Training these days has been mostly good. While I'v e had a few rough patches, most of them have been overshadowed by some pretty cool gains, and some very successful workouts. Take last Wednesday for example: I felt like crap on my cleans off the high blocks and worked up to 4 missed attempts at 280#. This is 10# off what I got the last week with ease and I was so beyond frustrated. The bar felt like nothing off the blocks, but when I caught it, I just crumbled, had nothing to support that rack position at the bottom and couldn't handle even beginning to stand up with it. But, I was able to hit a double jerk at 300# for a 25# PR and the first time holding 300# over my head (so fired up to have gotten 2 reps for that!). It felt so easy. I'm pretty stoked to see what happens this week with that lift.
Besides PR'ing my snatch and clean (off the high blocks and ever) over the last two weeks, I have also felt surprisingly good when conditioning as well. I say surprisingly because I generally have a really good handle on how I'll do on any given workout. And these days, I am off by a good but in terms of things just being way easier than expected. My first example with this happening was with the OC Throwdown Workout #1. First off: the OC Throwdown is a massive 2-day competition happening in LA in January. They have a 3-week, 3-workout qualifying round that had some 1500 people registered and posting scores. The top 30 dudes get to join something like 12 CrossFit super studs at the event in the elite category, and 31-60 can go in the amateur category. A couple CrossFitters here told me about it, it was $10 to enter, so i said what the hell, I'll see what happens. OK, back to the workout. The first one was 10 minutes to get as many rounds of 15 power cleans at 95# and 30 double unders. I was able to watch a few people do this one a day or so before I did it and it looked like a total gasser and hand fatigue-er. I ended up taking way too much time between exercises with the expectation that I'd get more tired than I did. I ended up getting a pretty good score, but i was thrown off by how much easier it was than I expected. The second workout was 5 minutes to get as many reps of 30 clean and press at 155# and 30 burpees with jump over the bar. Again, a total gasser that I moved a tad too slowly on the burpees for. My goal was 60 reps and I finished with 57. I turned it on in the last 20 seconds so much it surprised the hell out of me! I had so much more in the tank. Side note: I'm sitting in 36th place overall going into the final workout. Should be interesting to see how much I can turn it on!
I made a cool video of a workout I wrote for myself and my training partner back east; tried to post it up here and basically decided the effort put forth was not equal to the benefit of all you seing it. If you want to see it, go to my Facebook page and cjeck it out. It was 3 rounds of 3 bar muscle ups and 10 burpess, then each round has a different exercise for 30 reps: 1st round was wall ball, 2nd round high box jump overs, 3rd round was KB swings at 70#. I did this after all the last clients had left and I was working off my last energy stores. The box jumps were brutal and took the most time for sure. I got all muscle ups, burpees and wall balls unbroken, and when I got to the KB swings I remember telling myself to at least get to 10 before putting the thing down. I ended up pushing through like crazy and got them all unbroken. Don;t know why, but this pumped me up so, so much. It was just one of those times when I truly felt myself push into another realm of training. I had no reason at all to go that extra step, nobody watching me, no music, late at night, nothing but me and the workout. It was awesome to break into that zone and just go. It felt so damn good.
So, besides weighing in at a bit over 235# I am feeling pretty damn good. Honesty, I can't totally put a finger on how I can keep getting so much better (especially with conditioning) while getting bigger and bigger. I doubt I'll be able to drop too much below 220 with the muscle I've put on, but knowing me, I probably could shave off 10-15 pounds without missing a beat in my training. All I have to do is clean up my nutrition on the weekends and add about 3-4 low-key running sessions in per week and I'll be there. Besides that, I'll be looking for a competition to see how I stack up in December. And if I don't make top-30 in the OC Throwdown, I'll not only fond a more local event, but I'll probably begin to fond some ways to get back in touch with my old training partners and CrossFit studs Blair Morrison and Neal Maddox. Training alone is cool, training with others is way better, and training with people who are better than you is extremely motivating. Oh, and you all heard it first here, my goal is to finish top-12 at Regionals in 2013. I know what it takes, I am right there, I just need to stay on course.
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