High Strain Weekend

After hitting my highest WHOOP strain ever yesterday, with an 18.0, I recovered to 83% today on 7.5 hours of sleep. My body is sore in a few more places from the last two days and my glutes are the worst of it, though only about a 5/10. Open gym at 10am.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang

Pretty much a non-existent warm-up to be honest. My shoulders were feeling pretty smoked from 20.1 and the strict HSPU I did last night.

Conditioning

2019-2020 Wodapalooza Online Qualifier Workout 4

  • 150 Wall Balls (20/14#, 10/9′)
  • 75 T2B

**Perform in any order, until completion of total work. Can be broken down or performed in any order.

My plan was 5 Sets of 15 + 8 (4-4) and 5 Sets of 15 + 7 (4-3). Could I keep transitions to a minimum? I remembered to shave my calluses this morning and I wore grips.

The plan worked out well and it took me 10:52. I was done with three rounds in just over 3:00, so I didn’t slow down very much. Around the sixth round, the wall balls started to feel hard after 10 reps, but I wasn’t dropping it. My toes to bars felt good and I’m curious if I could have done all sets of 8 and 7 unbroken or if that would have forced me to break up or do singles late in the workout. Doing 4-4 and 4-3 gave me a few seconds of rest. I did the last set of 7 unbroken. My heart rate was in the 160s the whole workout.

Accessory

A friend recommended some accessory stuff to help with my bench press. I’d never done reverse grip bench, which was weird at first, but I ended up really liking it. To warm-up (plus get a feel for the hand placement, loading, and bar path) I did 10×45, 5×75, 5×95, and 5×115 for the reverse bench and 10×35 skull crushers.

5 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Grip Bench Press (135#)
  • 10 Skull Crushers (65#)
  • 20 Weighted Lunges (35# DBs)

Had some midline stuff planned, but it was already after 11:20 and that was enough. After lunch and mowing the lawn I went to work on the rower and the computer worked fine. Hopefully it continues to work. Out in the garage around 6pm.

Year of the Engine – Time Trial

20:00 Airdyne

A few weeks ago I did 12.73 km and 656 calories. Today I wanted to do a better job of holding 80 RPMs, which I did. I started out faster in the first minute, found my pace, and then kicked in over last two minutes. Finished with 12.94 km and 683 cals, a big improvement.

It was another big WHOOP strain day. I need the rest day tomorrow.

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 honorĀ 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.

2019-09-02-hr

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.

No Place to Rest

I didn’t feel like doing a Year of the Engine workout earlier in the day and don’t feel guilty since I plan to do two each of the next two days. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 15 cal Assault Bike
  • 2 Rounds
    • 5 PVC Pass throughs
    • 5 Goblet Squats (44#)
    • 5 Elbow Punches
  • Power Cleans
    • 5×45#
    • 5×95
    • 3×135
    • 2×165

Conditioning

2 Cycles

  • 1,000m Row
  • 15 Rounds
    • 5 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
    • 3 Burpees
    • 1 Power Clean (185#)

I rowed a 1:50/500m pace for the first 1k and a 2:00 pace for the second 1k. Once you get in to the 15 rounds there is no place to rest because the movements are so different and it’s constant movement. Burpees were by far the worst and again, really slow compared to what I’d usually do. I don’t seem to have full lung capacity from whatever this cough is. The clean was no issue, I took a second for a full breath before grabbing the bar each time. I finished in 30:48.

With 30 rounds to keep track of I wore my Garmin watch and used the lap counter.

Cycle 1 Cycle 2
Split Cumulative Split Cumulative
3:56
(row + transition)
3:56 4:45
(2 transitions + row)
19:38
0:39 4:35 0:41 20:19
0:40 5:15 0:44 21:03
0:41 5:55 0:44 21:46
0:44 6:39 0:43 22:29
0:41 7:20 0:44 23:13
0:42 8:02 0:46 23:59
0:43 8:45 0:46 24:45
0:42 9:28 0:47 25:32
0:45 10:13 0:48 26:20
0:45 10:58 0:49 27:09
0:45 11:43 0:49 27:58
0:49 12:32 0:45 28:43
0:49 13:21 0:46 29:29
0:48 14:09 0:42 30:11
0:45 14:53 0:37 30:48

The second row was slower, but there is also the extra transition of getting to the rower. With the row itself only taking an extra 20 seconds, I wasted some time there in the transitions. 14:53 for cycle 1 and 15:55 for cycle 2 isn’t too bad really, and even better when comparing 10:58 for the first 15 rounds and 11:11 for the second 15 rounds. There’s always some kind of data to keep out over! My heart rate quickly got up over 140 and stayed pretty much 142-155 with a few short parts up around 160-165. Why can’t I do that when I run?

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a long one like there where I basically don’t stop the entire time.

Double the Run

My abs are still sore and my back is a little tight. I’ve had a bit of a throat tickle and some hacking the last two days. Not sure where that came from. Out in the garage around 11am.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

39:00 Airdyne

** Endurance with 7s sprint @ 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36

I was able to keep a significantly better pace than I did for the 36 minute rides. Did 1,111 calories and 24.16 km. Later I went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hypers (160#)
  • 400m Run
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 8 Goblet Squats (40# DB)
    • 4 Inch Worms

Strength

Front Squat

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×135
  • 4x5x155

Single Leg KB Deadlift

5x 10/10 (53#)

My back is pretty tight from the lifting yesterday so I didn’t want to push it on the squats. The deadlifts were done in between squat sets.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 21 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 400m Run
  • 9 Sumo KB Deadlifts (88#)

I did every round of wall balls unbroken. I don’t know what I was thinking going out on the 400 meter course, but as soon as I hit the turn-around point I realized my mistake. Should have only been running 200s, but after one I already committed and stuck with it. The workout was programmed as 15 calories on the rower, but some of us ran since it was a packed house. I also modified from the 225# deadlifts. Finished 4 rounds plus 2 wall balls.

