Archive for January, 2010

Weekly stats

* Running – 28.5 miles
* Bike/spinning – 0 miles
* Swimming – 1.01 mile
* Rowing – 1.86 miles
* Crossfit – WOD – 5 total with these “tagable” exercises – Deadlifts/Pull Ups, Thrusters/Rowing,  Bench/Squat/Dips, Medicine Ball Cleans/OH Squats, Burpees.
* P90x – none.

Week 1 of Crossfit WOD’s + Triathlon Training carries on the Weekly Report vibe of the P90x journey.  It allows for another 13 week cycle before the Lincoln Marathon.  26 weeks of building significant core and overall body strength to a body that needs it!

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This week of Crossfit, mixed in with 2 intense running sessions (with 2 moderate runs) has been a killer!  It took me about 30 days to get a comfort zone with P90x – even though the workouts flipped a bit on upper body, I was ok with it.  This week has blasted my legs, back, gluts more than any point of my lift.  If I were wiser, I would take a week off from running to let my legs recover.  Instead I back the runs down to 4 days.  Any worry of missing out from pure ab exercises vanished with a special whole body form of situp – the GHDs.  The whole body movements are just as advertised – Crossfit pushes you beyond the staged movements of P90x.  I recommend finding a certified trainer.  Fortunately, I’ve been able to find 2 fantastic ones at Bellevue University (thank you Mike and Mel!) and am getting great support from T.J. at the YMCA!   The squat is the best overall weight training exercise and that movement extends to about 8 others.

Oh, before I dive into the weekly log, here’s my big discovery.  Like the majority of runners, my calves and lower part of hamstrings/quads are developed.  The upper quad, sartorius (little muscle that tortured me in the fall and led to this nonsense), gluts, hamstring and hip flexors are WEAK!  Those are the muscles that are the most sore after a marathon – go figure.

Sunday, Day 1 – Ran 7.75 miles with Laura, feeling ever so groggy after an all-nite sleep over that YMCA for swim team, and then 185lb deadlifts (15, 12, 9, 6, 3), 150 pull ups  (50,40,30, 20, 10).  Whoa – this was a major wake up call.  Pulls were pretty good but had to add 50-80 lbs on machine to get the rep count up.   Hadn’t done deadlifts in years, but felt oddly good.

Monday, Day 2 – Running rest day and first full workout with Mike Livergood’s supervision.  Rowing 500 meters & 5 Thrusters x 5 95, 65, 65, 65 65.  I would pay dearly for those thrusters – a variant of a squat with a shoulder press.  It would take 2 days for legs to recovery.  Rowing was nice – thoroughly enjoyed the C2 machine.  Mike barked out good orders and affirmation “your squat sucks” to me!  I liked it.

Tuesday, Day 3 –   Orientation with Mike and Mel.  Need to work on my quad/hip flexibility and get straight and low on squat.  My fear was seeing my knees pop out into the air.  They didn’t.   Mel recommended going light for 2-3 week to get used to it – advice I’ll gladly heed.  At night it was track time.  A few peeps couldn’t make it so Laura and glided through next to some UNL track stars, high school runners and just random fast people.  In the ‘speed kills’ mood we focused on short distance.  Total of 4 miles. 3600 sprints, 2800 wu, recovery 200 – 42, 400 -1.43, 600 – 2.35, 400 – 1.43, 200 – 44, 10 burpees, 400 – 1.47, 600- 239 – 400-1.42, 200- 47, 200 – 41!

Wednesday, Day 4 – Crossfit “warm up”.   This qualifies as about 1/2 of  P90x workout on its own,  A series of 200 sprints and then push up, dip, pull up, situp fun! Here’s the ticker tape.  WU – x 2: (200 run, Air Squat, Snatch, 10 pull, 10 push, 10 dips, 10 GHD Situp ).  10 Overhead Squat ( bar only (45lb)), 10 snatch (bar only) 95lb bench x 10; 115 bench x 8.   All of this in 22 minutes (the unique feature of Crossfit is doing all this anaerobic activity for time). Swam a 750 at night – felt great to move in water.

