Monday, September 17, 2012

Catch Up

Crap. I forgot to post last Friday's workout. I wish I could blame it on work (which has, in fact, exploded recently), but I had all weekend to write. It just slipped my mind -- probably because I was busy teaching the boys to dance Gangnam Style.

Come on -- I know you want to watch it again.


Having been knocked down with a fever and sore throat for a solid week, I was looking forward to getting back in the gym on Friday. We practiced weighted ring dips  before the metcon was announced:
  • 15 toes to bar
  • 15 hang power cleans (115lbs / 85lbs)
  • 15 box jumps (20")
  • 12 toes to bar
  • 12 hang power cleans (115lbs / 85lbs)
  • 12 box jumps (20")
  • 9 toes to bar
  • 9 hang power cleans (115lbs / 85lbs)
  • 9 box jumps (20")
  • 6 toes to bar
  • 6 hang power cleans (115lbs / 85lbs)
  • 6 box jumps (20")
  • 3 toes to bar
  • 3 hang power cleans (115lbs / 85lbs)
  • 3 box jumps (20")
Forty-five reps of toes-to-bar and hang power cleans? My wrists started weeping before the workout began. I decided to stick with the women's RXed weight because: (1) I am weak, and (2) I am not altogether stupid.

Result: 11:05.

This morning, I returned to the gym feeling like myself for the first time in ten days. (My voice still sounds terrible, but I feel fine.) Good thing, too, because I love me some kettlebell snatches. We practiced until my arms felt like they were going to pop off, and then:

  • 21 power cleans (135lbs / 95lbs)
  • 21 ring dips
  • 15 power cleans (135lbs / 95lbs)
  • 15 ring dips
  • 9 power cleans (135lbs / 95lbs)
  • 9 ring dips
Remember how I said I'm not altogether stupid? Well, that means I'm still somewhat stupid -- which explains why I decided to do Elizabeth as RXed today. The last time we did Elizabeth, I used a 115-pound barbell -- a smarter move. Cranking out consecutive reps of 135 pound power cleans is doable for me...for about a dozen reps. After that, I had to eke 'em out in mini-sets of two or three.

(Clearly, my math skills are nonexistent. On Friday, I blanched at the thought of doing 45 reps of 115-pound cleans, and opted for 85 pounds instead. But today, I decided that 45 reps of 135-pound cleans sounded just fine and dandy. I'm an idiot.)

In the second round, I started no-repping. Twice, I failed to get my elbows down and around the bar fast enough, and ended up splashing the bar. Strange sounds started coming out of my throat.

On the plus side? All the ring dip practice we've been doing paid off -- I got through those fairly quickly.

Result: 10:28 as RXed.