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Finding a better pace

Running has never been my groove. I think I decided I hated it way back when I attempted Little League baseball about a hundred years ago and then really drove that home in junior high school running the mile in PE. From that point on I think my mind was set. And it was one of those “set it and forget it” kind of things for a very very long time…

running-failWhen I started with Continuum in 2013, that setting was firmly in effect. Running was a chore. Something to be dreaded, cursed, and avoided at all costs. I’d rather row than run any day of the week. And that was the way of things for a long time.

Two weeks ago I ran an 800m with Brent & Nick during a team WOD and we hit a nice, easy pace. Ran the whole damn thing and it actually felt ok. It was a bit of a watershed moment. Something about slowing it down, just letting it happen, made a huge difference in my mindset about running itself.

Today we had a running and box jumps WOD. And there was some grumbling last night when we saw it, I’ll admit. Maybe even a few choice words. But we went this morning anyway. πŸ™‚

Coach Lara had a bunch of us — Ev & I, Marino, Caleb, Bill, KB, Dave, his daughter, and her fiancee. I don’t know that any of us were exactly excited to run in the 35 degree temps this morning, but we were prepared to do so.

silly-walkWe started with a similar warm-up to what we did yesterday – a kettlebell complex – and then the Hinshaw warm-up and some box jump practice. During the whole thing we were listening to 90s music and Bill was “belting out the hits” as we warmed up… He was definitely in an expressive mood and we had fun with it.

The workout was pretty simple.

  • Three rounds for time:
    • Competitor
      • 800m run
      • 50 box jumps (24/20″)
    • Performance
      • 800m run
      • 35 box jumps (20/15″)
    • Fitness
      • 400m run
      • 20 box jumps (12/8″)

Lara gave us a 25 minute time cap and suggested that if we couldn’t consistently do a 5 minute 800m we should probably scale to a 600m or 400m run. I was going to do my best to stick to the 800m route and see where I ended up.

2jwf4uThough I warmed up with some 20″ box jumps, after that first 800m run I didn’t even attempt them, opting for 35 step-ups instead. But I was surprised by the pace of that first 800m run at a time of 4:37. That was very surprising actually and a good steady pace. Slowing down

My middle run ended up being mostly a walk, but I ran all but a small portion of the last 800m and came in around 5 minutes or so.

Final time? 23:37. Not too shabby. I’ll take it. πŸ™‚ Great work 8:30 class! And thanks for the encouragement Lara!!

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Team WOD Saturday plus Monday

We get another twofer today. πŸ™‚ I worked out on Saturday morning at Team WOD with AJ because her game got moved to later in October — and then I started the week with a Monday workout. Can’t say I moved much in-between, but hey. πŸ™‚

Team WOD

We had a small but solid contingent at Team WOD on Saturday with Coach Isaac. AJ worked out with Carrie, Katie, and Carrie’s neighbor. And I worked with Brent & Nick. Caleb, Shaun, and Stacy worked together and there was another group as well.

dr-evil-air-quotes-yes-this-is-what-we-call-a-warm-upIsaac started with two “fun” warm-ups… The “circle up with PVC pipes and shift left or right” game. If a PVC pipe fell, we did 3 burpees. And then we did a partner warm-up where one partner sat on the floor and extended their arms while the other partner jumped over one arm, their legs, and the other arm, counting that as a rep.

I will admit — I stepped over AJ’s arms and jumped over her legs — and when it was my turn, I laid on the floor so she could just jump over me on the floor. I don’t trust my own jumping abilities and didn’t want to be responsible for breaking AJ. πŸ™‚

After that, we grouped up. Nick & Brent were kind enough to have me in their group and I don’t think I slowed them down too much all things being unequal.

 

run-thought-they-said-rumThe workout was:

  • Run 800m (entire team)
  • 150x Box jumps 30/24/20 inch
  • 75x Push press #135/#95
  • 125x Pushups
  • 125x Situps
  • 150x Overhead walking lunge steps #45 or #35 plate
  • Run 800m (entire team)

We did 24″ box jumps or step-ups and I only did a 95# bar for push press and a 25# plate for overhead walking lunges, but hung in for the most part.

We finished in 33:51.