Thursday, Day 5-  Slept in today, cause I was tired (deep thoughts here baby). My quads and hips are threatening to secede from the Union!  Started the afternoon workout with a nice 9:30 mile tempo run with dogs (cold out again, but hey 6 more weeks of winter, right).  Also the 4th WOD this week.  3 x Clean & Jerk (10 reps @ 75) and 30 GHD situps (on highest plank at the Y), .25 WU on Elip.).  Can’t say I felt like I had 100% perfect form on the Jerk leg split.  Still a kick in the buns!

Friday, Day 6 – Crossfit WOD . 3 x ( 21 Pushups (chest to floor), 65lb overhead squats, 7kilo medicine ball 15lb ): 9.58 for time. I studied the medicine ball videos at Crossfit.com to make sure I was nailing the form.  Wonderful resource there in terms of explanation – maybe not the high production value of Beachbody, very beneficial and real!.  Good to swim after to loosen up after again.  21 laps in.  10:48 500 WU, 3 X 100’S w/ recovery – 1:52, 1:57, 1:51 & a 50 @ 52.

Saturday, Day 7 – Ran 13 miles with YMCA Gang!  Yes.  Crisp morning – around 8 – 12 degrees (call it “fresh”).  OK pace, around 10:30.  Felt strong overall but my quads, hips and glutes were singing unhappy songs to me at the end.   Lots of box moving in the basement to make way for the beginnings of finishing it off.  Felt happy to survive 5 WOD’s and keep up 2 legs of the Tri table (no spinning this week).  I can see a difference in overall body strength and am eager to see the improvements.

Let’s see what Week 2 of WOD’s bring!

Been thinking about what is both a “tweak” and significant revolution in how I’m training now, versus 1992-2008.

The “goals for 2010” blog shared a bit of that. Just hit me as I posted a reply to a @fb friend that there’s a bit more profund change.

At the root of this transformation journey is going from 90% run into the ground plus whatever else — TO — 35% run, 15% spin/swim each, 35% crossfit/anaerobic. The irony may be ending up with 1,500 miles of running (still a high point).  Though those miles will be higher quality.

In building 2010, I’ve mixed my triathlon training up quite a bit to incorporate much more anaerobic (strength) training and 4 running workouts at high intensity per week (instead of 5-7 ok ones). Now I despise “dreadmills” and just run outside or on a nice university track (200 meter @ Uni of Nebraska) / high school track for speed work.

Rotation each week is Long Run (Sat/Sun) 12- 20 miles; Speed (Tuesday, no more than 55 min total, 4-8 miles), Temp or Hill on Thursday (6-8 miles) and another workout S,M,W, or F that’s a “quick” 6 variety. For the rest of the week it’s 1) swimming or 2) spinning / cycling. I do try to do something aerobic (but again bursts) each day

What’s helping me take my fitness level to the next level is the anaerobic training. 1st the beachbody P90x fare in late 2009. 2nd and ongoing is a real kick on your jaw from http://www.crossfit.com. Crossfit is done 4-5 times a week.

Now the proof is in the pudding (that’s ok under Zone diet 😉 so we’ll see what 2010 brings.

Weekly stats
* Running – 22.4 miles
* Bike/spinning – 12 miles
* Swimming – 1 mile
* Crossfit – WOD – Burpees w/ Pull and Double Downers/Back Extensions
* P90x – Chest and Back, Shoulders and Arms, Ab RiperX

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The after shot.

All shuddering aside, here’s the “graduation pic” taken after this morning’s run —

Week 13 is a short, recovery week for P90x. A couple of Core Synergies, Yoga, Kenpo and you’re done! I adjusted a bit and picked up some of the core rotation (chest / back and shoulders /arms) and began my next venture with Crossfit. If P90x is a tough undergrad degree – Crossfit is the killer grad degree. I’m grateful for P90x – don’t think I would fare well going direct to Crossfit. But now that I’m there I can see the continuation of muscle confusion on a whole body way. I’ll scribe more on the contrast / comparisons in the following weeks. They both provide a big kick in the fitness buns!

