, so it’s time to start pushing the conditioning. I’ve only attempted this workout once and it was three years ago. I got through 9+12 then by doing 4-3-3 on all of the toes to bars, so my goal was 10+ rounds for today.

I got out ahead of a 2:00 pace early and gave myself over a minute to play with after 4 rounds I think. Then I seemed to hold a 2:00 pace for several rounds, before starting to trail in the last couple of rounds. I did all single power cleans again. T2B were all 5-5 and I played around with my technique. If I keep my legs tighter and really get my shoulders through in the kip they are so much smoother. I made myself zone out on the wall balls to keep every round unbroken.

Finished with 10+9 for almost a full round PR. Chalk up another 2019 PR! Amazing how the body can keep improving at 39 years old when it’s healthy. The score of 309 ranks in the 94th percentile for all men on BTWB. I don’t push like that very often. Was doing a good job of not resting much at all between movements.