  • They set a great pace for the first 800m jog, which meant I never actually stopped — that’s a first. Usually I stop somewhere. That wasn’t the case on the second 800m but I only walked a portion. πŸ™‚
  • Box jumps were all step-ups for me to the 24″ box and they felt ok in sets of 10 or 15
  • Push presses with 95# were good – two sets of 10 and one of 5
  • Push-ups, I did sets of 10 – they did longer sets, but I did what I could. πŸ™‚
  • Sit-ups, I banged out 25 reps two or three times
  • Overhead walking lunges, I did four sets of 15 steps with the 25# plate and they did the rest – not my favorite movement

Big thank you to Brent & Nick for slowing down a bit for me – they usually fly through this stuff. πŸ™‚ It was a good workout!

Monday, Knee Raises and Wall Walks

This morning we had a pretty good class for Coach Drea – Lara, Melissa, Melissa S, Carrie, and Dave.Β  We did a couple of rounds of:

  • 90 seconds of single-unders (double-under practice in the second round)
  • 30 second hollow body hold
  • 10 inchworms (was supposed to be a push-up at the bottom — oops, I didn’t push-up)
  • 5 v-ups (mine were more like knee tucks)
  • 10 PVC pass-throughs

toes-to-bar-big-shoesAnd then… Drea had Lara demonstrate some of the variations for handstand walks and toes to bar. We did a few of each modification along the way.

The workout was:

  • 10 minute AMRAP
  • Performance
    • 10 toes to bars
    • 25 foot handstand walk
  • Fitness
    • 10 hanging knee raises
    • 2 wall walks

Some days I can do T2B, but today wasn’t one of them. I did attempt a few and got my feet to the bar on a few of those, but mostly I decided that attempting knees to elbows was probably a better approach. Wall walks were harder than they should have been today, but I managed the 2 per round slowly. πŸ™‚

Ultimately I got through 5 rounds, so I’ll take that. Not a bad Monday workout. πŸ™‚

Now… back to work! Good work everybody!

Fight Gone Better?

This past Saturday we did Saved by the Barbell and we had every intention of doing yoga on Sunday, but didn’t quite make it. Monday morning we did a workout with some friends in a garage before heading up to Denver for a family BBQ, so I’m going to count myself lucky that I got one rest day in over the “long” weekend. πŸ™‚

burpees-suck-white-e1415664950623And today, we’re back at it again at Continuum with… another Fight Gone Bad? We sort of did one of these on Saturday and it was rough. Wasn’t quite sure how today’s was going to go. But we had a pretty big class today for Coach Lara at 8:30… Drea, Nancy, Marino, Nick, Caleb & Andy, Melissa, and Bri.

We started with a one round warm-up to get things moving:

  • 200m jog
  • 15 air squats
  • 10 lateral lunges
  • 20 slow PVC pass-throughs
  • 15 abmat sit-ups
  • 10 burpees (they weren’t really that bad today – much better than Saturday anyway)

From there we grabbed an empty barbell and did a mess of sumo deadlift high pull warm-up before some push presses. Added some weight (not much today) and then did some wall ball work with wall ball front squats, wall ball push presses to target, and then full wall balls. Tossed in a few box jumps for good measure — and we were sort of ready for today. πŸ™‚

fight-gone-bad-wodwellSo if you don’t remember Fight Gone Bad, it was like this today:

  • AMRAP – 3 rounds for max reps:
    • 1 minute of wall balls
    • 1 minute of SDHPs
    • 1 minute of box jumps
    • 1 minute of push presses
    • 1 minute of rowing for calories
  • Competitor/Performance – 20/14# wall balls, 75/55# SDHP and press, 20″ box
  • Fitness – 10/6# wall balls, 45/35# SDHP and press, 15/12″ box

Last time I did this workout was January 2016 (Fight Gone Worse). Apparently I did Rx for everything but box jumps, which I shifted to step-ups after a round. And I got a total of 197 reps. Today was pretty much a repeat, but with more reps. πŸ™‚

This time, I did a little better. Caleb, Andy, Nick, and I started at the row and worked down the list after that (wall balls, SDHPs, etc) so we could stagger a bit to get everybody on the rowers. Some folks started at the wall balls. Others started with box jumps. I stuck with 75# on the bar and a 20# wall ball and did 20″ box jumps in the beginning.

