Get Out All of the Gear

Around 9pm last night I started falling asleep and my body was feeling completely wrecked. Crawled in bed around 10 and got some solid recovery. My glutes are pretty damn sore and my upper back started to get sore through the day. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 2:00 Row (34 cals)
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 10 DB Shoulder Press (20#)

Strength

2 Front Squats + 2 Jerks

  • 45# (5 reps of each)
  • 95 (5 reps of each)
  • 135
  • 165
  • 185
  • 205
  • 225
  • 235

I haven’t front squatted that weight in almost two years, when I did 2×245 on December 14, 2017. It felt pretty good, all things considered. I did all push jerks except for the last set where I split jerked both reps. I think I started wearing my belt with 165. I also had knee sleeves on just because I’d want them for the lunges.

Conditioning

17:00 AMRAP

  • Buy-in: 5 Rounds
    • 10 Thrusters (95#)
    • 15 Pull-ups
    • 30 Double Unders
  • AMRAP in remaining time…
    • 10 Front Rack Lunges (95#)
    • 15 Russian KBS (70#)
    • 30 Double Unders

I broke the thrusters 5-5 from the start, hoping to keep my heart rate down, and did 5-5-5 on all pull-ups. My first round was just under 2:00 and round two was right at 4:00, but then I started resting way too much between movements. I think I was on the AMRAP right around the 13:00 mark, so I averaged three minutes for each of the last three rounds! Missed 3 double unders all together I think. Got through 2+10 of the AMRAP.

4th Class This Week

My hip flexors have been wrecked all week from those 120 toes to bars. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

2 Sets

  • 10 Lateral Raises (5#)
  • 10 Front Raises (5#)
  • 10 Bent Over Lateral Raises (5#)

3 Rounds

  • 10 Jumping Jacks
  • 10 Air Squats
  • Worlds greatest stretch
  • Front rack stretch
  • 5 Ring Rows

I also did 10×45# front squats.

Strength

5 Sets

  • 10 Front Squats (95#)
  • 10 Hip Thrusts (50#, 4 @ 60#)
  • 2:00 Rest

These were supposed to be max rep sets at about 50% but these days I don’t like doing max reps with anything that’s going to affect my back. So I took it easy, especially with the squats cleans coming up in the metcon.

Conditioning

12:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Squat Cleans (95#)
  • 10 Pull-ups
  • 20 Double Unders

All single cleans export two at the end. Kept picking the bar up without extra rest though. I did 5-5 on every round of pull-ups and was having a hard time getting the rhythm of my butterfly. Didn’t miss any dubs until two in the last round! Finished 8+2 and slowing down on the cleans like that turned out to be a nice steady pace.

My back has held up well this week and I’ve been to 4 classes.

Pull-up PR

Didn’t sleep well at all and got out of bed around 6am. My back is really tight from 20.2. Went to the gym during the morning 8 and 9am classes to do my own thing, so I could use the 60 pound dumbbells.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Assault Bike (45 cals)
  • 3 Sets
    • 5 Scap Pull-ups
    • 10 DB Bench Presses (30-40-50#)

Strength / Accessory

5 Sets

  • MAX Strict Pull-ups
  • 10 DB Bench Presses (60#)
  • 3:00 Rest

I got 15-12-10-10-10 on the pull-ups, which sets a new PR set! I haven’t maxed out strict pull-ups since 2014 when I did 13. I weighed about 200 pounds back then and I’ve been around 202 lately. The bench started to feel pretty heavy in the last two sets.

E20S – Until Failure

  • 3 Strict HSPU

I wrote numbers up to 20 on the board kind of joking and ended up maing it through 17 rounds. My first idea was to do a 5:00 AMRAP, so this was just an extra 40 seconds and made sure I didn’t blow up too early. In round 12 I made the mistake of stopping in the bottom on my second rep. I eventually was able to press out of it, but it ruined me for the rest of the way. I had to do three singles in my last two rounds and barely made it so didn’t attempt the 18th round.

