Starting yesterday, I have officially begun my new training program. As I get rolling with it I will be smoothing out some of the kinks, but in a nutshell: I'll be doing lots of heavy barbell training, running, swimming and minimal metcons. The goal is to become a bit more proficient in the Olymipic lifts (clean and jerk, snatch) while hopefully getting my numbers up on them (I'd like a comfortable 200+ snatch and at least a 275# clean and jerk). I am easily strong enough for those numbers, I just struggle so much with the form. As for the powerlifts (deadlifts, squats, presses), I hope t just get a crap-load stronger with all of them.
Additional in-gym focuses will be handstand push ups, muscle ups, pistol squats and stabilization work. Then, the remainder of my training time will be directed towards basic conditioning. I used to be so comfortable with conditioning, a sub-7 minute mile was a breeze, and workouts with running in them were my strongest. Now, it feels like running is chore and I don;t like the way that feels. I am sure that if I simply add more running into my program I'll be right back to my old self in a couple weeks, so, that's the plan!
Yesterday I hit light power snatches, snatch pulls, and a few full snatches. Then got a handful of muscle ups and handstand push up negatives on the paralettes. Today I did power cleans, DB strict press and front squats a few hours after I did a brutal hill run in the mountains between my house and the ocean. This was my 4th or 5th time running the 1.7 mile hill; and with a backpack on I was able to get it without walking at all (there is a large portion of it well over an 18% grade, crazy) in 18:22. I'd love to get this one in around 15 before I leave.
Tomorrow will be hip mobility work and the track at night. 12 days and I'm officially in the DC area.
Never Stop, GET FIT.
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After a few last minute changes, Lindsey and I decided on San Diego as our spot to chill for about a week. The choice could not have been more perfect, and to celebrate my 29th birthday, we had all sorts of fun. Here’s a bit of a run-down of our adventures:
Woke up, had a massive breakfast at our hotel in downtown San Diego, then headed out to Pacific Beach to get a workout in at my buddy Bryan Boorsteins’ gym Pacific Beach CrossFit. I got some decent squat work in, then a super quick metcon of double unders and GHD sit ups. Then it was a few hours out by the pool, a nice little dinner and a Padres game before headed to bed.
My birthday and I was excited to get rolling! Lindsey and I hit an AM run along the bay with some nice stir sprints to finish. Then it was a he breakfast before heading back to Pacific Beach for another workout:
29 reps of each for time:
Power cleans 95#
Box jumps 24”
Push press 95#
Row for calories
OH lunge 45#
Toes to bar
Wowza was this a killer. I finished in 15:29 and am sure this is one that could be done sub-12. Toes to bar and dips got me. Oh well, off to the beach for some lunch and sun! After we burned ourselves up a bit, we hit the road, headed for Cuyamaca Rancho State Park out in the mountains for some camping. Before getting into the wild though, we found a Whole Foods to stock up at, and then hit an absolutely AWESOME Mexican spot for dinner, El Zerape. Steak burrito and fish tacos baby! Rolling into the campsite around 8pm did not help us with the organization of the whole evening, but, we found a site, got the tent up and promptly passed out under the sounds of nature and the amazing clear night sky.
I woke up around 6 and was buzzing with energy. We had granola and fruit, and then packed up our gear to head to Ramona to a trail head. The once rugged path was now a spacious winding trail (we even hiked past a bunch of workers making the trail more navigatable) that led us about 2.5 miles into a gorge. Once down in lower and, we waded through three river crossings before popping out to a absolutely breathtaking 150+ foot waterfall. The next three or so hours was spent chilling by the water basin, jumping from rocks and just soaking in the incredible beauty nature supplies us (if only we go looking for it!). This part of the whole trip was hands down one of my most memorable experiences. I would travel back to San Diego for this waterfall alone in a hear beat. SO NICE!
The hike back was a tough, but our minds were filled with excitement from the waterfall and it flew by. Back at the trail-head we chowed down on salami, celery and almond butter and trail mix. We then stopped at a store in Ramona to get a few more supplies and drove o back to the same campsite to have a peaceful evening. We got the fire going, set up our tent and cooked up some burgers and chicken sausages, topped off with a few s’mores and another early bedtime under the stars!
Another breakfast in the great outdoors and we began out trek back towards the city. We made a quick stop at some batting cages first and took a handful of rounds each. I have been missing baseball a lot lately and it felt so great to swing the bat again. I plan to do a lot more baseball stuff this coming summer! The rest of the day was spent checking out downtown for lunch, hitting Pacific Beach CrossFit again for some deadlifts and bent rows, and then out to La Jolla for a perfect dinner at an organic restaurant, before heading home and getting some sleep in.
Not much to write about here, just some food, one last stop at PB CrossFit to bring Bryan and Anders (the other owner) a little gift, then off to the airport to head back up to San Mateo!
Man, when I break down this week and I can think of not too much else to add. I always have all these ideas f things I want to do but when you boil it down it consists of only a few things: hanging with Lindsey, working out, being outside, and exploring. I got to do all that and more this past week and it was one for the record books in terms of awesomeness! I spent mot of the last day thinking about what I want out of my life and realized that with everything I hope to accomplish, all I want is to have those four things on a regular basis:
Lindsey, Workouts, Outdoors, Exploring
Now I’m back home, ready for a new training program to prepare for regionals, and the reality of this whole move back East is really stating to sink in. I have a lot to do these next couple weeks!
Never Stop, GET FIT.
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