Get Negative

Feeling good after the heavy work yesterday. Went to the 9am.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 1:00 Row (no foot straps)
  • 100/100′ Single Arm Overhead Walk (44#)
  • 15 Hand Release Push-ups

Conditioning

2x

  • 1,200m Row
  • Rest while partner goes

The goal was negative 400 meter splits based on a 2k time. I’ve been basing mine off 7:00 (1:45/500m), so today I was supposed to do the first 400 meters @ 1:47/500m, then 1:45, and finally 1:43 for the final 400. The middle chunk of each row was definitely the hardest to keep a steady pace. I was pretty close to my targets and actually averaged just under 1:45 overall for both of my intervals. I did a 4:11.7 and 4:11.4. That second one really sucked.

Strength

  • 10 Bench Press (45#)
  • 5 Bench Press (95#)
  • 5 Bench Press (135#)
  • 2 Bench Press (175#)
  • 2 Bench Press (205#)
  • 5 Sets
    • 2 Bench Press (225#)
    • 10 Ring Rows

The benching wasn’t easy, but I made it, so I guess I picked the right weight. Ring rows are getting easier than they ever have been.

Skill

Worked on my handstand walking for 15-20 minutes again. I’m able to start making some corrections if I stall or start to lose balance. Still did walks up to the wall, but I’m getting a lot more comfortable with them.

Should I Have Gone Rx?

I’m tired today but my body feels good after yesterday’s workout. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 1:30 Assault Bike (30s Easy/Hard/Easy)
  • 10/10 Single Leg/Arm Deadlifts (44#)
  • 10 Good Mornings (PVC)

Strength

Deadlift

  • 10×45#
  • 5×135
  • 5×185
  • 5×225
  • 5×255
  • 5×285
  • 3x5x305

With 285 and up I wore my belt and used a mixed grip for the first time in ages. So much easier on the grip. Deadlifting felt really good for the first time in a long time.

Conditioning

7 Rounds

  • 5 C&J (165#)
  • 15 Sit-ups

The Rx for this was 185 pounds. Two years ago I did a heavy Grace with that load in 6:59 and it was horrible. Not sure I could keep the same type of pace with my current strength, even with the sit-ups pacing it out a lot more. Decided on 165# so I could hopefully move through it.

I did all quick singles and was able to go right into my jerk on every rep, without a full stand up from the clean. Used the sit-ups to catch my breath some. Finished in 8:01. I wore my belt, which I think helped a lot. During the first round I loosened and tightened it with the sit-ups, but after that I just kept it tight.

Should I have gone Rx though? I would have needed to take an extra breath or two before each rep and at some point probably would’ve started standing up to reset for the jerk. With a time cap of 15 minutes I’m thinking I should have tried 185#.

Chippin’ Away

My legs were extremely fatigued Friday night and until about 10pm yesterday. Felt like I ran 10 miles. Or that’s what I imagine it would feel like. Rested yesterday, but went on a little road trip, which was a tiring day in its own way.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Ring Hang & Stretch
  • 10 Deadlifts (45#)
  • 6 Pendlay Rows (95#)

Accessory

4 Rounds

  • 6 Pendlay Rows (135#)
  • 6 Evil Wheels
  • 6/6 Bottoms Up KB Presses (26#)

Might be time to try the presses with 35#.

Conditioning

Warmed up snatches with 5×45, 5×65, and 3×95.

  • 15 Power Snatches (115#)
  • 55 Double Unders
  • 25 C2B Pull-ups
  • 55 Double Unders
  • 35 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 55 Double Unders
  • 45 Wall Ball Sit-ups (30#)
  • 55 Double Unders
  • 35 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 55 Double Unders
  • 25 C2B Pull-ups
  • 55 Double Unders
  • 15 Power Snatches (115#)

Realized it had been a long time since I’d done a chipper, so I came up with this one. My only miss on the rope was 2 reps in after the first round of C2B. Snatches were all quick singles, chest to bar pull-ups were 5×5, push-ups were 7×5, and sit-ups were 3×15. The sit-ups with that heavier medicine ball were the hardest part of the workout. Excited I was able to do all sets of 5 for the C2B, though I maybe could have gone a lot faster  in the workout without as much rest between the sets. Finished in 18:57. I really liked that one.

I did a little bit of handstand walk practice, but was tired.

Dumbbell Thrusters are the Devil

My neck had been kind of sore after Wednesday’s workout. Today my traps are really sore, probably from all of the pulling with those 50 power cleans. I did get a much better sleep last night. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

Team Rowling to 1,000 meters

I got 100-100-99-100-100. 🙂

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 30s Row
  • 30s Rest

I got 166, 161, 160, 160, 159, 156, 155, 155, 155, and 156 meters. The workout summary on the rower added that up to 1,584 for some reason, which is a meter off. Should have been 1,583!

