Lotsa DUs

My entire body is still sore from the open workout. Olympic lifting class was switched from 4pm on Sundays to noon, which works out much better for planning out the day. I can get up at my usual time and either go for a hike or hit the 9am class. Then there is enough time to get breakfast and run an errand or two. After the Olympic class I can get in a round of twilight golf. Perfect!

Today I went to the 9am class because a nice cardio blaster was scheduled in the programming and it would take care of my DU practice for the day.

3 Rounds

  • 500m Row
  • 100 DUs
  • 400m Run

I finished in 22:13. I was able to do a lot 10+ DU streaks and overall it was the best I’ve done DUs in a WOD. All of the practice is paying off. When I do so many DUs I start to get a headache though. This has been happening even when I practice them. After some Google-ing it seems to be an issue with head position, which would make sense because my neck seems to be getting tighter and tighter from CrossFit. I’ll have to find something from the MobilityWOD to help loosen it up.

John is starting to run the Olympic lifting class more open so everyone can choose what they want to work on. I chose to start with overhead squats because of my strength weakness there and I’ve always felt tipsy holding that weight overhead so long. I did some warm-up rounds with the bar and then started working my way up with 75#, 95#, 105#, and 115# for 4-5 reps. 115# was a new PR and it felt good, so I went for one last round with 125# and knocked out 3 reps. I’m going to have to buy some wrist straps because I could really feel it as the weight got heavier.

The other gals had moved on to split jerks so I worked on those as well. I didn’t get up to anything too heavy. Mainly worked with the bar, 75#, 95#, and 115# to focus on technique. My leg positions in the split are getting better. Still only 3 people showed up today. I can’t believe more people don’t want to take advantage of this class.

While we were working on our Olympic stuff, the gym owner, Gayle did the open workout again and did nearly 2 more rounds than her first attempt. She was flying through it. Pretty amazing to watch!

Triple 8 Minute AMRAPs

Final results are in for workout 12.2 of the 2012 CrossFit Games Open. For the snatch workout I finished 1,703rd out of 2,125 in the South West region and 23,604th out of 31,287 in the world. That puts me in 1,624th place in the region and 23,040th in the world after 2 workouts. I dropped in both rankings, but heavy weights are not my thing compared to most of these guys. I’ve only been doing workouts with barbells for 2 months of my 4 month CrossFit journey!

The deadlifts hit me a bit harder today. Pretty sore in my legs and lower back. I can feel all of the pull-up work we did yesterday in my shoulders and upper back too. Or maybe I’m just getting old!

When I saw today’s workout I had mixed feelings. No strength work, but three metcons. Interesting to say the least. From the pull-ups and T2B I knew today had the potential to wreak havok on my hands, and it did.

Warm-up

  • Stretch
  • 600m Run

Rest 8 minutes between AMRAPs.

WOD #1

8m AMRAP

  • 250m Row
  • 5 HSPUs
  • 10 Thrusters

I flew through the first row, knocked out the HSPUs using 1 AbMat, and did the thrusters unbroken at 95#. Second row went well too, but then I hit the HSPUs and got stuck. The first two were ok, but I had a lot of trouble with the next three. Tried kipping them out with some success, but I took me a long time and I fell off the pace. All that work wore me out for the thrusters and I had to break them up into small sets. I managed to get out the final row just before the time ran out. So I completed 2 rounds plus 250m of rowing.

WOD #2

8m AMRAP

  • 40 DUs
  • 20 HR Push-ups
  • 10 Pull-ups

DUs, I own you! I started off with a streak of 20+ and thought, “This is easy.” Haha! I fell off the pace a bit, but this was the first WOD where I didn’t suffer too much from DUs. I kept my head and tried to relax, which really helped with my rhythm. The second round of HR Push-ups were tough. In the second round I set a new PR by getting all 10 pull-ups in a row by kipping. I have a nice wound to show for it as you can see in the picture. I only tore up my left hand this time and it’s under a different finger than the first time I tore up my hands. Funny thing is, that was exactly one month ago. I sure hope the Open workout doesn’t require anything on the bar because I don’t know what I’ll do. I finished 2 rounds plus 14 DUs for this WOD.

