Felt it Coming

Made it in for the 10am.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • 1-2-3-4-5
    • Burpee
    • Squat Jump
    • American KBS (35#)

Lifting

Power Snatch + OHS

  • 3×45#
  • 3×75
  • 3×95
  • 3×115
  • E90S – 5 Sets
    • 3×135

It’s been at least 2.5 weeks since I picked up a barbell for any olympic lifts. Felt pretty good. I taped some gauze on my hand and wore one of my Bear Complex grips to help protect it.

It was going to be the same E90S but with a squat clean + thruster next. I was warming up with 3 reps using 135# and my back was feeling like it might go, so I stripped the bar and bowed out before it turned into a full-on tweak. The overhead squats seem to aggravate it. 😦

Gymnastics

E90S – 5 Sets

  • 30s Handstand Hold

I did these while everyone was doing the cleans. Should have done at least 45 second holds.

Conditioning

Team with Jason and Gavin:

  • 9 Prowler Sprints (1 set 135# & 2 sets 180#)
  • 72 Burpee KB Thrusters (2×26#)
  • 800m Run

We didn’t time it. Rotated through the prowlers and then did sets of 8 burpee thrusters for 3 sets each. Felt pretty good on the run, but couldn’t stick with Gavin.

Out in the garage in the evening after mowing the lawn and watching some of the other Regionals.

Bench Press

donut-recovery

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×195
  • 3×215
  • 3x3x230
  • 3×20 alt Incline DB Bench Press (50#)

My bench press has been feeling really really good!

Shoulder Press

  • 8×95#
  • 4×115
  • 4×130
  • 3x4x140

Meh. Did the work, but was careful to squeeze with the minor back tweak this morning.

Tomorrow we are doing “J.T.” so I decided to skip the half kneeling kettlebell presses and tricep kickbacks. I also skipped one arm farmers carries due to my back.

 

Don’t Be Scared

Felt like was a useless piece of shit at work this morning, so I got out in the garage just after noon to sweat.

Hybrid Push Only

  • 3×10 Strict Pull-ups
  • 3×15 Rack Chins
  • 3×10 Strict Wide Grip Pull-ups
  • 3×15 DB Curls (20-25-25#)
  • 3×20 Shoulder IYTs (CS purple)

The wide grip variation is really hard for me. Done with that stuff in about 38 minutes.

Today’s Performance Plus workout was burpee pull-ups and IYTs. I think I’m covered on those! Just for fun, I put burpees in my metcon.

Conditioning

6 Rounds

  • 10 Thrusters (95#)
  • 10 Burpees
  • 200m Run Ski Erg

I was dreading this since I came up with it last night. Several times this morning I even tried to convince myself I should adjust to something easier. I decided if I was that afraid of it, I should stick to it and grind away. It started raining as I was changing clothes and I’m delicate, so on the Ski Erg it was. 😀

Even during my rest between sets of the pull-up stuff I kept trying to think myself out of it. “Maybe I’ll just do it EMOM style.” Then I got to thinking 18 minutes may actually be a decent time. I knew one thing, I was going to do the thrusters unbroken today since I was alone and didn’t care much about my time.

Wasn’t hard at all to keep the thrusters to a set of 10 each round. Right into burpees, but they were of course slow. Was getting a pace of about 2:15/500m on the erg. Finished at 15:02 and realized it wasn’t as bad as I expected. Running would have definitely taken longer.

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Winner Winner

Rest day yesterday and really needed it. MOAR sore! Couldn’t straighten my arms and they still don’t want to go straight today. I knew that damn pegboard would get me, especially a day after doing 100 pull-ups.

This morning after seeing a contest for a book on Concept2’s Twitter account, I quickly hopped out to the garage on the Ski Erg.

I took me 3 attempts! Turns out it’s not easy at all to only go a few meters when you need to. I still won though.

I have a pretty good history with Twitter book contests! 😉

Had a chiro appointment, got to the gym early to warm-up with my rehab stuff, and then did the 5:30 class.

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 15 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • 100′ Single-arm Front Rack KB Carry – Right (50#)
  • 10 Single-arm Front Squats – Right (50#)
  • 100′ Single-arm Front Rack KB Carry – Left (50#)
  • 10 Single-arm Front Squats – Left (50#)
  • 10/10 Single-arm Single-leg RDL (50#)

Turns out 50# was a lot tougher than 44#. Could start to feel the fatigue when doing the carry and squats back to back.

