Bact At It

I did not want to get out of bed this morning. After some short nights of sleep in Las Vegas, it felt great to be back to my apartment and getting a full night of sleep. It was great to have a few complete rest days from working out, but now I have to hit it hard to work off the brunch buffet I dominated 3 days in a row.

Warm-up

2x

  • 10 PVC OHS
  • 10 KBS
  • 10 Push-ups
  • 10 GHD Sit-ups
  • 10 Hip Extensions

I used a 53# KB for the swings.

Strength

3 Sets

  • 8-10 Bulgarian Split Squats, 3-0-X-0 tempo
  • 30s Rest
  • 8-10 SA Trap 3 Raises, 2-1-1-1 tempo
  • 30s Rest

For the split squats I held 25# DBs and used a 10# DB for the Trap Raises. This little strength session was harder than it looks, especially after 3 days of unhealthy eating and little sleep. I think I was also dehydrated from the weekend because I was peeing yellow this morning and started to get a headache (different from the headaches I’ve been getting with DUs) towards the end of this.

WOD

3 Rounds

  • 15 DB Thrusters
  • 400m Run

My quads had just recovered from the 150 wall balls, so of course today’s WOD would involve thrusters! I used 35# DBs, which was a challenge. I finished in 8:52. I was definitely not feeling like myself today, especially during the runs. Tomorrow is another day.

Always Something New

I’ve been working out at CrossFit Full Strength for two and a half months now and I still end up doing some movement or new stretch I’ve never done at least once or twice a week. “Constantly varied” is exactly right when it comes to CrossFit. My legs are sore from back squats and particularly my inner thighs. Feels so good though!

Last night I did a bit of DU practice and I’m able to string together streaks consistently now. I don’t even start with singles first, which I think has helped. Start spinning that rope, but don’t jump for the first time until the rope is about to reach your feet and then start the fast wrist action and get right into doubles. Once again though, the headache came on while doing them. I’ve been doing some neck mobility a couple of times a day to try and loosen things up.

Warm-up

  • 2x
    • PVC Shoulder Mobility
    • 10 PVC OHS
    • 3 Groiners (each leg)
  • 400m Run

Strength

5 Sets

  • 8-10 DB Russian Step-ups (each leg)
  • 15s Rest
  • 30-45s Side Planks (each side)
  • 45s Rest

Russian step-ups are something new to me. I used a 24 inch box and 30# DBs, while doing 10 per leg in each set. I’m going to be feeling those for a few days. For the side planks I went a full 45 seconds on each side. You wouldn’t think it, but this work got me dripping with sweat.

Update: An hour and a half later I can barely walk. The Russian step-ups really worked the hamstrings.

WOD

12m AMRAP

  • 6 HSPUs
  • 9 Ring Dips
  • 12 HR Push-ups

Push, push, and push some more. This WOD was all about fatigue in the push motion. After the first round there wasn’t much left in the tank. More time was spending resting than working, but I was still out of breath at the end. For the HSPU sI used 2 AbMats because I die quickly using 1 and I knew it was going to be an issue with 2. The ring dips and HR push-ups were Rx. After round 1 I had to do a lot of kipping on the HSPUs. At the end I managed to get through 3 rounds plus 3 HSPUs.

Open workout 12.4 gets announced later today and I’m going to do it tomorrow morning because I’m driving up to Las Vegas for the weekend right after. My prediction is that we’ll see deadlifts, DUs, and a body weight movement such as HSPUs, HR Push-ups, or muscle-ups. But… I’m hoping I’m wrong on those last 3 because of today’s WOD.

Speaking of muscle-ups… I’ve been toying around with them a bit before and after classes this week. Today we set a rack with a band around the dip bars right under the rings. I stood on the band, got my false grip on the rings and completed an assisted muscle-up on my second attempt! I was done there though because of how dead my shoulders were from the WOD. I’m going to have these down before I head back to Michigan.

Maybe My Favorite WOD

Feeling good this morning.

