20.4

Rest day yesterday. On Wednesday I setup an adjustable stand on my desk so I can go between sitting and standing. Also bought an anti fatigue mat. After only a few hours I could tell my back was fighting to get in a better position, so hopefully it helps in the long run. I didn’t stand at the desk today since I needed my legs for the Open workout. I was getting anxious about the workout, so I got to the gym pretty early for the 4pm.

Warm-up

I started with 3:00 on the Echo Bike for 28 cals. Then I did a ton of ankle mobility work to get them primed for pistols, including sitting on ankles, KB on a knee and driving the leg forward, air squats, Cossack squats, step-ups, deep stretch with one foot up on a box, etc. I think I did 5×45, 5×95, and 3×135 clean and jerks. Honestly, not a ton of warm-up needed for me because the first five minutes of the workout was going to be a great warm-up and I didn’t want to be going too fast there.

CrossFit Open Workout 20.4

  • 30 Box Jumps / Step-ups (24″)
  • 15 C&J (95#)
  • 30 Box Jumps / Step-ups
  • 15 C&J (135#)
  • 30 Box Jumps / Step-ups
  • 10 C&J (185#)
  • 30 Pistol Squats
  • 10 C&J (225#)
  • 30 Pistol Squats
  • 5 C&J (275#)
  • 30 Pistol Squats
  • 5 C&J (315#)

Step up and down every rep on the box. Then all singles with the barbell. Both would keep my heart rate under control through the first part of the workout. I had my belt on and tightened it for every set with the barbell. Since I wasn’t jumping, I wore lifting shoes to would help with the pistols. Knee sleeves on too, which I pulled up for the pistols.

Last night I came up with sort of a slow scenario that would still let me get up to the 275# bar, where I would just stop. I haven’t lifted that weight in a couple years and it wouldn’t be worth an attempt with how my back was just feeling last week. Here was the plan:

  • 1:30 Box
  • 1:30 C&J (3:00)
  • 1:30 Box (4:30)
  • 2:30 C&J (7:00)
  • 1:30 Box (8:30)
  • 3:00 C&J (11:30)
  • 2:30 Pistols (14:00)
  • 3:30 C&J (17:30)
  • 2:30 Pistols (20:00)

I got through 200 reps with a 18:27 tiebreak, so I finished the 225# C&J and the 2nd set of pistols like I hoped. 💥  I was ahead of my total pace at every point. Here are my splits (compared to plan) and total time (compared to plan).

  • 1:24 (0:06) – 1:24 (0:06
  • 1:23 (0:07) – 2:47 (0:13)
  • 1:41 (-0:11) – 4:28 (0:02)
  • 1:32 (0:58) – 6:00 (1:00)
  • 1:57 (-0:27) – 7:57 (0:33)
  • 2:02 (0:58) – 9:59 (1:31)
  • 2:20 (0:10) – 12:19 (1:41)
  • 4:42 (-1:12) – 17:01 (0:19)
  • 1:26 (1:04) – 18:27 (1:33)

I thought it felt like my step-ups got slower and they sure did. I gave back time during the 2nd and 3rd sets. Kind of crazy that the 95# cleans took 1:23 and the 135# took 1:32. The 25# plates bounce around so much it’s hard to pick the bar back up. I should have gone faster on the first set of pistols, but was trying to keep my heart rate under control before that 225 pounder. Those heavier cleans took much longer than expected, considering I handled all of the other weights well. I was trying to rest about 20 seconds between each rep there because I knew I was ahead and I didn’t want to miss a jerk.

That workout was a lot of fun. I was nervous about my back holding up, but it was good. My entire back side is really tight now though.

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Calf Cautious

Got to bed later than I wanted and had a hard time falling asleep. Out in the garage at lunch.

Year of the Engine – Endurance

33:00 Airdyne

Got 929 cals and 19.56 km. Completely drenched in sweat and so was the full-size towel I used. Went to the gym at 4.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (160#)

6:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Step-ups (14″)
  • 5 Burpees
  • 10 Walking Lunges
  • 20 PVC Passes

Did the step-ups instead of double unders because I’m being cautious with my calf. Got through two rounds, step-ups, and burpees.

Conditioning

  • 1,500-1,000-500m Row
  • 63-42-21 Russian KB Swings (53#)
  • 36-24-12 Shoulder Presses (95#)

More scaling instead of 1,200-800-400 meter runs, American KBS, and push jerks. My calf has been feeling good, so I’m going to continue to baby it and then hopefully I’ll be able to run when I start vacation on the 12th.

