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2014.  Buh-bye! Stress fracture, some missed training cycles and races, some regrets but plenty of highlights.  One affirmation too. Strength is key.

This year my hours of strength training were the only ones to increase.  Miles took a hit (swim/bike/run/row).  Was able to amp up the strength side – in part it was all I could do for a few weeks (other than walk).

The strength training was split into:

  • Circuit / bodyweight intensive boxing working outs (January – April with occasional hitting a 100# bag in basement now)
  • Metabolic conditioning during kids’ baseball, softball, soccer practices (either as coach or parent in waiting) – bring a 12# medicine ball or 45# kettlebell and workout on trail, park or field for an hour (March – October and occasional now)
  • Progressive Calisthenic Conditioning – bodyweight alternative to weights (March to now)
  • Mark Rippetoe’s Starting Strength – barbell fun! (November to now).  Legit 3 x 5s as of 12/26/14 are 150# back squat, 135 bench, 95 press, 95 power clean and 185 deadlift.  Started at 95 BS, 75 bench, 60 power clean and 135 deadlift (11/8/14).  Got a form check on back squat when hitting 165 – not going nearly deep enough.  So I backed off weight load and slowly added.

Got this article from co-Lincoln Marathon director and Tiger Coaching founder, Gary Bredehoft.  Triggered a memory of Mark Rippetoe and Starting Strength.  http://www.outsideonline.com/fitness/bodywork/in-stride/Lifting-Heavy-For-Endurance-Gains.html.   Went through some Starting Strength during some sweet 2012 workouts at Cornhusker CrossFit.  This short article captured a much longer research effort by JSCR – maximal strength training PLUS endurance is better than bodyweight circuits PLUS endurance.  A study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that maximal and explosive training paired with endurance workouts lays a better foundation for running economy than a combination of bodyweight circuits and endurance training.

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No, as runner there’s no risk you’ll max out the plates like Suh!

So if time is pressed – best to get some squats + miles in than a whacked out circuit or WOD (not that those are fun!)

Some strength training basics from Mark Rippetoe – there are five core barbell moves and progressive loading of weight over time. The moves: squats, presses, dead lifts, bench presses, and power cleans. The programming is start light and add weight slowly over time.  There are similar programs out there (5 x 5s, 5/3/1). Consistency over several months / years is the key. My 50 year old target in June is 215# back squat, 185 bench, 145 power clean, 265 deadlift and 135 press.

Bodyweight substitutes are available – just journey over (google) progressive calisthenics, Convict Conditioning or my personal favorite Al Kavadlo.  This isn’t an either / or proposition.  The two coexist and compliment – so within the confines of my own “globo-gym” Golds. I’ve hit the 5 barbell moves 2-3 times a week and blending in some PCC (bridge, leg raise, handstand, push up, pull up single leg squat progressions).

http://www.outsideonline.com/fitness/bodywork/the-fit-list/How-to-Make-Better-Fitness-Goals.html

Recap

2009 looked liked this

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2015 will look like this

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Weekly stats
* Running – 30 miles
* Bike/spinning – 0 miles
* Swimming – .36 mile
* Rowing – .6 kilometers
* Crossfit – WOD (workout of the day) – 3 and 1/2 total
Some nice, high intensity running this week, some on the road workouts and my first visit to the Crossfit Lincoln affiliate!  8 milers on Sunday and Thursday were at a good clip – 9:30-9:40 pace.  A nice set of repeat 400’s on the track Tuesday with a healthy does of metabolic conditioning in between each repeat completed the running highlights.  Got a little swimming and rowing in as well.  Also been reading and researching about nutrition.  I’ll post more as a learn and find meaningful content.

Sunday, Day 57 –  8 mile run with the dogs!  Squeezed this run in between church and a later lunch.  Fun to roll out with some definite time pressure.  Right at 9:50 clip.

Monday, Day 58 – Crisp morning during Spring Break. 3.25 run mile while Rachael was riding her bike.  Then a little Tabata inspired swim session of 8 x 25 yard no breath repeats and 25 yard recovery lap.  2 minutes per lap total and no breath laps were in 19 to 22 second range.

Tuesday, Day 59 –  Coach Dave K – meet Lincoln Crossfit!  And what a great orientation workout.  Learned a ton (didn’t quite lift that amount ;-)!  May have to wait a few days for part two.   This first one focused on validating deadlift, sumo lift, medicine ball clean form.  Then a great workout.  1k rowing warm up, push ups, GHD situps and back, air squats. Then form instruction by Phil and a Tabata session – 6 rounds (20 sec on 10 sec off) of 95lb deadlifts, situps and 14lb wall ball. Score – 9 deadlifts, 10 situp, 7 wall ball (low score). Totals 61 total deadlifts, 66 situps, 54 wall ball.

To add more fun, PM session was our weekly track workout.  Anelle, Andi, Joy and Sherri! 8 x 400’s w/ 200 rest and mix of push ups, air squats, situps. 1.35, 1.39, 1.40, 1.31, 1.35, 1.37, 1.38, 1.41.  4.25 total miles.

Wednesday, Day 60 –  Crossfit WOD – following Lincoln.  Cash In- Tabata of dips (used assisted 40lbs @ Y) low score was 9, total 61. 18.22 for the main WOD. 5 rounds of bench, back squat, pull ups. Rd 1 155 bench x 3, 135 BS x 7, 12 pull, Rd 2-5 145 bench (6, 7, 6, 5), 135 BS (7,8,6, 7), Pull (11, 10, 10, 11, 12). Cash out – GHD BE’s – 60 seconds 24, 21, 24 – got them right, hammy’s were trembling.

