2021 AGOQ Events 4 & 3

Woke up sore but feeling better than expected. Went for a 2.73 mile walk at 9:30 to loosen up. Out in the garage at 3 after a nap.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,434m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 10 Monster Squats

2021 Age Group Online Qualifier Event 4

4RM Front Squat

  • 10×45
  • 5×95
  • 5×135
  • 3×165
  • 2×185
  • 2×205
  • 2×225
  • 4×250

About a week ago I hit a squat clean double with 220 so I was confident I could squat that for four reps. I put 225 on the bar and started the clock. If it felt good I’d stop after two reps and have a good idea of what to add to the bar. It did feel good and I had 250 in my head so that’s what I went with for my next set. Made it, but the third and forth reps were getting iffy so that was enough for me. I haven’t had that kind of weird on the bar in a couple of years.

Warm-up 2

  • 3 Sets
    • 40’ Tip Toe Walk
    • 10 Calf Raises
  • 20 DU
  • 5 Power Cleans (45#)
  • 5 Power Cleans (95#)

2021 Age Group Online Qualifier Event 3

15:00 Time Cap

  • 75 Cleans (135#)
  • 300 Double Unders

This one looked really bad on paper. In reality it was just really fucking boring. Keep picking up the bar for one more rep and then another one. I kept a pretty solid pace and finished the cleans at 7:45. Then I went 50-45-36-30-41-38-29-27-3 on the double unders to finish in 12:06.

Starting to Squat Some Weight

Yesterday was cold and rainy, so no golf again. My upper body was sore from the dumbbell thruster and muscle-up workout. Didn’t seem to feel much of anything from the second dose of the vaccine, which was good. Sure was nice to have a rest day and I didn’t work on my living room project much either. My chest is pretty sore from the other day.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,523m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • DB Shoulder Press
    • 10×15
    • 5×30
    • 5×40

Weightlifting

Squat Clean + Hang Squat Clean

  • 5×45#
  • 3×95
  • 2×135
  • 155
  • 175
  • 185
  • 195
  • 205
  • 210
  • 215
  • 220

I belted up starting with the 175. Felt pretty good overall. The program called for two sets at 80% and three sets at 85%, but I wanted to work my way through smaller jumps.

Conditioning

Partner

  • 800/550m Row
  • 40 Double DB Deadlifts (50/35#)
  • 800/550m Ski
  • 40 Double DB Shoulder to Overhead (50/35#)
  • 1,600/1,100m BikeErg
  • 40 Double DB Squats (50/35#)
  • 1,600/1,100m BikeErg
  • 40 Double DB Shoulder to Overhead (50/35#)
  • 800/550m Ski
  • 40 Double DB Deadlifts (50/35#)
  • 800/550m Row

So I did 400 on the SkiErg or Rower, 800 on the BikeErg, or 2×10 with the dumbbells and rested while B did her share of the work. We finished in 23:55.

Midline

E4M – 4 Rounds

  • 50s Sandbag Bear Hug Hold (100#)
  • 20 DB Pull Throughs (60#)
  • 50s Plank
  • 30 alt DB Side Crunches (25#)

No work on my project tonight or tomorrow either. Stepping up the extra five pounds for those side crunches made a difference.

Three Position Squat Cleans

Last night both B and I were wrecked from that session!

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,506m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 5 High Hang Muscle Clean (45#)
  • 10 Front Squats (45#)
  • High Hang Squat Clean + Hang Squat Clean + Squat Clean
    • 2 @ 95
    • 1 @ 135
    • 1 @ 155
    • 1 @ 175

Weightlifting

High Hang Squat Clean + Hang Squat Clean + Squat Clean

  • 2 @ 75%
  • 3 @ 80%
  • 2:00 Rests

My biggest recent clean was a 260 pound power clean at the end of February. Since I haven’t been squatting, I scaled back a little bit to 185-185-195-195-205. Started wearing a belt with 155 during the warm-ups. The working sets were a struggle; these legs don’t remember how to squat! I sure was glad I decided not to front squat yesterday.

Conditioning

6 Sets

  • 2:00 AMRAP
    • 20 cal BikeErg
    • MAX Distance Farmer Carry (60# DBs)
  • 1:00 Rest

Was written using 100s but I didn’t feel like loading up my handles, especially with it being cold outside so there was a lot of turning around in the garage. This was a different type of workout. I kept getting faster on the bike. I started losing my grip in the last three sets at around my 10th time across the garage, which is about 20 feet. I went 12-13-14-14-14-15 times the 20 feet.

