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“Mini Fran.” PUC Postponed.

Lousy sleep, only from 1:00 am to 6:30 am. I went to bed before 11:00 pm, but couldn’t fall asleep. Thinking about so many things. But I felt ok in the morning and I jetted off to the 7:00 am workout at CFA. No coffee. No breakfast. Only about 8 oz. of water. So I knew I was asking for trouble. But it was alright.

When I got there I saw that the workout was “Fran.” Ouch. And bad timing for me. My first experience with “Fran” was when I was a CrossFit Newbie (see Feb. 16, 2009), and today, as luck would have it, I encountered her again when I was recovering from an acute back injury.

Never mind, I decided to do a mini-Fran, and let’s just say this: “it is what it is.”

Warm Up

Agility drills (footwork, arms, crawling, etc.), Shoulder Dislocates, Sampson, Hip Mobility, Hamstrings and Calf stretches, Squats (10), Push-Ups (15), Knees to Elbows (12), Pull-Ups (medium band assist, 10).

I was happy and surprised at how easily I knocked out the K2Es. I did 12 in a row with just a tiny little kip to get me up. Knees touched the elbows every time.

Strength and Skill

Rx’d was work on Kipping Pull-Ups or Muscle Ups. I worked a bit on the Kipping Pull Up. Nothing major. I just took it easy.

WOD: “Mini-Fran”

For me, Mini-Fran today was:
15, 12, 9 of Thrusters (65 lbs), and Pull-Ups (medium band assist)
for time.

Results: 6:54.

This felt ok. I felt a little wimpy for not going all-out, especially knowing that both Tom and Rustan had pushed themselves as hard as they could go during the 6:00 am workout, using no resistance bands, and prescribed weights.

My back is recovering and I did not aggravate it further with the thrusters or the pull-ups. That was the goal. I also got the metabolic rush which told me at least that I was not sandbagging it through my Mini-Fran, even if she was light on the weight, easy on the pull-ups, and smaller on the reps.

It’s hard to compare this case of “Fran” with the previous one in February. I did 9 fewer reps, and I did 10 fewer pounds, but I used less resistance on the pull-ups. And I personally weigh a lot less; I weighed in at 179.5 yesterday, and I weighed in at 211 on Feb 15th. But the fact is that I did this one almost 9 minutes faster than the last one. I am clearly stronger, faster, and more capable of putting out the power now. But the results are not comparable, strictly speaking.

Pull-Up Challenge Postponed

It’s my challenge, so I make the rules. I know I have been poking through the end of this first third of the challenge, having stretched one week’s worth out into about 3 weeks worth of time so far. But until I am sure that my back is going to recover without getting further tweaked, I am going to hold off on the extra pull-up training.

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“Nasty Gals.” PUC Day 31. Unassisted Pull Ups in WOD!

I tried and I tried to sleep last night, but sleep took hours coming. I went to the 6:00 am workout with only 4 hours of sleep under my belt. Inexplicably, today Lena woke up at 5:00 am, BEFORE I got out of bed. Sleep problems at home. 2 block breakfast (salmon and banana and coffee) and off to CrossFit Asheville.

Warm Up

Martial Arts Warm-Up routines (running, shadow boxing, footwork). Shoulder dislocates, sampsons, hip mobility, calf and hamstring stretching, etc. Then Windshield Wipers (8), Chest to Bar Pull Ups (10, dead hang), Walking Lunges (20, 10 for each leg), and Ring Dips (medium band assisted, 15).

Skill/Strength Work

Max Height Box Jump

Results:
39.25″ — a new PR!

WOD: “Nasty Gals”

Compare the CrossFit named workout “Nasty Girls”, which was yesterday’s Main Site WOD.

3 rounds for time of:
50 squats
7 chest-to-bar pullups
10 hang power cleans (M-115lbs, W-75lbs)

For me, a difficult workout. But it still marked some milestones. A heavy weight, and … drumroll please, unassisted pull-ups.

Total Time: 11:54.
100 lbs. on the Hang Power Cleans (first 2 reps at 110 lbs.)

MY FIRST EVER WOD WITH UNASSISTED (KIPPING) PULL-UPS!

Stretching/Skill

After the workout, I was feeling the stress in my forearms and joints. I did some mild stretching. I also worked on kicking up into a freestanding handstand. I am almost there!

Pull-Up Challenge Day 31

It’s a bit cheeky, but today I am going to call it good. I’ve done all my 31 pull ups. I did happen to do 10 dead hang pull ups during the warm-up. And then I did 21 unassisted pull-ups during the workout. Even though these weren’t all DEAD HANG pull-ups, they were full-range kipping pull ups performed at high intensity. They deserve to count and my body needs them to.

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“Cindy.” PUC Day 12.

6 hours of uninterrupted (!) sleep. Pretty good. 1 block breakfast (one boiled egg, 2/5 banana). Coffee w/ milk. Water. Then hit the 6:00 am workout at CrossFit Asheville.

Ripped callus on my right hand, May 15th, 2009

Ripped callus on my right hand, after being repaired with Krazy glue. Now that's CrossFit.

Warm Up

Pretty typical agility drills, plus a round of push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, squats (12 reps each). Shoulder dislocates and Sampson/hip mobility stretching. 8 of my pull ups were dead hangs.

Skill Work

About 20 minutes working on the swing for kipping pull-ups. I am getting MUCH closer. As I progress with pull-ups I think I will get the kipping down more easily. I know that I’ll have no excuses with kipping unassisted through the workouts when I can reliably crank out 10 reps of dead hangs. Currently: my PR is 4.

CrossFit Asheville WOD: “Ladies Choice.”

Today’s WOD at CrossFit Asheville is called “Ladies Choice,” basically a choice between the benchmark AMRAP workouts “Cindy” and “Mary.” I chose “Cindy.”

“Cindy”
Complete as many rounds in 20 minutes as you can of:
5 Pull-ups
10 Push-ups
15 Squats

My results: 11 rounds. I used 2 very small resistance bands for the pull ups.

One result from the workout was a torn callus at the base of the ring finger on my right hand. I repaired it with Krazy Glue when I got home. Wow. Now that’s CrossFit. I didn’t feel the tear at all during the work-out. Then noticed it afterwards. It stung, a lot. But strangely, the Krazy Glue repair was painless. I didn’t expect that. It’s also totally solid. Very interesting.

The workout went well. My push-ups felt pretty strong. I continue to struggle with the pull-ups (hence the challenge). My form in the squat remains, I will readily admit, sub-par (even with a wide stance I have trouble with knees dipping in, rounded back, and properly tracking over the toes; it’s a hamstring and calf/Achilles tendon issue). Of course, I’m doing better than I was at the beginning.

Pull Up Challenge Day 12

I completed 8 dead hang pull ups during the morning warm up at the 6:00 am workout.

Reps #1-2: front grip. Around 6:15 am.

Reps #3-4: reverse grip. Around 6:17 am.

Rep #5-6: front grip. Around 6:20 am.

Rep #7: reverse grip. Around 6:21 am.

Rep #8: front grip. Around 6:22 am.

Reps #9-12: in one set; reverse grip. Wearing bicycle gloves to protect the callus. Around 5:50 pm.

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