Winter Nancy

My shoulders felt a few tugs in bed last night, but no issues today. Went to the 4pm class.


  • 2 Sets
    • 20 Jumping Jacks
    • 10 Arm Circles Forward
    • 10 Arm Circles Backward
    • 10 Arm Crosses
  • 3 Sets
    • 100m Run
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 10 Behind Neck Wide Grip Push Press (45#)
  • 3 Sets
    • 5 OHS (45#, 3131 tempo)


5 Rounds

  • 1,200m Assault Bike
  • 15 Overhead Squats (95#)

Winter version of “Nancy” for us here in Michigan, though most everyone did 500m rows. I figured the AB and OHS combo would blow up my quads and right away in the first set of squats I broke, doing 9-6. Continued that until I did the last 15 unbroken. I should have fought to do them all unbroken and recovered on the bike. I guess I was the Nancy today. I probably averaged around 60 RPM and was dipping under that in the last two rounds. Finished in 15:56, which is about 30 seconds faster than my time with the 400m runs this summer when I did all of the squats unbroken.

For some reason I originally recorded 16:56. When I saw my friend’s time on the whiteboard only 20 seconds off mine and knowing I beat him by over a minute, I remembered pushing to get those final reps done under 16 minutes. Now I feel better about my effort. That’s what happens when I don’t have my notebook on the floor and record it right away!


We had plenty of time again, so I pulled out a barbell. The NCFit programming is cutting back on the strength work a bit to focus on conditioning with the Open coming up.


  • 10×45#
  • 10×135
  • 10×185
  • 10×205
  • 10×225
  • 10×245

All sets with a neutral grip.

Not Even Close

Golfed the last two days and realized one of the reasons I don’t get worked up about missing a workout two days in a row (or 3 of the last 4, like I just did) is that especially when I golf I’m walking over 6 miles on the course. Just as I believe in a healthy work/life balance, I think it’s important to find a balance with your exercise.

Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up – 4 Sets

  • 10/10 Single Arm KBS
  • 10/10 Single Arm Shoulder Press

Strength – Push Press

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×125
  • 5×145
  • 3x5x165


Nancy – 5 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 15 OHS (95#)

Ran the straight out and back route today. After the first set I didn’t think I’d be able to get every set of OHS unbroken, but I did. Finished in 16:24, which is not even close to the 13:35 I somehow did two years ago.

Be a “Nancy”

Pancakes for PRs!

Worked last week so went with the pancakes again for breakfast topped with almond butter and maple syrup. These Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes are the bomb!


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 2 Sets
    • 5s of StrongFit Tricep & Bicep Openers (10#)
    • 10 Wall Squats


5 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 15 OHS (95#)

Exactly 2 years ago, to the day, I did 16:58. At the time I hadn’t done any overhead squats in months when I was coming back from a shoulder impingement. I lost the bar on the 12th rep in the final set too.

Tried to start out fast on the run to buy some time and still push the other runs too. They did slow down though and then I picked it up in the final 200 meters. Didn’t want to have any drops with the bar that was for sure. I went right into a squat snatch on the first rep of every set. OHS felt really good, which I think has a lot to do with all of the shoulder and upper back work I’m doing. If I could improve my cycle time on the squats that’s where I could make up some more time. Wish I had worn my Garmin to be able to know round splits. Final time was 13:35, a PR by 3:23!! Run, run, run, run, run! Another monster running WOD PR.


E2M – 5 Sets

  • 6 Pendlay Rows (145#, normal grip)
  • 6 Good Mornings (145#)


  • 4 Tabata Rounds
    • 20s L-hang
    • 10s Rest
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 4 Tabata Rounds
    • 20s HS Hold (facing)
    • 10s Rest

Was on the rings for a L-sit in the first round but it was hurting my shoulder so switched to L-hangs. All done with bent knees up. Cart-wheeled up to the handstand holds since I did them facing the wall. Not much rest other than to quickly shake out the arms, but it kept me feeling fresh.  I felt really solid in the hollow with just my toes on the wall an my nose right up close.

Murph Training Bonus

8 Round Tabata

  • 20s Bottom to Bottom Air Squats
  • 10s Rest

I did 11 reps for the first 6 rounds and took the extra rest, which wasn’t much extra by the 6th time through. Then went faster with 13 and 14 reps in the final 2 rounds. 93 total for a 6 rep PR. I don’t know of anything else that gives this kind of burn in the legs. This little 4 minute grind is starting to grow on me.

Finished with Crossover Symmetry Iron Scap since I had skipped it a couple of times this week already.


With golf tomorrow and feeling good, I ran in the evening with a single goal of going at least 30 minutes and keeping it close to a 10 minute per mile pace. When I finished up, it was 3.26 miles in 32:37, which Runkeper says is exactly a 10:00/mile pace! I never got much slower than that overall either, so maybe I’m starting to get the hang of run pacing for once in my life. Doubt it though.

Will ROMWOD yet tonight.

Lower Body Beatdown

Legs, butt, and abs are a little sore from the squats. Chest still sore from a couple of days ago. Back to the 9am class this morning.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation (at home)
  • Couch stretch
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Band Pulls
  • Leg Swings


Box Squats with ~30s rest between the 10 sets @ 55%. Speed reps!

  • 5×45#
  • 5×135#
  • 10x2x175#

Right at 50% for me, but I was ok with that since it let me keep up the speed and I squatted enough yesterday.

2014-05-22-sumo-deadlift-395Sumo Deadlifts

  • 5×135#
  • 5×225#
  • 2×305#
  • 2×345#
  • 2×375#
  • 2x2x395#

Felt better than I was expecting. Didn’t have any desire to go up to 90% though, especially based off my old PR.


“Nancy” – 5 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 15 OHS @ 95#

I’d only done this one with 85# before and it took me exactly 15 minutes. Wasn’t sure how it would go today since I haven’t done any OHS in 3 months. My goal was to finish every round of OHS unbroken, but I couldn’t keep it stable in the last round and lost the bar during my 12th rep. Took me 16:58 to finish. My legs have really been taking a beating lately.

Did CS Recovery when I got home.

Meet “Nancy”

It’s been a cold few days here in Phoenix, with freezing temperatures every night. Since today’s WOD had running, I was not going at 9am! Went in for the noon, which was good running weather.


  • 3 Rounds
    • 3 Pull-ups
    • 6 Push-ups
    • 9 Air Squats
  • 30 AbMat Sit-ups
  • 30 Supermans
  • Bergener Warm-up (45#)


10:00 EMOM, increasing weights

  • Power Snatch
  • OHS

I started with 75# and went up 10# each minute until I hit 135#, where I did a few sets before going to 140# for the last set. I did all arm pull on the first attempt and then hit it with an ugly attempt. My snatch needs work!


5 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 15 OHS (85#)

I could have done it Rx with 95#, but I would have had to break up the OHS. By using 85# I was forced to fight for my reps and was able to keep it unbroken. Finished in exactly 15:00. Hitting all 15 in-a-row on the last two rounds was a fight and the bar was swaying all over the place. First shot at “Nancy” was a good one.