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Weekly stats

* Running – 10 miles
* Bike/spinning – 2 miles
* Swimming – .24 mile
* Rowing – 0 miles
* Crossfit – WOD (workout of the day)  – 5 total again with these “tagable” exercises – Handstand Pushups/ Pushups/Dips, Thrusters,  Box Jumps/400 sprints/ wall medicine ball throws,  front squats / pull ups,  push jerks

Week 2 of Crossfit WOD’s + Triathlon Training – heavy on the Crossfit WOD’s and light on the triathlon disciplines.  I would usually be nervous over such a lite triathlon week, but in timing the WOD’s and feeling their intensity, I’m not as concerned.  Plus my Saturday long run was ditched in favor of Joshua and Annaliese’s swim meet (they did great!) and a nice run on Sunday.

My hips, quads and glutes are slowly adapting to the Crossfit whole body rigor.  The squat form has gone from atrocious to almost mediocre.  My flexiblity on the squat motion is better – I’ve needed to add some daily stretches and “air squats”, meaning no weights, to make sure the buns get close to the ground for the down movement.    My range of motion is much improved in the hip flexor and groin area since the October, Des Moines Marathon.   I’m hopeful this will pay dividends in the 2010 races!  Stepping outside the “runner” shell, it does feel better to have overall body / core strength.

Sunday, Day 8 – Rest Day – first overall rest day in quite a while.  And  I needed it after a tough week  of Crossfit capped by a solid 13 mile run on  Saturday.

Monday, Day 9 – picked the WOD from the Lincoln Crossfit blog.  A nice feature of Crossfit is its openness and ability to pick up great workouts across different affiliates.  I’m eager to check out the Lincoln one – they seem to full embrace the Crossfit Endurance approach.  The WOD involved 3 rounds of  handstand pushups, dips (I used a chair) and push ups to the floor.  I was glad for the P90x emphasis on push ups and dips!  Cranked out  18 Handstand pushups,  21 Push (w/ bar), 21 Dips (chair) for round 1, then 13 HPU, 15/15 Push/Dips and zero HPU, 9/9 Push/ Dips.  Great upper body workout.

Tuesday, Day 10 –  No track tonight at Devaney – rats!  Instead I soaked in the WOD at Bellevue University –  3 x (400, (Thrusters (65 x 10, 65 x 5) + (95 x 5)), 5 Muscle Ups / 30 Dips  Pull combo) in 18 minutes.  OK, after Monday’s push/dip adventure, my triceps and pecs were screaming.

Wednesday, Day 11 – WOD Wed- 5 x (30 box jumps, 400 meter run, 30 medicine ball wall throws).  Got this bad boy done in 35:15.   The plyometric workout from P90x is often referred too as one of the toughest (personally, it was Yoga!).  This Crossfit workout ramped my heart rate to 170 and totally owns the PlyoX (where I struggled to punch that heart rate over 130).

Thursday, Day 12-  Why, oh why, I asked myself was I foolish enough to do a 4th WOD, especially a front squat intensive one.  This jewel involved five rounds of squats and pull ups.  My pull ups soon converted in jump pull ups.  Ticker tape results: 5 x (12 squats + 21 pull up ) – 15:54

Friday, Day 13 – Perfect time to combine a run, WOD and swim.  Result: 2 mile running warm up, Push Jerk 65-85-105-95-95 w/ ab riper top five moves from P90x (125) + 30 knee/leg lifts exercises 12:44, then a cool down with a 500 yard swim – 10:33.

Saturday, Day 14 — 2 mile bike ride @ the Beatrice YMCA.  Rats, snap, growl!  The long run I had planned for the afternoon was abandoned.  But it was for a good cause – Joshua’s and Annaliese’s swim meet.  Winter weather delayed the start and it was a bit long in the tooth.  The kids notched some PR’s (Joshua in backstroke and Annaliese in backstroke and free).  Annaliese also qualified for the Midwest Regional Swim Meet in Minneapolis in March based on her 50 freestyle.  You go girl!  Hopefully she’ll notch more events and Joshua will gain a much deserved entry as well in two weeks.

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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!