Hello Thursday. Home of workout #4 this week. Not sure if that’s good or bad, but I needed the endorphins again today so we’ll call it “good” I think. 🙂
Made it in for the 8:30 class with Ev. We had Coach Bill, Melissa, Carrie, and Logan. And Drea was there looking all official with her clipboard. 🙂
Started with the same warm-up we’ve been doing this week. Some parts felt better than others, but Bill commented that my frog looked particularly good today, so that was nice. Amazing what some consistent mobility work will do across the course of a week.
When that was done, we did a C2B-related movement involving a band on the rig and a PVC pipe, pulling it forward and down (facing away from the rig), before doing some jumping C2B practice. We were really focused on getting that push away from the bar and keeping the toes in front, more hollow body than superman position. Not sure I *got it*, but I did manage a few jumping C2B today, which was nice.
A little thruster practice and some rowing work went into the equation as well. And honestly, my hips and knees felt decent today, which was a nice change.
20 chest-to-bar pull-ups (performance), 20 ring rows (fitness)
So instead of doing normal pull-ups, it was C2Bs. Second time we’ve done C2Bs this week. A little better for me today than earlier in the week, but not much. 🙂
We had one too many folks to have everybody on the rowers right away, so I waterfalled in when Logan was done and started about 4:30 on the clock. When all was said and done, I finished about 15:45, so finished in 11:15…
1,000m row in right at 4 minutes
50 thrusters @ 45# – bigger sets than normal, which was great. 15, 10, 10, 8, 7; had one break that went too long timewise, but felt like depth was good and repeated cues of “head through” from Bill ensured that I tried to get my head to a neutral position most of the time
C2Bs is where I ran into issues; I did jumping C2B in sets of 1 or 2 until I hit 5 and then banged out 25 ring rows, which was 10 too many. 🙂
But I felt like I definitely pushed and kept moving, which was what I was hoping for. Even if I hadn’t done the extra 10 ring rows, I would have been a few seconds over 11 minutes and that’s great.
Ev finished in 10:32 with a 4:30 time for her 1000m row, 50x 35# thrusters, and 20 ring rows. Everybody was under 12 minutes today, which was awesome.
I’ll take it. Need to decide whether I’m taking a break tomorrow or not, but will base that on what the WOD looks like and how I’m feeling in the morning. May take a rest day and then be ready for gymnastics on Friday.
Apologies to Enya for the subject line, but that’s kind of how I felt today during the workout. 🙂 Yesterday I bonked myself in the nose with a bar and kept going. Today I have no injuries to report, so I guess that’s a good thing. 🙂
I arrived for Coach Drea’s 8:30 class with Vivien, Logan, Melissa & Todd, and Jonathan. And we got started pretty quickly with the same warm-up as yesterday, putting a bit more focus on the lat roll-out and doing the hamstring stretches on the floor. I have to say my low back was a bit fired up from yesterday’s workout — all those deadlifts — but I didn’t notice my hammies until we started stretching. 🙂
After that we did some dumbbell snatch skill work with a lighter weight than we would use during the workout. I warmed up with a 25# and moved to a 30# for the actual workout. And we did some work at the rig, similar to what we’ve been covering in Nicole’s gymnastics class as far as better kipping mechanics.
Bar muscle-ups (challenger), Chest-to-bar pull-ups (performance), Jumping C2B (fitness)
C2B are not one of my strengths these days. Neither are heavy dumbbell snatches. So I did somewhere between the combination of fitness & performance levels:
21-15-9 for time
30# single-arm dumbbell snatches
jumping C2Bs, then kipping pull-ups, and finally ring rows
I finished in 9:24, but it definitely wasn’t pretty.
Positive take-aways: I hit several jumping C2Bs before they went away completely. And my snatches didn’t feel awful or out of control, so I probably should have gone with more weight.
Negative take-aways: Though I would have thought that it was the grip and forearm on my left side that would have been the issue, it ended up being higher today. It was a problem with the pull, where my bicep and forearms simply got really fired up in that first set of 21 (which took FOREVER).
That was the whole “scale, then scale again” methodology. When my pull-ups got down to just singles and doubles instead of three or four, I had to drop. But I kept moving and I think that was a bigger push.
Meanwhile I watched Todd kill this workout with a combination of muscle-ups and C2B and a 50# dumbbell. He finished right after I did. Jonathan was right there with him with a 50# dumbbell and C2Bs, finishing two minutes before us.