WOD #3

8m AMRAP

  • 20 Box Jumps
  • 15 T2B
  • 10 Ring Dips

I used a 24in box for the jumps and substituted GHDs for the T2B since my hand was already tore up. I didn’t substitute anything for any of the ring dips today. I finished 2 rounds plus 20 box jumps, 15 GHD, and 2 ring dips.

Once everything was all said and done, that was a pretty cool program for today. I really love how they switch things up at the box. I’m going to miss the programming when I head back to Michigan, but I’m excited that the box back home is making a lot of changes and going to become a CrossFit affiliate this summer. Damn, I love this shit!

Deadlift Soreness

My legs and back are really sore from RDLs on Sunday and deadlifts yesterday. I used the foam roller for the first time today. Wow it really brings everything out in those sore areas.

Warm-up

  • 600m Run
  • 3 rounds
    • 10 PVC Shoulder Pass-thrus w/ shrug
    • 15s Dead Hang
    • 30s Plank (on hands)

First time doing a dead hang during class. Focus for them is on keeping the shoulder engaged. I think it was also the first time I had done planks on my hands.

Strength

4 Sets

  • 2-3 Weighted Pull-ups, 2-1-X-0 tempo
  • 20s Rest
  • MAX Strict Pull-ups, 2-0-X-0 tempo
  • 20s Rest
  • 30-45s L-Sit (cumulative)
  • 2m Rest

I really struggled with the strength work today. I used an 18# KB for the weighted pull-ups and was able to get 2 or 3 each round. But that completely knocked me out for doing strict pull-ups. It was an adventure trying to get 2 or 3 of those with such a short rest. I did the L-Sits on PVC parallettes with my knees slightly bent and tried to get 10-15 seconds at a time.

WOD

In teams of 2, complete the reps however you want, but you must run together.
4 Rounds

  • 12 DB Renegade Rows
  • 400m Run

I paired up with Dominic, who I hadn’t met before. We split up the renegade rows by each doing 6 in each round. I used 25# DBs but should have used 30s. We finished first in 11:43. My endurance is improving a lot lately. I really pushed my pace in the 3rd and 4th rounds.

I took out the jump rope after a rest and knocked out a couple of good DU streaks. Didn’t try more than a minute. I’ll do a longer practice session on them tonight. Last night while looking for tips on DUs, I found a great video for progressing through DUs, from Again Faster. Check it out.

http://vimeo.com/2969537

Treadmill Run Attempt

I didn’t get much sleep last night. Was wide awake at 6:30 so got out of bed after already laying there for a good 45 minutes. My left calf is sore. I guess it could be from intervals or the jump rope yesterday. I played 18 holes of golf, but rode in a cart since they didn’t allow walking on that course on weekends.

I wanted to go for a hike, but Duke and North Carolina were playing, so I watched the game instead. During halftime, I went outside and practiced DUs for 10 minutes. Couldn’t get a rhythm going and barely got more than a few streaked together. Just when I was making progress, I run into a brick wall again.

After the game, I went over to the gym in the apartment complex and jumped on the treadmill. I was planning to do a slow 30 minutes, but the cushioning in my left shoe came loose and kept sliding back towards my ankle. I’ve had this pair of Inov-8 F-Lite 230’s for about 4 months now, but haven’t been wearing them much since I bought the Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 CrossFit shoe. Because of the setback with the shoe, I only managed 7 minutes on the treadmill so then I did 30 minutes on the stationary bike.

No Pain, No Gain

I’m still a bit sore from the snatch workout that was Open workout 12.2. I’ve been tempted after both of the first workouts to try them again, but talk myself out of it. I have no shot at advancing to regionals and very little chance of helping our box’s team by being one of the top 3 men in a workout. I’m doing this to push myself and one shot at each workout is enough. I know I could do better and learn from mistakes I make in the first attempt, but I’ll take that knowledge into the class workouts instead.

I just got done with about 15 minutes of DU practice and a run. I started to get a headache from so much jumping! I set a new PR with 33 DUs in a row and I’m stringing together streaks more consistently. Jumping a bit higher is really paying off. I’m still taking a beating from the rope though. As you can see in the picture, today it was my hands.

I did Tabata intervals and ran 1.74 miles in 15:21. I covered about 0.63 miles during the actual interval portion which is nearly identical to the last time I ran them. I didn’t feel quite as good today.

