Another Tweak!

Here are my updating rankings after 19.2. I’m switching to using a percentile, which is standard compared to saying “top X%” like I have in the past. Last weekend I spent a lot of time creating an epic spreadsheet of my results in every Open and each workout. Cool data to have going forward.

19.2

Open Men: 21,830/164,227 (86.7%)
Masters 35-39 Men: 3,457/33,391 (89.6%)

Overall

Open Men: 16,760/183,948 (90.9%)
Masters 35-39 Men: 2,402/37,204 (93.5%)

My placing in the workout was down a bit from 19.2, but good enough to rise in the overall standings for both divisions. Getting even one clean at 225# would have been a huge jump in the rankings for that workout. It still turns out to be my best two-week start to an Open. Let’s keep it rolling…

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Assault Bike
  • Dead Hang
  • Banded lat opener
  • Lunges
  • Step-ups
  • OH DB Hold

WHOOP said my recovery had only gone up from 37% to 44% with almost 9 hours of sleep last. I felt great this morning and my back had recovered quite well. I was moving well through warm-ups. Then I went to move my dumbbell across the gym and TWEAK as I stood up. Fuck!

Conditioning

CrossFit Games Open Workout 19.3

  • 200′ Dumbbell Overhead Walking Lunge (50#)
  • 50 Dumbbell Box Step-ups (50#, 24″)
  • 50 Strict Handstand Push-ups
  • 200′ Handstand Walk

Details:

  • 10:00 time cap.
  • Lunges and handstand walk are 25′ lengths with a 5′ section for each rep.
  • Step-ups must alternate legs.
  • HSPU use a 24×36″ box for hands, though the fingers may extend past the line.

My plan was to switch hands every 50 feet of lunges. I was fine starting out with my left arm, but with my right shoulder bothering me lately I could only go 25 feet, so I switched the dumbbell every 25 feet the rest of the way. Got through those in 2:41.

I went right to the corner of the box and got in to it. I felt my back on every box step-up, which was fucking horrible. I kept trying to figure out if there was a way I could step-up to limit the shot of pain, but there wasn’t. I supported the dumbbell over a shoulder with one hand under the head of it. I think I moved it side to side after 16, 30, and 40 reps. My tiebreak was 6:42. Ugh, four minutes is a lifetime on that movement.

By the way, I have to mention how stupid the alternating step-up standard is. It slows everyone down and it’s nearly impossible for both the judge and the athlete to keep track of since it’s not an efficient or fast way to do step-ups.

I wanted to do doubles for the HSPU as long as possible with no more than a 5 count rest. Unfortunately my back affected me coming off the wall too, but I adjusted that easily to not affect my timing or anything. I got through 8 or 10 reps doing doubles when I started to feel the second rep getting slow so I changed to singles with shorter rest. That worked surprisingly well and I was able to quickly get back on the wall for another rep. Squeezed out a double before the buzzer for 31 strict handstand push-ups!

I had no expectation of finishing those 50 even though I would have loved to get just 5 feet of handstand walking since I’ve been working on the skill. Maybe next year.

Going in to this workout I was hoping to be done with the box around 5:30 or 6:00 at the latest, but the back tweak and shoulder issue really changed that. On BTWB a score of 124 was the 90th percentile so that was my goal (even though I rarely hit that 90+%). My score of 121 almost got there so I’m really happy with the effort. Currently it ranks in the 88th percentile on BTWB, so after more scores come in it’ll be right there with my 87 and 85 ranks for 19.1 and 19.2.

This is my best three-week start to the Open due to consistent placing. I hope I don’t wake up with a really bad back in the morning and it can recover for 19.4. Especially since I’m flying out to San Diego on Tuesday for a little vacation. I’ll be out there for Friday Night Lights and hopefully battle by buddy Bryan.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 8×95
  • 8×135
  • 8×155
  • 8×175
  • 8×185
  • 8×195

Don’t need my back to bench. Matches the 8×195 I did in January, which felt good after those strict HSPU.

Got home and putzed around for an hour before hitting my cardio so I could relax for the rest of the day. I’m on vacation all week!

Engine Builder – Speed

2 Rounds

  • 8:00 Airdyne (AD2)
  • 4:00 Rest

Based on recent intervals I hoped to hold 80 RPM for these. I was in the ballpark, seeing 79-80 quite a bit when RPMs came around on the monitor. My calories were 258 and 262 with distances of 3.13 and 3.15 miles.