Strength

Deficit Deadlifts – on 55# Competition Plate

  • 10×45#
  • 5×155
  • 5×205
  • 5×255
  • 5x5x285

Did these instead of the front squats programmed for class. Increase of 10# over last week. No belt today though. All with a neutral grip, which got rough on the last 2 sets.

Conditioning

21-15-9

  • Thruster (95#)
  • H2H KBS (53#)
  • GHD Sit-up

I substituted the hand-to-hand swings to keep getting in unilateral work and I’ve done enough sit-ups lately so I did GHDs. Seems like I haven’t done them in months! Finished in 6:27 going unbroken on everything.

Skill

8 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s Double Unders
  • 10s Rest

I missed my first rep! Then my shoe came untied going into the 3rd round so I got a 0 on that round. I always double tie my shoes but didn’t for some reason today. :-/ Managed 231 reps and had too many misses to set a PR anyway.

17.5

Today was finally the day!

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Ski Erg (1,117 m)
  • 10 Thrusters (45#)
  • 20 DU
  • 10 Thrusters (75#)
  • 20 DU

Then I took my sweet time procrastinating before I started the clock. Flying solo in the garage isn’t easy for something like this.

CrossFit Games Open Workout 17.5

10 Rounds

  • 9 Thrusters (95#)
  • 35 Double Unders

Nobody wanted to listen, but I had told many during the Open that breaking up the thrusters would be smart. The workout is designed to make you think you have to do them unbroken, but most of us aren’t Regional level competitors (or even close). My plan all along was to go 5-4 with short planned rest. I did do the final round unbroken. Once I got to the bar after dubs or after my set of 5 I did a quick count to 3 and then it was time to pick the bar up. Worked out great and I was able to keep what felt like a steady pace, other than my misses with the rope. Finished in 13:28, which I’m excited about. Based off of friends’ scores we figured I’d be in the 14-15 minute range. I actually really liked that one and look forward to the next time.

No looping in this video!

With a video of course I had to geek out on some data.

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Consistent throughout. A better double under day, even limited to 1 miss per round, would have saved 20-30 seconds. I’m really proud of how I stuck to the strict rest between all thruster sets. Usually it’s too easy to take an extra few seconds here and there, which adds up to a lot.

Was bummed not to be able to get this in officially during the Open, especially after it went pretty well today. Had to tally up where I might have placed. For the workout I would have been 24,526 / 148,468 (16.5%) in the Open division and 3,147 / 28,206 (11.2%) in the Masters 35-39 division. Overall through the 5 weeks I would have had 139,975 points in the Open division, raking me 20,616 / 201,951 (10.2%) and 18,825 points in the Masters 35-39 division for 2,455 / 38,106 (6.4%). Definitely my best fitness level to date! So close to that top 10%! Each year when I calculate, I base the % off of people who have submitted at least one score.

Back to my workout… After resting a bit, I wanted to get in some strength work from the PT.

Deficit Deadlifts

  • 10×95#
  • 5×135
  • 5×185
  • 5×225
  • 5x5x255

I stood on 45# competition plates. Good place to start with the loading. Wonder if I’ll feel these tomorrow.

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No Joke

Abs and quads are still sore, but feeling pretty good. Went to the 10am class ready to lift some weight.

Warm-up

  • 800m Row
  • 3 Sets
    • 30s Bar Hang
    • 10 HR Push-ups

Gymnastics

3 Cycles

  • 1:00 T2B
  • 2:00 Rest

I did 5×5 the first two cycles and then 3×5 with 5×1 for a total of 70 toes-to-bars! I could tell the wall was coming and I hit it head on after 65 reps.

Conditioning

“Fran”
21-15-9

  • Thruster (75#)
  • Pull-ups

Nope, not an April Fool’s joke!

For some dumb reason I thought I had 65# on the bar until after I was done and Alex mentioned the weight. No issues with the weight. My shoulders were pretty fried from the T2B though so I had to break up pull-ups from the start, going 3×7 and then 8-7 on the 15. I did the 9 unbroken to finish and did all of the thrusters unbroken. Not a good time (4:21), but I’m back. 🙂

Midline

  • 100 Sit-ups

Wasn’t going to be pretty after the T2B. Took me 3:51, almost a minute off my best time.

Interference

My back is a little tight from yesterday.

Power Clean + 3 Front Squats

  • 45#
  • 95
  • 95
  • 135
  • 165
  • 185
  • 205
  • 225
  • 235
  • 245

We got in the lifting from yesterday that was programmed for people not redoing the Open workout. Felt heavy today.

