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“Primrose Hill.” PUC Day 15 & 16. Biking in London.

Warm Up

A light bike ride to the gym, and then, having dropped off my stuff, from the gym to the bottom of Primrose Hill, which is the north end of Regent’s Park in London. I made my way to an exercise area called “Trim Trail,” which is a place with permanent installations for pull-ups and many other body weight only exercises. Very nice adult playgym equipment. Personal trainers bring clients there.

Once there I did some sit ups (15), push ups (15), and squats (15), and did hamstring, calf, and hip mobility stretches.

Primrose Hill: The WOD

My WOD:
11 Dead Hang Pull Ups. Take as long as you need.
Sprint up Primrose Hill.
10 Dead Hang Pull-Ups
Sprint up Primrose Hill
10 Dead Hang Pull-Ups
Sprint up Primrose Hill

My results: I got my dead hangs, including one SET OF 5, two sets of 4, two of three, and a couple twos, and a bunch of ones. They took a long time, relative to my normal workouts. Sprint times: 1:50, 1:58, 1:58.

For the record, the Sprint was about 500 meters and includes an approximately 100 foot elevation. It’s burly.

When I finished the whole workout I did another set of 15 pushups for good measure.

Pull-Up Challenge Days 15 and 16

I missed yesterday’s pull-ups, so today I did two days worth. And I combined them with the workout.

See: 15 + 16 = 31.

Biking in London

Heck, I rode my bike for about 3 hours straight today in London, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, and I also rode it prior to this time. I probably covered 20 miles. Obviously, I was stopping and starting a lot. It was totally awesome. What a great way to sightsee.

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Bench and Row. PUC Skipped Day.

My trip to London has been great. I bought a one week membership at a little gym right on Belsize Park Gardens, about 2 blocks from Gadi and Mimi’s place. They have Concept II rowers and some crappy olympic weights, so I decided to do the WOD from the mainsite that was posted for Monday:

For time:
Row 500 meters
Body weight Bench press, 30 reps
Row 1000 meters
Body weight Bench press, 20 reps
Row 2000 meters
Body weight Bench press, 10 reps
Post time to comments.

Warm-Up

So, I arrived at the gym about 6:45 am. There wasn’t a good place to do warm-ups, so I just did a few squats, push-ups, and sit-ups. I should have done some pull-ups too, but I figured I might get them in for the challenge, later. But now it looks like I have to skip the challenge today. Details below.

Bench and Row

I didn’t have a chance to check the main site, so I had the details backwards. I did bench first, then the row.

I did a few warm up sets with the bench. It’s been a long time since I did this awkward, no fun movement. It hurt my right shoulder. Also, I quikly realized that there was no way I was going to do 60 reps of a full body-weight bench. I did: 20 kg x 10; 40 kg x 5; 50 kg x 5; 60 kg x 3; and then attemted 80 kg, and failed. So, I started my workout at 60 kg. 13 reps into the 30, I backed it down to 50 kg. Then I did my second set with 50 kg. My last set I did 55 kg. Also, the erg was on a totally different floor, so I had to walk through this facility, and up a staircase, to switch stations in the circuit. That slowed me down some of course. And my first set of bench presses was insanely slow.

Results: 47 minutes. First set of Benches: 13 reps x 60 kg; 17 reps x 50 kg; First Row: 500 meters in 1:43; Second set of benches: 20 reps x 50 kg; Second Row: 1000 meters in 3:53; Third set of benches: 10 reps x 55 kg; Third Row: 2000 meters in 7:53.

I got a good sweat going. Had a steam, shave, dressed, and now I am out and about biking through London.

Biking

Yesterday I probably rode 10 miles on my bike. I have similar plans for today. I am out and about, fully clothed, fighting London traffic. The insane taxi drivers, white van drivers, and bus drivers are a serious threat to my life. And the occasional bouts of severe rain (!) are more funny than anything else. I am seeing the city in the best possible way. Convinced of it!

Pull Up Challenge Day 15

Well, I found out where to DO pull-ups: the very cool “Trim Trail” at the base of Primrose Hill Park, just north of Regent’s Park. They have everything for the body-weight only workout crowd there. I saw some truly burly dudes doing pull ups there yesterday. Only trouble is, my schedule today won’t permit me to find the time to work in my 15 pulls. What I’ll have to do is go super early there tomorrow, and do 31 pulls. It’ll probably take me the better part of an hour and a half. That may be my whole workout for the day, that and bicycle riding. So, with that promise to myself, I sign off, no pull-ups today.

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“Camden Roundabout.” PUC Day 14.

WOD: repair a bike, do some sprints, do pull ups, and box jumps, for “time.”

I borrowed Guy’s (Guy is cousin Adi’s boyfriend) broken down “Chicago” brand bike. Fixed the rear brake last night. Then today, walked it up to a petrol station and filled the tires. Then I rode the bike in Camden, up and down Hampstead Hill street. At the bottom of my ride I found a shuttered children’s playground, with swing-sets that had no swings. I did my first set of pull-ups there (3). Then I rode the bike up the hill and into Hampstead Heath. Amazing, wonderful parkland. I did some sprints (20 sec on, 20 sec off, 40 sec on, 20 sec on off) for about 5 minutes. Then, at a small sports pitch, I did the remainder of my pull-ups on a really insufficient little shelter. The pull-up bar was a 1/4″ steel blade. I wrapped my sweatshirt on it. It wasn’t full height so I had to have my legs up. I alternated max sets of pull-ups with sets of 20 box jumps, until I hit my PUC numbers. (I did about 115 good box jumps). Then, I did 20 sit-ups (one set), 20 push-ups (1 set), and 20 squats (1 set). Then some more sprinting and jogging, and rode the bike back to Belsize Park.

On to the tourism! Hopefully, I’ll be adding another 20 miles or so on a bike today. And a few miles of walking, most likely, as yesterday.

Tomorrow AM I will purchase a day pass to a local gym I found, and do today’s official CrossFit WOD (consisting of increasing distances on a rower, alternating with body weight bench presses). RADICAL. It will feel good to get in a proper CrossFit WOD. Then I can perhaps finish up the workout by doing by 15 pull-ups.

Pull-Up Challenge Day 14

Reps #1-3: Reverse grip. At a children’s park. About 8:15 am.

Reps #4-6: Front grip. At a shelter in Hampstead Heath. About 8:30 am. (+15 box jumps)

Reps #6-8: Reverse grip. At a shelter in HH. 8:35 am. (+ 20 box jumps)

Reps #9-10: Front grip. Shelter (+20 box jumps)

Reps #11-14: Sets of one each. Alternating grips. One every minute or so. (+ 3 sets of 20 box jumps)

Biking

In the afternoon, I acquired a better bike. AWESOME. I rode this bike all around London. I mean, all over the place. I probably rode 10 miles at least. What great exercise and what a way to see the city. I probably spent at least 2 hours riding the thing. Yeah, it’s “L.S.D.” training (Long, Slow, Distance) but it’s training. And it burns calories. It’ll help keep me honest while I am here.

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