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Shoulders. PUC Postponed.

Decent sleep, from about 11:30 pm to 7:00 am. I tried to get more but had problems, and Lena woke up. Waking up, I felt good today. Clearly my troubles yesterday were linked to too few hours of sleep.

Breakfast of about 2 blocks protein, 1.5 blocks carbohydrate, 4 blocks fat.

Last night and this morning I was feeling a little impingement and intermittent shooting pain in my left shoulder. I wasn’t sure what to do about this. However, two coincidences were my guide. First, this morning I watched a video on the CrossFit Journal site about Training Through Acute Injuries, by Kelly Starrett. (He’s in favor of it). After watching it, I determined I could probably go to the gym and just be careful. Second, after arriving at CrossFit Asheville and doing the warm up, it turned out that it was a shoulder-focused heavy day. Signs from above: train through the pain. At least this one time only; I was reasonably certain I could work the shoulder without hurting it more.

Warm Up

Agility drills. Shoulder dislocates. Sampsons. Hip mobility. Rolling out the shoulder on the rolling foam. Clapping push-ups (10). Overhead squats (15). Band-assisted Pistols (10 each). Kipping swings (10). Good mornings (15).

Shoulders: Shoulder Press, Push Press, Push Jerk

WOD:
Shoulder Press 1-1-1-1-1
Push Press 3-3-3-3-3
Push Jerk 5-5-5-5-5

Results:
Press 1x: 95 / 105 / 110 / 120 / 125 fail / 115
Push Press 3x: 110 / 115 / 120 / 130 / 130
Push Jerk 5x: 95 / 105 / 115 / 130 / 135

Tied my PR for Shoulder Press. New PRs in Push Press and Push Jerk.

Pull-Up Challenge Postponed

I didn’t finish my reps yesterday, doing only 11. That leaves 16 reps to add to today’s 28 (a total of 44 reps).

When I think about doing these reps today, I can just feel the ache in my shoulders. I am going to take three workout days off of the deadhangs, i.e. Saturday, Monday, Tuesday. I will return on Wednesday June 10th, for my 44 reps. Friday will then be day 29.

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Hands and Pulls. Chamber Challenge 5k. PUC Day 27.

Went to bed late again, woke up super early, after only about 5 hours of sleep, but feeling OK. Yesterday, thanks to two heavy high-grav beers in the evening, I had way too many carbs and just over 3000 calories… and the scale says I’m up about a pound for the week. I’ve been eating more than I should, I guess. Post workout and steam weigh in: 183 lbs.

One block breakfast, then off to the 6:00 am workout at CrossFit Asheville.

Warm Up

Agility drills, Sampson, Hip-Mobility, etc., Overhead Squats w/ PVC, Good Mornings, Clapping Pushups. I skipped the kipping swings and the pistols this morning.

Skill Work

Practicing handstands. Mine isn’t very good and I have nothing much to report today as far as progress. Shanna had us doing the “tripod” head/handstand (not too easy!) and I also did a few against the wall and using a resistance band assist. I cannot do a straightforward handstand yet, let alone a handstand push-up.

WOD: Pull-Ups on the Minute

1 Pull up every minute on the minute
Start off with one pull up on the first minute. On the second minute do two pullups, one the third minute do three, and so on. Complete the max rounds of pullups in a single minute. Once you fail, that will be your final round.

Results:
Dead Hangs: x1 / x2 / x3 / x4 / x1
Medium (Green) Band Assisted: x4 / x6 / x7 / x8 / x9 / x10 / x11 / x8, fail, over.

Chamber Challenge 5k

The race started at 4:30 pm. I made sure I got good rest, hydration, and nutrition. I rode my bike to GreenLife before the event, had some coffee, and met up with Rustan and the others at the crowded Chamber of Commerce parking lot.

The race was serious fun. I ran as one of a four person team of Asheville CrossFitters: the team includes Tom Rehm, Rustan Adcock (our mastermind), and CrossFit Asheville coach Shanna Duvall (our secret weapon). The way the team 5k worked is that we all ran separately, and our individual times were added up for a team score (timing is by RFID chip). They also published finish times. I knew we could certainly beat 100 minutes… we actually did better than 91. I was hoping for a sub 25 minute run myself, but I beat my last PR decisively, with 23:19 (88th place). I was third on our team. Shanna had 20:48 (I think, 31st place, 4th overall female). Rustan had 21:48 (I think, 51st place). Tom had 24:58 (I think 146th place).

After the 5k, the sweetest words in the English language: “free beer.”

See here for details, and here for the map.

Pull-Up Challenge Day 27, Part I

My first 11 reps were during the WOD (thanks Shanna!). But I can’t finish them today after the 5k.

