## Ski Drift

Last night my legs started to feel trashed! Not sure if it was from the squat cleans on Saturday, DT yesterday, or 3 hours of outlet mall shopping yesterday. All of the above? Was going to golf today, but too much rain. My legs were still feeling fatigued most of the morning. Out in the garage around 6pm.

• 10×45#
• 10×95
• 6×135
• 3×165
• 3×195
• 3×215
• 4x3x235

Yeah buddy!

### Push Press

• 6×95#
• 3×135
• 3×165
• 3×185
• 3×195
• 3×205

Tender collarbone. Done with the big lifts in 30 minutes with 1:30-2:00 rests between sets.

### Accessory

• 3×15 Pallof Press (CS red)
• 3×15 DB Side Raises (15#)
• 3×15 DB Bent-over Side Raises (15#)

Feeling gains on these raises.

### Performance Plus – 3 Sets

• 8 alt Archer Ring Push-ups (video)
• 1/1 Turkish Get Up (50#)

Exactly an hour at this point. Archers are a lot harder than they look.

### Conditioning

• 2k Ski Erg

I’ve only tried this once for real so it’s hard to know what I’m capable of. Saw my best was 7:53.4 from 2 years ago, so I set a goal pace of 1:55/500m. Once I settled in past the first 500 meters I kept drifting away from the pace so I had a feeling I picked well. I fought to keep it within striking distance and then picked it up in the final 250 and again in the final 150. Was able to pull my average pace back under the 1:55, finishing in 7:39.6.

## Snatch Lockout Sucks

Legs were feeling heavy this morning. Went to the gym tonight and Alex worked in with me on the snatch work. First day of Catalyst OTM Week 5.

### Snatch

• 5x20kg
• 3×35
• 3×45
• 3×55
• 1×65
• 1×72
• EMOM
• 5x1x78
• 5x1x83
• 5x1x88
• Heavy Single
• Miss 90
• 1×90
• Miss 92
• Miss 92

I was rushing with the first rep at 88 due to 2 of us lifting in the minute and the weight change. Picked the bar back up and made the lift though. It was getting squirelly with the 88s but I made the rest of them. Not a good performance with the heavy ones after. I can’t get that shit locked in. 😦

### Snatch Pull

• 3x90kg
• 2x3x95

3 Pause reps (knee) + 1 Floating

• 85kg
• 2 sets @ 90

### Back Squat

First rep of each set has a 5 second eccentric tempo.

• 3x70kg
• 3×90
• 3×110
• 3×122
• 3×131
• 3×133
• 3×135
• 3×137

Things were feeling rough on the way up, so I scaled back from 3 sets with 137. Actually started feeling better in those last 3 sets so I think I could have made the prescribed weight.

### Midline

• 5 Sets
• 30s L-sit (hands on boxes)
• 1:00 Rest
• Rest
• 3 Rounds (for time)
• 5/5 Turkish Get-ups (35#)

Tried something different by using the boxes today for the L-sits. Definitely a lot easier on the arms without holding on to the rings or parallettes. I decided to go lighter on the get-ups and just get them done because I was almost at 2 hours already. Alternated arms every 5 reps. Finished in 4:55.

## 1 Mile Race Test

When I looked at Timehop today, it’s pretty crazy it has been exactly a year since I did the 2k rowing test after following 12 weeks of Rowing WOD and now I’m testing my mile in the 14th week of Aerobic Capacity. I swear I didn’t plan this.

### Aerobic Capacity – 1 Mile Race

• 400m Jog
• 2:00 Rest
• 200m Run (target: 0:41)
• 2:00 Rest
• 200m Run (target: 0:41)
• 4:00 Rest
• 400m Run (target: 1:21)
• 6:00 Rest
• 1 Mile Run

Once again I don’t understand why the target paces for the warm-ups were so fast. That’s the 5:20-5:30 / mile pace range when they are supposed to give me a feel for the pace of my mile. No fucking way I can hold anything close to that. Maybe they used a typical 400m to mile ratio of 22% based off my recent 1:02 for the 400, but my ration before starting the program was 34%, so not anywhere close to “normal.” Would seem odd to calculate it that way and not take into account my most recent mile PR.

I’ve had a goal to run a 6 minute mile for a few years (haven’t worked on it until this year) and even though I thought it was still too far out of range, I figured I’d go for it. So I used a target pace of 0:45 for the 200s and 1:30 for the 400m. The warm-up 200s felt good at 40 and 45 seconds. Then when I ran 1:33 for the 400m I was getting worried at how gassed it felt.

Maps have been broken on the Garmin site for over a week, so I can’t really look at my laps how I’d like to. I have to rely on memory from looking at my watch during the run. Hopefully they get the site fixed soon!

