Squat Clean. PUC Days 21 & 22.

Didn’t get enough sleep, but still feeling quite ready for the workout after yesterday’s good and moderate eating and restful activity level. I had a very small, less than 1/4 block, snack and coffee, and went to the 6:00 am CrossFit Asheville workout, without knowing beforehand what it would be.

Warm Up

Agility drills. Shoulder openers. Sampson stretch & hip openers. Calf and ham stretching. 1 round of: Hindu Pushups, Overhead Squats w/ PVC pipe, Shotguns, and Supermans (10 reps each).

WOD: Squat Cleans

Squat Clean:
Step I: find your 1 rep max
Step II: take 80% of you 1 rep max and complete 1 squat clean approximately every minute for 5 minutes.

Results:
in pounds
One rep each of: 45 / 65 / 75 / 95 / 105 / 115 / 120 / 125/ 130
One rep every minute at 80% of max: 105 / 105 / 105 / 105 / 105

Pull-Up Challenge: Days 21 & 22

For reasons of fatigue, etc., I skipped day 21 on Wednesday, and then took my regularly scheduled rest day on Thursday. So the plan is to complete the reps from Wednesday (Day 21), and today, Friday (Day 22) all today. Or to get as many of the 43 as are practical today. Tomorrow will be day 23, and Sunday will be taken off.
Reps #1-2: 7:10 am. Front Grip. At the gym.
Reps #3-4: 7:12 am. Reverse Grip. At the gym.
Rep #5: 7:13 am. Front grip. At the gym.
Rep #6: 7:14 am. Reverse grip. At the gym.
Rep #7: 12:45 pm. Front grip. At home.
Reps #8-30: 23 reps in 22 minutes, one every minute on the minute, from 1:48 pm to 2:10 pm. Alternating grips.
I was going to do all 36 remaining for the day in a series, but my daughter “woke up early from her nap,” so to speak. (You don’t want to know, but let me say only that it involves poop and an angry spouse).
Reps #31-43: 13 reps in 12 minutes, from 2:56-3:08 pm. Alternating grips.

This method, of using a stopwatch and doing a fixed number of reps at fixed intervals, proved to be a really good strategy for completing a lot of reps relatively quickly. I plan to use variations of it again in the future. For instance, tomorrow, I will do my 23 reps in 1 set of 3 followed immediately by 10 sets of 2 executed at 75 second intervals, so that the entire thing will take only 12.5 minutes! I am confident I can do it.

Saturday WOD — Carrier Park

I had strong nutrition yesterday, followed by a good night’s sleep, of about 7 hours, with plenty of coffee and a 2.5 block breakfast. Then I hooked up with the CrossFit Asheville Crew (Shanna, Corey, Corey H, Evan, Dan, Katie, Tom, and a couple of others) at Carrier Park in West Asheville for a Saturday morning throwdown.

We did agility drills, followed by 2 rounds of Pushups (12), Situps (12), Squats (12 — second round overhead). Then hip mobility stretches, and practice one arm dumbbell power snatches.

The WOD: 10 rounds for time of

LEFT cloverleafs,
14 x one arm DB power snatch (7 reps each / alternating arms) (I used 20#)
RIGHT cloverleafs
30′ Walking Lunges

My time: 17’56”

I powered through this workout and came in first… largely because I used 20# weights; the other guys used 25#, 30#, and even 45#. I did one set of 14 with the 45# when I was done. I can do them, but it would have taken me 40 minutes to do this WOD. I’ll have to think about that for next time.