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Regionals Workout #1, Scaled

Hello Thursday. Apparently it was the day to bolt everything together as best I could and attempt another CrossFit Games Regional Workout… This one was 2017 Regional Workout #1. The one that we watched Games-level athletes complete in less than 15 minutes.

games-2017-logo-1600x630I wasn’t looking forward to this one, but that’s part of what makes CrossFit interesting every day. It changes daily and challenges all the aspects of your movement capabilities. This was no difference.

Ev, Mickey, and I arrived this morning for Coach Larry’s class. We were joined by Bri, Sarah, and Caleb. Danielle joined us too but was doing the Lurong workout today, but we started with several minutes of mobility work (foam roller and then banded shoulder work on the rig) before running a 200m light jog.

When we came in we did three rounds of:

  • 10 air squats with a med ball (20/14#)
  • 20-30 second hollow body hold on the rig
  • 20-30 second handstand hold on the wall

I helped Ev get up into a handstand a few times on the wall, but otherwise it wasn’t too bad.

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Josh Bridges crushed this workout in 14:16.35

Once we were all done, we talked about the workout:

  • Score Type:: Total Time
  • parker-igRx/Level II
    • For time, wearing a weight vest:
    • 1,200-m run
    • Then, 12 rounds of:
    • 4 strict handstand push-ups
    • 8 chest-to-bar pull-ups
    • 12 squats
    • Men wear a 20-lb. vest
    • Women wear a 14-lb. vest
  • Level I
    • For time, wearing a weight vest:
    • 800-m run
    • Then, 9 rounds of:
    • 4 pike push-ups
    • 8 chest-to-bar ring rows
    • 12 squats

Some of us (Bri & Caleb) wore a weight vest for the run and then dropped it for the rest. The rest of us skipped the weight vest entirely.

I ended up with:

  • 1200m jog (900m actual jog, 300m walk — doing the 200m flat path to avoid the hill in the hopes to not stress my knees as much) – took around 9:30
  • 4 strict HSPUs (25# weight plus abmat)
  • first round, 3 C2B (slight jump) and 5 pull-ups, all other rounds 8 pull-ups as high as I could pull to my chest
  • 12 air squats
  • I did that for 9 rounds and finished at 35:36

time-371226_640How’d other folks do?

  • Bree finished in 29:49
  • Ev 30:30
  • Mickey 29:52 (ring rows)
  • Caleb 30:08

Not sure how Sarah did, but I’m sure she crushed it.

I actually feel guilty about not finishing the last 3 rounds, but I had a few things working against me: time (I was out of time and couldn’t just keep going, needed to get back to work), my right hand (even with wrist and hand wraps) was starting to rub open a blister, and I was having a harder and harder time pulling on the rig to do pull-ups.

I should have finished. But oh well.

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Thanks for the encouragement today Larry! I appreciated it. 🙂

And great work everybody!

 

Cindy Wants Revenge and Creatine Issues

My question: What did I ever do to Cindy? Why is she so angry?

I missed the Lurong workout last week. Honestly it just wasn’t a good week for me, but we’ll get to the reason behind that after I talk about today.

Mickey and I hit the 8:30 workout with Coach Drea this morning. We had a good crew along with us — Sarah, Brent, Shannon, Todd, and Lisa.

silly-walkBut Coach Drea was in “evil trainer” mode this morning with our warm-up… She led us outside and up the hill to the west, then told us what we’d be doing:

  • 2 minutes of jogging the 100-150m back and forth
  • then 15 seconds of sprints and 45 seconds of recovery for 5 rounds

Yes, I said “sprints.” And though I jogged the 2 minutes back and forth, my “recovery” was a walk. 🙂

But it didn’t stop there.

Once back inside, we did a long stretch of hip and shoulder mobility with a band on the rig. I swear I was sweating buckets during mobility, which is always entertaining. And then we did a few rounds (maybe 3) of:

  • 5 kips on the rig
  • 4 alternating one-arm planks (like the yoga move where you pivot to one side and then the other)
  • 5 wall-facing air squats, slow and steady as close as you can get to the wall without touching

cindyThat all took a long time. I think the mobility part of the workout was probably 35 minutes of our hour at least. And then we tackled the Lurong Challenge workout #3: Cindy Wants Revenge. Cindy plus rowing!