  • round 1 – 83 reps (box jumps)
  • round 2 – 75 reps (step-ups)
  • round 3 – 70 reps (step-ups)
  • Total: 228 reps

rockypr-300x213That’s a PR of 31 reps over doing it two years ago. And since I did 196 with the different format FGB on Saturday, it was 32 reps over that as well. That’s a good amount. πŸ™‚

Yeah, I’ll take that. πŸ™‚ Lara said to shoot for 220-280, but that Drea mentioned 300 as a goal. Considering I didn’t even hit 200 the last few times I did it, I was happy to get into the low end of the 220-280 spectrum. πŸ™‚

Great work everybody! I think Caleb was in the 300 range and a few others were around 240-260, so everybody was moving right along.

Thanks Lara for the encouragement!

Dang That Was Heavy

My weekend was quite full. After being bribed into the box on Friday by AJ, I headed in on Saturday for team WOD with Ev. We were joined by a good group of folks and led by Coach Larry. As my fifth workout for the week, I have to say I was a little sore!

kangaroo-warm-upWe warmed up with a similar warm-up from earlier in the week with two rounds of:

  • (we may have done a 200m run as well)
  • a 30 second squat hold
  • 10 PVC passthrus
  • 10 jumping squats (ugh!)
  • 10 Spider-man crawls
  • 10 scap push-ups

And then we divvied up into pairs. Ev paired up with KB. And I had fun with Caleb. We started with a pairs deadlift, so I was a little concerned. πŸ™‚ We started out with our own barbell, but dropped it in favor of using fewer bars and sharing more weights with Nick and Brent.

We took 10 minutes to establish a 3 rep max team deadlift. AndΒ I have to say — I was reluctant to know how many pounds of weight were on the bar. But by the end, we lifted 585# off the ground three times. Singles, not touch and go, but still – I was impressed. I don’t think I’ve ever looked at a bar with that much weight on it, let alone picked it up!

box-jump-failFrom there, we took off with the 25 minute AMRAP:

  • for 25 minutes, one partner jumps rope (50 doubles or 150 singles) or runs 200m while the other does max reps at whatever activity it happens to be – then the partners switch
    • Pull-ups and jump rope
    • Box jumps (30/24″ prescribed, but we mostly did 20″ and 24″) and running
    • Push press (115/85#) and jump rope
    • Sit-ups and running
    • Squat cleans (115/85#) and jump rope
    • Burpees and running

We started with box jumps because there were quite a few folks on the rig when we started. And it went like this:

  • (Me/Caleb) 20 20″ box jumps and he did 12 (ran 200m)
  • 15 push press, he did 25 (150 single-unders took longer than it should have for me!)
  • 31 sit-ups, he did 39 (ran 200m)
  • 6 squat cleans and he did 12 (150 singles were a bit better here)
  • 12 burpees and he did 28 (I was damn slow running at this point)
  • 15 pull-ups and he did 15 as well (150 singles)
  • — so that was one round and we started the next, with less than 5 minutes to go
  • 15 step-ups for me and he did 25 box jumps (another slow run)
  • 7 push press (damn the bar was heavy) and he did 13 (150 singles)

survived-didnt-dieThat was a full 25 minutes. Ran 800m and walked/ran 800m, and singles got easier as I got more tired. Hopefully I didn’t slow Caleb down too much!

When we were done, we ended up going to my 30 year high school reunion and I was surprised to say that most folks didn’t think I changed at all. πŸ™‚ But I was glad we got in a workout ahead of time — because we definitely didn’t on Sunday!

Great work Saturday folks!

Farmer’s Carry for 30 mins

This was a weird week — a week between trips. I made it in for a Monday afternoon workout, a Tuesday morning workout, the Wednesday 4th of July WOD (which I never had a chance to write up), a workout on Thursday I DNF’d, and then today. That’s pretty good, I think.

Today’s was a Saturday team WOD after a great mobility class with Heather. She offered some great suggestions on foam rolling, the use of jump stretch bands, some lacrosse ball work, and even some voodoo flossing, plus lots more. I am going to have to figure out how to adapt that work into my daily life now. πŸ™‚

team-wod

We had quite a few folks for the team workout today… myself & AJ, Jordan & Lara, Jimmy & Drea, Heather, Darcy, Nick & Lisa, Dan, Brent, Chris & his daughter, Carrie, Larry & Karen, Lisa G, and a few others.

