Much Needed

After realizing I’d done something 8 days in a row I took a well-deserved and much needed complete rest day on Friday. Got up for the 9am class this morning. My back is still pretty tight.

Warm-up

  • 400m Run
  • Line Drills

Conditioning

Partner Workout

  • 8:00 AMRAP – 20-40-60…
    • Calorie Row
    • Burpee Over Rower
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 8:00 AMRAP – 20-40-60…
    • 2x Plyo Lunges
    • HSPU
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 8:00 AMRAP – 20-40-60…
    • Wall Ball (20#, 10′)
    • Toes to Bar

I teamed up with Connie. She did 8 calories to my 12 and we alternated sets of 5 burpees. Got through the 20 and 40 there. In the second AMRAP I substituted those movements in place of hang power cleans and push presses because of my back. We split everything in sets of 5s so I was doing 10 lunges each time it was my turn. We got through the 20, 40, I had one set of 10 lunges left to finish the first part of 60. We split wall balls in sets of 10 and T2B in 5s. Finished the 20-40-60 wall balls and 48 (I did 23) of the 60 T2B. She was doing knee raises which gave me almost no rest.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 21s (30-25-25#)

Back to the originals. It was nice to switch it up to the other version for a few weeks, but I don’t think they worked very well. First time doing a set with 30s!

A friend came over to cut up some trees that fell during the winter, so I was hauling a bunch of logs around. Then I took a truckload, carried the wood around some more, and stacked it for another friend. Was planning to row tonight, but I’m whooped after moving all of that wood.

Slow Down the Wall Balls

Quick trip out to the garage before lunch.

Engine Builder – Interval

2 Rounds

  • 7:00 Airdyne
  • 1:00 Rest

Very similar to the 7-5-3-1 work yesterday. Wasn’t feeling 82-83 RPM today though and it ended up being around 80-81. Did 237-239 cals and exactly 2.81 miles both intervals.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 200m Run
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 10 PVC Passes
  • 10 Behind the Neck, Snatch Grip Sotts Press (PVC)

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 12/12 Single Leg Hip Thrusts
  • 25 Banded Pull Throughs (green)
  • Dumbbell Curls – 21s (25#)

Did this instead of OHS because of my back. Still doing the A version of the 21s.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 30 Double Unders
  • 15 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 30 Double Unders
  • 15 Pull-Ups

Missed a DU or two in almost every round. Had to go slower than normal on the wall balls due to my back, which I could feel on the jumping and the wall balls. I did 3×5 on every round of pull-ups. Got through 5+30.

Accessory #2

5 Rounds

  • 10 DB Lunges (35# DBs)
  • 20 Sit-ups

Took about 6 minutes.

Tabata Rows Suck

Stayed up later than I’d like, but got up and went to the 9am class.

Warm-up

  • 400m Run
  • Stretch

Conditioning

Partner Workout

  • 5 Rounds
    • 10 DB Snatch (50#)
    • 20 Burpees
  • 4 Rounds
    • 20 Box Jumps (24″)
    • 40 Pull-ups
  • 3 Rounds
    • 30 Calorie Row
    • 60 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

I teamed up with Tom and we crushed! For the first four rounds of snatches one person did them and then we split them 5-5 in the fifth round. Burpees were split 10-10 each round. Box jumps were split 10-10 each round and we alternated sets of 5 pull-ups. Those pull-ups started feeling hard in the 2nd round! We split the calories 15-15 every round. First two rounds we alternated 20-20-20 on the wall balls and then 30-30 to finish. Took us 25:51, well under the 35 minute time cap. That felt really good!

I might have aggravated my back a little bit with the snatches. I could feel it on the box jumps, so I went a little bit slower. It felt good for wall balls though.

I was planning on doing my EB work later tonight, but my dad made a last minute decision to come down and watch the Masters, so I got it done before lunch.

Engine Builder – Interval

2 Cycles

  • 8 Rounds (Tabata)
    • 20s Row
    • 10s Rest
  • 5:00 Rest

I had no clue on a pace for this. Maybe something faster than a 1k PR pace? Sounded good to me, so my goal pace was 1:30/500m.