  • 12-Minute AMRAP
  • Opens with a 30 Calorie Row
  • Then 2 Rounds of:
    • 5 Pull Ups
    • 10 Hand Release Push Ups
    • 15 Air Squats
  • The next round starts back at the 30 Calorie Row

Apparently some early classes made it as far as 3 rounds, plus. So though I was shooting for 3, I knew the row was going to slow me down, as would the push-ups. Anything over 2 rounds would be good. 🙂

I made it through 2 rounds plus 3 reps. That boils down to about 183 “reps” in the 12 minute time cap. I did regular pull-ups and push-ups, and the regular air squats. My first 30 calorie row was about 2 minutes. Second was about 3 minutes. The killer for me was push-ups though. My first set of 10 was unbroken, but after that I was breaking it into 5 and 5 or 5-3-2 or whatever I could do.

Mickey made it through 1 full round plus 58 reps (she almost completed the third round of 5-10-15). She had to do a mix of pull-ups and ring rows, but she kept on chugging. Not bad for her second crossfit workout in a while (considering her first workout back was Murph!).

So we didn’t do too bad. Todd made it through 3 rounds plus a bit. Not sure how other folks did. But everybody was chugging right along!

Thanks Drea for a great workout!

Creatine and Me

So I mentioned that last week was bad for me. We started the Lurong challenge on my birthday, so this is the 4th week. And about the time we started, I also went back on adding some creatine into my diet.

now-creatineBack in October 2016, Jimmy suggested adding it to help with energy. So I bought Now Sports’ Creatine Monohydrate and added 1 heaping teaspoon to my Spark drink in the morning to help kick things off.

And that lasted until sometime in April when it ran out. I never had any issues and I do think it may have helped somewhat, but couldn’t put my finger on any particular energy boost from the stuff.

ON-micronized-creatineAt that point, I ordered a new type of creatine from Optimum Nutrition – Micronized Creatine Powder. I honestly didn’t think anything would happen negatively – I hadn’t had any issues on the other one and this one was well reviewed. So when the Lurong Challenge started and we shifted over to a Macro-based plan for meals, I just added this into the mix.

And holy cow, I started having some serious issues.

Mood swings from hell. Deep, dark depression in the afternoons. Anger. And I did my best to work through them, thinking they were a side effect of the diet change and lowering my carbohydrates (sugar crash, etc). But after a particularly bad bout last week, Ev and I decided we should just stop taking the stuff and see if it helped.

And honestly after not taking it for several days, I feel a lot happier. No mood swings. No anger or depression beyond my usual self-doubt, regret, and guilt (I’m human, it happens). So I think we’ll be not taking any creatine for a while.

I’m not saying that EVERYBODY has this kind of reaction – but damn. Not high on my list of things to try again for a while. I prefer normal me to depressed and angry me, 100%.

Memorial Day Murph 2017

Since 2013, we have done some form of Murph every year with the crew at CrossFit Continuum over Memorial Day weekend. I won’t say it goes well every year, but it’s always a good struggle for a good cause – to remember the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform in the service of our country. (Want to know more about Murph? Check out the great website dedicated to the workout and his memory.)

This year we weren’t sure we would be able to attend, but events transpired such that it became a possibility. So we went.

murphI have to say I wasn’t all that enthused by the prospect this year. I’m tired. The last few weeks have been a challenge with nutrition changes, soccer schedules, and the end of the school year for our girls. I honestly wasn’t sure I wanted to do the workout.

But here’s the thing. Whether I wanted to do it or not, it deserved to be done. And when time opened up for us to do the workout as a family, we did it.

This year it was me, Ev, and Mickey taking it on. AJ played three soccer games over two days and was more than a little beaten up as a result. She chose to bow out this year and I don’t blame her.

Mickey and I talked about it yesterday and decided that if we got to do it, we’d team up. She would run a mile and I would row a mile and we’d split up the reps 50/50.

Ev did the whole thing herself, with banded pull-ups and the run.

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Our crew before the workout. We looked much more tired afterwards!!

So how’d we do?

Ev finished the whole thing in under an hour – around 57 minutes I think she said. First time she’s ever done it in under an hour — so she did AWESOME.

Mickey and I split it up as planned. I rowed 2,000m in under 9 minutes and Mickey ran about a 9 minute mile to kick us off. We then split up the workout with a consistent rep scheme:

  • 10 rounds
  • 5 pull-ups (or ring rows, which Mickey shifted to after a few rounds)
  • 10 push-ups
  • 15 air squats

That meant each of us did 50 pull-ups, 100 push-ups, and 150 air squats. And honestly I felt pretty good through the first 5 rounds. My push-ups started to fatigue pretty quickly, but I just broke them into two or three chunks and got them done.