Looking back at my heart rate in WHOOP, it would get up during the wall balls and then it would drop on the run. I need to get better at pushing the runs in stuff like this with a higher heart rate because it was only around 130-135 which is more of what you’d want to see for endurance running.

All Legs and Buns

Wasn’t sure how my back would feel after yesterday, since lifts from the hang are tougher on it. Feeling good today though. Out in the garage during lunch.

Year of the Engine – Interval

10 Rounds

  • 1:15 Row
  • 1:15 Rest

Set a goal of 1:38/500m, thinking it might be a little aggressive. It was good though; not easy, but enough of a challenge that I had to push the last half of the workout to stay on pace. Got exactly 383 meters every round.

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Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 400m Run
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 Good Mornings (45#)
    • 10 Jumping Jacks
    • 10 Russian KBS (44#)
  • Deadlift
    • 10×45#
    • 5×95
    • 5×135

Strength

E4M – 4 Sets

  • 25 cal Echo Bike
  • 5 Deadlifts (155-205-205-235#)

After doing the first bike in about a minute I realized there was no reason to go so hard with what was coming up.

Conditioning

  • EMOM – 5 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 100 Front Rack Lunges (95#)

I did 15-12-11-12-10-10-10-12-8. Early on I got messed up thinking the clock was counting down, so I think I dropped the bar for a quick rest in the first three rounds and definitely should not have. I think after 2 rounds I made a goal to get to 50 through 4 rounds and then finish out with sets of 10s. With only one round to go, I pushed it a little for that set of 12 so I’d had fewer to finish. Took me 8:30 and I was getting ass cramps shortly after.

T2B to Plan

My quads are still sore and my back is a little tight from yesterday. Out in the garage at 11 to get on the bike while watching a company townhall. Figured I might as well use the time to do something while I was listening.

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Year of the Engine – Polarized

36:00 Airdyne

** Endurance with 7s sprint @ 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30

I missed out on both of the 33 minute polarized workouts due to the FireWod substitutions last week while on vacation. This was the first time doing six sprints. It completes week 8 of the Polarization phase and week 20 overall.

I racked up 1,042 calories and 21.5 km. That felt really good after not using the Airdyne in over 2 weeks. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 20 Double Unders
  • 10 Good Mornings (45#)
  • 10 Walking Lunges
  • 4 Inch Worms

Strength

Deadlift

  • 10×45#
  • 5×125
  • 5×155
  • 5×185
  • 5×215
  • 5×245
  • 5×265
  • 5×285
  • 5×310

Used a neutral grip throughout and no belt. Felt ok. Not used to lifting weight like this.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 30 Double Unders
  • 15 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 30 Double Unders
  • 15 Toes to Bars

I’ve done something similar twice before on this programming, but with pull-ups instead of T2B. Some people said they’ve done it with T2B, so I must not have gone on those days. I was close to 6 rounds on my last attempt with the pull-ups, so I was hoping to get in that ballpark. I hadn’t done a double under in about 6 weeks, since the calf injury, so this was going to be a test. My goals were to limit misses with the rope and do 8-7 T2B each round, which I knew would be the big challenge. Would have liked fewer misses with the rope, but I’ll take it after such a long break. It was a success on the bar and I’m loving the Bear KompleX Black Diamond grips, which I haven’t even had to chalk up yet! Got through 5 rounds, dubs, wall balls, and dubs for 5+75.

Brutal Twos

On Friday I woke up early to beat the heat and teed off by 8am, walking 18 holes. Yesterday I drove back to Saginaw. When I got home the heat index was 96 and rising! Due to the heat and I don’t really take many true rest days in the summer (I walk 5-6 miles on the golf course of my “rest” days) I decided not to exercise. WHOOP said I still wasn’t recovered this morning and I didn’t get enough. Went to open gym at 10am.

No B.S. Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165
  • 5×195
  • 5×215
  • 3x5x235
  • 12×215 (MAX)

Nice to have a spotter for a true max rep set. Beat my previous best, which was 9.

Conditioning

3 Cycles – E3M (2:00 cap on each section)

  1. 5 Rounds
    • 2 Strict Pull-ups
    • 4 Hand Release Push-ups
    • 6 Lunges
  2. 15/10 cal Echo Bike + 30 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  3. AMRAP Burpee Box Get Overs (48/40″)

On the 3rd cycle, I got the final lunge done just after the 2:00 buzzer rang. The bike and wall ball combo was the worst. I had a good pace on the first round of bike, but after that cruised. Was able to do 30 unbroken wall balls for the first two, but couldn’t hold on and only managed 12-13 for the 3rd round. I did 15-13-14 burpee box get overs. Pretty brutal workout with the humidity.

After mowing the lawn in the evening (still 80+ out) and having a low WHOOP recovery score for 2 days I decided not to do rowing intervals.