When Do You Do Your Best Work?

Yesterday I walked 18 holes on the golf course. I was planning to do this workout last night, but got busy and thought it would be a good idea to rest up before my trip. Good choice, because I woke up with a 96% WHOOP recovery score. I set an alarm and got up for an early (to me) workout since I had a 10:15am flight, so I was in the garage at 7:30.

Year of the Engine – Rocket Race

6 Rounds

  • 3:00 Row
  • 2:00 Rest

Two months ago I did this with an average pace of 1:45.4/500m, though my notes say I wasn’t feeling that great.

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Really happy with that effort, which is 15 meters more than last time. Wasn’t sure how I’d react in the morning on an empty stomach. Kind of fitting that the podcast I was listening to talked about how one guy measured when he was most productive at work throughout his day.

Time to pack and head to the airport.

Light Barbell Work

Feeling good. Went to open gym at 10.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 15 Reverse Hypers (90#)

No B.S. Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 8×95
  • 4×135
  • 4×175
  • 4×205
  • 4×225
  • 4x4x240

Still on the low end of the recommended 240-245 for the working sets. Not sure I could have added the extra five pounds to either of the last two sets even. I have to remind myself 245 is my all-time 5RM (which I matched back in May) and I did 16 reps with 240 in this workout. Things are moving in the right direction.

Conditioning

  • E2M – 5 Rounds
    • 10 Power Snatches (75#)
    • 5 Muscle-ups
  • 4:00 Rest
  • E2M – 5 Rounds
    • 10 C&J (75#)
    • 5 Handstand Push-ups

My original version of this was using 95 and 115, but I switched to 75 and 95 yesterday. I did the first 4 sets of muscle-ups unbroken with a near failure on the last rep of those. Then I finished with 3-1-1. After struggling towards the end of the first couplet, I decided to stay at 75 for the clean and jerks. I also added an extra two minutes of rest because I was not recovering fast enough. As soon as I went for my first strict HSPU I knew it was going to have to change. I did 3-2 and 5×1 strict before switching to unbroken sets of 5 kipping for the other 3 rounds. I probably could have continued with 5×1 strict, but I wanted some rest time!

Damn, that light barbell can really give you a great workout. Too many people think you need to go heavy all the time and keep adding more weight.

Midline

6-4-2 with 10 second holds

  • Curl-up
  • Side Plank
  • Bird Dog

Increased from the 5-3-1 since it had been easy. This was definitely more of a challenge, but the workout may have contributed to that.

Did a bunch of yard work, ran some errands, and then was out in the garage by 8pm

Year of the Engine – Polarized

26:00 Airdyne

** Endurance pace with 7s sprint @ 6, 12, 18, 24

Went 692 calories and 14.93 km.

Don’t Stop

My legs feel a little tired this morning after walking roughly 6 miles on the golf course and running another 3.5. Out in the garage after 9:30am. Warmed up with a two minute row for 513 meters.

Year of the Engine – Rocket Race

15 Rounds

  • 30s Row
  • 1:00 Rest

I did 1:27.7 a couple weeks ago with a tight back for this same thing, so today the goal was 1:27.

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Holy shit did I underestimated this one or what? I didn’t remember it being so hard. I wasn’t even close to maintaining that previous pace. Was it because I hadn’t eaten anything yet? Tired legs? The two beers I drank last night? Some days you just don’t have “it” I guess.

When I went to take pictures of the splits I noticed two weeks ago was with 1:30 rests, not 1:00!!! Of course I wasn’t going to be able to keep that pace. I could really feel the loss of power in my first 4-5 strokes, which couldn’t recover with the shorter rest; it all makes sense now. I’m extremely proud of how I fought to keep getting those 165 meters when things fell apart. My mistake turned out to be a great mental and physical test.

Thinking back, I had noticed the guy on BTWB who always smokes me had averaged a 1:27.7 pace. After finding what I had thought was my same intervals I concluded that he maybe was worse than me at the short duration stuff. I should have known better! Based on his scores I would have set my goal at 1:30-1:31. It turns out I have done this one, back on June 8th, with an average pace of 1:31.7, getting 163-164 meters every round, which I beat on each interval today.

Year of the Engine – Speed/Threshold

15:00 Airdyne

Out in the garage again after the Michigan game. Tried to hold 80 RPM. Went 500 calories and 9.63 km.

Friday Night Run

My chest is a little sore today. Maybe from the toes-to-bars on Wednesday? I walked 18 holes yesterday and today both. Went out for a run in the evening.