Sunday, Day 85 – Recovered from the 18 mile run with a shade over 4 mile run for the Lincoln Track Club renewal run and dinner. Great to see so many long time friends! Got to catch up with running buds from the 90’s – Bob Reed and B. J. Spring. Wonderful to see how the sport of running continues to grow by leaps and bounds!

Monday, Day 86 – A short indoor recumbent bike ride at the Y (5 miles) and some Chest – Back. I deviated from the final week routine and wanted to hit the “core” again. Was fun to top 200 total pushups and 70 pull ups (still need the machine of chair to do all pull ups).   But a rush to see the improvement!

Tuesday, Day 87 – Shoulder and Arms at Bellevue University and I studied the “bu.crossfit.blogger.com” a bit more along with the printouts from Mr. Ripped Bellevue U – Mike Livergood.  This crossfit looks insane. That just happens to match my personality!  Inspired by another discovery, indoor running at the UNL indoor track at Devaney Sports Center, I cranked through 10 x 800’s (Yasso’s 800’s).  I’ve cranked my share of 800’s but it’s been since 1996 that I tried the full Yasso.  After reading his book – it’s true that the 9th and 10th one test you the most.  Averaged 4:02 – slowest was 4:07, fastest was 3:52 – good consistency.  Was a rush just to run without worrying about ice!

Wednesday, Day 88 – A bit of rest day – worked core at the Y using the Ab RiperX routine – whole body was sore from Mon/Tues P90x farewell routine.  Incorporated light medicine ball on Mason Twist!

Thursday, Day 89-  First Crossfit routine – 100 Burpees.  These combine the torture of push ups and pull ups with the intensity of plyo routine.  Got 100 Burpees with 45 pull ups in 23 minutes.  Wow. Talking about spiking heart rate – was in the 160 range.  By comparison I rarely got much above 125 with P90x Plyo.

Friday, Day 90 – P90x graduation day.  And I celebrated with my second Workout Of the Day (WOD) from crossfit.  It was a fun mix of 50 jump rope (did singles not double downer) and 50 back extensions.  At best I got 30 jumps in and would rest.  You repeat that set 3 times.  Got it all done in 12 minutes plus change and was trembling.   At night swam a 1,000 and got some good reinforcement and coaching from ubber  triathlete phenom Eric Shanks (also coach for the Y dolphins).  My shoulder and leg rotation is much better but need to relax hands going in.  Was nice to swim in 1:44 range on repeat 100’s — of course having my 10 year old son Joshua pass me on kick board was a good humbling moment 😉

Saturday, Day 91 – Ran 6 miles with dogs – we’ll go a little longer tomorrow.  Made the decision to forgo an earlier run as the rain cascaded down.

Back next week with either Week 1 of CF WOD or something snappy like that.

Just got back from a nice, even 6 mile run. We’ll get a longer run in tomorrow – but nice to get a relatively quick six in. Still a bit slick in places, the 43 degree weather helped! The running gang opted out of a 5:30am run – checked in at 4:45am and the 35 degree rain with melting snow / ice made it a bit slippery.

Will be sharing wrap up details for P90x in a bit. Wonderful core and all around workout.

My new passion is http://www.crossfit.com. It’s shares some muscle confusion concepts but in a radical whole body movement way. It’s also the “open source” community feel to the more polished beachbody commercial vibe. Now I thoroughly enjoyed P90x and highly recommend it – just taking the next step

Weekly stats

* Running – 40.3 miles
* Bike/spinning – 10.5 miles
* Swimming – 0 miles
* P90x – Week 12 workouts – Chest, Shoulders and Triceps, Back and Biceps, Legs and Back, PlyoX, 2 Ab Riper X, YogaX and XStretch
* Snow Shoveling –NONE – YES!

Somehow was able to notch 40 miles running this week, aided by 2 long runs: 12 miler on Sunday and 18 miles on Saturday. First YogaX session in 4 weeks – actually was my best attempt at so far. Have to love the ab work at the end.