After I got done running, I jumped for about another minute to see how I would do fatigued and I knocked out 17 in a row. That was a good note to end on.

Cleaner Cleans

Good sleep, feeling good. My hands have been healing really well under the pinkies, but I’m starting to develop an issue under the middle fingers on both hands. I wonder if I’m compensating.

Warm-up

  • 600m Run
  • 2x
    • 5 Inch worms
    • 10 PVC Shrug Pass-thrus
    • 15 Sit-ups
  • PVC Bergener Warm-up

First time doing the inch worms. Those are interesting. I don’t think I’ve ever concentrated on doing a shrug before starting the pass-thrus either. Shoulders were sore doing those. Probably from the slow ring rows.

Strength

4 Sets

  • 1.1.1.1.1 Cleans (Rest 10 seconds between reps)
  • 20s Rest
  • 10-15 Heavy KBS
  • 3m Rest

For the sets of cleans I used 95#, 115#, 125#, and 140#. Gayle gave me a few tips to clean up my form and it really made them much easier. I was leaning back too much instead of exploding up. I also wasn’t keeping the bar close enough to my body after it got past my knees. It’s incredible how much easier they were with better form. Oh, and we did full squat cleans which I had never done either. I used a 62# KB for the swings and did 15 each set.

WOD

3 Rounds

  • 250m Row
  • 20 Wall Balls
  • 20 KBS
  • 2m Rest

The was a brutal WOD for me. Wall balls suck. We had already done 60 swings with a kettlebell, so 60 more sucked too. Ok, enough whining! I just died during this workout. Not my strengths for sure. I used a 20# MB and a 53# KB and finished in 13:57.

Fully Rested

I didn’t do any workouts Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. I did walk 18 holes of golf yesterday, but other than that, I rested. My body needed it.

Workout 12.1 of the 2012 Open is in the books. I’m just shy of the middle of the pack in the region and in the world. My goal is to finish the Open ahead of 10%, so I’m well on my way. I wonder what workout 12.2 will be. I hope they don’t bring DUs in yet. I could use some more practice time.

Warm-up

  • World’s Greatest Stretch (3 each leg)
  • 400m Run
  • 2 Sets
    • 10-15 KBS
    • 10-15 GHD
    • 10-15 Hip Extensions
    • 60s Plank

I used a 53# KB for the swings and did 15 reps of everything.

Strength

5 Sets

  • 10-12 Goblet Squat, 2-1-1-1 tempo
  • 45s Rest
  • 10-20 Push Ups, 1-0-1-0 tempo
  • 45s Rest
  • 8-10 Ring Rows, 2-1-1-1 tempo
  • 45s Rest

Looks easy right? Not so much! The focus was on tempo and stamina for this strength session. I used a 44# KB for goblet squats, but probably should have used a 53#. In each set I achieved the high rep count except for push-ups. In sets 3, 4, and 5 I was only able to get 16 push-ups. I could have squeezed out some more, but not by keeping the correct tempo. Ring rows were really tough with the 2 second lowering phase.

WOD

2 Sets

  • 350m Row
  • 3m Rest

This was a great quick cardio killer to finish the class. I did the rows in 1:10 and 1:11. I had the damper setting on 5 for the first one, which is what I usually use, but tried 7 for the 2nd, and was able to get just about the same time, when most people lost at least a 4-5 seconds. Might be something to try more often.

Partner Up

I ate kind of shitty the last couple of days and my body is letting me know by not getting quality sleep, having less energy, craving more junk, etc. Ugh!

On Thursday I ended up going out and walking 11 holes of twilight golf and spent a good hour+ at the range yesterday working on my swing. Tee times were later today so I was able to make it in for a WOD. The weekends usually have some type of team or partner WOD, which is fun.

Warm-up

  • 150 Sit-up variation reps (switch as you want)
  • Plank competition
  • 3 Sets of 2 Turkish Get-ups (each side)

Since we had 15 people in class, we went across the room, each person counting to 10. I tried to do regular sit-ups most of the time, but switched to some bicycles and flutter kicks. I think I made it to the final 5 in the plank competition at just shy of 2 minutes and 50 seconds. My core was shaking so bad at the end. For the Turkish Get-ups I used a 35# KB for the first 2 sets and then a 40# DB for the last set. Bumping up 5# really makes you concentrate on that shoulder stability.

