12.3 Revisited

While icing yesterday morning after the chiropractor’s office, I got a little frostbite. Ouch!

Warm-up

30-20-10

  • Star Jumps
  • PVC OHS

WOD

18:00 AMRAP

  • 15 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 12 Push Presses (115#)
  • 9 T2B

Look familiar? This was CrossFit Games Open WOD 12.3. It was March 9th when I did it for the Open. Back then I got 5 rounds plus 15 box jumps and 6 push presses. Five months later I improved by more than a round, getting 6 rounds plus 15 box jumps and 7 push presses.

My weakness was still the 115# weight for push presses. I did better on push presses because I was able to rebound off the ground on the majority of the box jumps and I split T2B up into sets of 5 and 4 most of the way.

Finisher

1 Mile Run

Didn’t take much of a rest and then went out for a mile run with a few other people. The run wasn’t going to break any speed records because we were pretty whooped from the WOD. We didn’t even keep track of time.

Sunday is Not a Day of Rest

I went to bed later than normal, so didn’t wake up quite as early as I have been. Still had time to get in my first WOD of the day before my brother and Mom woke up though. I can feel the effects of the weighted step-ups from last night already, so as the day goes on and in to tomorrow it should be interesting.

Warm-up

5 rounds

  • 1m Plank
  • 1m Bottom Squat Hold

WOD

50 reps of each

  • DUs
  • Plank Push-ups
  • Star Jumps
  • T2B (on rings)
  • SDLHP (50# KB)
  • Walking Lunges
  • V-ups
  • Push Presses (35# DBs)
  • KBS (50# KB)
  • HR Push-ups
  • DUs

I set a new PR by doing the first 15 T2B unbroken with kipping. The rings on the tree worked out really well. After the first 15 I did them 5 at a time. Push Presses were done in 5 sets of 10, KBS in sets of 20, 15, and 15, and I tried to stick to sets of 10 for the HR Push-ups, but that broke down a bit after 30 reps. My total time was 30:31, but it would have been under 30 had I not turned a single knot into a double when I picked up the rope and tried to fix it. I wasted over 30 seconds getting those out. Ugh!

I’ve been doing a lot of WODs in the 10 minute range, so it was good to get in a long chipper like this. After I get a late breakfast I’ll probably head out for a trip on the kayak and then I plan to do the Hero WOD “Brenton” later today.

Teams of 2

Yesterday morning I walked 18 holes of golf and qualified for the Saginaw District Golf Association Invitational Tournament. It got up into the mid or high 90 and was a long day. Perfect timing for a CrossFit rest day! Feeling good and back at it today. When I woke up I knocked out one set of max rep push-ups and decided the Armstrong Pull-up Program just isn’t worth the time. It’s so boring compared to WODs, so I’m done with it.

Matt, the owner of the gym, attended a CrossFit Level 1 Certification over the weekend and will next be working on getting Survival Fitness affiliated as an official CrossFit box next. Pretty exciting stuff. He learned a lot and you could already see it in the way he ran today’s class. I don’t mean anything bad about previous classes by saying that, I just felt like he had more confidence in his teaching of certain movements and pointing out some of our technique issues. It’ll make us all better.

Warm-up

  • 1m Bottom Squat Hold
  • 1m Mountain Climbers
  • 1m Bottom Squat Hold
  • 1m PVC Pass-thrus
  • 1m Bottom Squat Hold
  • 1m Lateral hops (30s each leg)
  • 1m Bottom Squat Hold
  • 1m Bicycles
  • 1m Bottom Squat Hold
  • 1m Jumping Jacks

We’ve been doing a lot of these bottom squat holds and I think it’s helping to open up my hips more. Matt pointed out that I had too much of a round in my back though, so I have to fight for a better position.

