Back Acting Up Again

Last night my quads and traps were feeling sore. I also felt a little something off on the right side of my low back, which is opposite where I always have my issues. This morning I could feel some pinches in the normal spot, especially when I put my left leg in certain positions. WTF! It’s not nearly as bad as it felt last week though. Went to open gym at 10am.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 8 cal Echo Bike
  • 15 Reverse Hypers (50#)

I also did 5 strict pull-ups.

Accessory

5 Sets

  • 5 Weighted Pull-ups (30#)
  • 10/10 Kroc Rows (53# KB)

Conditioning

  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 Strict HSPU
    • 20 MB Walking Lunges (20#)
  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 MB Crossover Push-ups
    • 20 Wall Balls (20#, 10’)

The first part was originally going to be 20 box jumps, but after 20.4 and with how my back was feeling I changed to lunges. I knew I would do the first set of handstand push-ups unbroken, but wasn’t sure how the other sets would go. I flew through that first 10 faster than I’ve ever done them and I made all three sets unbroken. The crossover push-ups were nasty with all of the shoulders in this little workout. Wall balls were burning, but I kept them unbroken. Finished in 8:21.

Midline

6:00 EMOM

  • 15 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups

Planned this to be 5 minutes, but decided to do an extra round.

For the Girls

3 Sets

  • Dumbbell Curl 21s (30#)

Not the prettiest reps, but happy to hit the weight I was doing several months ago when we did them every week.

I chilled at home, mowed the lawn, and was out in the garage just after 3pm.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

38:00 Airdyne

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

Got 1,045 calories and 22.14 km.

Technology Troubles

I’m a little sore from 20.1. Suprisingly, the worst of it is in my glutes. I woke up with the decision not to redo it. At the end of the day my score doesn’t matter for anything. One. And. Done. I’m already feeling good about it. 🙂 I was out in the garage around 10:30am for rowing intervals, but the computer wasn’t working so I had to pull a switcheroo.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

34:00 Airdyne
** Endurance pace with 7s sprint @ 6, 12, 18, 24, 30

After the third sprint I pulled a wheelie to scootch the front of the bike over and the computer fucking reset! During some of the sprints the front of the bike tends to drift over towards my treadmill and I didn’t want to end up with the handles getting too close. I took the numbers from 16 minutes to estimate totals of 1,015 calories and 20.5 km.

As I was sitting down and updating notes, I accidentally deleted my entire Workouts note, where I plan about a week ahead and have a lot of workout ideas saved. Undo on iOS didn’t work and there is no revision history in Bear. Fuck! I checked both laptops and they’d already synced across the updated empty note. The best I could do was restore an old copy, which had the majority of what I need. I should stay away from computers the rest of the weekend.

During the day I cut up a dead tree that fell two weeks ago and hauled the wood over to a friend’s house. There were some pretty good weighted carries hauling logs to the truck! I got to the gym just before 6pm to use the rower.

Row Tests

  • 100m
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 100m
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 250m

I got 15.8, 15.6, and 39.7. Only 0.1 seconds shy of matching my PR for 100 meters. I had set the drag factor to 130 to start and then for the second 100 I moved the damper from around 5.5 up to 7. I moved it back down for the 250, which was 1.4 seconds slower than my PR. Not too bad with these weak ass legs.

2019-10-12-row-tests

BTWB’s stupid 6 month history always screws my Fitness Level score, so I’ve been wanting to hit a few of these tests to get it back up to realistic levels. I really hate that they count interval work as a PR attempt, which is using 1:47.3 as my recent best 500m time, only good for a level 18! Come on bro, that’s about the pace I hold when doing 500m repeats in a metcon. The 1k row wasn’t a test effort either.

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Anyway, that served as a good warm-up for the short intervals.

Year of the Engine – Rocket Race

15 Rounds

  • 20s Row
  • 40s Rest

I got 114-116 meters every round. Still had pretty good power left in my legs after the test rows.

 

Since it was a quick workout and I made the drive out, I figured I might as well do some other stuff.

