Near Perfection

On Monday I golfed 18 in a cart. Was feeling sick during the NCAA Championship game, started puking in overtime, and was up all night. Tuesday morning I was able to stomach food, but had a bad headache and was exhausted all day. Took several naps and slept 10.5 hours that night. Still felt out of it and tired yesterday. Feeling good and back to work this morning.

Quick trip out to the garage in the late morning.

Warm-up

3:00 Row (750m)

Paced the minutes at 2:05-2:00-1:55.

Engine Builder – Anaerobic

8 Rounds

  • 30s Row
  • 2:30 Rest

I got 17-17-18-18-18-19-19-19 calories and 173-170-177-177-177-178-178-178 meters. Five calories and 23 meters more than a month ago. Can really feel things loosen up and get the feel for the speed after a couple of intervals. Maybe I should warm up more. Not sure what happened in that second one though, where the distance dropped; I felt like I got up to speed quickly and averaged a better pace than the first.

Today’s workout at the gym was rowing intervals with air squats, so I stayed home to save travel time and get more done at work after two sick days. Allowed me to get in a little gymnastics strength and catch up on another EB workout in the garage.

Warm-up

3:00 Ski Erg (665m)

Paced the minutes at 2:20-2:15-2:10.

Gymnastics Strength

  • 3:00 EMOM
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 3:00 EMOM
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 2:00 EMOM

Each working minute I did:

  • 5 Strict C2B Pull-ups
  • 10 Hand Release Push-ups

Been getting in a lot of strict pull-ups over the last month or so, but this got aggressive real quick!! I was planning on a straight 10 minute EMOM but there wasn’t enough rest. Saying they were all strict pull-ups would be generous because I definitely got some legs in there when I started to struggle. Wearing heavy sweat pants and a heavy hoody may have made a big difference here. Having to jump up to the bar in my garage in a bid deal too.

Engine Builder – Max Aerobic Power

15 Rounds

  • 1:00 Row
  • 1:00 Rest

Settled on a goal pace of 1:39/500m, which felt great and at the same time was a good challenge. I got exactly 25 calories every time and 303 meters every round except the 12th, when I got 304. Can’t ask for better consistency. Really good sweat after no workouts since Sunday.

Glute Work

My back is feeling a lot better. I’m not putting any load on it, so I stayed home from the gym. Out in the garage just before 4pm.

Engine Builder – Speed

3 Rounds

  • 4:00 Airdyne (AD2)
  • 90s Rest

My goal was ~85 RPM and it was a success. Calories per interval were 152-152-155.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 15 Hip Thrusts
  • 15 Banded Pull-throughs (green)

I learned that hip thrusts are when you elevate your torso on a bench or box, which gives you a deeper range of motion. First time trying pull-throughs and it takes a set or two to understand how to balance so you don’t keep tipping over backwards. Curious to see if my ass will be sore from these.

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 200m Ski Erg
  • 20 Plyo Lunges
  • 20 Alternating Leg V-ups

Quick one. I tried to get my pace down to 1:50/500m and hold there. Took me 7:51 to finish.

Motor Monday

My ass was starting to get sore from the lunges last night already and it’s kicking in today. My quads are feeling squats too.

Motor Monday

E2M 10 Rounds (alt)

  • 40 cal Airdyne (AD2)
  • 24 cal Ski Erg

After rowing for 19.1, I wanted to give the movement a rest in this week’s aerobic work. The idea with this one was 90 seconds of work and 30 seconds of rest for both machines, which was based on 73 RPM on the Airdyne and 960 cal/hr on the Ski Erg.

Steaming

I started getting a headache on Monday night and still had a bit of it when I woke up on Tuesday. This seems to be happening now that I’m pushing myself harder in workouts. My body definitely told me it was a rest day yesterday, though I did get exercise clearing snow several times throughout the day.

Today I decided to stay home and do a garage workout instead of being out on the roads. We got a lot of snow.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 200m Ski Erg
  • 10 Good Mornings (45#)
  • 5 Inchworms

Strength

Deadlift (Build to Workout Weight)

  • 10×45#
  • 10×135
  • 6×185
  • 3×225
  • 3×255

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 3 Deadlifts (275#)
  • 15 Thrusters (45#)
  • 12 Bar-facing Burpees

Came up with this based on the gym’s programmed workout which is an alternating EMOM of 3 heavy (athlete choice) deadlifts, 20 wall balls, and a 200m run (or 50 seconds of shuttle runs). Figured I’d get rid of the extra resting by making it a straight 5 rounds. No place for wall balls in the garage so empty bar thrusters sounded like a good swap. Obviously not running in the garage and wanted to get in more bar-facing burpees before the Open anyway.

I didn’t wear a belt in the warm-ups or the workout because it would get in the way for the burpees. Had thought about doing 315 when I first saw the gym’s workout, which probably would have been fine in the EMOM, but glad I cut back for this. I was resting too much before picking up the deadlift each time. Thrusters were at a controlled pace each round because the burpees were really jacking my heart rate. Was able to stick to my burpee technique and keep a pretty good pace every round on them. Finished in 11:01.

 

Accessory

DB Curl 21s

Remembered to stick to 7 reps for each part today. Did two sets with 15s and a set with 20s.

Skill

3:00 AMRAP

  • Double Unders

Started with 83 unbroken and had one or two other decent sets, but too many misses. Ended up with 253.

Triple Threat

I’m tight in a few areas from the last couple of days. Around 10:30 I took the car out of the garage, fired up the heater, and set out the machines. All I had so far for the day was a cup of coffee. I made my usual workout drink but there was no time in transitions to take a sip.

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40:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 12 cal Ski Erg
  • 16 cal Row
  • 20 cal Airdyne – AD2
  • 16 cal Row

I tried something different today and put on headphones and listened to Talking Elite Fitness¬†because the machines make too much noise to understand a podcast over the speaker. I generally don’t get in to audio podcasts and would much rather watch a video podcast, but it really helped me zone out; my eyes could focus on the pace and my mind could pay attention to what they were saying.

I only preheated the garage for 15-20 minutes, but it was enough since I would be doing all my work right there. Somewhere around the midpoint I turned off the heat and then it wasn’t much longer before I ditched my hoodie.

I did the maths last night so knew I had to average 960 cal/hr on the ski erg and 1,280 on the rower to finish in 45 seconds. Maybe a little aggressive for active recovery because I had to keep on the gas, but it felt good.

Slop Shoveling

Last night my quads started to feel more sore. In case I forgot, my ass is letting me know I lunged yesterday. Out in the garage in the late afternoon for some active recovery.

15 Rounds
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  • 1:30 cal Ski Erg
  • 1:30 cal Airdyne (AD2)

There was about 10 seconds of transition time between machines, especially writing down my ski calories. I totaled 314 there (each round shown in the picture) and 520 on the Airdyne. I really enjoyed that actually and it’s refreshing to do cardio like that in the cold garage; I haven’t been heating it up for these sessions.

Headed outside after and shoveled the sloppy driveway after 3″ of snow last night and rain during the day.

Ski & Bike

Busy day, but made time in the afternoon for some active recovery.

4 Rounds

  • 5:00 Ski Erg
  • 15s Rest
  • 5:00 Airdyne
  • 15s Rest

The rest was essentially just transition as I wrote down my score and jumped on the other machine. I did 1,089, 1,096, 1,113, and 1,123 meters on the skier, and 1.64, 1.67, 1.70, and 1.76 miles on the Airdyne. Fell in to a good feel and was able to pick up the pace each round.