WOD

Teams of 2 (45:00 limit)

  • 200 Air Squats
  • 100 T2B
  • 150 Burpees
  • 500m Run holding a 20# MB (both people run at the same time and at the pace of the slowest)
  • 150 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 100 Pull-ups
  • 200 Walking Lunge Steps
  • 200 SDLHP (barbell loaded to 95#)

Only 1 person is working at a time except during the run. The goal is to keep a high intensity and hand off to your partner when you start to slow down. The hand off is hard to do, even when you know you are starting to slow, because you want to keep knocking out reps. I attended the 8pm class, which is the last class of the day and no team had completed the WOD all day. The closest anyone got was 49 reps left by a team of 2 of the fittest women at Survival Fitness. I was paired up with Brent, which was a good pairing because we are both near the top of the men at SF. We flew along pretty good, but the pull-ups slowed us down and then the SDLHP were absolutely brutal. I’m sure I’ll be feeling those tomorrow. We pushed it hard through the entire 45 minutes and fell 33 reps shy of completing the WOD, but set the record for the day. With a little better strategy I think we could have finished. Next time!

 

Embrace the Suck

The men and women that decimate your times are not superhuman. They’re not particularly genetically gifted. Hell, most of the top CrossFitters in the world would get absolutely pummeled in your standard game of rugby, buried by larger athletes begat by larger parents.

What differentiates these individuals is not a gift, but an unreasonable desire to push self-imposed suck beyond its logical limits. What comes out the other side becomes legendary.

“Dedication” by Jon Gilson, Again Faster Equipment

I need to get better at pushing through the suck if I want to get stronger and improve my endurance faster than my current pace of improvement. I know I can do it. Gotta get the mind right.

My buddy Mo came in to the 11am class with me. I’ve been trying to convince him to try a CrossFit box near him for over 6 months. After 2 days of WODs, he finally understands. You can tell people about it all day long, but they’ll never really understand until they experience the intensity for themselves.

Warm-up

5 rounds

  • Lunges
  • PVC OHS

After doing all of the plyo lunges and air squats yesterday in the gym, this warm-up wasn’t exactly a welcome sight. I do need the work, so that’s a plus I guess.

WOD

  • 50 K2E
  • 100 Wall Balls
  • 50 T2B
  • 100 Box Jumps
  • 50 V-ups
  • 100 Burpees
  • 50 Pull-ups

How’s that for a chipper? I was worried about 150 reps hanging from the bar, especially with “Murph” tomorrow. I have some mini-rips, but no major ones, and looks like one small blood blister under a callus. I’ll have to really clean these calluses up tomorrow so they don’t bother me for the 100 pull-ups. The nice thing is that I’ll break them up into “Cindy” rounds so will only be knocking out 5 at a time.

Going back to the quote at the top, I tried to push through the pain as much as I could today. I was able to get 3 sets of 25 burpees, when I’d normally break that up a lot more and take more breaks. Keep getting better each day! We had a 40 minute time limit on the WOD and I was the only person in class to finish with a time of 39:05.

What a great way to start a Sunday!

Bring Some More

After not getting a ton of sleep for a few nights in a row, I finally got to bed early enough for a solid rest. My legs are sore from the 4 mile run and walking 18 holes of golf yesterday, so I went to a night class at 4:15p today.

Warm-up

5 rounds

  • 20s Mountain Climbers
  • 20s Air Squats (low and slow)
  • 20s Inch Worm

A nice little warm-up to get the blood flowing.

WOD #1

5 rounds

  • 21 KBS
  • 15 HR Push-ups
  • 9 T2B

I used a 55# KB for the swings. I’m starting to get a better kip with the T2B, but have a hard time getting it started without a big swing after the first rep. I think the max I could get in a row was 5 before my grip started to fail. I finished in 12:21.

WOD #2

50-40-30-20-10

  • Star Jumps
  • Sit-ups

Compared to jumping jacks, star jumps are on a completely different level. I was able to do all rounds of sit-ups unbroken. Finished in 8:16.

Strength

5×5 Deadlift

There was still time left in class, so some of us started on some deadlifts. We actually ended up doing 6 sets. The weights were 135#, 225#, 265#, 285#, 290#, and 300#. Felt pretty good, especially considering I set my 1 rep max at 315# a few weeks ago.

That may be the most work I’ve done in one workout, but I felt great today and absolutely killed it.

Back on the Jump Rope

I was exhausted yesterday afternoon and throughout the night. Made it an early night and got a ton of sleep. Today I’m sore from a combination of Saturday’s track workout and all of the burpees yesterday.

I got to the box a bit early and worked on muscle-up technique for 5-10 minutes. I’m getting closer.