Started with an entertaining 400m run where we ran parts forward and parts backward. I won’t say that I followed Drea’s directions well, but I did run parts forward and parts backward. And running backward was tougher on my calves than I thought. πŸ™‚

Farmers_Walk_CarryOnce back inside, we did some air squats, some burpees, and some side-to-side lunges before splitting up into teams of 3…

  • 30 Min AMRAP –Β 3 Person Team
  • 200 M Farmers Carry – Use two KB or DB #72/#53/#50
  • While team member 1 is doing farmers carry teammates 2 and 3 work through the following:
    • 30 partner wall balls #20/#14
    • 20 Box Jumps 24/20
    • 10 pull-ups

AJ worked with Carrie and Chris’ daughter. Jordan found me and we grabbed Chris. Huzzah! Teams of 3. πŸ™‚

fancy-team-work-meme-teamwork-meme-team-work-memeWe went with:

  • Two 55# kettlebells for the farmer’s carry
  • Jordan and I did 20# wall balls and we did 14# wall balls with Chris
  • Jordan did 24″ box jumps and Chris and I did a mix of 20″ box jumps and step-ups
  • Jordan and I did pull-ups (except when my grip gave up and I did a few ring rows) and Chris did ring rows

So how’d we do?

First, let me just say that the farmer’s carry was definitely the worst part of this one. My forearms and grip kept disappearing when we did the carry.

However, we made it through nearly 4 full rounds each of the carry. I went first, then Chris, then Jordan, and Chris finished the farmer’s carry as time ran out. That meant three full rounds with each of us (9 total), plus 2 more, for a grand total of 11.

Ayup. It was a good one. πŸ™‚ Great work Jordan & Chris!

I think AJ said their team got through 10 or so rounds, so they weren’t far behind us. The trick was just to keep moving and the farmer’s carry made that tougher than it should have been. πŸ™‚

So that’s it for this week. Next week we hope to get in some hiking and other fun activities in the mountains. May try and drop in to a crossfit class in Breckenridge. We’ll see how it goes.

A Little Team WOD Today…

Energy drain hit me something fierce today or I would have written this up earlier, but AJ and I made it to Team WOD this morning at Continuum. πŸ™‚

Coach Larry was leading the charge today, but we had a small core of dedicated folks ready to tackle the day’s WOD. We were joined by Jonathan, Brent, Bill, Heather, and new member Rob. One of the smallest team WOD groups we’ve had in a while, but we had fun anyway. πŸ™‚

crab-walk

We started with some foam rolling of quads and calves, then moved to PVC pass-thrus, PVC overhead squats, and a World Cup-inspired game involving all of us in a circle in crab position with a 10# med ball. The goal? To kick the ball out of the circle. It was actually quite fun and goofy.

Once we were done with that we broke into teams. The workout was built for teams of 2, but Jonathan, AJ, and I formed a team of 3 while Brent & Rob, Bill & Heather paired up. \

rogue-black-med-ball-web6_1The workout looked like this:

  • Buy In – 75 DU/150 Singles (Both Partners Do All)
  • 400M Med Ball Carry (20/14) – Pass Between Partners
  • 40 Box Jumps (24/20)
  • 40 Push Press (115/75)
  • 40 Front Squat (115/75)
  • 40 Med Ball Sit-Ups (Pass Between Partners)
  • 300M Med Ball Carry (20/14)
  • 30 Box Jumps (24/20)
  • 30 Push Press (115/75)
  • 30 Front Squat (115/75)
  • 30 Med Ball Sit-Ups
  • 200M Med Ball Carry (20/14)
  • 20 Box Jumps (24/20)
  • 20 Push Press (115/75)
  • 20 Front Squat (115/75)
  • 20 Med Ball Sit-Ups
  • 100M Med Ball Carry (20/14)
  • 10 Box Jumps (24/20)
  • 10 Push Press (115/75)
  • 10 Front Squat (115/75)
  • 10 Med Ball Sit-Ups
  • Cash Out – 75 DU/150 Singles

med-ball-partner-sit-upsBecause we had a team of 3, we arranged it a bit differently:

  • 95# bar for Jonathan & I, and AJ did 65# I think.
  • Jump rope buy-in
  • 400m med ball carry (20#)
  • 50s (20″ box jumps, push press, front squats, med ball sit-ups)
  • 300m med ball carry
  • 40s
  • 200m med ball carry
  • 30s
  • 100m med ball carry
  • 20s
  • Jump rope cash out

I did box jumps through the first couple of rounds (50s and 40s) and moved to step-ups after that. And we divvied up the reps each round in a variety of ways. I was happy it wasn’t 90 degrees outside as we moved with that med ball, let me tell you. πŸ™‚

Took us 33:59 to finish up. Brent & Rob finished about the same time and Bill & Heather finished well ahead of us. But we all kept moving right along.