That was a terrible strategy!! I underestimated how much energy is required to get the flywheel up to speed each time, especially on such short rest. New goal for the second cycle was a 1:38 pace. That worked out much better!

My meters were:

108-110-106-98-95-96-97-97 (807)
103-102-102-102-101-101-100-102 (813)

When I hit my average at exactly 1:38 it was 102 meters. Consistency is key and worked out to more meters. I took a look at BTWB and people must use the clock when they do a Tabata row instead of programming the monitor, allowing them to get a lot of carryover meters every interval. 800 meters is only like the 40th percentile!

I did a real slow 1,000 meters in 5:00 to cool down.

I’ll be watching the Masters the rest of the day.

Strict EMOM

I’m still sore from Barbara. Could feel some tightness in my low back this morning that seemed to be from the reverse hypers I did yesterday. Before lunch I got on the rower in the garage.

Engine Builder – Anaerobic

5 Rounds

  • 400m Row
  • 5:00 Rest

To improve on a month ago my goal was a pace of 1:35/500m, which I beat without a problem. My splits were 1:15.9, 1:15.5, 1:15.3, 1:15.2, and 1:15.0. It always feels good to get negative splits and I was able to recover really well in the five minutes, which probably means I should be pushing harder for this type of workout. Supposed to go at 90-95%, but it’s hard to know what that is exactly, so maybe I’m my recovery is just improving. Averaged 1:34.2 and was 14 seconds faster overall than a month ago.

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Went to the 4pm class, which was a small one today.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 on a machine
  • 2 Rounds
    • 5 Strict Pull-ups
    • 10 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 2 Rounds
    • 5 Inchworms
    • 10 PVC Passes

Gymnastics Strength

10:00 EMOM

  • 5 Strict C2B Pull-ups
  • 5 Strict Ring Dips

Was programmed as 5 muscle-ups (same as last week), but my right shoulder is still bothering me, so I’m not doing those any time soon. Did strict pull-ups last week in this format, so tried chest to bars today. I did 3-2 for the first three rounds of pull-ups, but then did singles for the rest of the way. Dips were all unbroken.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 10 Deadlifts (155#)
  • 20 Wall Ball (20#, 10′)

Knew I wasn’t trying the Rx 225. Thought about 185, but settled on 155 and figured I’d just be faster. Warmed up with 10×45, 5×95, and 5×125. My hamstrings started to feel tight in the 3rd set of deadlifts, but overall I felt good in this one, going unbroken on everything. Finished in 6:23.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • Dumbbell Curl 21s (25#)
  • 1:00/1:00 Single Leg Stand

Did the T Nation A version again for 21s. I could really feel the stands in my glutes after doing those deadlifts.

Slick Saturday

I felt rough after getting home last night but pretty good this morning. Made it for the 9am class on slick roads.

Warm-up

Thunderstruck

Hang from rings and do a burpee every time the song says “Thunder.” My hands didn’t really want to hang but the rings are easier than the bar. Those couple long hangs were rough.

Conditioning

39:00 AMRAP (w/ partner)

  • E3M (starting at 3:00) both run 3x down and back (~360′ total)
  • 200 Sit-ups
  • 50 Burpees
  • 100 cal Row
  • 100 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

Partnered up with Weston. There ends up being 12 sets of running. We did 10 sit-ups at a time except for the beginning of round two where we started with a set of 20. Burpees were 5 at a time, row broken into 25 cals, and first round of wall balls was 25 at a time. I was on the wall balls at the end and held on for 33 reps, so we needed about two more minutes (not counting run time) to finish.

That was a good burner and work/rest split.

Conditioning 2

In the afternoon I jumped on the Airdyne (AD2) for 20 minutes, going 6.96 miles, which was exactly 500 calories. I could feel some fatigue in my legs.