Warm-up

  • 800m Run
  • 5 minute Clean warm-up

Strength

6 Sets

  • 1.1.1 Clean & Jerk (10 sec between reps)
  • 2-3m Rest

Used 95#, 115#, 125#, 135#, 145#, and 155# for my sets. The last rep or two were pretty ugly.

WOD

  • 750m Row
  • 25 T2B
  • 75 DUs
  • 500m Row
  • 20 T2B
  • 50 DUs
  • 250m Row
  • 15 T2B
  • 25 DUs

It’s been almost 2 weeks since I did any jump roping, but I didn’t want to skip out on today’s workout so I did it. I tried to concentrate on keeping my head back in a good position instead of chicken-necking. I was successful until I towards the end when I got really exhausted. I could feel my neck coming forward at that point. My row was really slow and sluggish today and T2B were rough on my hands. Yesterday I developed a blister on one of my fingers from pull-ups and it popped during the OLY class. Of Course T2B ripped it wide open today. That’s a lot of reps on the bar. I was last in class by quite a bit with a time of 20:58. I thought it was going to be a good day when I ripped off 27 DUs right off the bat the first set, but it was not to be after that.

2012 CrossFit Games Open Workout 12.3

Yesterday ended up being a rest day because the scheduled workout had push presses. My shoulders would have been wrecked for Open workout 12.3, which I was doing today with a group at the box.

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 18 minutes of:

  • 15 Box jumps, 24″ box
  • 12 Push press (shoulder to overhead), 115#
  • 9 T2B

Damn! 18 minutes is a long time. When I saw this workout I knew I could place much better than I did with snatches, but there is a potential to fatigue early on and totally suck. I can do box jumps all day long, but 115# would get heavy early, and since I ripped my hand open on Wednesday, I wasn’t sure how the T2B would go.

I watched all of the videos CrossFit HQ and the Journal put out on efficiency and read some strategies and lessons learned on blogs. Seriously, I think I have a problem. I’m just some average guy trying to challenge myself. You’d think I had a chance to make it to the finals the way I think about these workouts.

My strategy going in:

  • Box Jumps: Rebound as much as possible and try to complete all reps unbroken.
  • Shoulder to overhead: Start with push jerks from the very first rep. Push presses would fatigue my shoulders much faster. I know this because of how much 95# thrusters take their toll on me. Once push jerks no longer work, switch to split jerks. Break each set into 2 sets of 7 and 5 as long as possible and then break them up even more as needed. Try not to drop the bar, but instead rest in the rack position.
  • T2B: Do a knees to elbow and kick the feet up. Drop my legs straight down from the top and try not to swing them out away from the body or everything will start to swing. Break each set up into 6 and 3 or maybe even 3 sets of 3 depending on how it goes. Grip is probably going to be an issue.

In order to deal with my ripped left hand and prevent ripping on the right hand, I made some tape grips following this video.

To help prevent ripping I planned to try changing my grip on the bar.

After checking out some athletes on the leaderboard with scores  similar to mine for workouts 12.1 and 12.2 I set my goal at 6 rounds, which comes out to 3 minutes per round.

How did I do? Not too bad. 5 complete rounds plus 15 box jumps and 6 push presses for a total of 201 reps. I’ll take that. My strategy was solid, but my gut instinct about problem areas was right on the money.

I missed a bunch of box jumps in the 1st round because I’m so used to rebounding off the top like we do in class. Once I remembered to extend my hips at the top, box jumps were smooth sailing. I rebounded at the bottom as much as I could, but once I get a little tired I’m afraid I’ll miss the box. I completed every round of box jumps unbroken as expected. Can we do a workout of all box jumps? 🙂

As planned, I started with push jerks right instead of attempting any push presses or strict presses. The weight was heavy right away. I don’t think I ever got 7 in a row and I had to break up the 12 into 3 or 4 sets on every round. 115# adds up quick with my lack of strength.

Grip was definitely an issue on the toes to bar, but more because of my swinging than anything else. When my feet came back down with each rep I could reach to touch the ground and stop myself from swinging out of control. This wasted a lot of time and I broke the 9 reps up into 2 or 3 sets each round. I need to learn how to kip these. The tape grip and grip change really helped to save my hands.

I was fast out of the gate (too fast) in round 1 and think I had it done in around 2 minutes, but it was the 115# that really killed my momentum. Three workouts done and 2 to go.