It’s a Trap

My shoulders and wrists are sore from the handstand walking and my traps are really sore from so many cleans.

Warm-up

8:00 AMRAP

  • 10/10 Kroc Rows (25#)
  • 10 Weighted Step-ups (24″, 25#)
  • 5/5 Single Arm DB Push Press (25#)
  • 10 Alternating DB Hammer Curls (25#)
  • 30s Hollow Hold

Did two rounds plus the Kroc rows and 7 step-ups.

Skill

We had 10 minutes to work on handstand related stuff (hold, press, walk), so of course I practicing my walking. And yet again, the programming spends a good portion of class fatiguing the movement most important in the conditioning piece. I feel like they are trying to trap you! Maybe this stuff is going to pay off in the Open, but just seems so odd and is completely different from any other program I’ve seen. I didn’t make too many attempts with so many handstand push-ups coming up and I was tired from last night, but I did get out to 8-10 feet a couple of times.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 500m Row
  • 14 DB Step-Back Lunges (50# DBs)
  • 14 HSPU

My goal was 1:50-1:55 on the rower, unbroken lunges, and break the handstand push-ups into 8-6. I figured rounds would take around 3:30. Screwed up the order right off the back and did my 8 HSPU before the lunges. Whoops! No I didn’t do them over again. 😛 I finished at 17:54, so my guess was pretty damn close because a 3:30 average would have been 17:30. The lunges were much easier than I expected. Pushed hard to keep my pace on the rower. Here are my splits:

  • 1:50.1
  • 1:51.0
  • 1:51.2
  • 1:51.6
  • 1:51.7

A 1:50 pace equates to about 1,200 cal/hr, so it’s good to know I can stay in the ballpark during a longer workout. If I would have started each row better I think I would have been much closer after the first one too.

Accessory

Dumbbell Curl 21s

  • 7-7-7 @ 15#
  • 7-7-7 @ 20#
  • 7-7-7 @ 20#

It was time to bump up the weight from 15-15-20 and the third set was pretty tough. Even with this bonus work I was still done before the 5pm class started.

Ready for the rest day!

Registered

I registered for the Open last night! It’ll be my last year in the Men’s 35-39 Masters division. Missed out on official participation in 2018 due to our gym not being affiliated during ownership changes. This morning I posted over on nick.blog about the first week of my nutrition experiment. It is going really well.

Warm-up

Tabata

  • Hollow Body Hold
  • Superman Hold
  • DB Goblet Split Squats
  • DB Goblet Split Squats
  • DB Sumo Deadlift
  • DB Sumo Deadlift
  • Single Arm DB Hollow Hold
  • Single Arm DB Hollow Hold
  • DB Front Rack Step Ups
  • DB Front Rack Step Ups
  • DB Russian Swing
  • DB Russian Swing
  • Supermans
  • V-Ups
  • DB Front Rack Step Ups
  • DB Front Rack Step Ups
  • DB Snatch
  • DB Snatch

Nine minutes worth. When a movement was twice in a row it just meant we did one arm and then the next arm.

Skill

10:00 Bar Muscle-Up Development

I probably did around 10 reps and helped some people with their technique. It makes a huge difference when I can get a solid kip in.

Conditioning

  • 50 Dumbbell Snatches (50#)
  • 30 Single DB Front Rack Box Step-Ups (24″, 50#)
  • 20 Bar Muscle-Ups
  • 30 Single DB Front Rack Box Step-Ups (24″, 50#)
  • 50 Dumbbell Snatches (50#)

I went 30-20 for the snatches and 16-14 on step-ups. Was wearing grips and started with a set of five bar muscles-ups before doing the rest in five sets of three. The second round of step-ups really sucked so I did 3×10. Started snatches with 3×10 as well and fought through the final set of 20. Finished in 14:20 to beat the 15:00 time cap.

2018 AGOQ #4

I’m a little bruised up on my collarbone from the cleans, but feeling good otherwise.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 10 Side Shuffles (10m)
  • 2:00/2:00 Banded Posterior Hip Distraction
  • 10/10 Lateral Leg Swings

Workout – 6 Sets (3x each leg)

  • 10 Box Step Ups (24″, 50# DBs)
  • 5 Eccentric Ankle Dorsiflexion
  • 1:00 Rest

Got the ticker going1

Conditioning

Warmed up snatches with 5×45, 5×75, 3×115, and 3×145.

