Comfortably Cold

I must be really hyped up on Friday nights after the Open workouts because it wasn’t a great night of sleep again. Sore this morning, but no back pain. 👍🏻  Went for a run after 10am, when it hadn’t hit 40 degrees yet and the windchill was 32. I bundled up with warm socks, Under Armour Cold Gear tights and shirt, shorts, light half zip, winter golf gloves, and a hat.

Year of the Engine – Endurance

46:00 Run

I wasn’t sure about my layering, but I was very comfortable the entire run and it was my favorite run of the year! I’ve already bought some proper running gloves and a hat. Went 4.8 miles with consistent splits again. It felt good on my body after 20.4 last night.

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Year of the Engine – Speed/Threshold

15:00 Airdyne

I was out in the garage at 6pm. Tried to hold 80 RPM and I think my average would have been close. Went 521 cals and 9.82 km, which is my best by 14 calories and 0.14 km.

Speed & Endurance

Last night my legs were really feeling the fatigue from those two Airdyne interval workouts. I think it means I need more of that. Didn’t get a very good night of sleep. Out in the garage after 9:30.

Warm-up

3:00 Airdyne

Increased pace each minute. 94 calories and 1.85 km.

Year of the Engine – Time Trial

10:00 Airdyne

Tried to keep a consistent pace from the start with 87-90 RPM instead of going out hot for the first minute plus. My pace still faded through the middle of the workout and I didn’t have as much kick for the end. I never looked at the calories until I was finished and I felt pretty good, so I thought I had a good chance of beating 400. Not today. 393 calories and 6.91 km.

Went for a run close to 2pm.

Year of the Engine – Endurance

44:00 Run

Made it 4.55 miles and I love the consistency over the middle!

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Then it was time to mow the lawn.

One Lunge at a Time

Last night I could feel my triceps getting sore. My back is a lot less tight this morning and my chest is definitely sore from the increased ROM with those dumbbell bench presses. Went to open gym at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 Echo Bike (30 cals)
  • 2 Sets10/10 Leg Swings
    • 10 Toe Touches
  • 8 Pendlay Rows (45#)
  • 10 Bent Over Rear Lateral Raises (5# DBs)
  • 8 Pendlay Rows (75#)
  • 10 Bent Over Rear Lateral Raises (15# DBs)
  • 10 Cossack Squats

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 8 Pendlay Rows (95#)
  • 12 Bent Over Rear Lateral Raises (20# DBs)
  • 10 Goblet Cossack Squats (44#)

Those cossack squats are nasty.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 30s/30s Side Planks
  • 30 Plank Jumps
  • 6 Evil Wheels

Finished in 8:10.

Conditioning

400m Walking Lunge

Went over to the track at the school across the street. Today I alternated between 20 step-through lunges and 20 bringing my feet together for a slight pause. It really helped me focus on something and keep up a solid overall pace. I finished in 10:39, which is a huge PR by 1:16!

Year of the Engine – Endurance

44:00 Run

I wanted to give my back more time to recover from 20.2 so I delayed rowing intervals a couple more days. Plus it was great weather for a run around 4pm. I had a little goal of 4.5 miles and ended up going 4.57.

Cool that I’m never going over a 10:00/mile pace now, even as the runs are getting longer.

Chilly Run

On Sunday night I started to feel my calves getting sore from Saturday’s 500 double unders. My shoulders and arms in general were feeling beat yesterday so taking a true rest day where I didn’t do much of anything was nice. My quads got sore from the wall balls too.

Year of the Engine – Endurance

42:00 Run

It was 53 degrees when I started my run during lunch. I’m starting to feel really good during these runs and soon it’ll be too cold out. I got stopped at a light for about 30 seconds in the middle of mile 4 and then picked up the pace from there on in since my heart rate wasn’t near zone 4 yet. Went until 42:30 because of the stoppage and made it 4.29 miles. Two months ago I only ran 3.83 miles over 42 minutes and with a much higher heart rate. Here are my mile splits today:

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Kevin came over around 4pm.

No B.S. Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×185
  • 5×205
  • 4x5x225
  • MAX @ 225 – 7
  • 2×245
  • 1×255
  • 1×265

Starting this third cycle at the same base weight as the second cycle since it went so poorly. Just under two and a half months to get to 300. All three times I did a max reps set at 225 last cycle I got 7 reps and the 7th today was a struggle. The working sets were no walk in the park, but I did feel pretty beat in my shoulders and arms from the early sets. Adding in some heavier doubles and singles went well though and felt better than last week.

Back Squat

  • 8×45#
  • 8×135
  • 8×165
  • 8×195
  • 8×225
  • MAX @ 165 (12)

I liked the immediate drop set that was the class programming last week, when it was sets of three and I did 6×225 and 10×165 for two max reps sets. Decided to go for sets of 8 today and things were still feeling good, so I pushed the drop set more (not really a true max reps set). I’m hopeful I can build up my leg strength again. I may never come close to that 400# goal I had several years ago, but you never know.

Even Splits

I put in over 6.5 miles of walking yesterday at Cedar Point, so my legs were pretty tired by the end of the day from standing on that concrete all day. Got home before 5pm and went out for a run at 5:45.

Year of the Engine – Endurance

40:00 Run

It was the best I’ve felt running in a very long time. Went 4.11 miles with very consistent miles.

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Blowout

Yesterday I walked 18 holes. I got almost 9 hours of sleep two nights in a row! Work has been really busy, so I didn’t have time to get in a Year of the Engine workout during lunch today. Went to the gym for the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 3 Sets
    • 15 Reverse Hypers (90#)
  • 400m Run
  • 3 Rounds
    • 5 HR Push-ups
    • 5 Kip Swings
    • 10 Air Squats
  • Squat Cleans
    • 5×45#
    • 3×95
    • 3×135

Conditioning

2 Rounds

  • 4:00 EMOM – 3 Squat Cleans (165#)
  • 4:00 EMOM – 10 T2B
  • 4:00 EMOM – 3 Back Squats (165#)
  • 4:00 EMOM – 12 cal Row

I haven’t squatted in months, so I wasn’t going to push it in a format like this. Wore my belt through both barbell movements and grips for the T2B, which I was able to get all unbroken today. I was pulling ~1,700 cal/hr for the first four minutes of rowing and then 1,800 for the second.