Treadmill Run Attempt

I didn’t get much sleep last night. Was wide awake at 6:30 so got out of bed after already laying there for a good 45 minutes. My left calf is sore. I guess it could be from intervals or the jump rope yesterday. I played 18 holes of golf, but rode in a cart since they didn’t allow walking on that course on weekends.

I wanted to go for a hike, but Duke and North Carolina were playing, so I watched the game instead. During halftime, I went outside and practiced DUs for 10 minutes. Couldn’t get a rhythm going and barely got more than a few streaked together. Just when I was making progress, I run into a brick wall again.

After the game, I went over to the gym in the apartment complex and jumped on the treadmill. I was planning to do a slow 30 minutes, but the cushioning in my left shoe came loose and kept sliding back towards my ankle. I’ve had this pair of Inov-8 F-Lite 230’s for about 4 months now, but haven’t been wearing them much since I bought the Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 CrossFit shoe. Because of the setback with the shoe, I only managed 7 minutes on the treadmill so then I did 30 minutes on the stationary bike.

No Pain, No Gain

I’m still a bit sore from the snatch workout that was Open workout 12.2. I’ve been tempted after both of the first workouts to try them again, but talk myself out of it. I have no shot at advancing to regionals and very little chance of helping our box’s team by being one of the top 3 men in a workout. I’m doing this to push myself and one shot at each workout is enough. I know I could do better and learn from mistakes I make in the first attempt, but I’ll take that knowledge into the class workouts instead.

I just got done with about 15 minutes of DU practice and a run. I started to get a headache from so much jumping! I set a new PR with 33 DUs in a row and I’m stringing together streaks more consistently. Jumping a bit higher is really paying off. I’m still taking a beating from the rope though. As you can see in the picture, today it was my hands.

I did Tabata intervals and ran 1.74 miles in 15:21. I covered about 0.63 miles during the actual interval portion which is nearly identical to the last time I ran them. I didn’t feel quite as good today.

After I got done running, I jumped for about another minute to see how I would do fatigued and I knocked out 17 in a row. That was a good note to end on.

DU Practice Makes Progress

My body feels like it was hit by a bus. All of those failed attempts at 135# snatches took a toll on my shoulders and back.

I’m going to try and get at least 5-10 minutes of DU practice every day until I can knock them out consistently. If I’m in for a CrossFit class, I’ll work on them before class, otherwise I’ll get out to the parking lot here at my apartment.

Today’s practice started out pretty rough. I tried going back to single-single-double-single-single-double, but couldn’t find a rhythm. After a few minutes I started working on a higher jump for singles to get the feel for it. I had to slow the rope done quite a bit for these, but they felt like I was on to something. It didn’t take more than a minute or so for these to feel comfortable, so after starting with 2-3 high jump singles I shifted to doubles. I knocked out 16 in a row. Shortly after I did 12 in a row. Not too much later, a new PR with 26 in a row! I think I found my key. I did a few more and called it a day.

Great progress for the first day of DU practice. I bet the CrossFit Games Open workouts are going to have DUs next week or the week after so I have time.

Double CrossFit Day

I’m sore in a lot of places from Monday and Tuesday WODs. I must be crazy, because I’m going to CrossFit twice today. It is a leap day, so might as well make the most of the extra day. Right? I could have skipped the morning class to rest up for the open workout, but I didn’t want to miss out on back squats since it’s been a couple of weeks since the last time we did them.

Warm-up

2 rounds

  • 45 Lateral Broadwalk steps with small band around ankles (each direction)
  • 15 Lateral Hip Extensions
  • 15s Lateral Hip Extension Holds
  • 15 Supermans

Those broadwalks really work the hip area. Surprises me every time we do them.

Strength

4 Sets

  • 6-8 Back Squats, 3-0-X-1 tempo
  • 90s Rest
  • 5 Scapular Wall Slide, 3-0-3-0 tempo
  • 90s Rest

For the back squats I did 115#, 135#, 165# and 185#. In the last set I could only get 4 reps. Taking 3 seconds to lower in the squat really wears you out.

WOD

12m AMRAP

  • 20 Walking Lunges
  • 10 Push-ups
  • 30 DUs

Fuck DUs! Who came up with this method of jumping rope? I still suck at them. I’m going to have to start practicing them every morning before class or something because doing them once or twice a week isn’t getting me any better. I spent at least 2-3 minutes of each round trying to get my DUs. Ideally it should take 30 seconds or so. While everyone else was getting 5, 6, 7 rounds in, I completed 3 plus 20 lunges, 10 push-ups, and 3 DUs. Terrible!

Check out the nice picture of my right elbow and arm. I’m literally whipping myself with the rope. I have similar whip marks on the top of both hands. I will master DUs before I head back to Michigan in April. New goal!