5 Sets

  • 10/10 Single Leg Lateral Step-ups (30″)
  • 30s/30s Single Leg Standing Balance (70#)

Then I was out in the garage around 11.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

36:00 Airdyne
**Endurance pace with 7s sprint @ 8, 16, 24, 32

976 calories and 20.88 km.

Time for some food and a nap.

Gym to Garage

Yesterday I walked 18 holes on a very sloppy golf course from all of the rain. When the conditions are like that it really takes a lot more out of me than you’d think. Went to the 4pm class at the gym.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 15 Reverse Hypers (50#)

4 Rounds

  • 10/10 Leg Swings
  • 10/10 Arm Circles
  • 10 PVC Passes
  • Front Rack Stretch

Hang Power Snatch

  • 2x3x45#
  • 3×75

Hang Power Clean

  • 3×95#

Conditioning

  • 7:00 EMOM
    • 7 Pull-Ups
    • 3 Hang Power Snatch (95#)
  • 7:00 EMOM
    • 7 Burpees
    • 3 Hang Power Cleans (125#)
  • 5:00 Rest
  • 7:00 EMOM
    • 7 Pull-Ups
    • 3 Hang Power Snatch (125#)
  • 7:00 EMOM
    • 7 Burpees

I was able to get all 14 sets of pull-ups unbroken! I was starting to feel my back when bringing the bar down between reps during the 125# snatches. When I’m resetting like this is when it’s bothered me the most over the last year or so. Then I almost lost my grip on the barbell during the last two sets of that second round of snatches. I went to pick up 165# for the hang cleans, deadlifted it, and decided not to push my back, so I just did the burpees to finish. Lifts from the hang and especially stringing them together affects my back a lot more; I probably should have done singles from the ground.

Year of the Engine – Time Trial

10:00 Airdyne

Jumped on the bike when I got home from the gym. Could I beat 400 calories? Close, but no cigar. I got 396 calories and 6.95 km. It was the middle section again where I start to really slow down. Solid effort after being at the gym.

My Take on Frantasy Land

Had great night of sleep and didn’t wake up until ten after 8. Went to open gym at 10am.

No B.S. Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×175
  • 5×205
  • 5×225
  • 4×240
  • 2x5x235
  • MAX @ 225 (7)

I’ve been struggling through this entire second cycle of the program. I couldn’t even hit one full set of 5 at the recommended 240-245 and then the max reps was seven again, which is what I got during the first two times of this cycle. Maybe it’s time to try benching in the evening. Or maybe I’m not eating enough. Or maybe all of the cardio is affecting my ability to get stronger.

Conditioning

  • 9-6-3
    • Thrusters (95/65#)
    • Bar Muscle-ups
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 12-9-6
    • Thrusters (75/50#)
    • C2B Pull-ups
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 15-12-9
    • Thrusters (55/40#)
    • Pull-ups

This is my take on Frantasy Land for an everyday CrossFitter. When I came up with the rep schemes I was wondering if I could go unbroken through the entire thing. Hahahaha!! I did go unbroken (very slowly) on all of the thrusters, but the dream was crushed early when I had to go 5-4 on the first muscle-ups. I went 3-3 on the 6 and did the final 3. First part took me 3:46. I almost quit the workout right there. I started with a set of 7 C2B, but after that I don’t remember. I do know I was doing a bunch of singles to end the 9 and then all of the 6. Took me 5:09! I felt better for the final couplet doing 3×5, 3×4, and 5-4 for my pull-ups. That took me 4:47 to finish. End time on the clock was 17:42. I am just not comfortable with a bunch of barbell work in a metcon right now. 😦 Stood around resting way too much in between sets and movements.

I don’t know if I’m coming down with something or what, but I wasn’t feeling great the rest of the day and skipped out on an engine workout again.

Week of Green

Today is my 6th green WHOOP recovery day in a row! Went to the hotel gym at almost 6pm.