Thursday, Day 61–  8.45 miles of running, with Heidi and Y gang at a 9.39 clip.  Slow 1.25 mile warm up (10 minute pace) then cruising speed at 9:20 for 5.9 and final 1.25 in 10.30.  Perfect morning.  Will repeat same run on Day 68 for 9 mile total

Friday, Day 62 – In Roseville MN, a traveling WOD over 28 minutes.  AM – 100 air squats, 2 minute wall sit. PM  – 100 pushups, 10 handstand pushups. 50 jump rope, 50 situps, 25 superman, 50 bicycles, 50, oblique extension (25/25) and 50 mason twist.

Saturday, Day 63 – 6.1 mile run from hotel in Roseville to Lake Johanna and back.  Nice day – upper 30’s.  Beautiful trail.  Kept a 9:40 pace again.  Want to keep this pace for 20 miler next Saturday and ratchet down Thursday run pace to 8:50.

Weekly stats
* Running – 21 miles
* Bike/spinning – 0 miles
* Swimming – .43 mile
* Rowing – 2.1 kilometers
* Crossfit – WOD (workout of the day)  – 4 total and my core felt like escaping and changing its address after the 1st!

Week 3 of Crossfit WOD’s + Triathlon Training – solid week of Crossfit WOD and ratcheting up the running miles.  This was a tough solid week of WOD’s I should say.  Got 4 in instead of 5, but the 4 were tough.  Needed a 15 minute cold soak on Friday to help recover the muscles, granted cold soaks just aren’t as appealing after 12 weeks of steady winter weather in Nebraska as in summer.  Cold soaks are wonderful to reduce inflammation and recover sore muscles.  The running miles were 10 short of my 30 week preference, yet they were quality miles so am happy with that.

Sunday, Day 15 – 6.5 mile icy run with my dog friends Heidi and Cash.  I should have brought the spikes.  Though the temperature was warm, there was still ice on the trail and heavy ice at intersections from snow melt the day before.

Monday, Day 16 – a short 1 mile run to get the dogs out and then 30-25-20-15-10-5 rep rounds of:
GHD sit-up, Back extension,Knees to elbow, 95 pound Stiff legged deadlift – in 30.42 minutes.  Talk about your ab workout.  The P90x Ab Riper was and still is one of my toughest and most challenging P90x workouts.  This one totally owns the Ab Riper.  Felt like curling up and quitting after the 3rd round.  Since I was at the YMCA felt like I should finish.  The Knees to Elbow are pure money on the ab rotation – you hang and then curl you knees all the way to your elbows.

Tuesday, Day 17 –  Mix WOD at lunch with Track Workout (late) and a person will feel totally fried!  Oh and to add to the joy the WOD  was a heavy punishment in “backsquats”.  Mike Livergard,  Crossfit Level 1 Certified Trainer and Bellevue Uni Athletic Trainer was awesome on the pointers (had the bar too high up my neck).  The workout was a simple 2 rep, 10 set rotation.  My breaking point was at 135 in terms of form (full squat with buns just about 10″ from ground).  CF warmup 15 x ( Lunge, Yoga Stretch, Pull Up, Push, 45lb Shoulder Press, 45lb Push Jerk, 1. Pu Kettle Bell).  CF WOD  Backsquats: 65-65-85-85-95-115-115-135-135-155 in 16:18.

So after a good day’s work and sharing with PMI Mid Nebraska, I was thinking of bailing on the Tuesday track workout with Laura Ceraolo.  Nah!  She had a tough Krav workout before which means she could easily kick my butt if I ditched. And though feeling slow and groggy, was a great 3 mile workout, 7 x 400 sprints with 98 second average.  Felt better on the fifth sprint and finally re-warming up!

Wednesday, Day 18 – Dreadmill @ the Y – say it ain’t so!  Yes and no whining about.  I hate treadmills but time allowed for a fast 3 mile run (25:45) and then the Crossfit WOD.   The WOD included Wall Balls (throw a ball up in the air 8 – 10 feet, catch it as you descend into a low squat and spring up) and L pull ups.  I could only do a knee up pull up – this little nasty exercise involves a pull up as you bring your legs into a L sit and popping up over the bar.  The WOD results: 50 Wall Ball (5kilo), 25 L Pull,40 Wall Ball (5k), 20 L Pull, 30 Wall Ball (5k), 15 L Pull, 20 Wall Ball (5k), 10 L Pull, 10 Wall Ball (5k), 5 L Pull in 20.41 minutes.  Heart rate stayed at a 160 to 175 range during the entire WOD.

Thursday, Day 19.  The Bellevue Crossfit WOD called for a 400 meter run, then 15 Cleans and Thrusters over 5 rounds.  My legs were fried after the WODs, track and tread mill so opted for rowing.   So it was 5 rounds (400M Row, 15 Cleans, 15 Thrusters) 65lb load in 39.45.  My load was 30lbs less than proscribed (rx’d in CF world).  Even then I was struggling, but each round / set was affirmation of a tough workout.  There was a pretty tough looking college student, Junior, hitting the same load – so felt better about it all.  Again as with the other 4 days, my pulse was in a steady 160 and above or anaerobic range.

Friday, Day 20– R.  E.  S.  T.  and COLD SOAK.  Then a 15 lap swim during Annaliese’s workout (of course she doubled that in her time allotted!).  Felt sore while swimming.  It is a truly recuperative aerobic activity.  Slower 500 warmup – 11:01 and 1:59 100 and 51 second 50.  Still the water felt oh so good on a sore body, even if getting lap by 8 year olds was humbling for the mind ;-).

Saturday, Day 21—  6.5 mile run with dogs at a decent 9:57 pace.  Still some slick spots.  Incorporated some “Pose” running techniques and will share more about what that means – the micro blog on it: a technique that involves a mid foot strike, pulling up on feet instead of push and keeping knees bent.