21-15-9-6-3

  • DB Thrusters (40# DBs)
  • T2B

Wasn’t really recovered for this. I decided last night when I saw the workout that I was not going to attempt with the 50s. I went 12-9, 9-6, 9, 6, and 3 on my thrusters and took too much time looking at the dumbbells. The thrusters definitely affected my hip action on the toes to bars, but I was able to get 6-5-5-5, 5-5-5, 5-4, 3-3, and 3. Finished in 7:14, which I’m not very pleased with. Too much resting.

Accessory & Skill

4 Sets

  • 10/10 Kroc Rows (44#)
  • HS Walking Practice

After the 4 rounds I worked for another 10-15 minutes all walking up to the wall. I’m feeling a lot more comfortable with it and will probably see what I can do on the open floor on Sunday.

Here is a quick video I took of some of the practice. These weren’t my best attempts, but even these are a huge improvement from what I could do before this week.

Ready for a rest day!

Baby Swings

My shoulders and arms are in rough shape today. I couldn’t fall back to sleep last night, so by 6am I was fed up with it and got out of bed. Turned out to be a 2 coffee day and I’m still dragging ass. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • Mini Ring Swings!!!
  • 2 Rounds
    • 1:00 Assault Bike
    • 10 Kip Swings
    • 10 PVC Good Mornings
    • 10 PVC Passes

First time I’ve been able to swing on the rings in months!! Could still feel my right shoulder when I got really deep in the swing so I only did a few. Making progress finally. Looking forward to being able to do ring muscle-ups again.

Weightlifting

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 3×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 3×205
  • 3×225
  • 3×235

I did TnG through 185 and put the belt on for 225 or 235. The bar was feeling really heavy and it didn’t dawn on my until after class that I was feeling so terrible from a lack of sleep last night. The reps with 235 were harder than I can remember in many years and then I went for 245 and “Clarked” the first rep. Wow! For comparison, in June I was able to hit 245 for a triple, shortly after I started lifting again.

Conditioning

15:00 EMOM (alt)

  1. 12 cals Assault Bike
  2. 10 Power Cleans (115#, unbroken)
  3. 4 Pull-ups + 3 C2B Pull-ups + 2 Bar Muscle-ups

As soon as I saw this workout I knew I’d scale back from 135# and definitely glad I did with how I am feeling. The gymnastics minute was 5+4+3, but I wasn’t confident I could hold on to that, so I cut back. Possibly could have made it, but this was plenty hard enough. I dropped off the rig between every movement. That bike really blows up your legs. I need to use it more often because it’s a lot different from my Airdyne.

Hopefully I can get a good night of sleep and hit the gym tomorrow because I have a busy Saturday and probably won’t have time for a workout.

Baby Steps

Took a rest day yesterday, though I should start doing an active recovery day once a week again. Middle of my back, or just below my shoulder blades, especially on the sides of my spine, is was really tight. Not as bad today. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 2 Minute Row (28 s/m)
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 Push-ups
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 10 American KBS (35#)

Conditioning

  • Buy In: 3,000m Row
  • 5 Rounds
    • 15 Push Jerks (95#)
    • 15 Sit-ups
    • 15 American KBS (53#)

Started out around 1:51/500m and then slowed closer to 1:55 after about 1,000 meters with a stroke rate around 25-26 most of the way. I got off the rower around 11:20-ish and was feeling good, so I know I didn’t go too hard. When I saw this workout I knew I wasn’t going to try 115# and 70#. I made the right choice with scaling. Still had to break up the last two rounds of push jerks because I couldn’t straighten my arms! I went 8-7 and 9-6 on those rounds. Tried to catch my breath on the sit-ups and did the swings unbroken every round. Going from the swings to the jerks was horrible. Finished in 22:21.

Skill

Worked on finding balance in a handstand hold and some walking again. My shoulders were wrecked, but I figured it would be good practice when fatigued. The band across the rig was feeling good, so I went over to the wall and started taking a few handstand steps into it and was even able to hold in a freestanding for a little bit. Felt like a huge breakthrough today!

Pace and Pick it Up

The middle of my back is sore. I’m guessing it was from the C2B. Went to the 4pm class today.

Warm-up

  • 1:00 Row @ 20 s/m
  • 15 Air Squats
  • 1:00 Row @ 26 s/m
  • 15 Air Squats

Strength

Back Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×135
  • 10×165
  • 10×185
  • 10×195
  • 10×205
  • 10×215

Got up to what I hoped for based on what I’ve been lifting and estimated maxes. Still feels weird and uncertain. I wore my belt for the last 2 or 3 sets.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 300m Row @ 2k pace
  • 200m Row @ 3-6 seconds/500m faster
  • 2:00 Rest

I guess the program has some rowing focus for the next month, which will be fun. I missed the 2,000 meter test last week, so decided to go off a 7:00 time, since I’m pretty sure I can’t match my 6:43.3 PR right now and my 2k test on the Ski Erg was about 10 seconds slower than my best. Plus 7:00 makes calculations easy. So I rowed at 1:45/500m and then picked it up to 1:40. My times were 1:43, 1:43, 1:42.9, 1:42.7, and 1:42.5. Love that consistency!