Tagged: endurance

ID

I don’t go often to the gym on Saturday, mostly because of scheduling issues. Saturdays are usually special, too: chippers. They take longer and there’s a lot of reps of a lot of exercises. It’s demanding physically and mentally because it seems to take forever at time. And because people used to sign in for Saturday morning classes, the chicken out at the last minute when they saw the WOD (taking space from others), the head coach decided that he wouldn’t be posting the Saturday WOD – it’s a surprise, nad you’ll know about it when you get  there.:)

So I had no clue what I was getting myself into this morning. Here’s what was on the board: Dirty Dozen.  For time – 25 walking lunges, 20 pullups, 50 box jumps 20in, 20 double unders, 25 ring dips, 20 knees to elbows, 30 KB swings 2 pood, 30 situps, 20 hang squat cleans, 25 back extension, 30 wall balls 20lbs and 3 rope climb. Phew! Lot’s do do, 40min cap.

Surprisingly, it wasn’t all that brutal. Demanding, yes.  We more or less all went at the same pace at the beginning – done with the box jumps before the 5min mark. We started to sperate at the ring dips. Some are slower, some are faster. I actually finished second, with a time of 18:48. NOT Rx! 

That pissed me off. You see, we had to use the 2 pood KB, and I thought I had one – none are labelled. Turns out I had a 1.5 pood. Wish I’d known that at the beginning, not at the next to last swing. The training remains, mind you, but I didn’t Rx because of weight ID. It stinks.

Still happy – have a nice weekend!

Supplements

1 scoop (10g) Beyond Yourself AMRAP (BCAA) with 12oz water – during training, 1 scoop (30g) Beyond Yourself Whey ISO in 500ml water – after training

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HSPU

Friday is upon us again, with it’s choices… choose wisely, or stupidly – sometimes it’s the same.

I decided to do Wednesday’s WOD: 3 rounds for time – 50 double unders, 40 situps, 30 wall balls, 20 pullups, 10 HSPU.

I went with this one for 1 simple reason…ok, two. 1- I hate double unders and wall balls and suck at them. 2- My HSPU are not Rx one, but only done 1/2 to 3/1 of the way. SO that’s why I had to do this WOD… it’s the only real way to improve myself. It’s way too easy to cherry pick.

It was a nasty thing, I hated most of it and I was dead at the end. It took me 31:48 to finish all three rounds. But there was a silver lining. I did all my HSPU Rx, kipping all the way for each one. They’re not perfect, some were quite horrible, but I got up. 🙂  Pretty please with that – and now I have no excuse to scale it.

Supplements

1 scoop (10g) Beyond Yourself AMRAP (BCAA) with 12oz water – during training, 1 scoop (30g) Beyond Yourself Whey ISO in 500ml water – after training

Omar

By in the box after a nice long weekend where I basically threw the paleo diet out the window. Every now and then, you need this.

And tonight, I paid for it, too. We started with some shoulder mobility, always good to loosen them shoulders still stiff form Angie. We then moved on to the WOD, Omar.

You know it’s going to be a nasty thing when the WOD has a name.

So, for time: 10 thrusters 95lbs, 15 bar-facing burpees, 20 thrusters 95lbs, 25 bar-facing burpees, 30 thrusters 95lbs, 35 bar-facing burpees. Bar-facing burpees are somewhat like the lateral jump over the bar ones, except that you face them instead of being parallel to the bar. Jumping by sets of 10 each time for the thrusters wasn’t fun either.

It was demanding, it was brutal, I sweat buckets and I did something I’d never done before – I took off my shirt. You see, it’s something that happens in crossfit, guys remove their shirts, for a variety of reasons: show off muscle, impeded movements, cooling attempt. Some girls will also do the same. It’s something that seems accepted in crossfit society. Never quite saw why some did it… I don’t have the muscles to show off and ever since I trained in Thailand, heat and sweat have never bothered me. Turns out that all that sweat soaked by the only cotton training shirt I had was impeding my movement during thrusters. The shirt clung to my shoulders and back, pulling and stretching. It got annoying! So I took it off. 😉   It did help for movement, but not for endurance… nasty thrusters!  It took me 17:14 to finish. I honestly didn’t even think I’d finish… I figured I’d hit the 20 min cap.

Supplements

1 scoop (10g) Beyond Yourself AMRAP (BCAA) with 12oz water – during training, 1 scoop (30g) Beyond Yourself Whey ISO in 500ml water – after training

Oh, and my friend, Nicola, who competed in the Europe Regionals, finished 4th overall! Way to kick ass!

Nasty

Today was not a good day training. I wasn’t off my game, but I wasn’t in it either.

We started off with leg mobility exercise – something we ALL need. Stiffness and age; heh.

Then came the WOD. It’s one of those that you just look at it and you go “ya, that one’s gonna suck”. And it did.

5 rounds for time, 25 min cap: 25 push press 75lbs, 25 wall ball shots 20lbs and 25 box jumps 24po.

My shoulders were shot by round 2, my mind was screaming by round 3. I did push on, though. I finished my 25th boxjump at the 25min mark, completing 4 rounds Rx. My legs hurt, my shoulders were smoked (started too fast with the shoulder press in round 1), but I’m still happy I hung in there ’til the end.