I’ll be back in the box later tonight to do Open workout 12.2. It was pretty rough last week doing 12.1 as the warm-up before class and since the owner/trainer Gayle (she’s tied for 55th woman in the world after 12.1!!) was looking for people to do it tonight with her, I figured I’ll try a new plan of attack. This also gives me zero time to think about the workout after it’s announced, which I think will be good. Get to the box, find out what the workout is, and get ‘er done!

Snatch It Up

Yeah… still that right ass tweak. I’ve figure out that going up against the wall with the tennis ball is easier than trying to do it on the floor.

Warm-up

3 rounds

  • 60s Flight simulator
  • 60s “Cindy”

I’d never heard of flight simulator so let me describe it. You start off by getting 5 unbroken DUs, then you do 10 unbroken, keep increasing by 5 once you do the previous number. The goal is to get up to 50 and then come back down. Obviously that’s impossible in this scenario because we’re only doing it for a total of 3 minutes. I’m still struggling with the DUs, and couldn’t string together a 10. For “Cindy” we started off where we had left off in the previous round. I completed 2 rounds plus 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, and 11 air squats.

Strength

On the minute for 10m

  • 1 Snatch
  • 1 Hang Snatch

This doesn’t seem all that bad, but the weight got heavy in the last couple of minutes. I used 95#, which is still the most I’ve attempted. I’m really liking the snatch and it’s such a cool feeling to take a weight from the ground all the way to overhead in one move.

WOD

10m AMRAP

  • 10 T2B
  • 10 Dips
  • 30 DUs

I didn’t do any scaling today. I did everything Rx because I knew I could use the DU practice (work on weaknesses right?) and it would mean less time ripping my hands doing T2B. I completed 2 rounds plus 10 T2B, 10 dips, and 11 DUs. At the beginning I tried doing kipping T2B but my body was swinging all over the place, so I slowed down and used a bit of a kipping motion to do one at a time and then reset myself. I did 5 ring dips in the first round because all of the racks were being used, then I switched over to the rack for the rest of the WOD. It took me around 2 minutes each round to get 30 DUs. Slow improvements on them. It’s so frustrating!

My legs are definitely sore today from the…

My legs are definitely sore today from the last two days of heavy lifting with back squats and deadlifts. My lower and middle back are ever a little sore. I worked on my right butt with the tennis back a couple of times yesterday and it seems to feel a little worse today, but maybe that means it’s improving. I can hope.

I had a golf lesson at 11 so couldn’t make it to the 9am class like I usually do. I checked out the workout and it included pull-ups and toes to bars (T2B) so I decided not to go to a night class. My hands are healing at a good pace and I don’t want to rip them wide open again so soon.

I decided to do a round of Tabata sprints since the last time I did them was December 8th in San Francisco. When I run these, I structure them like the following:

  • 5:00 Slow Warm-up
  • 8 rounds
    • 20s Sprint
    • 20s Slow
  • 5:00+ Slow Cool down (however much longer it takes to get back to my destination)

I ran for a total time of 14:35 over 1.76 miles. According to the RunKeeper logs I covered nearly 0.1 miles more than previous runs of this workout during the interval portion, which is about 15% improvement. I could really tell the difference in my conditioning during the second half of the sprints. Usually I’d be dying, but I was able to stick pick up to a pretty decent pace.

After the run I practiced DUs for 5-10 minutes and was consistently getting streaks of 5-10. Finally some progress! It’s been awhile since I did a max push-up test, so I did that after in my apartment after some rest and knocked out 36.

Back to the box in the morning for a class.

I Love the Deadlift

My legs are a little sore from back squatting yesterday, but not bad. Still having the tweak in my right ass cheek, but I talked to our trainer Emily and she gave me some things to work on the area.

Warm-up

  • 6 World’s Greatest Stretch (3 each leg)
  • 2 Sets
    • 10 Lateral Broadwalk with band (each leg)
    • 10 Band Push Press
    • 10 Single Leg Reach Stretch (each leg)

The flexibility in my hamstrings has improved a lot over the last month or so. I attribute it to some of the great warm-up stuff we do.

Strength

4 Sets

  • 5 Deadlifts, 2-0-X-1 tempo
  • 20s Rest
  • Max HSPU
  • 3m Rest

When I saw the workout I knew I wanted to shoot for PRs in both movements. The last time we did heavy deadlifts, I was able to do 260# three times and I still had some gas left in the tank. I did a warm-up set at 135# and then did 185#, 215#, 245#, and went big for 270# in the last set. For HSPUs, I only used 2 AbMats today. I was able to do 12, 9, 7, and 7 in the sets. Mission accomplished!

WOD

8:00 AMRAP

  • 15 KBS
  • 30 DUs

Double unders…my favorite. 🙂 My goal was to get 10-15 in each round and then move on. I was able to get 15 in each round and got a few streaks here and there. Much better than I have been doing. I used a 53# KB for the swings and was able to complete 4 rounds plus 15 KBS.

I might not be able to make it to a class tomorrow because I have a golf lesson. I’ll check out what the WOD is for the day and maybe run some sprint intervals outside instead.