Midline

E4M – 4 Rounds

  • 50s Sandbag Bear Hug Hold (100#)
  • 20 DB Pull Throughs (60#)
  • 50s Plank
  • 30 DB Side Crunches (20#)

Do All Ten

Traps are still sore. Had a long busy day yesterday, which included mowing the lawn for the first time. Also was up later than usual watching Godzilla vs. Kong. Out in the garage after 11.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,553m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 5 Muscle Cleans (45#)
  • 5 Hang Squat Cleans (45#)
  • 2x Power Clean + Hang Squat Clean + Squat Clean (95#)
  • 2x Power Clean + Hang Squat Clean + Squat Clean (135#)
  • Power Clean + Hang Squat Clean + Squat Clean (95#)

Weightlifting

5 Sets

  • Power Clean + Hang Squat Clean + Squat Clean
  • 65-65-70-70-70% 1RM Clean
  • 90s Rest

I belted up and went 165-165-175-185-185 since I didn’t like the big 20 pound jump. I haven’t squatted anything like this in some time.

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 20 Pull-ups
  • 15 GHDs (modified sitting on a MB with feet DB anchored)
  • 10 Thrusters (115#)

I went 4×5 on the first three rounds of pull-ups and then went 2×10 at the end. Happy with that because I was just hoping to be able to hold to fives the whole way. My plan was to do five thrusters, drop it for 3-5 seconds and then do the other five. When I got to the bar I decided I needed to push myself to go unbroken and I did every round. This workout went much better than I expected. Finished in 10:26.

21.3 & 21.4

My quads have been very sore from Monday’s workout. On the bright side, I got a new bed last Thursday and my back has felt so much better through the night and getting out of bed in the mornings. I’ve hit 100% of my sleep need, according to WHOOP, every night so far too.

Even though I set a PR last week, 21.2 dropped me in the standings, as expected.

21.2
Men: 43,082/111,116 (61.2%)
40-44 Masters Men: 4,377/15,955 (72.6%)

Overall
Men: 31,132/121,837 (74.4%)
40-44 Masters Men: 2,748/17,509 (84.3%)

Note: for the number of total athletes I only count those who have submitted a score, which is why it differs from the percentiles calculated by CrossFit.

Looks like I’ll need to place about 830 for this workout to make the top 10% in my Masters division. If there are two scored parts this week, I would need to average a placement of about 1,645.

With the earlier 3pm announcement of 21.3 today and some plans for tomorrow night, I was out in the garage at 5pm to warm-up and finish my Open.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 10 Kip Swings
  • 10 Front Squats (45#)
  • 4 T2B
  • 3 C2B
  • 2 Bar Muscle-ups

CrossFit Games Open Workout 21.3

15:00 Time Cap

  • 15 Front Squats (95#)
  • 30 T2B
  • 15 Thrusters (95#)
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 15 Front Squats (95#)
  • 30 C2B
  • 15 Thrusters (95#)
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 15 Front Squats (95#)
  • 30 Bar Muscle-up
  • 15 Thrusters (95#)

I thought there was a good chance we’d get two parts! This is actually a pretty cool workout, but they had to unnecessarily complicate things with a starting line and this eight foot area.

It’s also pretty shitty that the original equipment list mentioned a place to do pull-ups, but didn’t mention chest to bars or bar muscle-ups, which much different in requirements. Not sure how many people doing the workouts at home have a high enough garage for those two movements. Also, having to move forward eight feet runs in to issues with garage doors being in the way. Not sure what they’re thinking with dumb requirements like these. I turned my bar the other way and stood well past the 8 foot line so I wouldn’t have to worry about hitting parts of the garage door.

Going in I wasn’t sure I could do butterfly or even kipping C2B because of the height needed for my head. I knew I’d have to do single whacky muscle-ups on my low pull-up bar too. Not a ton of strategy for me here since I’m restricted by my setup. How about… not toast my back with all of the front squats and thrusters?!

I work grips and a belt. I did the front squats unbroken, 5×6 T2B, 9-6 thrusters, unbroken front squats, 5-5-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-1-1-1-1 for C2B (all kipping style), 9-6 thrusters, unbroken squats, and then single bar muscle-ups. Not ideal conditions for several things, but I made it work(ish). I got through 14 bar muscle-ups. I didn’t have any expectations going in because of the pull-up bar situation and I had no idea how I’d handle that many squats/thrusters.

CrossFit Games Open Workout 21.4

For Max Weight – 7:00 Time Cap (immediately after 21.3)

  • Deadlift +
  • Clean +
  • Hang Clean +
  • Jerk

I took 2 minutes loading the bar and resting before my first attempt. Went 165-185-205-220 and made sure not to start that final rep until a few seconds before the clock hit 22:00 to use all my rest. Nice that they changed the rule and the complex only had to be started before the time was up. The hang clean was the worrying movement for me, due to my back. Happy with what I got.

After tweaking my back each of the last four years during the Open I’m happy to have survived without any new injuries this year. Now I can start thinking about golf season. 🙂

Time For a Mattress Upgrade?

I could not get comfortable in bed last night. I’m sure a lot of it’s from the workout, but I’m starting to think it’s time to buy a new mattress. Body feels pretty beat up from those wall walks. Out in the garage around 11:30 today.

