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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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Game Plan on the white board

The Team WOD – 2 groups of 11 people of all ages and abilities pushing themselves; hitting the edge of their performance envelope.  It’s entirely too much fun.  I’m at the low end of the results scale but had a blast.  This torture was organized into two parts by Phil (who mysteriously did not participate while fellow CF certified trainers Tanya and Tyler did..hmmm)

  1. A CrossFit 7  in which a team member pushes through a set for time
  2. While the other 10 members push through their own “7”, a circuit of workouts for a total repetition score.

The time and total team score are used to determine the winning score.  Today my team (#1) was 1 minute faster… but sadly 1,000 points under.

 

sunlight streams in on 22 pumped people --- happy that it's DONE!

 

“The Seven” Seven rounds for time of:7 Handstand push-ups, 65# Thruster, 7 reps, 7 Knees to elbows, 135# Deadlift, 7 reps 7 Burpees 7 Kettlebell swings, 35#, 7 Pull-ups (2:12) for the individual round.

Score sheet - must have left some reps off somewhere 543 for me

While waiting: Wall Balls 14lb – 32, Single Under Jump 102/ 4 Double, Rope Pull 16, Situps 81, Monster Truck Tire Flips & Jumps – 15, Push Press 35lb 25, Row Cal 40 (3 min, 760 meters), Back Ext 81, Box 65, Squats 68 – 543 for my total (591). Team 1 had 7,282 in 35:28

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Whiteboard never lies, sort of the like the tribal council

Fun lunch time workout (WOD) at  CrossFitLincoln.  I picked up a couple, 1 focused on Olympic lifting skill (Split Jerk) the other a metcon (metabolic conditioning) called “Karen” which involves a 150 wall ball shots.

CFL trainer Cole provided a great tutorial and reminder on Split Jerk Form and practice:

  • Shoulder Press with up position parallel with chest and bar behind head
  • Push press practice
  • Feet movement practice (split the legs at the hips – hence the name “split-jerk”
  • Power push press
  • Light load (45lbs)

My split jerk max is equal to push press max (135lbs) – over time the split jerk will eclipse that.  It’s a great whole body workout, not just shoulders.

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Image by Amber Karnes via Flickr

Following that workout and with some unpredictability in terms of snow fall, decided to pick up metcon WOD I haven’t had a chance to do – so scaled Karen (aka 150 wall ball shots to 10′) down to 10lbs and pounced on it.  Legs were feeling ok after yesterday’s hills so figured, why not?.  Good workout and as I try it at 14 and 20lbs I know it will really bite.  Exercises like wall ball shots, double unders (jump rope), walking lunges (especially over 200 meters), box jumps along with the Olympic lifting skills do so much to improve overall triathlon and marathon performance.  It’s enjoyable doing them knowing the payoff ahead!

Here’s the WOD detail.

Split Jerk 1 Rep Max.  Warm up – 25 pushups, 25 situps, 10 strict pull ups, 10 shoulder pass throughs, 20 walking lunge w/ twist, 500 mtr row.  Split Jerk – great overview by Cole then 45lb (3 reps), 65, 85, 85, 95, 95 (2 reps); 105, 115, 115, 135 (1 rep), 95, 95 (5 reps).  Then CrossFit WOD Karen 50%, 150 wall ball shots (10lb) – 8:47, split into groups of 50 with 1 min. rest.

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Used inflatable weights to make it look like more!

The CrossFit workout of the day (WOD) called Linda.  A perfect torture of Olympic lifting and speed.   It’s a declining repetition workout of deadlift, bench and cleans (10 reps each down to 1, until 55 per lift are done).

I was leery of this one since my last “Linda” in May of 2010.  A day and half before a 5 mile race (Boystown), I made the classic mistake of:
*doing this on my own at the Y – time was available on Saturday afternoon
*too much load (175 lb deadlift, 145 bench, 95 clean)
*too long (over 40 minutes)
*too close to high stress event (36 hours).

The result? Nice hamstring pull at mile 4 and blowing up a 37 minute 5 miler int a 40 minute run.

Today a t Crossfit Lincoln, expert coach Phil reduced the load to 145lb deadlift (90% body weight), 35lb db or 70 total bench (42%) and 35lb / 20lb cleans (42 to 25%).  Time: 15 minutes 8 seconds.  And no race plans for this weekend!

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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 – 24 miles
* Bike/spinning – 8 miles
* Swimming – .43 mile
* Rowing – 0 kilometers
* Crossfit – WOD (workout of the day) – 3 total

Another week of 24 running miles, some bike and swim to pitch in to the “total” as well.  Years ago I would be a bit “freaked” about 24 miles of running close to a marathon, as being too light!  The cross training and freshness in my legs, hips, glutes, everywhere tells me that I’m on the right track.  Of course if I pass out in the Lincoln Marathon on May 2, I’ll admit my error!  I’m also having fun working in jump rope with the kids – they totally own me.  I’ve Google and found as many fun jump rope routines as possible.

Though the Crossfit WOD’s were only 3 this week, two of those were tough.  The nasty one in particular was a 1

Sunday, Day 43 – Recovery run (3) with a CrossFit Endurance twist – up tempo.  2 miles at 9 minute clip, then a mix of 40 jump rope, 25 push ups chest to deck, 75 knees up/ bicycle, 40 jump rope, 25 crunchy frog, 25 push ctd, 20 jump (w/ Rachael)

Monday, Day 44 – This WOD had me saying – ouch, why me!  After the Rx’d warmup I jumped into front squats and a mix of dips and pull ups – 135 of each!  The load was 65lb for the front squat and I used some  jump pulls. 15 pull and dip, 15 fs; 30 pull and dip, 30 fs; 45 pull and dip, 45 fs; 30 pull and dip, 30 fs; 15 pull and dip, 15 fs. 38 minutes later and Ouch!  I do think my squat form is slowly improving and used the curl the front toes to force lift from heels.

Tuesday, Day 45 –  No track but still some sprints.  Another CrossFit Endurance inspired run – pickups were 200, 400, 600, 200, 400, 600, 600 – 7:55 to 8:30 pace. Some hills. Easy jog recovery between. Hamstrings, glutes, groin and shoulders were still a bit sore from yesterday’s WOD. Glad I went – started out just plain sore but felt great at the end

Wednesday, Day 46 –  10k run + WOD!  Ran a favorite loop with the dogs – Heidi and Cash at a nice clip – under 60.  The WOD at the YMCA was 10 rounds of 15 deadlifts (95lb load) and 15 push ups (deck). 10k run & 100 jump rope w/ Rachael and Annaliese for warmup. #p90X AB riper fifer scissor, mason twist, frog and ab wheel to cool down

Thursday, Day 47 – REST Day

CrossFit Endurance

CrossFit Endurance

Friday, Day 48 – 750 yard swim based on the Crossfit Endurance workout of 2 minute on, 1 minute rest x 6.  A great resource for runners, swimmers, cyclists — including a picture link here!

Saturday, Day 49 –  Ran 12 miles at up tempo – 9:34 pace.  Solo this week since I slept in and missed the YMCA gang.  Well not quite solo – had Heidi the faithful pace dog and coach barking at my heels.  Windy day made the 38 degrees feel chillier.   To add to good measure got my old Crossroads, 40lb hybrid bike and pedaled 8 miles later in the day (loops around Mahoney Park).