Strength / Gymnastics / Conditioning

  • E2M – 5 Rounds
    • 2 Weighted Pull-ups (30#)
    • 5 Strict Handstand Push-ups
    • 50 Double Unders
  • E2M – 3 Rounds
    • 3 Weighted Pull-ups (30#)
    • 7 Strict Handstand Push-ups
    • 50 Double Unders
  • E2M – 2 Rounds
    • 4 Weighted Pull-ups (30#)
    • 10 Strict Handstand Push-ups
    • 50 Double Unders

The plan was do do 10 rounds of 2-5-50, but it was too easy and I was getting 1:10 of rest each round. Then it was still too easy. Finally it was almost too hard. I missed a double under in round 1, 6, and 7. Then in round 9 after 30+ dubs it was like I’d never done a double under before or the rope was possessed. I missed 4 or 5 times and my rest was down to about 25 seconds! Doing those two sets of 10 strict handstand push-ups was a good challenge. 66 total strict HSPU and I made sure to get an exaggerated lockout on every rep as prep if they come up during the Open again.

Tomorrow I’ll have to see what’s up with my rower’s monitor. I remembered that I can swap with the Ski Erg to see if the problem is with the monitor or somewhere else.

Back in the Gym After a Lot of Golf

It was a fun golf weekend and then I walked 18 holes yesterday as well to play four days in a row. Should have exercised yesterday instead because I couldn’t string together good shots! Out in the garage during lunch today.

No B.S. Bench Press

  • 9×45#
  • 6×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×175
  • 3×205
  • 3×225
  • 5x3x240

Haven’t got in a workout from the program since last Sunday, but did get a little benching in during a metcon least week. This second cycle doesn’t seem to be progressing as well, which may have something to do with my inconsistent training lately because of so much golfing. Today’s working sets should have been in the 240-245 range but I stuck with the low end and it was plenty difficult. I’d probably feel more confident with a spotter instead of just spotter arms on the rig.

Went to the gym at 4pm. Hadn’t been there since Thursday!

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (160#)

2 Rounds

  • 5 Strict Pull-ups
  • 10 Box Jumps (20″)
  • 15 Sit-ups
  • 20 PVC Pass Throughs

Strength

  • 5 Split Jerks
  • 5 Weighted Pull-Ups (15#)

Since it was set for 5 working sets, I did the pull-ups after the first five sets of jerks to get them out of the way. All TnG sets on the jerks where I went right in to the dip when lowering the bar. Wore my belt for 155# and up, doing 45-95-115-135-155-175-195#. Obviously could have gone heavier since I was still able to TnG them, but that was enough after bench pressing earlier.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 8 Pull-Ups
  • 8 Alt. DB Snatch (50#)
  • 8 Box Jumps (30″)

The Rx was a 70# dumbbell for the snatches, which we don’t even have and isn’t necessary unless you’re a Sanctionals type athlete.

I wore grips and didn’t use the holes so I could easily flip them around for the snatches. Was able to do every set of pull-ups unbroken. I bitched out on a set or set and a half of snatches during the first half of the AMRAP and changed hands at the ground for those. Otherwise I switched hands in the air for the rest. The box jumps were just slow because I was stepping down and then would take a step back from the box as well. Got through 8+18.

I thought about doing one of the Year of the Engine workouts in the evening, but I was tired.

Home with a Hangover

Rested on Friday, traveled home yesterday with a nasty hangover, which I’m still suffering from today! Went to the gym at noon.

Gymnastics Strength

5 Sets

  • 7 Weighted Pull-ups (15#)
  • 7 Weighted Ring Dips (15#)

Felt really rough!

Conditioning

8:00 EMOM

  • 15 Air Squats
  • AMRAP Box Jump Overs (30″)

Inspired by a Jacob Heppner workout. I was having a hard time counting my AMRAP reps with such a high buy-in count. Came up with 69 reps, but I may have had a few more.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Tuck-ups
  • 10s Hollow Hold
  • 1:00 Rest

Got through the first two rounds unbroken. Ended up with the same time I had a few weeks ago with 6:34.

Active Life – Bulletproof Shoulders 20

Skipped ahead a workout.

3 Sets

  • 100m Single Arm Overhead Carry (53# KB)
  • 90s Rest

Started off going back and forth in the gym and it was brutal, so after the first arm, we went outside. I was thinking, “Wow, those 10 turnarounds really add up to a lot more time under tension.” Then I realized I calculated wrong, thinking the floor mats were only 3 feet wide when they are 4! So probably went 130-140 meters that first trip. Wasn’t bad when we did the correct distance.

Running out of Clock

Out in the garage a bit before 4pm.