But my 5 pull-ups and 15 air squats felt pretty good through the whole thing.

And when we were done, we walked a mile. Two laps around the 800m course.

We finished in under 55 minutes. I’ll take it. Mickey and I were done with all the reps about minute 33 and it took a while to leisurely walk the mile afterwards. We were less than a lap ahead of Ev and she did the whole thing herself!

Here are some pictures that AJ took:

So another Murph in the books. Great work to everybody who completed it. Quite a few folks tried it this year for the first time with a weight vest. My goal next year is to try it with rowing the front and back side of the WOD and do all the reps. It’s going to take a while, but I think if I pace myself like I did today I can pull it off.

On this Memorial Day, let’s remember why we have this national holiday. It’s to remember all those sacrificing their lives to the duty of protecting the United States — past, present, and future. We honor your sacrifices and embrace the suck each year doing Murph. It’s nowhere close to what you endure.

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Some Days YOU Are the Barbell

Now that the CrossFit Open is over, I suspect we’re going to get back to the staples of crossfit workouts… metcons and strength days jumbled together to keep our minds and our bodies guessing as to what’s next. And honestly I’m good with that.

question-mark-clip-art-7599This week we’ve had some issues with the box software and though it’s been frustrating on one hand not to have easy access to scheduling and the rest of it, it’s been kind of a nice change of pace to not know what the workout is until you walk through the doors. Don’t tell my coaches I said that… (too late) But the surprise factor makes it even more interesting for me in some respects.

I walked in this morning for the 8:30 class with Coach Larry. We had Bri, Nic & Nicole, JJ, and Jake today. A great mix of folks, as per usual.

We started with a 400m jog and then came back for 3 rounds of:

  • 10 sit-ups
  • 10 air squats
  • 30 second plank hold

And from that point on, it was all the “Deck of Cards” workout:

  • Each suit in a standard 52-card deck is assigned a different movement. Draw a card. The suit dictates the movement and the number on the card (or fixed # for face cards) indicates the # of reps. Lather-rinse-repeat until you get through the deck.
  • Oh and Jokers = 800m run

In our case, we had air squats (diamonds), sit-ups (hearts), push-ups (clubs), and burpees (spades). If it was a face card, it was 10 reps. And the number of reps for some movements (squats & sit-ups) were doubled. We had a 2 minute break after every 14 cards or so.

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We got through about 2/3 of the deck by the end of the class and only hit one Joker, thankfully. But we hit a good mix of movements, which meant Larry shuffled pretty well. 🙂

The killer combination was push-ups and burpees. I have to say I’m still sore from 17.5. My quads, knees, and calves are still annoyed. I had a couple of sequences where I had to drop to knees for push-ups and I had quite a few burpees that were slow as molasses. Even my air squats were compromised. We had a few sets where I was leaning way forward trying to get more depth as opposed to keeping my torso upright and Larry caught me.

Sit-ups weren’t too bad, but I’ll feel them in another couple of days. That was a solid 30+ minute workout and I’m sure I’ll feel it all much sooner than I want to. 🙂

The run was entertaining. I ran half of the first 400 and half of the last 400, and walked the rest. I’m not sure if it was the pace I set or my brain getting in the way, but the whole “running” thing is still not one of my favorites. 🙂

Unless you are built like a light, flexible gymnast, body-weight exercises simply means that you’re using your body weight as a barbell. For me these days it varies between 225 and 230 pounds. That’s a good chunk of weight.

Then I think about some of the folks I was working out with. Jake is about 6’5″ and another 50+ pounds of muscle, so things like burpees where you’re throwing your body to the floor and then getting up and jumping must be even tougher for him.

I’ll take my body weight, thanks. 🙂

Great work 8:30 class and thanks Larry!

A Bunch of Jerks

I did a bunch of push jerks today. I didn’t push a bunch of jerks today. Isn’t English fun?

That said, I was in a very low spot this morning before I made my way to the 8:30 class. After putting down our old pup over the weekend, it’s been rough few days. I knew that my routine, especially the endorphins that would come as a result of working out, would probably be my best bet at getting through my day.

I arrived and worked with Coach Drea, Stacie, Brent, Sarah, Tionne, and the nice military guy whose name I still can’t remember. (Good guy though.) And we even saw Bill.