Tomorrow, I might think differently…;)

I also managed to do 5 butterfly pullups in a row. I finally broke past the 3 mark. 🙂

Also, a shout out to my friend Nicola Simpson (who most likely does not read my blog), who is flying today for Denmark to participate in the Europe Regionals. She’s an awesome athlete, and I wish her all the best, and to kick arse. 🙂

Supplements

1 scoop (10g) Beyond Yourself AMRAP (BCAA) with 12oz water – during training, 1 scoop (30g) Beyond Yourself Whey ISO in 500ml water – after training

Schmalls

Pick your Poison Friday is upon us! Like often, I try to do something I don’t really like, if only to force myself at improving my weaknesses. Today, I chose Schmalls.

Schmalls is a Hero WOD: For time – 800m run cash-in, then 2 rounds of the following: 50 burpees, 40 pullups, 30 pistol squats, 20 KB Swings 1.5pood, and 10 HSPU. Then, there’s a 800m run cash-out. I did 35:432, but not Rx as I can’t quite do the pistol squats and full HSPU.

Pistol squats are squats, but with one leg straight out in front of you. So basically a one leg squat. It’s hard, and gravity keeps getting in the way of getting up.

Still, all in all a good workout – I got most of the anger and bad things out of me. A good way to finish the week, and start the weekend. 🙂

‘Might go train tomorrow.. it all depends if I get a WOD named after me. Our coach, for some athletes’ birthday, creates a WOD filled with stuff said athletes don’t quite like. As tomorrow’s my birthday, who knows if I’ll get one…

 

Supplements

1 scoop (10g) Beyond Yourself AMRAP (BCAA) with 12oz water – during training, 1 scoop (30g) Beyond Yourself Whey ISO in 500ml water – after training

13.5

At last, the long-awaited fifth Open WOD came out. And once again, Dave Castro, the cruel insane genius behind the WODs, didn’t disappoint.

Last year’s 12.5 was a Fran ladder. This year, we got a Super Fran, or Frankenstein. It’s a 4 min AMRAP of 15 thrusters 100lbs and 15 chest to bar pull-ups – chest MUST touch the bar. You’re probably thinking “huh, fast paced, but not too bad”.

But wait! There’s more! If you managed to do 90 reps in the 4 minutes (so 3 full rounds), you earn an extra 4 minutes of time! That’s right, you’ve now 8 minutes to get AMRAP. Now you thinking “ok, it’s nasty, because endurance kicks in now”.

But wait! We’re not done! If you manage to do ANOTHER 90 reps in the now 8 minutes, you earn another 4 minutes to do more reps. And it goes on and on until time runs out or your body gives out. That’s where the mental games kicks in. How much will you push, knowing you’ll have more pain coming as you perform.

Granted, I’m not at that stage at all. Keeping with my new-found state of mind, I went in with an achievable goal. My thrusters are not the best in the world – heck, I haven’t done Fran Rx – though this will change in two weeks. Chest to bars, weeeeelllll, I sort of could do some, that is get the required height. But they have to touch the bar, which makes things complicated. My goal was to get to the first set of 15 C2B, and get a few reps in. An awesome achievement would be for me to complete an entire round. Remember, you only have 4 minutes.

I ended up doing 37 reps, surpassing my awesome achievement by 7 reps. 🙂

I’m happy with what I did. I gave it my all, and left it all on there. No shame, just sweat and PRs. The Open pulled me in, chewed me and spat me out in the deepest corners of my mental hell, but I managed to regroup, refocus and push through to finish a better athlete than when I started. The 5 WODs have exposed big flaws – mental and physical alike – and that what I think it’s for. I know I will not win the Open, or get to the Regionals, but I still consider myself a victor after those 5 weeks – it’s the journey that matters most, not the destination or goal.

On my road to the Spartan race, I took this side path and followed it to the end. I’m now back on the main road a better man.

Supplements

1 scoop (10g) Beyond Yourself AMRAP (BCAA) with 12oz water – during training, 1 scoop (30g) Beyond Yourself Whey ISO in 500ml water – after training

Karen

Another Pick your Poison Friday is upon us, and I was feeling uninspired. It happens. None of this week’s WOD peaked my interest, and I sure wasn’t going to do 13.2 two days in a row. Fortunately, I could do a benchmark (girl) WOD. I’ve done a few recently, over the last 3 months, and a lot of them are still out of my Rx range… and I felt like having an Rx! 😉

So after searching, pondering and thinking, I ended up doing Karen. This benchmark is hated my all, yet everybody’s got to do it at least once in their lifetime to experience first hand the sheer suckiness of it. The WOD’s very simple and straightforward: 150 wall ball shots, for time. That it. Men’s Rx is the 20lbs medecine ball, which must be thrown at a target 10 feet high after a full squat – every time.

I started pretty well with 22 consecutive shots. Then I tried to do them in sets of 10, then 5, then however many I could. It took me 10:42 to finish it. And yes, it sucked. Now it’s done, and hopefully I won’thave to do it again for a long time.

Kudos also to the Mrs, who did 13.2 tonight with 168 reps! Her shoulder strength is increasing by leaps and bounds, and it’s shows/pays off.

Supplements

1 scoop (10g) Beyond Yourself AMRAP (BCAA) with 12oz water – during training, 1 scoop (30g) Beyond Yourself Whey ISO in 500ml water – after training