From what I remember… The initial 100 was 21 seconds and 200 in 44. Then things slowed a bit to finished the first lap in 1:33. I think I finished the second lap at about 3:20, which would be a 1:47 lap and the third lap at 5:05 for a 1:45 lap. I didn’t push it hard enough over those 2 laps. 😦 Was able to kick it in over the last 150 meters to finish at 6:42 for a 1:37 final lap. I’ll be interested to see how accurate my memory is. Have to admit I’m pretty disappointed in myself for not pushing harder. Wanted a lot more than a 9 second improvement.

### Fatigue Factor

When I started, my 400 time was a 1:04 and my mile was a 6:51. Those improved to 1:02 and 6:42. Hinshaw always talks about the “Fatigue Factor” and how 20-21% is the average he’s seen over all of the Beyond the Whiteboard data. Mine was calculated at 34.1% when I started and is 34.8% now. Terrible!! I need a lot more work on volume.

I was finally able to find the formula in a comment from Hinshaw

The fatigue factor uses the following formula devised by Pete Riegel:

T2 = T1 x (D2 / D1)C
where:
D1 = distance you already raced
T1 = time for the known distance
D2 = distance you want to predict the time
T2 = predicted time for the new distance

After still not being able to come up with correct fatigue factors, I looked up the Riegel formula and Hinshaw missed that it’s the the power of C! Solving for C and knowing the 2 distances, which is the fatigue factor in our case…

Fatigue Factor = $\ln(T2/T1)/\ln(4)-1$

Yes, you have to use logarithms (I’m using natural logs) to solve this. T1 is your 400m time in seconds and T2 is your mile time is seconds.

If you don’t feel like messing with calculators, I whipped up some javascript and a quick form you can use. Go to http://jsfiddle.net/nickmomrik/8an6nzdd/3/ and change the default numbers in the form (leave the code alone) to see what your fatigue factor is.

### Final Thoughts

This was the 27th workout of the Aerobic Capacity program and with the changing weather, will be my last for the year. I’ve been waiting for the mile test to come up for a few weeks and it came at the perfect time with the forecast not showing anything in the 60s this week. Since starting on August 5th, it took me about 11.5 weeks to get through this first workout of the 14th week.

I enjoyed the program a lot and would recommend it. At \$30/month it won’t break the bank. Overall the workouts were challenging but there were only 2 times where I couldn’t hit/beat the assigned paces. Maybe because my ratio is so bad I should have been going even faster. I may start again in the spring so I can follow it for longer next year. Time for more CrossFit classes.

After watching the Lions make another comeback win, I felt like I should do more today, so I headed out to the garage to get in week 4 day 3 of lifting.

### Power Clean

• 5×45#
• 3×95
• 3×135
• 2×165
• EMOM
• 1×185
• 1×195
• 1×205
• 5x1x215

I decided to go with powers again to save my legs.

### Clean Pull

• 3×215#
• 3x3x245

Used straps for the three working sets.

### Pause Back Squat

2 seconds in the hole.

• 2×135#
• 2×185
• 2×225
• 3x2x245

No belt and no sleeves today. Felt really good actually.

### Midline

• 3/3 Turkish Get-ups (40#)
• 3/3 Turkish Get-ups (45#)
• 3x  3/3 Turkish Get-ups (50#)

I’m going to have to try left arm first next time to see if it still floats around as much.

4 Sets

• 20 Twisting K2E

Much easier without grips on.

## Mind Games

Felt a weird pinch in my upper back at several points during the night. Went to the gym around 5.

### Clean

• 5x20kg
• 3×40
• 3×60
• 2×75
• 2×85
• 1×92
• EMOM
• 5x1x98
• 5x1x104
• 5x1x110
• Heavy Single
• 1×116
• 1×120
• 1×124
• Clarked 127

Hmm, when I did the week 2 programming I guess I used the % from week 3 because I noticed after logging the workout that the loads were almost identical. Whoops! The EMOM felt easy today and the heavies felt great too. After 124 I thought I might be able to go for a PR. Then I got in my head and was out of it for 127. Stupid. I did hit 95% though, so not a bad day.

### Clean Pull

• 3x3x117kg

• 3 Sets @ 110kg

### Pause Back Squat

Spend 3 seconds in the hole.

• 3x70kg
• 3×100
• 3×110
• 3x3x117

### Accessory

20:00 EMOM

• 5/5 Kroc Rows (53#)
• 15 Hollow V-ups
• 5 Strict HSPU
• 2/2 Turkish Get-ups (53#)

This 3rd day of the weekly programming has seemed to be the longest, so tried to knock out the core work and accessories without screwing around.

Really need to try and squeeze in a ROMWOD tonight.

## Get Up To Get Down, Turkish Style

Was able to get in that long ROMWOD last night. The front of my shoulders were sore yesterday and today from the Saturday class. I guess one day a week of CrossFit isn’t cutting it. More lifting today though. This is the 4th day of the 2nd week of the Catalyst OTM program. Really enjoying it.