Sunday, Day 78 – 12 mile run from the Lincoln Children’s Zoo with friends Laura (run) and Tony (bike) Ceraolo. Nice to get out and run over 10 miles – felt great. Stiff wind from the SW – we ran into of course. The 26 degrees felt so much better than minus 11!

Monday, Day 79 – P90x Chest, Shoulders and Triceps at home. First time seeing the DVD’s in a while – have been using the book and YMCA for the pull up bars and better weights. Was nice to get the moves going again and see how on target or off target I was for the routines (fortunately, on target for the most part). Ab Riper X to wrap up a tough workout. Oh those push ups! 😉

Tuesday, Day 80 – 3 mile run in the afternoon with the dogs – icy still but that’s life. Nice to enjoy the 20 degree thaw this week. Plyo X to finish it up. When I go through a P90x routine after a run/swim/spin I skip through the warm up – figure I’m pretty lose. Plyo is still a blast – not too much stress on heart rate even with skipping the water breaks. In reading www.fitbomb.com, another P90x inspired blog, skipping through the water breaks and fast forwarding from time to time helps condense the workout.

Wednesday, Day 81 – Another 3 mile run in the late afternoon (morning runs with the snow melt and icing are dicey at best). Wrap it all up with Back and Biceps at the YMCA during kids’ swim team practice. Spied another guy doing some P90x moves and behold, he was. Very cool. Seeing improvements on pull ups – starting out first 2 to 3 “solo” and limiting weight support on the machine. Biceps felt like rubber afterward but a good kind of rubber. One benefit of taking P90x to the gym is the expanded weight options, ironic a home DVD series plugs me into the gym more. Ha ha!

Thursday, Day 82- YogaX to begin the day. What a way to begin, still leaves me trembling at end. If PlyoX, which normally is one of the toughest workouts, is the easiest for me; YogaX has been the hardest. But it’s been enjoyable to watch my improvement from completely inept to just slightly laughable! 4.1 mile late afternoon run with the two dog friends.

Friday, Day 83 – Legs and Back at Bellevue University during a late lunch. Was fun to work out in a small but nice Div 2 gym – nothing like seeing a couple of young soccer and baseball players hitting it hard. Great discovery during a wonderful consulting gig and taught me value of “take gym bag and towel with you every where”. Debated whether to swim or spin, but opted for spinning at night. Spin instructor Tom was a P90x grad and had a glossy picture with Mr. Tony Horton on the wall from earlier in person love tour in Lincoln Nebraska to show for it. Wow, legs are sore and there’s an 18 miler tomorrow…. Oh Snap!

Saturday, Day 84 – Ran 18 miles in 3 hours 29 minutes – longest since Des Moines Marathon and start of this P90x journey. Felt good the whole way with running friends Heidi (faithful running dog), Michelle, Laura and Julie. Icy in places and a wee chilly to start. Wasn’t fast but in ice and temps of 16 to 22 degrees, an 11:45 pace is just fine. Rule of thumb is 90 seconds slower in hard winter conditions compared to ideal Spring or Fall running. Going to crack open XStretch right as soon as I publish this, and maybe some Ab RiperX!

Back at the end of Week 13 and completion of this round of P90x. Now thinking about what’s next? Insanity on top of triathlon disciplines? Or continue the money of P90x upper body/core, occasional yoga/plyo and the Triathlon disciplines?

Weekly stats

  • Running – 23.25  miles
  • Bike/spinning – 13.2  miles
  • Swimming – 0 miles
  • P90x – Week 11 workouts – Chest & Back, Shoulders and Arms, Legs and Back, 4 Ab Riper X and KenPo
  • Snow Shoveling –45 minutes

Talk about a challenging week to run outside.  I made it 3 times outside and 2 track workouts inside.  Temps dipped into minus 14 range overnight Thursday – Saturday.  Brrr… 

Sunday, Day 71 –  Walk/jog 1+ mile to get the car parked back at church, chest and back as well as 5.7  miles on bike and Ab RiperX at the Y.   Great to have P90x in the inclement weather.  Not making gains on every routine, but overall better workout.  The push up bars (used since week 4 at home or at Y) really stress the form.   Pull up routines benefit from the Precor pull up machine (allows a little weight to boost) as well as straight out trying it.  Still not above 12 in one shot.  Really enjoy the chest/arm/ab workout!