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We got going with a bang. Our warm-up was our eval workout…

  • for time
  • 500m row
  • 40 air squats
  • 30 sit-ups
  • 20 push-ups
  • 10 pull-ups

We had to waterfall in (4 rowers), so I started at 3:10 on the clock. And I finished at 9 minutes. That’s 5:50. My previous fastest time was 5:53 on 8-NOV-2016, so I’ll take 5:50. Definitely.

From there we did some warm-up with an empty bar for our behind-the-neck jerks and our push jerks. We could do our behind-the-neck reps as either a split jerk or a push jerk, so I opted for the push jerk. I’m more controlled there.

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And once we were through that, we started going through the first part of the workout:

  • Behind the neck jerk — 1-1-1-1-1-1

We were supposed to start at 80-85% of our 1RM, which turns out I don’t have a push jerk PR, so wasn’t sure. I was a little sore even after working with the empty bar however, so I started slow.

  • 95#
  • 115#
  • 125#
  • 135#
  • 145#
  • 155#

Not awful. From there we moved to the second part of the workout. These were from a front rack however, not from behind the neck:

  • Push Jerk — 10-8-6-4-2

2528d6_ed3615fc7a2f482b923ca3913ed2ce07We were supposed to start around 50% of what we did for our behind-the-neck, but I did a very similar progression:

  • 95# x10
  • 115# x8
  • 135# x6
  • 145# x4
  • 155# x2

And then I was done. The last rep on my x6, x4, and x2 were a bit rough but I did ok. Good thing I didn’t have to squat much underneath it however. 🙂

I definitely felt better when I was done. Thank goodness for brain chemistry and exercise.

Thanks Drea & Bill and good work 8:30 class!

Cindy Times Two? Not exactly…

Monday workouts always come as a shock to the system even though you know they’re coming. The weekend is over. The fun has ended. And it’s back to the work week… plus a WOD usually designed to kick you in the butt to get you moving again.

6491ed44d797d238cca33b4423d9a7f4Or maybe it’s just me. 🙂

So I dealt with some work things this morning (MLK day or not, many of us still had to work today) and then headed in for a 9:30 class. Coach Bill had his hands full. 🙂 Nick & Lisa, Jake, Casey & Carina, Anna, Domenic, Deana, Austin & Amber… 11 or so of us all together.

We started with a 500m row, did a little mobility with a foam roller, and then did a bunch with a PVC pipe… pass-thrus, elbow/wrist mobility, overhead squats, front squats, and so on. And then we found spots on the rig and did a single round of the workout today just to see how best to pace ourselves for a 20 minute WOD…

  • 20 min AMRAP
  • 10 pull-ups
  • 15 push-ups
  • 20 air squats

I think most of us were done in a minute to 90 seconds. He wanted us to shoot for about 2 minutes, maybe more. So we did it again with a 3-6-9 rep scheme and tried to shoot for 45 seconds or so. I think I was done about 40, so that wasn’t bad.

cindyThis is like Cindy, which is 5-10-15. We did some of Cindy during the competition a couple of weeks ago and it didn’t feel this bad. Something about just going for more push-ups and pull-ups though made it worse. 🙂

I knew that between push-ups and pull-ups I was going to be fried pretty quickly. And I was. I made it through 5 complete rounds plus 3 reps in 20 minutes. That’s about 4 minutes a round. I was hoping to get around 6 rounds. Didn’t quite make that.

This too shall pass. I only tore a little on my right hand, so not awful. And we’ll see what tomorrow brings. 🙂

Great work today folks!

p.s. I signed Evelyn & I up for the 2017 CrossFit Open today. We’re registered. How about you?

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First Event of 2017 – Girls & Heroes

Occasionally it seems I lose my ever loving mind and agree to do something outside my comfort zone. Last year we did an in-house competition at CrossFit Continuum. And this year Continuum was invited to a small competition at CrossFit Pick It Up. We did a few little events to raise money for suicide prevention last year with them that were fun, so why not keep things going with a more formal competition?

Jonathan pinged me one day about it and asked if I wanted to partner with him. The competition was called “Girls & Heroes” and would be done by teams of two guys or gals, either Rx or scaled. It was a reasonable cost and literally a mile from my house — how could I say no?

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So this morning at 8am I headed over to Pick It Up. They were still setting some things up, but before long there were a ton of folks milling about. There were 15 teams registered. 5 male Rx, 5 female Rx, and 5 female scaled.

