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Catching up, 10-FEB-2019

Since these catch-up posts have become more the norm than the exception, I figured it was time to give them their own header. πŸ™‚

Do we really need our minds anyway? HA!

Anyway, this was a hell of a week. We had things happening damn near every night and I have to say I may have lost my mind (briefly) at one point. Who needs their mind, anyway?

Tuesday was the last workout I made it to early in the week. Then I missed Wednesday and didn’t get much sleep that night. Thursday I decided to skip the workout due to the fact that I was so out of it, plus it was my youngest’s birthday. And that leaves the weekend — Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! Yes, even Sunday got involved. πŸ™‚


I don’t often make Friday morning classes, usually choosing to take those days as a rest day before catching Saturday’s team WOD. But missing the middle of the week, I felt I needed to get my arse back in the box.

Coach Drea had an entertaining group, though there’s been enough madness since then I only remember Melissa and Dave. Apparently getting older means needing to write EVERYTHING down. πŸ™‚

It was another workout involving strict pull-ups, which was a challenge. And I was a little sore from earlier in the week, so I went lighter than I originally wanted to. It was dumbbell clean & jerks, strict pull-ups, and GHD sit-ups.

  • 21-15-9
  • dumbbell clean & jerks (a pair), 35/25#
  • strict pull-ups
  • GHD sit-ups

As you might imagine, I scaled a little:

  • 20# dumbbells for the DB clean & jerks
  • a mix of strict pull-ups, banded pull-ups, and ring rows
  • and GHD sit-ups to parallel

Strict pull-ups were the worst. The band, even a black band, didn’t work with me the way I wanted, so I ended up dropping to ring rows when the strict pull-ups gave up. But I think I managed 15 in the first round, 10 in the second, and 5 in the last round before dropping to ring rows.

I think the time domain was 10-15 minutes, but I finished in 17:18. That said, I was happy to finish at all. My grip was gone on the left side by mid-way through the round of 15. And I was doing shorter and shorter sets of everything as I chugged through.

Saturday – Team WOD

The Team WOD on Saturday was designed by Larry. And it was a doozy. AJ and I went in as a team together but we were far from alone. I think there were 10 or 11 of us. He had a pair of AMRAPs in store for us…

  • 2 Person Teams (Each person completes all movements)
  • AMRAP 1 – 15 Min (3 Burpees on the minute)
    • 12 Push Press (135/95)
    • 12 Box Jumps
    • 12 HSPU
    • 12 Wall Balls
  • 5 Minute Break
  • AMRAP 2 – 15 Min (200M Run at 5 and 10 minutes)
    • 12 Hang Power Clean (135/95)
    • 12 Goblet Squats (53/35)
    • 12 KBS (53/35)
    • 12 Knees to Elbows

AJ and I scaled a little:

  • 95# bar for me and 35# for her
  • 20″ box jumps or step-ups
  • Pike push-ups for HSPUs

It was the burpees in the first AMRAP that really killed us I think. My arms were sore by the middle of the second full round of the first AMRAP and we were breaking up barbell movements into sets of 3 instead of sets of 6.

But we finished about 2 and a half rounds of the first one and nearly 3 rounds of the second when all was said and done. AJ did awesome and I think we wiped her out – she took a long nap that afternoon. πŸ™‚

Sunday – Yoga with V

And today Ev and I headed in for the afternoon yoga class with our Yogi, Vanessa. We always have a fun time in her class and today was no exception. We laughed A LOT as we stumbled through (in my case literally) some of the movements!

Definitely an “active recovery” kind of day, but it was good to keep moving. We’ll see if I feel that way tomorrow. πŸ™‚

We focused on a ton of balance moves, which was interesting. My chair pose felt pretty good, and I was able to balance for a while in warrior 3, but other than that it was a fun mix. I fell trying to do a handstand on my forearms while at the wall and nearly clobbered KB (SORRY KB!) but otherwise I think we were all unscathed. πŸ™‚

Thanks V!!


I can definitely row

So this morning I got to work out with my wife, which is always fun. We made it to the 8:30 workout with Coach Lara, Carrie, Dave, KB, and Alicia.Β 

We started off with a similar warm-up to last night, plus a yoga series — inchworm to plank, plank to downward dog, back to plank, right leg forward in a lunge (weight in hip), then weight over forward ankle, back to plank, child’s pose, back to plank, and inchworm back to standing… repeat with a lunge on the other side.Β 

Llama llama llama llama… Ommmmm….

