Early Murph

Took a rest day yesterday, but I spent 2 hours milling wood for my living room wall and over 2 hours doing yard work. Out in the garage to start at about 11am today.

“Murph”

  • 1 Mile Run
  • 20 Rounds
    • 15 Air Squats
    • 5 Pull-ups
    • 10 Push-ups
  • 1 Mile Run

I ran the first mile in 8:15 and felt good. My round times were 47, 45, 48, 50, 52, 51, 55, 56, 55, 55, 56, 53, 56, 55, 57, 59, 59, 59, 59, 59 seconds for a total of 18:06 doing the 20 rounds. It was nice starting with squats because my legs felt much better heading out for the second mile. Ran that in 8:54 to finish in 35:15. Not as good as last year, but my second best time.

Nice to have Murph done so we have all day tomorrow to do whatever we want. Now we brunch!

Testing a Strategy Through Half Murph

Yesterday I got rained out of golf, so was able to spend the evening finishing the outside wall of my house. Today is was about 80° and humid as fuck at 4pm when we hit the garage.

Conditioning

  • 850m Run
  • 5 Rounds
    • 30 Air Squats
    • 10 Pull-ups
    • 20 Push-ups
  • 850m Run

I’ve been thinking about doing 10 rounds of 10-20-30 for Murph, so this was a good test. This morning I was reading Reddit and saw someone mention starting with the air squats, which I thought was brilliant because going from squats right to that last mile always sucks on the legs.

I did the first run in 4:29. My round splits were 1:26, 1:32, 2:01, 2:03, and 2:06. I was able to do two rounds of push-ups unbroken, but then 12-6-2, 10-6-4, and 4×5. I bet my squats got a little slower too. The last run was about 4:36. Total time of 18:13, which is a slower pace than my full Murph last year. Needless to say I won’t be doing the 10-20-30, because my average pace per round of “Cindy” today would have been 54.8 seconds and last year during Murph I averaged about 51.6 seconds per round. I think I will start with squats though.

Our plan is to do Murph on Sunday morning, which should be nice and cool. So that should be much better on the body because it was hard to breathe in the thick air today.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10/10 Partner Banded Rotations & Holds (red)
  • 10/10 KB Side Bends (70#)
  • 10/10 One Arm Weighted Single Leg V-ups (20#)

Legs

4 Rounds

  • ~35s Bottom Squat Hold
  • 20 Plyo Lunges

2021 PairUP ThrowDOWN

Of course we actually got some rain this morning, so it delayed our workout and made it super humid. Finally out in the garage after 11am.

Warm-up

  • 10 Deadlifts (45#)
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 5 Deadlifts (75#)
  • 5 Deadlifts (125#)
  • 5 Deadlifts (155#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 5 Deadlifts (175#)

Conditioning

Pair UP ThrowDOWN
Time cap: 35:00

  • 30-20-10 synchro deadlifts (185/125)
  • 30-20-10 synchro bar-facing burpees
  • 400-m run

5:00 Rest

  • 10-20-30 synchro thrusters (75/55)
  • 10-20-30 synchro pull-ups
  • 400-m run

We broke the deadlifts up in sets of five throughout. Finished the first part at 18:41. Ten thrusters unbroken and then I think we did 4-3-3 pull-ups. Went 12-8 thrusters and 3-2-2 and singles for the 20 I believe. We got through 2/30 thrusters, which is 187 reps. Really rough one in the humidity this morning.

Now I’m getting a late start working on the outside wall of the house and the lawn needs to be cut at some point too.

Murph Prep Twist

I didn’t golf yesterday because a demolition crew was over removing the concrete slab that had been the sunroom floor. I spent some time on the outside of the house in the evening. Had to cut the lawn today in between meetings because it’s growing even though we haven’t been getting rain. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,282m)
  • 40 PVC Passes

Conditioning

  • 850-400-200m Run
  • 30-20-10 Pull-ups
  • 60-40-20 Push-ups
  • 90-60-30 Air Squats

I set a goal to go unbroken on every set of pull-ups and easily did it. I did all sets of 10s for the push-ups and just kept grinding through the air squats, which seemed to go forever. Finished in 20:38. Interesting and challenging twist on Murph prep.