Warm-up

  • 600m Run
  • 2x
    • 3 World’s Greatest Stretch (each side)
    • 10 Burpees

I got a little headache during the warm-up. I wonder if the pre-workout drink I started taking has something to do with it.

Strength

4 Sets

  • 2-3 Back Squat, 3-0-X-1 tempo
  • 20s Rest
  • 15 KBS
  • 3m Rest

Did one warm-up set of back squats at 135#. Then used 185#, 200#, 210#, and 220# for the working sets and was able to get 3 reps each set. For the first time I didn’t feel like I was tipping forward when I started to come up. 3 reps at 220# beats my previous best of 1 rep there. I used the 70# KB for the first time today. It was an ass kicker, but I got through each set unbroken.

WOD

4 Rounds, 2m each round, 2m rest between rounds

  • 250m Row
  • MAX Squat Cleans with remaining time

This might be my favorite WOD I’ve done since starting CrossFit. Going straight from the row to squat cleans was a killer on the quads. I finished the row in less than a minute each round and then used 115# on the bar. Knocked out 7, 6, 5, and 6 squat cleans during the rounds. I should have been able to get 6 in round 3 as well, but I gave up on myself with 6 seconds left on the clock. Should have been just enough time for one last rep. I made sure not to let that happen again in the last round.

Lotsa DUs

My entire body is still sore from the open workout. Olympic lifting class was switched from 4pm on Sundays to noon, which works out much better for planning out the day. I can get up at my usual time and either go for a hike or hit the 9am class. Then there is enough time to get breakfast and run an errand or two. After the Olympic class I can get in a round of twilight golf. Perfect!

Today I went to the 9am class because a nice cardio blaster was scheduled in the programming and it would take care of my DU practice for the day.

3 Rounds

  • 500m Row
  • 100 DUs
  • 400m Run

I finished in 22:13. I was able to do a lot 10+ DU streaks and overall it was the best I’ve done DUs in a WOD. All of the practice is paying off. When I do so many DUs I start to get a headache though. This has been happening even when I practice them. After some Google-ing it seems to be an issue with head position, which would make sense because my neck seems to be getting tighter and tighter from CrossFit. I’ll have to find something from the MobilityWOD to help loosen it up.

John is starting to run the Olympic lifting class more open so everyone can choose what they want to work on. I chose to start with overhead squats because of my strength weakness there and I’ve always felt tipsy holding that weight overhead so long. I did some warm-up rounds with the bar and then started working my way up with 75#, 95#, 105#, and 115# for 4-5 reps. 115# was a new PR and it felt good, so I went for one last round with 125# and knocked out 3 reps. I’m going to have to buy some wrist straps because I could really feel it as the weight got heavier.

The other gals had moved on to split jerks so I worked on those as well. I didn’t get up to anything too heavy. Mainly worked with the bar, 75#, 95#, and 115# to focus on technique. My leg positions in the split are getting better. Still only 3 people showed up today. I can’t believe more people don’t want to take advantage of this class.

While we were working on our Olympic stuff, the gym owner, Gayle did the open workout again and did nearly 2 more rounds than her first attempt. She was flying through it. Pretty amazing to watch!

Triple 8 Minute AMRAPs

Final results are in for workout 12.2 of the 2012 CrossFit Games Open. For the snatch workout I finished 1,703rd out of 2,125 in the South West region and 23,604th out of 31,287 in the world. That puts me in 1,624th place in the region and 23,040th in the world after 2 workouts. I dropped in both rankings, but heavy weights are not my thing compared to most of these guys. I’ve only been doing workouts with barbells for 2 months of my 4 month CrossFit journey!

The deadlifts hit me a bit harder today. Pretty sore in my legs and lower back. I can feel all of the pull-up work we did yesterday in my shoulders and upper back too. Or maybe I’m just getting old!

When I saw today’s workout I had mixed feelings. No strength work, but three metcons. Interesting to say the least. From the pull-ups and T2B I knew today had the potential to wreak havok on my hands, and it did.

