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The Spartan Race has come and gone, and I wasn’t part of it. My ankle was simply not healed enough. Many told me of the steep muddy hills that were on the course, so that might’ve actually broken it.

I could say this was wasted, but it’S not really. I learned a lot about myself while training and writing this blog. It has been an interesting journey, one that I will continue.

Well, this is it. I think this might be my last post. I’m not sure if I should go on writing posts, now.

It’s been fun, thank you all for reading (thus far, maybe) and sharing my travels on the road to Sparta(n). Keep training, have fun and never let go.





As the swelling in my ankle didn’t go down as much as I thought it would, and because a bruise appeared yesterday, I went to see a doctor to see what’s the story. Seems I have a slight sprain. Ice, elevation and compression are prescribed… and obviously no running or activities that involve impact on the ankle. I can still lift, but no double unders, burpees or box jumps. It should heal on its own.

I did ask about running – I have the Spartan Race in 2 weeks. Doctor told me to use my judgement. That means that, in a week, I’ll have to assess my situation and see if I run or not.

You know, I’m getting sick and tired f this. Every time there’s a competition coming up, I seem to injure myself and miss it. I want to do those competitions! It stinks. This one most of all, as it’s the very reason behind this blog.

‘Guess we’ll see in a week how things stand.


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…



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

Pose Method

Over the weekend, the MRs and I went to a run clinic given by our resident ultra-runner – my running coach as I called her back in September. She still is.

During the clinic, we didn’t run all that much, but we went through drills to help us with the pose method. The pose method is basically hitting mid-sole first when you run, instead of heel first. The theory in this is that man was made to run – we’re build to run, most likely from 250lbs snarling beasts who though we’d make a nice dinner, or us after said beasts for the same reasons. Hitting mid-sole is a more natural way of running, where ankle, knee and hips align. Less strain, less possibilities of injuries and a lesser impact on the whole leg than when you run heel first.

So, today, instead of gong to the box for a clean and jerk extravaganza, the Mrs and I decided to stretch our legs and put theory to pavement. The method on longer distances is new to me, as I only applied it to shorter, sprint-like distances like an 800m. It’s odd, and slow, and uncomfortable, but I was expecting it… learning and practicing and such. To make my lie easier, I downloaded Map My Run to keep distances and times. Having a new phone also helps with GPS signal and precision. We took it easy-ish for the first one, to see how things went. We did 3.59km in 23:12. I’d say it’s an ok time. My goal, though, is to do my 5k under 25 minutes. I’m a patient man, so I’vwe given myself the whole summer to achieve that goal. At the pace I had, it would’ve taken me some 32 minutes. My running coach did tell me I’m be slower, as I’m “relearning” how to run, so no worries.

Now I know where I’m starting from. Let’s improve on it.

Helen 2

Ah, pick your poison Friday, where you have a degree of control on where you want to feel pain. I decided to go with yesterday’s actual WOD, Helen.

I did Helen a while back, 6 month ago to be exact. Helen is 3 rounds for time: 400m run, 21 KB swings 1.5 pood and 12 pullups. Last time, I did it in 14:23Rx. SO I figured I’d do it again to see if I’ve improved, or at least to push my limits. It went pretty well, actually. I did slow down in the third round, but my running’s still not too bad. I finished it in 13:07Rx this time

Beat my previous score by more than a minute! A nice way to start the weekend.


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

Reality Check

Easter’s come and gone, like chocolate for many, and now we get back to reality.

In my case, it means continuing with the training. Haven’t stopped, gotta keep going.

Today is a cold and windy day here… and I mean windy! Since it’s Spring and the roads are decently dry, running is slowly coming back as our main warm up exercise. I seem to have kept my rhythm, so there is that. The skill of the day was L-Sit, 4 times max hold. L-Sits are simple: you sit on the floor, legs straight in front of you. You put your hands next to your hips, push up and lift both butt and legs off the floor. Simple, yes? Try it. Go on, try, the rest of the post can wait. Only butt or legs lift, right? Exactly my problem. So I scale, I do the same, but hanging from rings instead. My Ls are not pretty, they almost look like l instead, but I’m working on them.

And now, the WOD. 3 rounds for time: Hang Power Clean 135lbs, 15 burpees. After doing 13.4, I thought to myself “Hey, this is not going to be so bad”. WRONG! The reality is that my shoulders are still smoked and starting from the hang power clean doesn’t give me as much power and leverage as a full clean. Took me 12:15Rx, but I hurt all the friggin’ way. I was actually looking forward to burpees. Yeah, that much.


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

Rx HSPU.. not!

Back at the box after nasty hurty physio yesterday. I’m still sore from that! In any case, you got to pick yourself up, bite the bullet/lip/mouthpiece and get on with it.

As it was rainy out there today, we had the option of running or 20 burpees to warmup. Still took the running.:)

The skill was one I need to work on – the hang power snatch. Unlike the snatch, that starts on the ground, you start at hip level, and you don’t have to go into a full squat before standing. A quarter squat will do. We did no weights, to get the hang of it: 6-6-6. My shoulders are less stiff and practising OH squat with a broom stick is helping with the flexbility. Going into the deep squat with the hang squat is a little bit beyond my reach, but I’m inching closer.

WOD was a grinding one. 7 rounds for time, 25min cap – 5 HSPU, 10 deadlift 185lbs, 10 chest to bar and 20 double unders. I started this witht the best of intention… going Rx all the way, even if I could only do 1 round. Well, after not even doing one HSPU Rx and collapsing midway, I went scaled and did the pushups from a box. I can do “mini” HSPU here, going down 2-3 inches, but for the real ones, you hands are on plates and your head must go almost to the floor, resting on an abmat (basically 1 inch of foam) – not happening! The rest was Rx, even the hard chest-to-bars (well, maybe 3-4 weren’t Rx). I ended up doing 5rounds, 5 HSPU and 1 C2B in 25 min.

I’m also noticing a trend which I really don’t like. I took a week of to heal, and now that I’ve come back, my last WODs seem to get shittier and shittier. I’m no longer progressing, but regressing. I had issues doing sets of 10 deadlifts at 185! WTF?!? Double unders are the same. I don’t understand what’s wrong.. and obviously, my mind turns to the comp in December; min req for deadlift is 225. Am I going insane? Is old age catching up to me already? Gipsy curse? Am I thinking too much about the comp? Side effect of gradually going paleo? The floor is open to all theories…


1 scoop (9g) Aminocore (BCAA) with 600ml water – right before and during training, 2 fish oil caps, 1 scoop (28g) Dymatize ISO100 whey powder in 350ml milk – after training