WOD

Form teams of 2, switch each exercise
10 rounds

  • 10 Thrusters
  • 10 Burpees
  • 400m Run

It’s a little confusing when you look at it. This helps:
Partner A performs 10 thrusters; Partner B performs 10 burpees; Partner A runs 400 Meters; Partner B performs 10 thrusters; etc…
Each person is doing each exercise a total of 5 times over the course of the workout. In 2 rounds, each partner ends up doing everything once.

I partnered up with a couple of guys (team of 3 since there was an add number of people in class) that are new to the gym, but in really good shape. We used 95# for the thrusters which was absolutely brutal in rounds 3-5 so I had to split up the set into 6 and 4 reps. I was hating the choice of weight during the WOD, but after it’s done I’m glad I used it. I think we finished 3rd out of all the teams in a time of 31:03.

50 thrusters, 50 burpees, and 1.25 miles of running is a pretty good way to start the weekend! Time to rush and get out to the golf course.

The Early Leader

Feeling pretty good this morning even though I didn’t get quite as much sleep as I would like last night. The right ass continues to have that tweak and the soreness is spreading a bit. I hope it’s from the tennis ball work I’ve been doing on it.

Warm-up

  • 400m Row
  • 2 Sets
    • 10 GHD
    • 10 Hip Extension
    • 10 SDLHP
    • 1m Plank

I used a 53# KB for the SDLHP. It’s been at least a couple of weeks since we did any planks, so I was a little shaky.

Strength
4 Sets

  • 4-6 Shoulder Press, 2-0-X-1 tempo
  • 90s Rest
  • 20-30 Hollow Rocks
  • 90s Rest

For shoulder press I did 95# for 6 reps, 105# for 6 reps, 115# for 5 reps, and set a new PR with 125# for 2 reps. After the first set, Emily let me know my elbows should be out in front of the bar at the bottom, which would help me to push straight up instead of out in an arc. After concentrating on that in the 2nd set, the weight was easier than the first set. This was the first time I’ve done hollow rocks and let me tell you, they really do some work! I struggled to get to 20 each set and there was no way I was getting to 30.

WOD
5 Rounds

  • 10 DB Ground to OH
  • 200m Run

This is my kind of WOD! I used 30# DBs and finished with a time of 7:41 to get the early lead on the board. I’m sure someone will crush it in the night classes, but I’ll enjoy it for now.

It’s been a great week with some awesome stuff happening at work and in the gym. I also ordered a new set of golf irons last night, which is always fun. So I’m going to go hog wild to celebrate and order a pizza as soon as they open in 10 minutes. Nom nom nom!

My legs are definitely sore today from the…

My legs are definitely sore today from the last two days of heavy lifting with back squats and deadlifts. My lower and middle back are ever a little sore. I worked on my right butt with the tennis back a couple of times yesterday and it seems to feel a little worse today, but maybe that means it’s improving. I can hope.

I had a golf lesson at 11 so couldn’t make it to the 9am class like I usually do. I checked out the workout and it included pull-ups and toes to bars (T2B) so I decided not to go to a night class. My hands are healing at a good pace and I don’t want to rip them wide open again so soon.

I decided to do a round of Tabata sprints since the last time I did them was December 8th in San Francisco. When I run these, I structure them like the following:

  • 5:00 Slow Warm-up
  • 8 rounds
    • 20s Sprint
    • 20s Slow
  • 5:00+ Slow Cool down (however much longer it takes to get back to my destination)

I ran for a total time of 14:35 over 1.76 miles. According to the RunKeeper logs I covered nearly 0.1 miles more than previous runs of this workout during the interval portion, which is about 15% improvement. I could really tell the difference in my conditioning during the second half of the sprints. Usually I’d be dying, but I was able to stick pick up to a pretty decent pace.

After the run I practiced DUs for 5-10 minutes and was consistently getting streaks of 5-10. Finally some progress! It’s been awhile since I did a max push-up test, so I did that after in my apartment after some rest and knocked out 36.

Back to the box in the morning for a class.