Monday, Day 72 –  3.2 miles – with last 2 at an elevated track at Faith Lutheran during boy scouts.  Felt great to just run without worry of footfall on ice/snow.

Tuesday, Day 73 –  Ran 6 from Lincoln High at night (good footing on the trails) and Ab Riper X core (all exercises except for the sit up modified). 

Wednesday, Day 74 – Ran 6 from home with dogs Heidi and Cash.  Much slower.  In advance of another, thankfully lesser, snow fall.  Spikes held up well.  Went from 9:50 pace on Tuesday night to 11:10 mile.  Yuck!  Shoulders and Arms at the Y afterward.

Thursday, Day 75-  7.3 miles on bike at the Y – much faster than Sunday.  Maintained a 15mph pace.  Then Legs and Back, Ab RiperX!  Tony Horton comes to town on Friday so better look good!

Friday, Day 76 –  2 miles running in minus 5 weather, with dogs, then KenpoX.  Met Tony Horton and other area coaches tonight!  What a blast of encouragment.  Nice to have him stop in right after a flight when he could have ducked and crashed in the hotel to rest.  What an inspiration!  I’ll be with my kids on Saturday at a swim meet, so will miss out on the group work. 

Saturday, Day 77 – Ran 5 miles at 8:30 clip at a nice indoor track at Norfolk YMCA during the kids’ swim meet.  Joshua and Annaliese rocked during their swim events!  Also Ab RiperX (4 times this week)!  Mason Twists with medicine ball on final 10.  Probably my biggest improvement in P90x has been the Ab Riper X.  The first workout I had to take 2 minute breaks between each of the 11 routines, fading and falling to match the reps on final 5.  Now I can actually add to each one. 

Back at the end of Week 12 which kicked off with a great 12 mile run on Sunday!

Weekly stats

  • Running – 33.58  miles
  • Bike/spinning – 23.2  miles
  • Swimming – .57 miles
  • P90x – Week 10 workouts – Chest & Triceps, Back and Legs
  • Snow Shoveling –0 but more to come!
This was a miss and miss week for P90x as it took a back seat to ensuring I met some fun mileage goals (triathlon disciplines) for 2009.  So lots of running, a bit of cycling and 1,000 yards in the pool.  Result was 2 P90x upper body workouts and 2  Ab RiperX.  This brings up the, what if I miss a week?  My thought, just add that on the end (so your P90x is P97x).  It seems the majority of Beach Body enthusiasts run through at least 2 P90x rotations and then jump into Insanity, etc.  

Sunday, Day 64 – Rest Day – easy run to recover.

Monday, Day 65 –  Ran a shade under 6 in the ice.  Lost a YakTrax along the way.

Tuesday, Day 66 –  12 miles of running, 20+ of spinning and Chest and Triceps as well as Ab RiperX.  2 more days in 2009 for working out and yes, a fun day at the Y.  I’ve found myself taking the book to the Y more than hitting the vid’s of late.  And that’s ok!

Wednesday, Day 67 – 1,000 yard swim.  Was flat out tired after yesterday’s combo workout of 4 hours.

Thursday, Day 68 –  New Year’s Eve Day – 9+ mile run to notch 1,500 running miles in 2009 and 2,000+ total!

Friday, Day 69 (1/1/2001) –  Rest day – drove to GI with family to visiting an aunt-in-law in hospice.  Good day to spend with family and read.

Saturday, Day 70 – Braving the chill again – 5+ miles with Laura while Tony faithfully rode the bike.  Warmed up with KenpoX before the run.  Added weights to the routine.

Back at the end of Week 11 with 3 or 4, P90x workouts.