Thirties

Now it’s brutally cold after getting all of the snow. Plows came through a few hours before I had to leave for the gym so I was able to get out and go to the 4pm class. My forearms are tight today from holding the handles on the snow blower!

Warm-up

“Roxanne” by The Police

  • On “Roxanne” do an air squat
  • On “Red light” do a burpee

It turned into air squat burpees during two long stretches of the song and you couldn’t keep up.

8:00 AMRAP

  • Duck Walk (30′)
  • 20 Groiners
  • 10 Box Step-ups (24″)

Didn’t really need another warm-up after the first part and surely didn’t need to tax the legs more with plenty to come. Got through 2 rounds, the walk and the groiners.

Strength

I did a set of 6×95# before starting. No reason to get crazy when we were supposed to take the first five minutes to work up and then stick to a weight for the last five minutes.

10:00 EMOM

  • 3 Back Squats
    • 135#
    • 155
    • 175
    • 185
    • 195
    • 5 sets 205

Felt ok and was plenty with so much leg volume coming up. Didn’t wear a belt at all.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 30 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 30 cal Assault Bike
  • 30 Box Jumps (24″)

I’ve been asking for punishment by choosing the bike lately, especially in a leg dominant workout like this. My goal was to keep every set of wall balls unbroken. That’s not something I have ever tried for sets this large during my CrossFit history that I can remember. Surprisingly it wasn’t bad at all. I think I’ve found a relaxing pace on wall balls. I was money on hitting at/above the target today too. First round on the bike was around 62 RPM and the next two were around 58. People on the rowers were obviously kicking my ass. I never stopped on the box jumps and in the third round I jumped down (no rebound) instead of stepping down. Finished in 16:26.

I’m feeling good lately! Is it the weight I’ve lost, the macro counting, the increased water, or some combination?

Gymnastics

Stayed after for some volume and skill work.

6:00 EMOM

  • 10 T2B

I put on my grips and chalked them up. I did five rounds of 10 unbroken and thenĀ 7-1-1-1.

10-15:00

  • HS Walk Practice

My shoulders were pretty shot from the wall balls and toes to bars, but I felt really good with my balance and keeping my feet off the wall went I got up to it. Didn’t have much room with the class back squatting to work on many steps in to the wall.

Finish with Isabel

Last night my legs felt heavy going up and down stairs. Today my upper and middle abs are sore. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

9:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 2x – 3 Wall Balls + 3 Burpees
  • Row
  • 2x – 3 Snatch DL + 3 Muscle Snatch (45#)

Then I did 3×95# and 3×115# power snatches.

Conditioning

  • 5:00 AMRAP
    • Wall Ball (20#, 10′)
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 5:00 AMRAP
    • cal Row
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 5:00 AMRAP
    • Power Snatch (135#)

Started with three sets of 25 and was feeling good. Planned to go to 15s next, but got math screwed up in my head and stopped after 10 reps at 85. So then I did 15 to get to 100 and looked at the clock. Took an extra breath knowing I would have to hold on to the buzzer. Got through 17 more for 117 total wall balls. I might have been able to keep going with a fourth set of 25. Makes a big difference being 20 pounds lighter than when I last did Karen almost 2 years ago. I definitely need to clean up the height on some of my throws though.

I thought I’d be able to hold a pace better on the rower, but after starting out > 1,100 cal/hour I slowly drifted down to around 950, before picking it back up in the final minute. Racked up 83 calories.

I thought it would be pretty cool if I could do “Isabel” after the other 10 minutes of work. Even though I was seeing stars with every rep through the first five I was on a good pace through 10 reps. The weight was getting heavy, but I kept picking it back up and really tried to generate power through my hips. Definitely did singles the entire way. With about a minute remainingĀ I realized I still had a shot, but I had to really get back on the bar after each rep in the final 40 seconds. Got number 30 with about three seconds to spare and collapsed to the floor. I immediately got the taste of blood in my mouth, which I don’t ever remember before.

230 total reps!

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10 Romanian Deadlifts (135#)
  • 40 Glute Bridges