After that we practiced some GHD sit-ups and back extensions and talked about the workout…

  • Complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:
    • 25-cal. row
    • 25 hip extensions
    • 25 GHD sit-ups

It varied a little for Performance (10 GHD sit-ups and 15 abmat sit-ups) and Fitness (15 calories, 15 good mornings, 15 sit-ups).Β 

I did the Performance level because GHD sit-ups and hip extensions are always quad and back intensive… but I didn’t do too badly. My 25 calorie rows ranged from 1:05 to 1:25, so not bad there. And I was pretty consistent on the GHD.Β 

Made it through 4 complete rounds with about 11 seconds to spare — I called it good there when I sprawled out on the floor for a minute. πŸ™‚

I think pretty much everybody got through roughly 4 rounds this morning. A few overachievers may have hit 5, but no complaints here. My knees and hips are still angry from the rest of the week!

Tomorrow? Rest day! Then likely back on Saturday morning.

Great work 8:30 class and thanks Lara!

GHD + Back Squats

So as per usual, my Wednesday was a mess at work (and home due to a lack of sleep), but I was happy to get in for the 4:45 class with Coach Nicole. And I was far from alone – we had a whole bunch of folks –Β Drew,Β Ryan,Β Drea,Β Karen, Rebecca & Alexandra, Nancy, and Logan. ‘Twas a busy hour. πŸ™‚

Toe Taps felt a lot like Riverdance!Β 

We started with 2 rounds of the warm-up:

  • 1 minute of toe taps (to a 10/15# plate or 25# plate, do a jig and tap one foot then the other or do both at the same time forward and back or side-to-side) and then 1 minute of single-unders
  • 10 ring rows
  • 10 push-ups
  • 10 GHD hip extensions
  • 10 straight leg sit-ups
  • 10 air squats

With that out of the way we did some GHD skill work (GHD sit-ups, either to parallel or full extension) and then some back squats to warm up to our working weight. I partnered up with Logan at a squat rack and the two of us tackled this one. While warming up, Nicole & Drea noticed I had a hitch to my left side on some of my warm-up reps, so Nicole came and talked to me a bit. She said not to focus as much on depth and more on balance and keeping upright, so I did that and we started at 135#.

Evil ab torture device

The workout was:

  • 21-15-9
  • GHD sit-ups
  • Back squats (185/125# competitor or 95/65# fitness)

Of course, I rarely do the workout as written and scale to some degree, so I did:

  • 21-15-9
  • GHD sit-ups to parallel (on the GHD machine the whole time)
  • 135# back squats for the first 21 and then Logan dropped us to 125# for the sets of 15 & 9

How did we get done so fast? Geez!Β 

I finished in 8:05, which was pretty quick. I broke all the sets into at least equal parts if not smaller numbers by the end. 21 was 7-7-7. 15 was 5-4-3-3. Etc. But Logan and I pushed each other pretty solidly through the whole thing – he got done with the first 21 GHDs and was waiting for the bar as I finished my last 3 reps of 21, but after that we barely had a pause as we moved back and forth.

Great work Logan and everybody else! And thanks Nicole for the encouragement. πŸ™‚

Jimmy’s Team WOD

In the “strange but true” category of Saturdays during soccer season, Ev and I made it in this morning for a team WOD. She actually went earlier as well, but didn’t stay for the gymnastics WOD today so we could go together at 10.

We got there and saw quite a few people heading out after the gymnastics WOD with Drea on our way into the parking lot. Apparently nobody wanted to stick around for Jimmy’s team WOD. πŸ™‚ Silly us, we went in anyway — but we weren’t alone – we had Zac (great to see him!), Shaun & Stacy, Brent, Nick, and Robert joining us. πŸ™‚

jumping-jacks-5JBrue-clipartAfter we all chatted a bit (team WODs do get to be a bit of a social hour every now and then, and that’s fine by us), we did a mess of warm-up movements:

  • Ran 200m
  • Jumping jacks
  • Air squats
  • Jumping squats
  • Burpees

From that point on it was just finding our teams of two for the WOD. Robert and I paired up. Zac and Shaun, Brent and Nick, and Ev & Stacy were the rest of the teams.