Active Life – Bulletproof Shoulders 12

3 Rounds

  • 10/10 Single Arm KBS (35#)
  • 10/10 Suitcase Deadlifts (53#)

2 Rounds

  • 100m/100m Single Arm Farmer Carry (70#)
  • Nerve Flossing: x 10 palms down and palms up
  • 30s Rest

Supposed to be 70 meters with 88 pounds, but I didn’t want to use the handle with plates and 70 pounds is the heaviest KB I have so I walked 100 meters.

Strength

  • 6 Weighted Pull-ups (20#)
  • 5 Power Snatches (45#)
  • 6 Weighted Pull-ups (20#)
  • 5 Power Snatches (75#)
  • 6 Weighted Pull-ups (20#)
  • 5 Power Snatches (95#)
  • 6 Weighted Pull-ups (20#)
  • 5 Power Snatches (115#)
  • 6 Weighted Pull-ups (20#)

Figured I might as well warm up my snatches in between the sets of pull-ups.

Conditioning

E2M – 5 Sets

  • 5 Touch-n-go Power Snatches (135#)
  • 20 Hand Release Push-ups

Made it through! First round of snatches was done with 1:44 left and push-ups done with 1:03 left. I think I kept the same pace for the second round of snatches, but then every round got slower. Push-ups got slower every single round. My final round of snatches was done with 1:35 left and after the push-ups there was only 12 seconds to spare. I don’t think I would have made it through a 6th round in two minutes.

Not Dairy Queen

Long day yesterday! Went to open gym at noon today.

Gymnastics Strength

5 Sets

  • 5 Weighted Pull-ups (20#)
  • 5 Weighted Ring Dips (20#)

I used a far bar for my pull-ups.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 1:00 Box Jump Overs (24″)
  • 30s Rest
  • 1:00 Hand-to-hand KBS (44#)
  • 30s Rest
  • 1:00 Russian Twists (44#)
  • 30s Rest
  • 1:00 Single Arm S2OH (44#)
  • 30s Rest

Didn’t expect it to hurt so much, but should have known with interval work. I went 23-22-23 on the box jumps, 32-33-34 on the kettlebell swings, 50-54-58 on the Russian twists, and 30-30-34 on the shoulder to overheads. I did a mixture of push jerks and push presses depending on how fast I wanted to rep them out.

We might not be Dairy Queen, but we have pretty good Sundays.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Tuck-ups
  • 10s Hollow Hold
  • 1:00 Rest

**Try to do each round unbroken

Realized we had been missing out on the rest the last couple of times we did this. Also forgot that you’re supposed to keep your feet off the ground and reach out overhead on the tuck-ups. I got through the first two rounds unbroken, but then had to break it up a bunch on rounds three and four. Finished in 6:34.

Nasty E3M

Got rained out for golf again. Well not quite a rain out at the time, but the course was closed because we’ve had so much rain. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 300m Row
  • 5 Strict Pull-ups (fat bar)
  • 10 Shoulder Presses (45#)
  • 15 Air Squats

Strength

Warmed up shoulders some more with 6×95# and 4×115#.

5 Sets

  • 2 Shoulder Presses (135#)
  • 5 Weighted Pull-ups (20# DB in feet)

Was supposed to be at 85%, but no idea what my shoulder press is these days. Ended up being a good choice in order to keep form. Been awhile since I’ve done some strict pull-ups.

Conditioning

E3M – 6 Rounds

  • 200m Run
  • 12 Double Dumbbell Thrusters (40#)
  • 12 T2B

This as an EMOM type workout is evil because you really have to go unbroken on the thrusters, which I wouldn’t do if it were an AMRAP. First round was done in 2:12 and then 2:16 for the second. Third was around 2:30-2:40 I think and in the fourth I had to start doing singles on the T2B, so I ran over time and took off for the run without any rest. Needless to say it was a very slow run there and on the final one. Turned into survival mode at that point. I got through the thrusters unbroken again and had to do all single T2B. Was about a minute late heading out for the 6th round and only had time for 8 thrusters before the clock hit 18:00. I had no intention of finishing out that final round today! Another high volume toes-to-bar day with 60 reps since I didn’t do the last set of them. Hopefully my stamina for them starts improving.

If that’s an AMRAP from the start I definitely go 7-5 on the thrusters, which would keep my heart rate down and maybe even get me through all six rounds. That run right into the thrusters sucks and the reps just add up after all those rounds. I was struggling with the 40# in the last couple rounds and the Rx was 53# kettlebells.

Hopefully get to golf tomorrow!