I’ll do the rest of the reps tomorrow along with day 28 (44 total for the day). Results posted later!

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“The Click” and PUC Day 25

Morning came a little early as Lena woke up with the birds and the sun (at 5:50 am). Sleep was decent, nutrition yesterday was decent (maybe too many calories), and I felt ok. But SOOO stiff and sore from yesterday’s WOD. If stressing the body like that doesn’t cause an adaptive response (building muscle) then I don’t know what will. Contemplating the WOD today made me nervous, and the thought of my pull-up challenge also worried me. But I steeled my mind, got into my gear, ate my 1 block breakfast, and rode my bike to CrossFit Asheville’s Tuesday 7:00 am class.

Warm-Up

Agility drills, followed by shoulder dislocates, sampson and hip mobility stretches, then Overhead Squats w/ PVC, kipping swings, good mornings, clapping push-ups, and Pistols (pistols was what I couldn’t remember yesterday am). This was followed by the Burgener Warm-Up.

The WOD: The Click (Happy Birthday, Sean Clickner)

200 meter run
9 Power Snatches
21 Knees to Elbows
400 meter run
15 power snatches
15 knees to elbows
800 meter run
21 power snatches
9 knees to elbows

Results: 75# snatches, 17:28 total time..

Pull-Up Challenge Day 25

I waited until 3:00 pm to get started on my Pull-Ups. The plan was to do five groups of 5 reps, at 15 minute intervals. It was a good plan: I was able to do 4/5 of these as full sets of 5!

I started my interval watch at 3:00 and did my first set. Second set at 15 minutes. I accidentally missed the 30 minute set (which would have been my 3rd), so the third set was at 45 minutes. A fourth at 1:00 and a fifth at 1:15 finished me up. All 25 reps done between 3:00 and 4:15 pm.

Results: 5 f / 5 r / 5 f / 4 r + 1 r / 5 f Note the 4 full sets of 5! This is a personal one day record!

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Pushups and Squats and Sprints, Oh My! (PUC Day 24)

Too little sleep, so when I woke this morning after less than 5 hours, I decided I couldn’t do the 6:00 am workout at CrossFit Asheville (CFA). Instead, I slept in until 7:00 am, which helped me a lot. I was going to take an active rest day, just do my pull-ups and walk around and stuff, but by about 8:30 I was feeling good, and decided to go to the 10:00 open gym. But first, the day’s pull-ups.

Pull Up Challenge, Day 24

I used a 90 second interval on my watch, and completed my 24 dead-hang pull-ups in 9 sets. I did the first set, then started the watch, then stopped it at the end of my last set. Total time: approximately 12 min. 30 sec, from about 9:50 to about 10:02 am (including first and last set, each was about 15 seconds).
Results:
90 second interval, 9 sets alternating grips:
4 r / 4 f / 3 r / 2 f / 3 r / 2 f / 2 r / 1 f / 3 r

Take the Bike

I packed up my gear for after the workout in a backpack and rode my bike in to CFA. They were surprised to see me, I think. I was happy that coach Randy got dressed and did the workout with me. (And Shanna joined us on the MetCon).

Warm-Up

Agility drills. And Corey agreed to walk me through the Burgener Warm-Up (discussed in Issue 53 [Jan 2007] of the CrossFit Journal). Then, Sampson, Hip-Mobility. Rolling of calves and hams. Then a new set of calisthenics: Overhead Squats w/ PVC, Kipping Swing Practice, Good Mornings, Clapping Pushups, and, something else I forget now, or forgot to do. I can’t recall.

CFA WOD: “Oh My!”

The workout was called “Oh My!” and was a lot of fun.

We began by working on the Overhead Squat, looking for a 5 rep max. This was my first time looking for a 5 rep max on the Overhead Squat, so each set represented a PR. I am pleased with myself.

My progression:
10 x 45 / 10 x 45 / 10 x 55 / 5 x 65 / 5 x 75 / 5 x 80 / 5 x 85 / 5 x 85

This was followed by a great and nicely fast MetCon:

400 meter sprint,
25 push-ups,
25 squats,
200 meter sprint,
15 push-ups,
15 squats,
200 meter sprint

Both Shanna and Randy ran this with me. As you might expect, both coaches beat me. But not by as much as you might expect! (at least in the case of Randy).
Results:
5:18.

After shooting the breeze for a few minutes, I rode my bike to the gym, hit the steam, showered, shaved, and rode home again.

Aftermath

Now, I have to say, I’m feeling kinda sore in unexpected ways, like in my forearms, triceps, and anterior deltoids! I feel like I really got a good workout in today. Very interesting. No wait… scratch that. It’s not interesting at all that my CrossFit workout was “good.” CrossFit is dependable like that.

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