The workout was:

  • 5 rounds for time
  • 5 Rds
    • 50 KBS 70#/#53/#35
    • *40 KB/DB Thrusters #70/#53/#35
    • *30 Lunges w/DB or KB overhead
    • 20 GHD situps
    • 400 M run
    • *Use either KB or DBs to complete. Β One in each hand

dumbbell-thrustersRobert and I did the following:

  • 45# kettlebell swings – alternating sets of 15 and 10 to get through these
  • 35# kettlebell thrusters (though my last 15 were just front squats with the KBs on my shoulders) – we did these in sets of 5 or 10
  • Mostly unweighted overhead walking lunges in sets of 15. Robert started with 8# dumbbell overhead walking lunges but soon saw the wisdom of going without. πŸ™‚
  • GHD sit-ups on the floor with an abmat (mostly split 10/10 but I did one set where I did all 20)
  • 400m “run” – some running, some walking. πŸ™‚

This one was spicy, I have to say. The KBS were fine, but the thrusters were awful and there’s just something about even unweighted walking lunges that torques everything in my body. But we worked our way through slow and steady. πŸ™‚

Thanks Robert for being my partner and great work everybody! I think Zac & Shaun and Ev & Stacy made it through all 5 rounds and Stacy talked Nick into doing another round after Brent had to dodge out about 11. Everybody was moving right along. πŸ™‚

We’ll miss next weekend’s team WOD, but should be back more consistently the weekend after that. Thanks for a spicy one, Jimmy!

Pistol-ish workout

So Wednesdays are always hit and miss… some weeks I make it for the 4:45 class and some weeks I don’t. Last week I didn’t. This week I did. πŸ™‚

Coach Nicole had a little group of us — Ryan, KB, and a new gal whose name I didn’t catch — and we had a bunch of first timers at the 5:45 class after ours, so it’s great to see so many new faces!

I felt a bit like this frog during some of the stretches. πŸ™‚

We started with a warm-up… but of course Nicole likes to add her own flair to the one on the board… We did 2 rounds of:

  • 400m run or 500m row or 2 minutes on the assault bike (KB and I ran)
  • PVC pass-thrus
  • A few plank to squats
  • Some hip opening leg raises and hip stretches
  • PVC good mornings
  • Some seated chairs
  • and some squat to stands

All of this was quite welcome because honestly my hamstrings and hips were pretty tight when we started. And, like with most of Nicole’s pre- and post-workout routines, I was sweating by the end. So we were plenty warmed up.

With all that done, we did some work with pistol progressions, figured out GHD sit-up and hip extensions options, and came up with a plan. Ryan, who is a good 6-10 inches taller than me, and I would be on one GHD machine and KB and the other gal would share the other. We all had slightly different scaling options and really didn’t slow one another down much I don’t think.

Evil Contraption

I have never done a ton of GHD work — usually I leave that to the more advanced (or eager) athletes who want the challenge. But Nicole wouldn’t have that. πŸ™‚ We all did some GHD work today!

The Rx workout was 2 rounds for time of:

  • 50 GHD sit-ups
  • 60 hip extensions
  • 70 single-leg squats (pistols)

I went with the Performance level, which lowered the numbers to 40-50-60 and broke it up like this:

Mine looked nothing like this!

  • 20 abmat GHD sit-ups
  • 20 GHD hip extensions
  • 30 banded good mornings
  • 60 pistols, using the variation with the opposite leg behind the one doing the squatting, which helps me with stability while continuing to improve mobility and strength in that movement
  • 20 GHD sit-ups
  • 20 abmat GHD sit-ups
  • 25 GHD hip extensions (5 more than 1st round)
  • 25 banded good mornings
  • 60 pistols (same variation, though a lot slower)
  • Time: 19:35

Honestly, I’m quite happy with that… and still somewhat able to move afterwards. But I have to say — my ass cheeks and hip muscles were still vibrating after the fact. Definitely a struggle to get through all of those reps in movements that aren’t necessarily my strong suit (though banded good mornings and abmat GHD sit-ups were pretty good).

I survived and so did everybody else! So huzzah! Thanks Nicole!


Go light, keep moving

Yesterday may have been double-under practice, but today was all about testing shoulders and knees. Must be Monday. πŸ™‚

always-warm-up-thoroughlyArrived at 8:30 and there were a lot of us! Dave, Tiffany, Emily, Lara, Lisa, KB, Todd & Melissa, and a new lady I didn’t know. Drea had a full class. πŸ™‚

We started with a new warm-up:

  • 2 rounds of:
    • 200m jog
    • 10 jumping split squats
    • 10 walking lunge with PVC pipe passthrus
    • :30 hollow body hold/rock
    • 10 active to passive hang from bar

I have to say that my left knee was angry from the start today, so I avoided any “jumping” split squats and just did some slow and steady in-place lunges. Even my passthrus were a bit slow in lunge positions, so I figured that our overhead walking lunges for the workout were going to be a serious challenge today…

After that, we grabbed some light dumbbells to practice our overhead walking lunges. First we did them without weight at all. And then we did them with our light weight. And I’m not too proud to say that I stayed at 15# dumbbells through the whole workout today. Lunges are challenge enough. Adding an overhead element to it… well, let’s just say that ups the ante a bit.