As always, I’m happy to cheer them on and just pleased that I finished in under 10 minutes with my various scaling options. 🙂
Wasn’t sure I was going to make it in today, to be honest. This week has not exactly gone according to plan. But since I’ll miss the next two days and probably miss Saturday as well, I wanted to get one more in before things got crazier.
So at noon I sauntered in for a workout with Coach Drea, Sarah, Lara, Lorna, Ana, and Joe. And Bill was there chatting as well (and performed admirably as a demonstrator of movements on the rig when pressed into service!).
We started with the week’s warm-up, then did some active warm-ups on the rig, hanging with active shoulders, as well as some double-under practice. Someday I’ll figure those darn things out, but today was not the day. We did quite a few variations of pulls and pushes and pull-ups and C2B on the rig as well. From there we did some work with hanging power snatches, warming up to our working weight for the workout.
As per usual, the warm-ups showed me the limitations of what I’d be able to do today. Single-unders instead of doubles (no shock there). Jumping C2B (I think I may have touched on less than 5) and kipping pull-ups, though I eventually fell to ring rows. And only 65# on the bar for the hang power snatches.
We had a 15 minute time cap today, so it was whatever you could finish in that time. We had a number of folks finish under 15, which was awesome. I wasn’t one of them. 🙂
But we did:
45 chest-to-bar pull-ups
45 hang power snatches #95/65
150 single unders
45 banded pull-ups
45 hang power snatches #55/35
150 single unders
So my workout was somewhere between Fitness & Performance, which was fine.
150 single unders went great initially. Done in a little over a minute.
45 pull-ups became 2 or 3 jumping C2B attempts and then 7 or 8 kipping pull-ups to round out a set of 10, or on the last set of 10-15, kipping pull-ups until I couldn’t pull any longer and then 10 ring rows.
45 hang power snatches @ 65# was in sets of 5 and my issue was my left hand. Forearm swelled up like a balloon like it does, preventing me from getting a grip on the bar after a few reps. I’d do 2 or 3 ok and barely hang on for the next 2. Did all 45 in sets of 5 that way.
Picked up the jump rope and got through 60 singles (50 non-stop until I tripped and did 10 more).
I did not finish in the 15 minute time cap, but that was fine. Some days the box kicks your butt for no other reason than “it’s there.” 🙂
Anyway… Great work everyone! Some really good efforts!
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.
I 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.
Once we were all done, we talked about the workout:
Score Type:: Total Time
For time, wearing a weight vest:
Then, 12 rounds of:
4 strict handstand push-ups
8 chest-to-bar pull-ups
Men wear a 20-lb. vest
Women wear a 14-lb. vest
For time, wearing a weight vest:
Then, 9 rounds of:
4 pike push-ups
8 chest-to-bar ring rows
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
How’d other folks do?
Bree finished in 29:49
Mickey 29:52 (ring rows)
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.
Thanks for the encouragement today Larry! I appreciated it. 🙂
Morning folks. I slept hard for a good 5 hours last night and woke up feeling a bit exhausted as a result. Don’t ask me how that works, but I definitely had multiple body parts (knees & ankles) that were popping and snapping at me as I moved around. It was fantastic.
After a meeting at work, it was time to head in for the 8:30 class with Ev. Thursdays are always a bit more entertaining when I get to work out with my wife. 🙂 We had Coach Bill today, plus Jonathan, Brent, Joe, Jenny, and Melissa. Caleb came in early to do some mobility work before the 9:30 class as well.
We started with some foam rolling, which was good. And then we did a 3 round warm-up:
5 wall balls (20/14#)
By the last 200m run, my body was complaining enough that I decided to turn it into a 100m, but the rest worked ok.
Then we went through some work with a PVC pipe:
And then worked through a few movements with an empty barbell:
After that, we added some weight and did a few reps. I did:
95# push press
and upped it to 115# push press
My issue however was C2B pull-ups. I had no pull today. Even my normal pull-ups were awful, but that’s what I scaled it down to. Regular kipping pull-ups.
The workout was:
21-15-9 reps for time of:
Shoulder-to-overheads, 135/95# (or 115/75# or 95/55#)
Chest-to-bar pull-ups (banded or strict press or regular pull-ups)
How’d we do?