Conditioning

The programmed workout had a bunch of pull-ups and a ton more snatches. No thanks so I whipped up an idea using movements we still might see in the Open. Kept with the mash-up theme that’s been going on Tuesdays.

  • 10:00 AMRAP
    • 10 HSPU
    • 20 cal Row
    • 50 DU
  • 10:00 Rest
  • For Time:
    • 12-10-8 DB Thrusters (50#)
    • 9-7-5 MU

I went for it today on the handstand push-ups and surprised myself by doing 4 sets without coming off the wall! The first set was fast and smooth. The other sets were a bit slower with some short pauses resting on my head. Couldn’t believe it! I only missed one dub at 47 in the second round. Finished exactly 4 rounds with 2 seconds to spare.

Yep, dumbbell thrusters are still terrible. Didn’t realize how much they interfere with muscle-ups too. Did all of the thrusters unbroken. Wanted to go for it on that first set of muscle-ups, but I had to come down after 5. Went 2-2 to finish the 9. I think I got a double to start the round of 7 and then failed on the next double, so I stuck to singles the rest of the way. The thrusters got my heart racing so much I had to take long breaks to make sure I made each muscle-up. Finished in 9:50.

3 Bars of Insanity

My ass is kind of sore from Wednesday’s workout, but my back is feeling pretty good.

Front Squat

Supposed to be max reps at 70% (235# for me), but I haven’t squatted heavy since tweaking my back a week ago and I didn’t want to push it. So I stuck to some sets of 5.

  • 10×45#
  • 5×135
  • 5×185
  • 5×215
  • 5×235
  • 5×250

Felt solid. No issues with my back.

Clean & Jerk

Work up to 5×3 @ 70%

  • 3×135#
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 4x3x205

I did an extra warm-up set compared to the other guys to make sure my back was good, so I didn’t exactly do 5 sets at my working weight.

Barbell Conditioning

2017-02-17-3-barsIf “Linda” is 3 bars of death, this must be some kind of insanity. If I had seen this workout 2 months ago I would have told you I had no fucking chance.

  • @ 0:00 – 3 Snatch (115#)
  • @ 1:30 – 6 Snatch
  • @ 3:00 – 9 Snatch
  • @ 4:30 – 12 Snatch
  • @ 6:00 – 15 Snatch
  • @ 9:00 – 4 C&J (135#)
  • @ 10:30 – 8 C&J
  • @ 12:00 – 12 C&J
  • @ 13:30 – 16 C&J
  • @ 17:00 – 5 Thrusters (155#)
  • @ 18:30 – 10 Thrusters
  • @ 20:00 – 15 Thrusters

Might be a little confusing, so let me explain. With a running clock, you basically have 90 seconds to complete the assigned work. The exception is you get an extra 1:30 of rest after the final set of snatches and an extra 2:00 after the clean and jerks.

After all of the barbell conditioining intervals we’ve been doing I was confident I’d be able to finish the work, I just didn’t know how long I’d be able to hold sets or how much rest I’d end up getting. I really wanted to get all of the snatches unbroken, but I had to go 10-5 on the final set. I paused at my hips after 10 but had to drop it and finish with singles. Clock was at 7:02, buying me a “long” break.

I started out feeling fine with the clean and jerks (yes, all power clean and push jerks), getting the 4 and 8 unbroken. After a set of 4 in the 12, I finished with singles. Didn’t have a whole lot of rest before having to start the 16, which I did with all singles. Finished those at 15:34 on the clock, so now I had less than 1:30 to rest even though it had a longer time built in.

By the time I got my shit together and added the 10# plates, it was time to go. I started late, but did the set of 5. Then I did 6-4 in the set of 10. The set of 15 was rough, going 5-3-3-2-2 and finished at 22:31 on the clock.

I was finished with all but 2 sets (16 C&J and 15 Thrusters) in less than the allotted 90 seconds. I can honestly say I’ve never done anything close to that before. Total of 45 snatches, 40 C&J, and 30 thrusters. The last 2 sets of snatches pretty much become a light Isabel at 27 reps and the last 2 sets of C&J are only 2 reps shy of Grace. I really want to see what I can do on those benchmarks now!

Gymnastics

8 Rounds (Reverse Tabata)

  • 10s C2B Pull-ups
  • 20s Rest

I did 4 sets of 5 and 4 sets of 6, which is a 10 rep improvement over 3.5 weeks ago.