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“Alex”

About 6 hours sleep. 1 block breakfast. 6:00 am CFA workout.

Warm Up

Agility drills; shoulder dislocates; Sampsons; hip-mobility; calf and hamstring stretching; push-ups (15); squats (15); knees-to-elbows (15); pull-ups (medium band assisted, 15).

WOD: Alex

The CFA WOD is “Alex”, in honor of one of our members who is leaving, after today, for the Marines.

3 rounds of:
400m run for time
Max ring dips in 400m run time
Power Cleans using ring dip reps for time (M-115lbs/W-75lbs)
3 minutes rest b/w rounds
Post slowest run time, total ring dips, slowest power clean time.

I used two small rubber bands to assist on the ring dips and a 40 kg set-up on the cleans.

Results:
Round One: 1:17, 21, 4:41 finish (i.e. cleans in 2:07)
Round Two: 1:25, 16, 4:45 finish (i.e. cleans in 1:55)
Round Three: 1:28, 10, 3:30 finish (clean time unknown; the dips interval was cut short by accident)

A fun, kinda sweaty workout. My power cleans felt good. Naturally, I could have gone heavier, but I want to keep babying my back. Which is actually feeling fine today, a week later. Whew!

Two more workouts with CrossFit Asheville before we depart for the summer. I’m going to miss everybody.

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“The Flash”

Slept in a bit, cause I could… Lena didn’t wake until after 7:00. Even with her two wakings between 12 and 1 I managed to get at least 6 hours of sleep. Cleaning around the house, breakfast was lots of coffee and “1.5” block of food (but actually 1.5p/5f/1.5c). Note to self: that much extra fat wasn’t a great idea even a full hour before the am workout. Made it to the 9:00 am CFA workout.

Agility Warm Up

Then the standards (ADs, SD, SS, HM, stretching). Push-Up (15), Squats (10), Knees to Elbows (K2Es) (12), Pull-Ups, medium band (10).

Strength

Worked on 5 rep max for Shoulder Press.

Results: 10×45#, 5×75#, 5×95#, 5×105# (PR), 5×95#, 5×95#, 5×95#

WOD: The Flash

The CrossFit Asheville WOD was:
Complete max rounds in 15 minutes of the following:
100 single jump ropes or 25 double unders
100 feet suicide drill with turn points every 20 feet
5 handstand push-ups
10 heavy kettlebell swings
12 front squats holding medicine ball

Used 44 lb Kettlebell; did band-assisted HSPUs; 12 lb medicine ball.

Results: 3 rounds & 1 suicide set.

In the heat and humidity, I got a good sweat going.

Strength Gains

I have three data points on this blog for shoulder work.

  1. Today
  2. June 6th
  3. April 30th

On April 30th and June 6th I established a 1 rep max SP of 120#. I don’t have any data on a 3 rep or 5 rep max for shoulder press. So I am glad I decided to do the 5 rep max today. By the end, doing three work sets at 95 lbs, I felt strong. In fact, when these work sets of 5 reps of shoulder press are compared with the work I did on the Push Press and the Push Jerk on 6/6, I am a little embarrassed! Obviously I am even stronger than I thought. I think that these work sets and my 105# five rep PR points the way to increasing the 120# PR in the 1 rep.

Injury Check in; Yoga/Stretching

Back is feeling on the mend. I could feel the twinges during the WOD but no big deal. I noticed that on June 6th I was complaining of left shoulder pain. Nothing remains of that, which, in retrospect, seems not to have even been an injury.

I did a fair amount of Yoga stretching last night. In fact I even got my internal heat going a little bit. It felt good and I plan to do some more tonight. I am going to focus on combining about 5 cycles of a warrior and standing pose sequence with some seated and twisting poses.

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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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“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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Double Trouble. PUC Day 20.

Decent sleep (about 7 hours). Feeling super sore from yesterday, especially in the trapezius muscles. Had a 1 block breakfast. Coffee w/ milk. Then heading to the 7:00 am CrossFit Asheville workout.

Warm-Up

Judo/MMA warm-up (shoulder rotations, 45 x 360 lunges, deadfall practice, front-roll to bear crawl); sampson/hip mobility stretches, various stretches, shoulder dislocates; squats, Hindu Pushups, Shotguns, Supermans (15 reps each).

Skill Work

10 minutes practicing double unders. This was pretty disorganized. I did manage to get about 5 double unders.

CrossFit Asheville WOD

As many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:
30 double-unders or 90 singles
Suitcase dumbbell healthlift, 12 each side (M-45lbs, W-30lbs)
18 Knees to elbows

I used 45# weights and did single-unders. My results:
5 rounds and 30 single jumpropes.

Pull-Up Challenge Day 20

Reps #1-4: 5:40 pm. Set of 4. Front grip.
Reps #5-8: 6:50 pm. Set of 4. Reverse grip.
Reps #9-12: 7:30 pm. Set of 4. Front grip.
Reps #13-17: 7:45 pm. Set of 5. Reverse grip.
Reps #18-20: 7:55 pm. Set of 3. Front grip.

And that’s my reps for today. Whew.

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Run and Squat. Parkour practice. PUC Day 17, Part II & Day 18.

Woke up super early. Jet lag. Got to work on the Pull-Up Challenge right away. Then went to the 9:00 am workout.

Pull-Up Challenge Day 17, Part II

As I noted yesterday, I wasn’t able to finish my reps in the Pull-Up Challenge, Day 17. So I left 8 reps for today. I did these 8 reps quickly this morning, all before 7:00 am.

Workout

Warm-Up: Agility drills and 2 rounds of Pull-Ups, Knees to Elbows, Push-Ups, and Squats.

Skills: Pose Running Techniques.

WOD: 4 rounds for time:
Run 400 Meters.
50 Squats.

Results: I was feeling strong. I chased down coach Randy as best as I could, powering through the squats, and finished second, two seconds behind him. Time: 13:12.

Parkour training

After the workout, we went up behind CFAHQ and practiced some parkour techniques, leaping over walls, etc. Very fun.

Pull-Up Challenge Day 18

I began my 18 reps for today (caught up, finally), during the warm-up. And I continued throughout the day. I’m still a little too frazzled to get back into the habit of recording each set and the time. Monday: I promise to do so. The reps were really spread out through the whole day, from 9:00 am to 10:30 pm.

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“Matt B” aka “Super Man”

This was the WOD. Randy named it for me. Thanks Randy! That is, if a gift like this deserves “thanks.”

AMRAP, 10 minutes: 200 meter run; 20 Knees to Elbows.

My results:
3 full rounds
1 more run, and
12 K2E

This workout actually followed a strength session: max wt. single rep Shoulder Presses.

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