Warm-up

  • Stretch
  • 600m Run

Rest 8 minutes between AMRAPs.

WOD #1

8m AMRAP

  • 250m Row
  • 5 HSPUs
  • 10 Thrusters

I flew through the first row, knocked out the HSPUs using 1 AbMat, and did the thrusters unbroken at 95#. Second row went well too, but then I hit the HSPUs and got stuck. The first two were ok, but I had a lot of trouble with the next three. Tried kipping them out with some success, but I took me a long time and I fell off the pace. All that work wore me out for the thrusters and I had to break them up into small sets. I managed to get out the final row just before the time ran out. So I completed 2 rounds plus 250m of rowing.

WOD #2

8m AMRAP

  • 40 DUs
  • 20 HR Push-ups
  • 10 Pull-ups

DUs, I own you! I started off with a streak of 20+ and thought, “This is easy.” Haha! I fell off the pace a bit, but this was the first WOD where I didn’t suffer too much from DUs. I kept my head and tried to relax, which really helped with my rhythm. The second round of HR Push-ups were tough. In the second round I set a new PR by getting all 10 pull-ups in a row by kipping. I have a nice wound to show for it as you can see in the picture. I only tore up my left hand this time and it’s under a different finger than the first time I tore up my hands. Funny thing is, that was exactly one month ago. I sure hope the Open workout doesn’t require anything on the bar because I don’t know what I’ll do. I finished 2 rounds plus 14 DUs for this WOD.

WOD #3

8m AMRAP

  • 20 Box Jumps
  • 15 T2B
  • 10 Ring Dips

I used a 24in box for the jumps and substituted GHDs for the T2B since my hand was already tore up. I didn’t substitute anything for any of the ring dips today. I finished 2 rounds plus 20 box jumps, 15 GHD, and 2 ring dips.

Once everything was all said and done, that was a pretty cool program for today. I really love how they switch things up at the box. I’m going to miss the programming when I head back to Michigan, but I’m excited that the box back home is making a lot of changes and going to become a CrossFit affiliate this summer. Damn, I love this shit!

Deadlift Soreness

My legs and back are really sore from RDLs on Sunday and deadlifts yesterday. I used the foam roller for the first time today. Wow it really brings everything out in those sore areas.

Warm-up

  • 600m Run
  • 3 rounds
    • 10 PVC Shoulder Pass-thrus w/ shrug
    • 15s Dead Hang
    • 30s Plank (on hands)

First time doing a dead hang during class. Focus for them is on keeping the shoulder engaged. I think it was also the first time I had done planks on my hands.

Strength

4 Sets

  • 2-3 Weighted Pull-ups, 2-1-X-0 tempo
  • 20s Rest
  • MAX Strict Pull-ups, 2-0-X-0 tempo
  • 20s Rest
  • 30-45s L-Sit (cumulative)
  • 2m Rest

I really struggled with the strength work today. I used an 18# KB for the weighted pull-ups and was able to get 2 or 3 each round. But that completely knocked me out for doing strict pull-ups. It was an adventure trying to get 2 or 3 of those with such a short rest. I did the L-Sits on PVC parallettes with my knees slightly bent and tried to get 10-15 seconds at a time.

WOD

In teams of 2, complete the reps however you want, but you must run together.
4 Rounds

  • 12 DB Renegade Rows
  • 400m Run

I paired up with Dominic, who I hadn’t met before. We split up the renegade rows by each doing 6 in each round. I used 25# DBs but should have used 30s. We finished first in 11:43. My endurance is improving a lot lately. I really pushed my pace in the 3rd and 4th rounds.

I took out the jump rope after a rest and knocked out a couple of good DU streaks. Didn’t try more than a minute. I’ll do a longer practice session on them tonight. Last night while looking for tips on DUs, I found a great video for progressing through DUs, from Again Faster. Check it out.

http://vimeo.com/2969537

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.