Evie finished in 8:31 with 75# and banded pull-ups
I finished in 12:04 with 115# and regular kipping pull-ups (11 & 10 reps, 6, 5, 5, 5 pull-ups, 5-5-5, and whatever sets I could do, then 9 reps and a mix of 3, 2, and 1 rep sets)
My shoulders were on fire. I had a tough time convincing my body to raise my arms over my head. Pushing was one thing, but pulling was completely different. Definitely a struggle and I was definitely the last person done.
But as we keep pointing out… DFL > DNF > DNS. So I’m good with that. And I need to set up an appointment with my good friend Caleb the Chiropractor to get some of my issues resolved. 🙂
After all of that we did some mobility work and put our stuff away. To say that my shoulders were pissed off during that process would be an understatement, but I did what I could. And they’ve stopped burning since I got home, so that’s a good thing. 🙂
Great work 8:30 class! Impressive performances! Thanks Bill for the encouragement! And good luck 9:30 class!
This has not been the best week. What I thought was a cold on Monday developed into some kind of flu bug that knocked me on my ass Tuesday and Wednesday. I felt closer to human again on Thursday and then suddenly it was Friday, time for the next Open workout. How was I going to do? Could I hang in long enough to do whatever I could?
Thursday night I watched the Open announcement like everyone else and probably swore openly at Dave Castro’s smiling face a few times as he gleefully listed off the parts of the workout. Squat snatches and chest to bar pull ups.
Well crap. Neither of those is one of my strongest movements. I managed two C2B in practice and then couldn’t hit a single one during the WOD a couple of weeks ago. That was a minor victory. I’ve done lighter squat snatches before. Maybe I could pull off the lightest parts of the prescribed workout… But it all depended on getting through those C2B’s.
Thursday night I was thinking maybe I’d try Rx. By Friday morning I was questioning that decision and folks were chiming in on my Facebook feed telling me that it would be fine, just go for it. Do those C2B’s one at a time. You’ll do great!
There was more than a little apprehension as I headed into Friday Night Lights at CrossFit Continuum with my wife. And the place was hopping, as per usual.
When it came time to do my heat with my wife, I was as warmed up as I was going to be. I had found a spot on the rig. I had attempted, and hit, a C2B.
Then I moved to the barbell on the floor. 95#. I attempted it three or four times. One of them I ended up on my ass on the ground, dropping the bar. Yup. Gravity still works. None of them were good attempts. Oh well, I’d just deal with it when the time came.
I laughed later because Coach Clare made a point of stopping and saying that I was going to do great. I was a little out of it. Maybe a bit dazed from being sick all week. Maybe a bit in my head after falling on my ass. Who knows? But I appreciated the vote of confidence!
Ev was going scaled. Jumping pull-ups are in her wheelhouse and chest-to-bars aren’t yet. And she was off like a bat out of hell. By the time she was done, she had made it into the second chunk of time and by 12 minutes she had completed 101 reps.
Meanwhile, I was working at the rig with Coach Isaac, who was nice enough to judge me during my run at the workout. I started out stronger than I expected. Stepped up to the rig, did one chest to bar. Boom. Stepped back. Did it again. Boom.
I did that 5 times in a row. Step, pull, boom, drop, step back. Repeat.
I think that only took me a minute or two and then I spent the rest of the 8 minutes trying to get rep #6. I never did, but that didn’t stop me from trying. I did everything I could think of. I listened to Isaac. And I got close 2 out of 3 tries. But though Isaac thought I touched a few times, I didn’t. I would have known.
The whole time, he and I were chatting. I was laughing and smiling. No stress. No worry. Just step away, figure out another approach, and try again. Over and over again.
When my 8 minutes ended, I had a score of 5. And I am utterly thrilled by that. C2B is one of those things I’ve been flirting with for years now. Pull-ups, sure. But C2B is a different kind of beast. To get 5 of them in one workout is a major milestone.
So my score for 17.3 is 5 reps. Rx. It sounds so small when other folks are getting into the 40s, 70s, or 100s and beyond. But I really don’t care. And that’s amusing to me.
The Strange Dichotomy
No, this doesn’t have anything to do with Dr. Strange, though that title would not be out of place in a Dr. Strange comic. But here’s the thing.
Something changed over the last year in me. I’m not sure how or when, but I’ve relaxed a ton. Maybe the stick up my butt finally fell out. I don’t know.