Warm-up

  • 5 Deadlifts (45#)
  • 5 Power Cleans (45#)
  • 5 Power Cleans (95#)
  • 3 Power Cleans (135#)
  • 3 Power Cleans (155#)
  • 2 Power Cleans (175#)

Weightlifting

  • E15S 3:00 – Power Clean (185#)
  • Rest 1:00
  • E20S 3:00 – Power Clean (205#)
  • Rest 1:00
  • E30S 3:00 – Power Clean (225#)

This was good. Singles can really add up on your and those 225 pounders made me focus.

Arms

3 Sets

  • 12 DB Zottman Curls (20#)
  • 12 DB French Press (50#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Hammer Curls (35#)
  • 12 Tricep Pull Downs (rope, 60#)

Conditioning

Partner 20:00 AMRAP

  • 10/7 cal SkiErg
  • 12/8 cal BikeErg (standing)
  • 20 Russian Twists (50/35# DB)
  • 6/6 Reverse Suitcase Lunges (50# DB) / 12 Deadlift 85#)

With B, whose knee is really starting to feel better. She’s adding things back in without being dumb and stops anything that causes discomfort. I was averaging about 1,200-1,300 cal/hr an the ski, and 1,800+ going quicker every round on the bike. Figured might as well try the twists with a dumbbell in case they come up in one of the Open workouts. Brandi started and we got through 5+7.

260 Going Up

Felt beat this morning when I got out of bed. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,557m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • Power Cleans
    • 10×45
    • 5×95
    • 2x3x135

Weightlifting

12:00 – EMOM

  • 1 Power Clean

I went 155-165-175-185-195-205-215-225-235-245-255-260 as planned, which is another five pounds heavier than I’ve gone in a long time. Little by little!

Conditioning

12:00 AMRAP

  • 9 Deadlifts (95#)
  • 6 Hang Power Cleans (95#)
  • 3 Push Jerks (95#)
  • 9 Burpee Pull-ups

I did the first and last rounds unbroken on the barbell and should have done that all the way. For the other rounds I dropped the bar after 8 deadlifts for a quick breath and regrip. The burpee pull-ups are just so slow and I was stepping back and up on them to try to save my heart rate some. Got through 6+18.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 30 Bicycles
  • 30 Hollow Flutter Kicks
  • 15 Leg Lifts
  • 15/15 Side Plank Bounces

Pulled this one out of the logs. Work 5# ankle weights and finished in 6:07.

40 Cleans

My legs and shoulders seem tired.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,538m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Air Squats
  • Power Cleans
    • 10×45
    • 5×95
    • 3×135
    • 2×155
    • 2×175
    • 1×195

Weightlifting

E15S – 10:00

  • 1 Power Clean (205#)

A month ago I did one every 20 seconds for 12 minutes with this same weight. Today was four more total reps in two fewer minutes!

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 20 Single DB Box Step Overs (50#, 24″)
  • 20 Single DB Hang C&J (50#)

The step overs got tough in round two. I switched hangs after 10 reps on the box and every 5 reps for the clean and jerks. My first round was around 2:10 and I finished in 6:49.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 20 OH Leg Lifts (20# DB)
  • 20 Seated Leg Lifts over DB
  • 20 OH Sit-ups (20# DB)
  • 20 Plank Hip Dips
  • 1:00 Plank
  • 1:00 Rest

Took me 13:33, which is actually 22 second slower than last month with 25#.

Four More Sets in Ten Minutes

Took a full rest day yesterday, even though I slacked in other workouts this week. ut in the garage just after 12 today.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,573m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • Power Cleans
    • 10×45#
    • 5×95
    • 3×135
    • 2×155
    • 2×175

Weightlifting

E25S – 10:00

  • 2 Power Cleans (12 @ 185, 12 @ 195)

Shitty!! Two more sets of each weight in the same ten minute time domain, compared to going every 30 seconds like a few weeks ago.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 10 Bar-facing Burpees
  • 20s Rest

Kept a pretty steady pace I think. Took me 3:46. Felt my calf after from the jumping.

5×3 More

Later start at 11 this morning so I could work on a project in the basement.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,532m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Superman
    • 12 Bird Dog
  • Power Cleans
    • 10×45#
    • 5×95
    • 3×135
    • 3×155
    • 3×175

Weightlifting

E40S – 10:00

  • 3 Power Cleans (10 @ 185, 5 @ 195)

Thrilled with that since about a month ago I did an EMOM of 3, using 185 for five rounds and 195 for five rounds. So this was an extra 5x3x185 in the same amount of time!

Conditioning

Partner WOD

  • 4 Rounds (each)
    • 15/10 cal SkiErg
    • 16 Single DB Box Step Overs (24/20″, 50/35#)
  • 4 Rounds (each)
    • 200/150m TrueForm Run
    • 24 Russian KBS (53/35#)

With Brandi, doing a round of the couplet while the other person rested. She went first and it took us 13:42 for the first couplet and a total of 25:38 or 11:56 for the second couplet. The first one was much worse, with the step overs really adding up.