Thanks for a fun workout today and good work everybody!

A Bit Behind and the Jack WOD

I know it seems I’ve dropped off the radar for a few days. Things have been a bit crazy. We’ve started a new nutrition challenge. I’m working to do more active recovery during the week. Doing some out-of-the-box training to supplement and work on some deficiencies. And still getting into the box 2-3x a week.

calendarHere’s how the last few days have gone:

  • Team workout last Saturday (2-JUN)
  • Out-of-the-box training (mostly mobility work) (3-JUN)
  • Out-of-the-box training (lots of double under practice) (4-JUN)
  • Active recovery day – 2 mile walk with our dogs (5-JUN)
  • Out-of-the-box training (front squats & DB push press) (6-JUN)

And today we were back at the box for the first time in a few days… Woo!Β Ev & I arrived and worked out with Melissa, Caleb, and KB, with Coach Bill presiding. πŸ™‚

We started with a little cardio (run, row, or bike). I was the only person who chose the run — weird! Then it was some PVC pipe work and three rounds of Cindy (5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, 15 air squats) before doing some skill work.

Jack1MartinHero
Army Staff Sgt. Jack M. Martin III

Today was the hero WOD “Jack”:

  • Complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:
  • Competitor:
    • 10 push presses
    • 10 kettlebell swings
    • 10 box jumps
    • Men: 115-lb. presses, 53# swings, 24-in. box
    • Women: 80-lb. presses, 35# swings, 20-in. box
  • Performance:
    • 10 push presses
    • 10 kettlebell swings
    • 10 box jumps
    • Men: 95-lb. presses, 53# swings, 24-in. box
    • Women: 65-lb. presses, 35# swings, 20-in. box
  • Fitness:
    • 10 push presses
    • 10 kettlebell swings
    • 10 box step-ups
    • Men: 65-lb. presses, 35# swings, 20-in. box
    • Women: 45-lb. presses, 25# swings, 15-in.box

Jack is named forΒ Army Staff Sgt. Jack M. Martin III, 26, of Bethany, Oklahoma, assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, Fort Lewis, Wash.. He died September 29th, 2009, in Jolo Island, Philippines, from the detonation of an improvised explosive device. Martin is survived by his wife Ashley Martin, his parents Jack and Cheryl Martin, and siblings Abe, Mandi, Amber and Abi. (WOD originally appeared on mainsite here.)

time-371226_640So how’d we do? Well, we were shooting for 6-8 rounds in the 20 minute time period. Like most hero WODs, the idea is to push.

When we warmed up, I stuck with 20″ box jumps throughout, felt good with a 53# kettlebell, and tried 95# and 115# on the push press bar. Though I could do 115#, I knew after yesterday’s workout and my own shoulders that might not be a good idea, so I dropped back to 95#.

A few rounds in, Bill dropped a 35# on the floor in front of my box so I was slightly quicker on my box jumps. It helped a bit.

But the real thing that did me in was about round 3 when all ten of my push presses were up on my toes. My back really didn’t like that and gave me some grief every round afterwards, reminding me how poor that form was. I corrected it in round 4 — but it really didn’t help make it feel any better.

still-alive-memeResults:

  • I made it through 7 full rounds plus 5 push presses with 95# on the bar, a 53# kettlebell, and a 20″ box (with a boost from a 35# plate).
  • Ev made it through 9 rounds plus 5 with a 55# push press, 25# kettlebell, and a stack of four 45# plates to step up on.
  • Melissa, KB, and Caleb all made it through 9 rounds plus. And we were all flat on the floor after that pretty much.

It was a good workout for sure. Tomorrow we’re supposed to do a 5k run. I think I’m going to stick to active recovery with a 2.8 mile walk around the neighborhood instead. And Ev is talking about doing a 6k row or so that night.

Back to the box on Saturday for team WOD. Meal prep on Sunday. And then back at it next week. πŸ™‚

Great work 8:30 class!