### Power Clean

• 5×45#
• 5×95
• 3×135
• 3×165
• 2x3x185
• 3x3x200

Never let go of the bar or my hook grip, but did take a second to reset on the ground at the heavier loads. Wore Nanos today for the light day and no accessories.

### Push Jerk

• 5×45#
• 5×95
• 3×135
• 3×155
• 2x3x175
• 3x3x190

• 5×190#
• 3x5x225

Took the top off the jerk blocks and stood on that so that I could get more stretch in the hamstrings. All sets with two overhand grips.

### Midline

5 Sets

• 3/3 Turkish Get-ups
• 2 sets – 40# DB
• 2 sets – 45
• 1 set – 50

My left shoulder is definitely the least stable one. Overall my shoulders seem a lot more stable though, guessing due to all of the holds in the Vaughn lifting program. I used to really struggle with the 53# kettlebell.

4 Sets

• 30 GHD Sit-ups (parallel)

Decided to only go to parallel today for a change of pace.

Will do a 20 minute ROMWOD tonight.

Early evening update: Really starting to feel my back from the work yesterday. Been too long since I did those landmine rows. I’m sure some of the others, especially the chin-ups are contributing to the soreness as well.

## Rest Days

Felt exhausted on Tuesday from all the time out in the sun and playing Spikeball/Slammo. Wasn’t sore from Murph at all though. Wednesday walked 18 on the course. So with the 20 minute treadmill run on Friday and Murph on Monday that was only 2 workouts over 6 days. Ready to get back at it today.

At Regionals I had an assessment from Airrosti and the doc there thinks I have bicep tendonitis in that left arm. So now I know what to do to tackle the issue and hopefully get it cleared up soon. The last two days I did 20-30 minutes of mobility work around my left shoulder and arm instead of spending time doing ROMWOD. I’ll probably continue to do that at least during the week when I don’t have as much time. I’ve also started using my TENS unit on the area to try to speed things up.

Went to the 9am class.

### Warm-up

• Crossover Symmetry Activation
• 3 Rounds
• 10 PVC passes
• Shoulder internal rotation stretching
• 10 OHS (PVC)

I’ve noticed with some of the new mobility work that I’m missing some internal rotation so this was good to work on.

### Accessory

10:00 EMOM

• 2 Turkish Get-ups (44#)

One rep per arm each round. Easy.

### Conditioning

5 Rounds

• 10 Toes To Bar
• 10 Power Snatches (75#)
• 10 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

Did 2 rounds of T2B unbroken and 2×5 the other rounds. Snatches all unbroken sets. First round was done around 1:26 and finished in 8:09. This is one of the BTWB Fitness Level workouts in the Light category. Nice combination of movements.

60 Reps

• Ball Slams (30#)

Unbroken in 2:39. Really wanted to rest around 40 reps, but kept moving. Big arm pump after. Could barely put my shirt on.

### Run

Went out in the afternoon for a casual jog. Didn’t care about pace or distance but had a loop in mind I planned to run. Was guessing I was going at a 10-10:30 pace, but never checked my watch until I finished. It was a pleasant surprise to see a 9:48/mile average. Went 2.6 miles in 25:26.

## Another PR Double

My hamstrings seemed to feel those RDLs when I woke up, but by the time I got to the gym at 9 I wasn’t feeling it. Did Crossover Symmetry Activation before heading to the platform.

### Clean & Jerk

• 2x5x20kg
• 2x3x40
• 3×60
• 2×70
• 2×80
• 2×90
• 2×95
• 2×100
• 2×105
• 2×110
• 2×115
• 2×120 (PR)

I think 115 was a PR double as well and maybe even 110. My jerk is sloppy from not lifting heavy lately. The shoulder work I’ve been doing allowed me to hang on and stabilize several reps though. Became a real mental battle on the second rep after 100kg. That is multiple PRs on both my snatch and C&J doubles this week.

### Conditioning

“Reverse Kalsu”

• 100 Burpees
• EMOM – do 5 Thrusters (75#)
• We used ~30% of our max

Yes, you start with thrusters! No free minutes to make your time look better. :-p Got 13 burpees in the first minute, settled in to 11 for the next 7 rounds and then a final set of 10 to finish in 8:49. This was really all about finding the correct pace.

Had thought about doing Rowing Kalsu today but figured I should probably do this, which was programmed yesterday for classes. No 🍒 picking!

### Midline

5 Rounds

• 18 GHD Sit-ups
• 12 Russian Twists (55# plate)
• 3/3 Turkish Get-ups (35#)

Not timed, but moved without resting much between movements. Been doing weighted GHDs for weeks so unweighted was a nice change.

Recovered with some pizza.

### Run

After mowing the lawn I took off for a 2 mile run, which took 16:47. Times keep coming down without feeling like I’m pushing. I think the main this is I’m getting more comfortable running at higher heart rates. Garmin reports an average of 146 beats per minute for today’s run. I’m also trying to improve my breathing and cadence.

I’ll ROMWOD at some point.