Saturday, July 16, 2011
In June I found strongmanwod.com and played with rocks in the Canyon. I did a Turkish get-up and rock-loading AMRAP, then a 100 meters of walking lunges while carrying a big rock. The walking lunges were tough; I set the rock down 9 times, which meant I had to do 36 burpees - 4 each time.
CrossFit Flagstaff followed the CF Games Regionals WODs & I did WODs 1, 2, 5 & 6. Wod #2 was a Thruster ladder, starting at 145#(which was a PR for me) and making 10 pound jumps every 30 seconds. I got up to 155#(PR!) on the ladder and failed at 165# during the workout. After a few minutes of rest, I was able to lift 165#(PR!). I was pretty happy with my performance on #5 - a WOD called Amanda. It's 9-7-5 rep rounds of muscle-ups and snatches. I scaled to 115# snatches and kept the rings low for my muscle-ups. I got to the last round in the 15 minute cap, but still had 2 muscle-ups and 5 snatches left. I was not disappointed, though, since it was the first time I'd done muscle-ups as part of a timed workout.
I made a sandbag to use in the Canyon and played around with shouldering and squatting with the bag, get-ups, and threw in some burpees and handstand pushups for good measure. I was pretty fired up at the completion of my 5/3/1 Squat cycle, when I squatted 103kg for 8 reps.
Super-excited! Attended my first CrossFit Level 1 course and became a trainer. Set a 2 minute PR in Fran at the course - 8:28 as Rx'd. The following week I put up a PR CrossFit Total (725), with a 5# Squat PR(260). I started a 5/3/1 cycle of Snatch and Back Squat.
I completed Linda(10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 reps of DL, Bench, Clean) for the first time. As Rx'd, my weights were 257# DL, 171# Bench, and 130# Cleans. It took me 40:04 and I tweaked a little lower back muscle on the last rep of the 5s round. The little man in my head said to rest between reps 4 & 5, but I did not listen. I had to take a few days off from lifting.
The following week I did my first Throwdown competition WOD. It included my first-ever 3" deficit handstand pushups. They were hard. On Memorial Day I participated in a fundraising event called Meorial Day Murph, and set a 2 minute pr on Murph(1 mile run, 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 squats, 1 mile run) with a 20# vest. I broke the calisthenics into 50 sets of 2 pullups, 4 pushups, 6 squats. It seemed to work well.
Finished up the CrossFit Games Open Sectionals workouts. A delay in the web function and some work schedule adjustments let me complete all 6 WODs.
Finished up a 5/3/1 cycle for Clean & jerk, Back Squat, Deadlift and Press.
On April 18th, I did the Tactical Strength Cahallenge: a 1RM deadlift(156kg), max reps strict pullups(14), and max reps 24kg Kettlebell Snatches in 5 minutes(70).
A few other rangers and I ran at the Warrior Dash in Phoenix. It was my longest run in Vibram 5 Fingers (3.4 miles) and beat up my feet quite a bit. The course was mostly hardened chunks of dirt, about 3 or 4 inches wide and poky. I was foolishly expecting mud and soft dirt at a mud run in the desert.