Legs

4 Sets (each)

  • Glute Bridge
  • 20 Plyo Lunges

Running AMRAPs

Hit the workout around 10:30 in the garage.

Conditioning

  • 12:00 AMRAP
    • 200m Run
    • 10 Strict Pull-ups
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 12:00 AMRAP
    • 200m Run
    • 20 Push-ups
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 12:00 AMRAP
    • 200m Run
    • 30 Air Squats

I did two pull-ups at a time and got through 5 + 200m + 2 pull-ups. I started out way too conservative by doing 4×5 for the push-ups, because of my struggle during the workout a couple days ago. I was able to do 2×10 in my last two rounds and did exactly 7 rounds. I also was a bit conservative with the squats but that third AMRAP is kind of a shitty combo. I did 5 + 200m + 9 squats.

Now it’s time to work on the outside of the house for the afternoon.

Mayhem Murph Prep

Yesterday I walked 18 holes since I was supposed to have a demolition crew coming over today. That got pushed back to Monday though. It’ll be a week tonight and my upper abs are still sore! Mowed the lawn during lunch today and out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 2:00 BikeErg (1,018m)
  • 15s Dead Hang
  • 40 alt Arm Circles

Conditioning

  • 500-400-300-200-100m Run
  • 5-4-3-2-1 Rounds of “Cindy”
    • 5 Pull-ups
    • 10 Push-ups
    • 15 Air Squats

Jumped around it the Mayhem daily workouts to get up to the Murph prep stuff. Of course I went out hot on the run. My shoulders felt really tight for several rounds of “Cindy” and the push-ups started to get hard near the end of the 4 rounds. Finished in 20:43. That was tough and I had some “Fran-lung” going on afterwards.

2 Months of Handstands

Decided to fully rest yesterday after not getting much sleep Thursday night watching the election results (or lack of haha). I did get in a 75 minute nap though. Stayed up even later last night. Workout at noon today, to take advantage of the weather.

Warm-up

  • 7:00 BikeErg (3,410m)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Wrist Warm-up

Handstands

  • 20 Shoulder I-Y (red band)
  • 4 Sets
    • 30s Handstand 90° Hover
    • 20s Hollow Hold
  • 2×5 Kick-ups (balance)

That ends phase 2 of our handstand work, which was a solid 8 weeks. Shoulders need some recovery! Will probably transition to just kick-ups because all the other stuff has our shoulders beat.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10 French Press (60# DB)
  • 25 Banded Tricep Pulldown (red)

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 30 Air Squats
  • 20 Push-ups

I did the first run in about 1:45 and think I kept the others under 2:00. Running felt good. My back felt pretty tight throughout the squats. I did three rounds of 10-10 push-ups and then finished all 20 unbroken in round 4; probably should have tried unbroken ever round. Finished in 12:46. Such a nice day out!

More Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10 Wrist Curls (15#)
  • 10 Reverse Wrist Curls (15#)
  • Wrist Roller (5#)

Cheatin Sets

My low back was in minor tweak mode this morning, unable to bend over the sink without supporting myself. Upper body is beat from yesterday. In the garage at 4pm.

Handstands

  • Wrist Warm-up
  • 4×4 Handstand Tuck Balance
  • 2×1:00 Frog Stands
  • 2x45s Wall-facing Handstand Hold

Accessory

Hammer curls

  • 12×35# DBs
  • 8×30
  • 8×25
  • 8×20
  • 8×15

Tricep pulldowns (rope)

  • 12×71#
  • 8×60
  • 8×54
  • 8×49

Drop sets, but I completely screwed up the number of sets. Should have been five sets of eight after the 12 for each movement.

Conditioning

6 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 20s Hollow Hold
  • 20 Box Step-up (24/20″)
  • 20s Superman Hold
  • 20 Push Jerk (75/50#)

This went well. My runs were under or right at 2:00 each time. After two rounds I put the bar on my back for a short rest after 12 reps. Then I powered through all 20 at the end. Finished at 28:37.