After a nice little 3-mile run early in the morning before the rain, I watched the movers pull in with all my stuff from California. With help from my good buddy Ori who came in for a little workout, then later with George, I cleared out all the old stuff and re-filled the Garage with all the equipment it could hold. In the end: the perfect 200 square foot gym!
I christened it with some pretty solid barbell work. Worked up to a comfortable 195# on the power cleans, then stuck with the same weight on the squat cleans to really pin down the form. My big focus was getting a smooth upwards pull and then really getting under the bar without letting it get away from me. It's still a little long, and it feel a little sloppy, but it's definitely better than before! The toes to bar at the end were great, just focused on getting the hips engaged and I felt very, very strong with them.
After an awesomely energetic crew of 6 athletes came in to break in the "shiny" re-done Garage, my good buddy Big Dan came over to get a metcon in. The goal was something in the 12-15 minute time domain, and it would have been if I had measured out our 400 meter run properly. It had been way too long since I was last using the area for measured running and I just threw out a guess, totally missed my mark and I would put our run at around 250 or so meters. Either way, it was a good one: 3 rounds of 10 box jumps at 24", 15 KB snatches with the right arm with 35#, then 10 more box jumps, then 10 KB snatches with the left arm, then run. To add to the challenge, we both threw on a 20# vest! The shorter run made this a sprint and I went at it unbroken throughout. Dan was just a hair behind me and I was able to separate myself just that much more when he pauses (ever so briefly to catch his balance) on maybe three box jumps throughout. I crossed the finish line is a gasping 8:42, Dan came in right behind me at 8:54 I think. I would have like a longer one, but all in all, it was a great workout, and having Dan there to push me a little harder was perfect. We hit up Chicken Out for a bit of a feast and then it was back home to relax and get some good sleep in before tomorrow!
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