I held a 1:50/500m pace for every row even though I didn’t want to after the first one. Kettlebell swings were all unbroken, with really sweaty hands for the 42 and 21. I did all of the shoulder presses in sets of sixes and was close to failure at the end of each round. Finished in 24:05. Hot sweaty mess again.

More Gymnastics Success

Hard to believe my abs aren’t very sore from the 150 sit-ups on Sunday. Yesterday I walked 18 holes of golf. Out in the garage around noon.

Year of the Engine – Interval

6 Rounds

  • 4:00 Row
  • 2:00 Rest

I got exactly 1,121 meters every time. Huge range of emotions to get through this one. When I got through three I thought it was possible to keep my 1:47/500m pace. When I got though four I had doubts. When I had one left I figured I could hang on. With two minutes to go I thought I might puke. It was a great feeling of accomplishment when I made it! This was the hardest session in four months.

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Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 5 Strict Pull-ups
  • 5 Burpees
  • 20 PVC passes
  • 10 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 5×75#
  • 5×95#

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 5 Shoulder Presses (105#)
  • 5 Muscle-ups
  • 12 Box Step-ups (24″)
  • 1:00 Rest

A lot of modifications today. I did the shoulder presses instead of heavier and heavier push jerks. I probably could have used 115 pounds. The box step-ups were in place of double unders and I picked the count by seeing how many I could do in 30 seconds during round one. Both mods were due to my calf strain. Rx was 10 chin-ups, but since I was modding two movements I went with the Rx+ 3-5 muscle-ups. My palm is healing pretty well and I knew ring muscle-ups wouldn’t affect it. I went to the gym planning on doing 4 muscle-ups each round to stay unbroken, but did 5 in the first round and stuck to it. Was close to missing in the final round, but I got them all unbroken! 50 is a lot for one day. The step-ups got consciously slower to give myself a little more “rest” for my pulling to recover. I think I finished in 22:48, though it might have been 22:38 or 23:48. I didn’t record it anywhere right away and the numbers are jumbled in my head.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 15 Lateral DB Raises (10# DBs)
  • 20 Sit-ups
  • 15 Front DB Raises (10# DBs)

15 Feet

My lower body is still really sore from Sunday.

Warm-up

9:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 10 Box Step-Ups (20-24-27″)
  • 10 Banded Good Morning
  • 20s Row

6:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 1:00 Row
  • 5 False Grip Ring Row (feet under me to cut down on weight)

Damn the false grip hurts!

Conditioning

E5M – 4 Sets

  • 500m Row
  • 15 Box Jumps (30″)
  • Max Muscle-ups

My goal was 3×4 muscle-ups each round, but I had a suspicion that hip fatigue would kick in from the rowing and high box jumps. Well, I’m not sure if that was the case or it was the breathing, because after round two my pace fell off a lot. I rowed 1:50-1:51 for the first two rounds and then 2:00 was a struggle for the last two. I stepped down from the box for most of the first two rounds and jumped down after that (no rebound though). On the rings I went 4-4-4, 4-4-4, 4-2-2-2, and 4-2-1-1 for a total of 42 muscle-ups. I don’t think I’ve ever accumulated that many in a workout. After finishing the box jumps I walked right over and jumped up to get that first set at fatigue and I’m really happy I was able to start with a set of four each time.

No grips (have never needed them on the rings) and no rips. The big blood blister from last Tuesday is healing well.

I think this was the end of my first set…

Skill

I did some handstand walking after class. I went 10 feet a bunch of times after just getting it on Sunday for the first time. Even got over 15 feet once! It’s feeling a lot more comfortable.

Here’s one of the times I went ten feet…

Thirties

Now it’s brutally cold after getting all of the snow. Plows came through a few hours before I had to leave for the gym so I was able to get out and go to the 4pm class. My forearms are tight today from holding the handles on the snow blower!

Warm-up

“Roxanne” by The Police

  • On “Roxanne” do an air squat
  • On “Red light” do a burpee

It turned into air squat burpees during two long stretches of the song and you couldn’t keep up.

8:00 AMRAP

  • Duck Walk (30′)
  • 20 Groiners
  • 10 Box Step-ups (24″)

Didn’t really need another warm-up after the first part and surely didn’t need to tax the legs more with plenty to come. Got through 2 rounds, the walk and the groiners.

Strength

I did a set of 6×95# before starting. No reason to get crazy when we were supposed to take the first five minutes to work up and then stick to a weight for the last five minutes.