Year of the Engine – Endurance

34:00 Run

Did a better job with pace, went 3.42 miles, and felt a lot more comfortable with that run. It was a nice night, around 65°, and there was some mist over the last few minutes. Walked about 200 meters home.

Repeat of 2 & 2

Still coughing, but I picked up the inhaler this afternoon, so hopefully it goes away soon. My WHOOP recovery was only 32% this morning, but I feel pretty good and am planning to golf the next two days. Out in the garage during lunch.

Year of the Engine – Rocket Race

8 Rounds

  • 2:00 Row
  • 2:00 Rest

I did these same intervals on June 29th with an average pace of 1:42.8/500m, so today I was shooting for 1:42. Got 588-588-589-588-588-588-588-588 meters, which is 36 more overall than last time.

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Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 400m Row
  • 3 Rounds
    • 5 Good Mornings
    • 5 Kip Swings
    • 5 Air Squats

Conditioning

E3M – 10 Rounds

  • 10 cal Echo Bike
  • 10 cal Row
  • 10 T2B
  • 3 Deadlifts (4×185, 4×225, 2×245)

The bike got a little slower over time. Could really feel the leg fatigue from the last few days. Wore my Bear KompleX grips and kept the toes-to-bars all unbroken. The deadlifts got heavy and I didn’t wear a belt. Did them all with a neutral grip too, which I’ve been doing a lot of since I haven’t been going heavy.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 50 Russian Twists (35# KB)

The end of set 3 and about half way through 4 really started to slow.

My body is ready for the “rest” days!

Core Stability Prehab/Rehab

The doctor thinks I might be suffering from allergies and some bronchitis, so I got an antibiotic, an inhaler (well, I should be able to get this tomorrow), and started taking an allergy pill. I was out in the garage during lunch.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

24:00 Airdyne

** Endurance pace with 7s sprint @ 5, 10, 15, 20

My legs were definitely tired from yesterday and my quads are starting to get sore. I did 665 calories and 14.02 km.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 300m Row
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Pass throughs
    • Front rack stretch (both arms)
    • 8 KB Swings (35#)
    • 5 HR Push-ups
  • C&J
    • 5×45#
    • 5×95

Conditioning

E4M – 5 Rounds

  • 5 Power C&J (135-155-175-195-215#)
  • 400m Run

The percentages were set at 50, 60, 65, 70, and 75. These numbers I picked would be pretty spot on based off of all-time max, so it felt good to hit them in this. I did all singles and wore my belt for the last 3 sets. Each round took 10-15 seconds longer than the previous one, which I thought was pretty good. I think my first round was around 2:10 and the last one was around 2:50.

10-20-30-40-50

  • Russian KB Swings (53#)
  • Push-Ups

It was programmed with Americans, but I did Russian swings and was able to go unbroken on all of them. I’ve done over 350 swings in the last 3 days! I did 10 unbroken push-ups to start and then all sets of 5 through 15 (maybe) of the 50 when I started doing mostly triples. Finished in 9:36.

Midline

5-3-1 of each movement with 10 second holds

  • Curl-up
  • Side Plank
  • Bird Dog

I read a good article about core stability for low back issues this weekend so I am going to start doing their recommendations and see if it makes a difference for me.

All Sevens

Up early to do the 9am heat at the gym.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 200m Run
  • Line drills

Conditioning

This workout was to honor State Trooper Timothy O’Neill, who died a couple of years ago.

  • 7 Rounds
    • 7 Thrusters (95#)
    • 7 Burpees
    • 7 Back Squats (95#)
    • 7 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
    • 7 Russian KBS (53#)
    • 7 T2B
    • 7 Box Jumps (30″)
    • 700m Run
  • 49 Push-ups

Instead of doing 135# for the back squats I used the one bar. There was already plenty of squatting. Didn’t do American swings with 70# either. This came down to how fast you ran because 7 reps of each movement wasn’t a big deal if you kept moving. After 2 rounds I had to start doing quick T2B singles because my hands were so sweaty and I was not going to risk flying off the rig.

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My finishing time was 59:06 and my splits were:

  • 7:16
  • 7:56
  • 8:05
  • 8:47
  • 8:50
  • 8:32
  • 8:21
  • 1:15 (push-ups)

Not good consistency at all. I don’t remember the last time I did an hour workout. I need to push my running because it would have been nice to keep my rounds around eight minutes or less. I also think whatever is causing this cough and being stuffed up for 4 weeks is affecting me. I booked an appointment with my Doctor for tomorrow morning.

I really wanted to golf today or maybe hit an Engine Builder workout in the evening, but I was wrecked from that workout. I got a headache and everything, so it turned out to be a lazy rest of the day.