This is my third CrossFit Open in my four years of doing CrossFit. The first one was insanely stressful for me. Every workout I felt like I was letting someone down. My coaches. My family. Myself. I don’t know who. By the time I got to the last workout and walked out in the middle of it, I was fried. No, I wasn’t going to do this again. And I took the next year off, but cheered everybody on.
Last year I tried again and had more fun. It was still stressful, but I looked at each workout as a challenge and less as an insurmountable mountain. By giving it a best effort, I wasn’t letting anybody down. I was showing up. That’s more than half the battle. But scaling still felt like it was the enemy. I’d been doing crossfit long enough I should not have to scale, damnit! Silly me.
Over the last 12 months, that attitude towards scaling has shifted.
It’s not a necessary evil. It’s just part of the game. Listen to the body. Prepare the best you can and adjust accordingly. Each workout is not a permanent scar written in the history books. It’s just a workout. Enjoy it. Get through it as well as you can, recover, learn, and prepare for the next one.
Why it’s taken me this long to figure that out is beyond me, because damn it makes so many other things in life so much easier. Today is just today. Do the best you can and move on because it’s not going to last anyway.
So this CrossFit Open has been a much different affair for me. I scaled the first two workouts because my body told me I needed to. Fine. No biggie.
Last night is the first workout for this Open that I thought I had a chance of doing at the prescribed weight. Could I have continued doing the workout had I hit that 95# bar for squat snatches? Heck if I know. Would I have given it my best shot? Hell yes.
But here’s the biggest factor for me: giving myself permission to scale. It’s such a stupid thing. Between that and simply relaxing and having fun with the whole experience, it’s such a different beast I can’t even explain it.
So if I have any words of wisdom to share, it’s just to have fun. Listen to your body. Don’t stress yourself out. Cheer everybody else on and enjoy the ride when it’s your turn.
I just wish it hadn’t taken me 4 years to figure that out. 🙂 (Note that I will still probably swear at Dave Castro’s smiling face next Thursday night!)
Great work Continuum family! You all KILLED IT last night. I watched folks do amazing feats of strength and perseverance all night.
I’m not afraid to admit that this year has been a bit of a mixed bag so far. Whatever positive momentum I had built by the middle of January evaporated pretty quickly and February was a bumpy ride as a result. It happens. I’m keeping an optimistic eye towards March.
But I’m coming to recognize that the little victories are important when other things aren’t going as well. Yesterday it was the eval WOD that I shaved a few seconds off of. Today it was something else. Little things matter.
So getting to today, I made it in for the 8:30 class. Coach Drea had Todd, Carrie, Jenny, Sarah, and I this morning. A fun group and I was definitely in a bit better headspace today than yesterday.
We started with some couch stretch, moved to the foam roller, and then did an interesting little 3 round warm-up:
100m run/150m row/1 min bike (choose 1)
10 snatch balance
10 jump and lands in an overhead snatch position
10 hollow body holds with overhead press (mimic bar muscle up press)
I did the Devil’s Tricycle for the first one and rowed the other two. And the rest wasn’t too bad with a PVC pipe.
From there we grabbed an unloaded barbell and did some snatch progressions, then talked about the bar muscle-ups and chest-to-bar progressions. My shoulders were a little sore from yesterday, but once they got warmed up a bit the empty bar wasn’t bad. And adding 30# to the bar for 75# power snatches in the workout didn’t feel awful.
The C2B on the other hand… Always a little problematic. That said, I tried some regular kipping C2B and then Todd mentioned pushing down instead of pulling up. After that I actually did two honest C2B’s for the first time ever. (Now, I wasn’t able to reproduce that during the workout, but I will take what I can get. 🙂 )
Minor victory achieved!
Downhill from there. 🙂
The workout was 16.3 from last year’s CrossFit Open:
7 minute AMRAP
10 power snatches (75/55#)
3 bar muscle-ups
Scaled was 45/35# and jumping chest to bars. I stayed with the 75# weight and attempted a mix of kipping and jumping C2B. Didn’t hit my chest on any of them. After my minor victory apparently I was out of victories for the day, which is ok.
I went through the workout 4 full rounds. Last year I was able to at least get the jumping C2B, but I didn’t have them today. And I will survive.
Great work 8:30 class! It was a good one.
As far as later in the week, I’ll be back on Thursday for whatever that holds. And I’m hoping that Castro does a short WOD for 17.2 when he announces it on Thursday night. Guessing something to do with pull-ups and Drea mentioned wall balls. We’ll see if either of them show up. 🙂