Jonathan and I were in the first heat as the team known as “The Empire Squats Back.” I already had the “Squat You Must” Yoda t-shirt and he picked one up too so we had a goofy “uniform” of sorts for the day. 🙂

The first workout was a good warm-up with a 7-minute time cap. First we did 6 rounds of Cindy, alternating:

  • 5 pull-ups
  • 10 push-ups
  • 15 air squats

And then we did Karen, which was 150 wall balls for time (10′ target, 20# medicine ball). We were not expected to finish Karen, but we would be scored by how many actual wall balls we completed.

15894787_1577256255622810_8861580824752041041_nJonathan started that one and we chugged right along. I think we made pretty good time until I slowed down a little with the last round of push-ups. But when I got to the wall for my wall balls, I had major issues getting started. I just couldn’t get into a rhythm. After that I was ok, but I’m not sure what my body was doing – it definitely wasn’t wall balls for that first round!

I think we got through 70-ish wall balls, which wasn’t awful.

Then we recovered while we waited for the next two heats to get through the first workout.

The second workout was a doozy with a 9 minute time cap and 135# on the bar:

  • Buy-In: 15 Calorie Row
  • 4 Alternating Rounds Of:
    • 5 Power Cleans
    • 5 Front Squats
    • 5 Shoulder to Overhead
    • 10 Pull-Ups
  • Cash-Out 15 Calorie Row
  • *One partner does buy-in, one does cash-out row.

This shouldn’t have been too bad, but man did it get hairy towards the end for me. I rowed and was done in about 40 or 45 seconds, trying to be efficient. We alternated rounds of the other movements then. Jonathan did great and I even did ok in the first round, not dropping the bar once.

But when I hit the second round, I immediately ran into issues. The cleans were ugly. And I only got through 4 front squats before I had to drop. And then I couldn’t clean it again immediately. The other teams were all on the rower already or completely finished, so I just took my time. I attempted the clean again, got through some ugly shoulder to overhead, and then did my pull-ups in fits and starts.

Jonathan closed quickly with a 39 second row of 15 calories, so we finished. That was what mattered on this particular WOD.

Then we were back to recovering a bit before the 3rd WOD — the one that I knew was going to stop us dead.

jumpropeWorkout #3 had an 8 minute time cap and two parts. First we did:

  • 30 Burpees
  • 30 American KB Swings (53/35)
  • 30 Double Unders
  • *You must complete the movements in order
  • *Teams can get the reps done however they prefer but each partner must perform 15 reps of each movement.

If we finished that, then we would evenly divide rounds of the Jack workout (5 reps/5 reps). Our score then would be our total # of rounds for Jack.

Jack is:

  • 10 Push Press (115#)
  • 10 American KB Swings (53#)
  • 10 Box Jumps (24″)

Yeah, we never got to Jack. My burpees were awesome. My kettle bell swings were decent. Jonathan struggled through the 15 double unders but got them done. And then I spent the next 4.5 minutes practicing double-unders without achieving a single one.

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Doh!

I am frustrated, but knew that was going to be the stopping point for me. I have only rarely accomplished even a lone double-under and it’s been inconsistent as hell.

So oh well… We did pretty well up to that point. I did practice the jumps until time was up. But that didn’t get us anything but an early break.

After that we watched the rest of the heats finish WOD #3 and then cheered everyone on in the Final WOD which was another two-parter with a 12 minute time cap:

  • 4 rounds of:
    • 15 toes to bar
    • 10 deadlifts (115#)
    • 5 power snatches (115#)
  • then
    • Maximum clean & jerk for each partner

We saw some phenomenal things happen during those three heats. So great work to everybody who went and kicked butt!

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Most of the Continuum Gang who was at the competition

Many of our friends from Continuum ended up on the podium:

  • Caleb & Shaun got 1st place in the Men’s Rx division
  • Victor & Scott got 3rd place in the Men’s Rx division
  • Stacy & Kelli got 2nd place in the Women’s Rx division
  • Connie & Megan got 3rd place in the Women’s Rx division
  • and Emily & Clara got 3rd place in the Women’s Scaled division

Out of 9 possible spots, we captured 5 of them. That’s pretty darned impressive!

Thanks Jonathan for being my partner and putting up with my progress stopping lack of double unders. Guess I will work on those before the 2017 CrossFit Open starts in a little more than a month!

And thank you to all the great folks at CrossFit Pick It Up who hosted the event… Matt & Hannah and all the rest of the gang did a fantastic job. Thanks to all!

Next up… sign up for the Open. But until then, I think I’m ready for a nap. 🙂