She looks a lot better than I do doing this movement!

From there we looked at GHD sit-up variations. We could do them on the GHD machine, but with as many bodies as we had, I knew that wasn’t going to happen. Instead, I did GHD-style sit-ups (with the knee kick-out) on the floor with an abmat. And we added a 20# medicine ball to them to make them harder.

15-pound-dumbbellsThe workout?

  • 4 rounds for time of:
  • Β Competitor
    • 50 ft. overhead walking lunge
    • 25 GHD sit-ups
    • 50/35# dumbbells
  • Performance
    • 50 ft. overhead walking lunge
    • 15 GHD sit-ups
    • 35/20# dumbbells
  • Fitness
    • 50 ft. overhead walking lunge
    • 20 sit-ups
    • 25/15#

Obviously I scaled this. My workout became:

  • 4 rounds for time:
    • 50 ft overhead walking lunge with 15# dumbbells
    • 25 GHD-style sit-ups off an abmat with a 20# medicine ball
  • Time: 9:59

Even with 15# dumbbells, this was a good challenge. The lunges got wobbly in spots, but I kept pushing through. And I think my left arm was dipping a bit towards the end, but I kept them both up and locked out for the most part.

Other people were faster. But this is a definite mobility and range of motion challenge for me, so I’m happy.

Great work 8:30 class!!

Rope Climbs For the Win

Regardless of how many things I *can* do physically now after starting crossfit in 2013, there will always be a few “goats” on my list. That’s the beauty of crossfit — there’s always something to work on. For a very, very long time it has been rope climbs.

climbing-rope-atje23--853-pFunny enough, they’ve been a goat since Miss Ranum’s PE class way back in elementary school. It continued into junior high as well. And by high school and beyond, I honestly had given up on the idea of ever climbing a rope.

Just a few months ago, I managed to get close or maybe even touch that top knot. It was a good day. πŸ™‚ So was today!

Went in for the 8:30 class today with AJ & Mickey. Been a while since Mickey joined us for a workout, so that was nice. Coach Lara had a whole mess of folks – Dave, Kelli, Dee, Todd & Melissa & their daughter, Larry, KB, and Melissa S. I think that was everybody – the place was hopping!

I have to say that I was very, very sore this morning. The overhead squats from yesterday and ring dips left a mark and I wasn’t sure how I would do today. My goal was simply to go in and keep moving to work out some of the kinks. There were a lot of them to work out. πŸ™‚

dr-evil-air-quotes-yes-this-is-what-we-call-a-warm-upWe started with a the same warm-up as yesterday… but I think we only made it through one round before we added in some medicine ball clean work and moved on. I was ok with everything (slow, but ok) except for the push-ups, which my body screamed at – I did one, not 10. So I “cheated” a little there – sorry about that.

And after that it was all about warming up and figuring out scaling options for the workout. Rope climbs and GHD sit-ups. We only have two GHD machines and 4 full ropes (5 if you include the short one we tie on the rig), so I knew it was going to be a resource limiting kind of workout today.Β I don’t mind GHDs, but I don’t like fighting over the machines – so I did all of mine on the floor with an ab mat.

As for the rope climbs, there were many variations. I settled on trying for a full rope climb with legs using a J hook approach vs. a Spanish wrap. Other folks did lay-to-stand or the full legless rope climb approach.

Infinity_Legless_Rope_Climb_WEBThe workout was…

  • Score Type:: Total Time
  • Competitor, 5 rounds of:
    • 20 GHD sit-ups
    • 3 legless rope climbs, 15-ft. rope
  • Performance, 5 rounds of:
    • 12 GHD sit-ups
    • 3 rope climbs, 1 legless, 2 with legs
  • Fitness, 3 rounds of:
    • 20 sit-ups
    • 3 rope climbs, lying to standing

My modified workout became:

  • 5 rounds of
    • 20 GHD sit-ups on the floor with an abmat
    • 2 rope climb attempts, 15′ rope

rockypr-300x213I finished the workout in 12:37 and out of 10 total attempts at the rope, made it to the top 7 times. I am VERY happy with that result. πŸ™‚

Meanwhile, my daughters both made it to the top at least once each and many other folks were kicking butt and taking names as well.

I told you it was a good day. πŸ™‚ Great work everybody!