2018 Age Group Online Qualifier #4
5:00 AMRAP

  • 9 HSPU
  • 6 Bar-facing Burpees
  • 3 Snatch (165#)

Holy fuck when I got that first snatch! My feet were getting really wide on every catch. I did every set of handstand push-ups unbroken though the 2nd and 3rd rounds were a bit slower. Felt pretty good on the burpees. Did exactly 3 rounds.

Active Life – Back Max

12:00

  • 8/8 Bottoms Up KB Press (26#)
  • 8/8 Half Kneeling Halos (26#)
  • 8/8 Suitcase Deadlift (88#)
  • 8/8 Single Arm Push Press (50#)

After cruising through round 1 I picked it up so I could get through 3 rounds and was able to.

One Third of Max

It was a great day for golf yesterday! I didn’t walk though because I was explaining our rules and stuff to a friend who is playing with our group this year.

Garage workout during lunch today.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 20 Side Shuffles (5m)
  • 2:00/2:00 Banded Posterior Hip Distraction
  • 10/10 Lateral Leg Swings

Workout – 4 Sets (2x each leg)

  • MAX Box Step-ups (35# DBs, 24″)
  • 5/5 Eccentric Ankle Dorsiflexion
  • 1:00 Rest

The step-ups are all with one leg per set. I went R-L-R-L and did 20-20-15-15. Plenty of reps.

Conditioning

3 Sets

  • 1:00 Burpees
  • 1:00 Rest

First set was all done with the rebounding jump forward into jump up. The other 2 sets I couldn’t keep that up. Got 25-20-20.

Active Life – Back Max

Workout – 3 Sets

  • 20 Front Squat (115#)
  • 30s/30s Banded Ankle Distraction

Glad I decided not to try 115-125-135, especially after seeing the notes when I finished that said to use 33% or less of 1RM. So I was even too heavy for what my current max would be.

WTF April

There’s about 0.5″ of fresh ice on my driveway in the middle of April. This weather combined with feeling tired yesterday led to a rest day. Out in the garage tonight.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 20 Side Shuffles (5m)
  • 2:00/2:00 Banded Posterior Hip Distraction
  • 10/10 Lateral Leg Swings

Workout – 6 Sets (3 each leg)

  • 12 Box Step Ups (20″, 50# DBs)
  • 5 Eccentric Ankle Dorsiflexion
  • 1:00 Rest

My ankles and calves are tight from the Thursday run.

Conditioning

1 -> 10 Burpees
2 -> 20 Air Squats

Could feel myself getting slower in round 5. Finished in 6:41.

DT Meets Cindy

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 10 Side Shuffles (10m)
  • 2:00/2:00 Banded Posterior Hip Distraction
  • 10/10 Lateral Leg Swings

Workout – 6 Sets (3 each leg)

  • 10 Step-ups (20″, 50# DBs)
  • 5 Eccentric Ankle Dorsiflexion
  • 1:00 Rest

Warmed up for the barbell complex with 3 sets at 45#, 1 set 95, and 1 set 135. I jumped on the bar to hang and do some bar taps and considered doing ring rows. Took a few rounds of the workout to loosen up, but I powered through (or became numb to the pain?). I may have to give my right shoulder some rest for a few weeks.

Conditioning

Little benchmark mash-up of DT and Cindy I came up with a few weeks ago. Glad I didn’t make it 20 minutes.

15:00 AMRAP

  • 4 Deadlifts (155#)
  • 3 Hang Power Cleans (155#)
  • 2 Push Jerks (155#)
  • 4 Pull-ups
  • 8 Push-ups
  • 12 Air Squats

Started out feeling good with the air squats, but that quickly faded.  Always holds me back in Cindy or Murph. You dread picking up the barbell each time because you know you can’t put it down until the reps are completed. Made it through 10+9.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10 T2B
  • 20 Russian Twists (44#)
  • 10 Ball Slams (25#)
  • 40 Double Unders

Didn’t run a clock. Went unbroken every set of toes to bars. Missed once on dubs in the first round, twice in the second round, and unbroken the other two.