10:00 EMOM

  • 3 Back Squats
    • 135#
    • 155
    • 175
    • 185
    • 195
    • 5 sets 205

Felt ok and was plenty with so much leg volume coming up. Didn’t wear a belt at all.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 30 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 30 cal Assault Bike
  • 30 Box Jumps (24″)

I’ve been asking for punishment by choosing the bike lately, especially in a leg dominant workout like this. My goal was to keep every set of wall balls unbroken. That’s not something I have ever tried for sets this large during my CrossFit history that I can remember. Surprisingly it wasn’t bad at all. I think I’ve found a relaxing pace on wall balls. I was money on hitting at/above the target today too. First round on the bike was around 62 RPM and the next two were around 58. People on the rowers were obviously kicking my ass. I never stopped on the box jumps and in the third round I jumped down (no rebound) instead of stepping down. Finished in 16:26.

I’m feeling good lately! Is it the weight I’ve lost, the macro counting, the increased water, or some combination?

Gymnastics

Stayed after for some volume and skill work.

6:00 EMOM

  • 10 T2B

I put on my grips and chalked them up. I did five rounds of 10 unbroken and then 7-1-1-1.

10-15:00

  • HS Walk Practice

My shoulders were pretty shot from the wall balls and toes to bars, but I felt really good with my balance and keeping my feet off the wall went I got up to it. Didn’t have much room with the class back squatting to work on many steps in to the wall.

More Tabata Gymnastics

My neck has been a little kinked all week after the wall balls on Monday and the HSPU on Tuesday. Legs and ass are still a little sore. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

6:00 AMRAP

  • 6 Good Mornings (45#)
  • 6 Samson Lunges
  • 6 Box Step-ups (16″)
  • 6/6 Walking Single Leg RDL

Strength

Deadlift

  • 6×135#
  • 5×205
  • 4×255
  • 3×295
  • 3×325
  • 3×355
  • 3×385

Slowly getting that deadlift back and haven’t pulled heavy in over a month when I did the single with 405. This was a good max triple for now.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 1,200m Assault Bike
  • 12 Deadlifts (195#)
  • 21 Box Jumps (20″)

It was bodyweight deadlifts, so I was glad to weight in at under 197 this morning so I could round down to the 195. That bike is a dream destroyer. Started out feeling good at 75 RRM but the burn kicked in by the end of the first ride and slowed a bit. Fought just to keep above 60 RPM in the other two rounds. Deadlifts felt so light after the strength work and were no problem unbroken. Having the shorter box programmed was nice because it was a chore for those first couple jumps after the bike and deadlifts. I got faster each round of my jumps and started jumping down part way through the 2nd round. Didn’t rebound, but it seemed faster than stepping down. Ending round one around 3:30, two around 7:00, and finished at 10:22. Enjoyed that one!

Gymnastics

8 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s C2B Pull-ups
  • 10s Rest

Did this extra work instead of the hamstring stretching that was programmed. Was wearing grips on my hands and my grip started giving out due to all the deadlifting. My plan was to do 5-3 butterfly as long as I could. Starting feeling nasty in round three. Made it through four rounds of 5-3 and the next set of five. In the set of three I started struggling and didn’t come off the bar, but was kind of resetting each rep to get through the three. It was all singles from there, getting 5-4-5. So I totaled 54 reps. I’ll take that!

I’m going to keep trying to get in pull-ups and toes to bars like this leading in to the Open because we know those movements always show up in high volume.

This week was really leg dominant in the programming. Wonder what next week will bring.

It’s Coming Back

My shoulders felt tight through the night, but seemed fine today. This morning I posted a recap of my second week of calorie counting.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

8:00 AMRAP

  • 8 Step-Ups (24″)
  • 8 Behind the Neck Shoulder Presses (45#)
  • 4 Inchworms
  • 4 Vertical Jumps

Strength

Push Press

  • 6×95#
  • 6×125
  • 3×155
  • 3×175
  • 3×195
  • 3×205
  • 3×215

Did 3×205# in August so I wanted to beat it today. Still not my best, but getting my strength back. I wore my belt for the last three sets.

Conditioning

16:00 AMRAP

  • 15 Push Press (115#)
  • 15 Box Jump (24″)
  • 15 cal Row

We did the push presses from the rack today, though I’m not sure it helped because you have to control the descent and rack it. I did 9-6 for 5 rounds and then 6-4-5 at the end trying to go on short rest. All jump and step-downs on the box. Tried to keep above 1,100 cal/hr on the rower. Finished 5 rounds, 15 push presses, and 4 box jumps. My calves may feel this one for the next day or two.

Not counting calories today, because I’m headed to Brew Ha-Ha.