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Gymnastics / Strength

  • 2 Sets
    • 5 Strict Pull-ups
    • 10 DB Thrusters (35#)
  • 2 Sets
    • 7 Strict Pull-ups
    • 7 DB Thrusters (40#)
  • 2 Sets
    • 10 Strict Pull-ups
    • 5 DB Thrusters (50#)

The climbing sets of pull-ups were a change-up and good challenge. Rested after each couplet because I was just going for quality and a little volume.

Year of the Engine – Rocket Race

24 Rounds

  • 30s Stationary Bike
  • 30s Rest

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Used level 18 on the bike and went 6.63 miles. My legs were shaking on the bike during the rest periods and it was a wobbly walk back to my room. When I got there I was feeling wrecked and a little sick, so I took a cold shower before heading to dinner.

Will I wake up in the green tomorrow?

Where Did That Come From?

I walked 18 holes yesterday. My biceps and lats are still sore from Tuesday. The muscle-ups on Wednesday may have contributed to that too. Out in the garage before lunch. Warmed up with a two minute row for 520 meters.

Year of the Engine – Rocket Race

18 Rounds

  • 15s Row
  • 45s Rest

This is the start of phase 3, differentiation, where we work on speed and power, now that we’ve built up a solid capacity. Looking forward to an even better engine!

There were some 20 second intervals in phase one with 1:40 rests, so I wasn’t sure what kind of pace to go for these. I thought 1:26-1:28/500m might be good, but was worried about the short rest. Since there is a minimum interval time of 20 seconds on my rower I set it for 20/40, didn’t use the first interval, and waited until there was 16 seconds left before I grabbed for the handle each time. This makes the average pace and stroke rate useless though. My meters were:

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88-86-87-87-87-87-87-88-88

As you can see it took several intervals to get a feel for the short time duration. After finding myself, I was hitting 1:21-1:23 by the fourth pull and holding it. Using the pace calculator, 86-88 meters would be an average pace of 1:25.2-1:27.2, so I was pretty close with my guess. On BTWB I saw a guy, who I consistently beat on every other type of interval, post an average of 107 meters for this. Come on buddy, that would be an average pace of 1:10/500m!!! Not a chance. If I started at the beginning of the 20 second intervals, stopped at 15, and included the rollover meters I would have done that, so that’s probably what he did.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 16 cal Assault Bike
  • 2 Rounds
    • 20 PVC Passes
    • 8 DB Shoulder Presses (25#)
    • 10 Ring Rows

Strength

Shoulder Press

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×115
  • 3×135
  • 1×150
  • 1×160
  • 1×170
  • 1×180

Going in I was hoping to hit 165 pounds because I haven’t done much shoulder pressing in the last two years. Basically since I hit my all-time best of 185 I haven’t had an estimated max come close to that, as you can see below.

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I have no idea where this 180 lift came from, but it sure was a nice surprise. Must be a lot of carry-over from the bench program. That last rep may have gotten my back though, with over-extension, even though it went up pretty smooth. Should have wore my belt! Hopefully I’m ok when I wake up tomorrow.

Conditioning

E3M – 6 Rounds

  • 10 Push Jerks (115#)
  • 10 Pull-Ups
  • 10 Handstand Push-Ups
  • 10 Power Cleans (115#)

We did something very similar almost 4 months ago and it wrecked me because I increased the reps by one each round! It was jerks, t2b, hand power cleans, and HSPU. Today actually had SDLHP, so I subbed in power cleans since I’m not risking a shoulder impingement on that stupid movement. This time instead of cutting back to 95# and increasing the reps by 1 each round I stuck to the Rx weight.

My goal was to do everything unbroken. I didn’t even come close! After 3 rounds I took the tens off and was down to 95#, just in time to start round 4. Then I was off pace the rest of the way. I was able to do every set of pull-ups unbroken, but the quick turn-around from jerks to HSPU is what really got me. They were so slow and then I had to start breaking them up in the 3rd or 4th round. I did a whole bunch of singles on the cleans because I was so blown. I kept going to finish my full 6 rounds after the clock, so it was probably 19:00-19:30. I should have gone 95# the whole way like last time.