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Credit for discovering this hard core exercise video series from “coach tara” from YouTube (she has over 40 of them) is Joel Grenemeier.  He’s a fine Lincoln East Alum who hits his workouts hard!  Now that my 52 week journal of CrossFit is nearly done – am focusing on specific exercises that push, pull or propel fitness.  There’s well over 52 – enough for the whole year.

So am starting with the foundational exercise – Push Up. The push up is a perfect body weight exercise that works the pectoral region and triceps.  It can be expanded to work the whole body!

For those that have dabbled in P90x – Tony Horton has over eight varieties.  Chest to Deck and Hand Stand Push Ups are a mainstay of CrossFit.  Neither one tops the variety that Coach Tara has here -oh and she’s 42.  So no excuses!

For a list of Coach Tara’s videos on You Tube – go to http://www.youtube.com/user/CoachTara#p/u/11/2J8ol7BEwq8

Summary

If you’re an aerobic athlete (runner, swimmer, cyclist, triathlete) who’s reached a plateau, has found more miles does not translate into success and wonders if strength training might help – please read. I’m not offering a quick fix, food gimmick, shake, or simple  trick.  Over the last year I’ve ventured into a different way of getting to a goal – it may not be for everyone.  But I have found an incredible payoff from it and embrace it.

It’s a few simple things

  • Incorporate the right kind of strength training (read more in this blog) 2-4 times a week
  • Cut back your miles for miles sake
  • For your existing mileage look toward performance, speed and stamina
  • Chart your progress over 12 months and see what happens!

Detail

Proof.  Data.  Trends.  Statistics and data gathering can mislead and interpretation of results requires wisdom as well as raw analytic power.  That clarification and limitation declared, I do think there’s enough evidence that a combination of Strength Training + Aerobic Training is far more powerful than Aerobic Training alone.  Modify that aerobic training to focus on stamina, speed, flexibility and burst, and alongside the strength training, your results will be strong.  Hone that further with improved nutrition and those strong results become powerful.

Two years ago, during one of my worst marathon experiences (4:52 at Twin Cities), I thought about punting it.  Pack it up.  Give it up. It was miserable weather day, but I had endured worse.  It seemed though a goal of getting to Boston (or 1 hour and 22 minutes faster) was an impossible hope. Rather than give up I decided to push it harder.  So in 2009 I ramped up the training.  I knocked off a Pikes Peak Double and some “ok” marathon times (4:30 range).  The price of that ramp up was high: a strained, torn sartorius tendon.  By October of 2009 I was hobbling at the start of the Des Moines Marathon.  Sure, lots of miles in the bank, toward 1,500 running for 2009.  But hobbling still.

That began my entry into cross training – had done that in triathlon terms for several years.  But serious cross training, or more properly strength training, nope, nada, avoided it.

P90x was Stage 1.  It was perfect for torturing my aerobically fed and strength dead body into shape.  All the Tony Horton’isms, pull ups, sneaky lunges, gut cracking ab routines, yoga twisting/humbling sessions and push ups a guy could hope for.  I saw some nice results.

A chance encounter with a surly but dedicated athletic trainer, Mike Livergood, at Bellevue University in January of 2010 led to Stage 2 – CrossFit and CrossFit Endurance.  Similar in many regards, the difference between the Beachbody DVD fed programming and organic CrossFit approach was significant. CrossFit is a better fit for my performance goals.  Step by step, coaching from a great box and set of trainers at the Lincoln CrossFit box (Cole, Jeremy, Kelsey Phil and Tanya) and staying with it on my own have led to the best fitness base in my adult life.

Stage 3 involved extending a wonderful speed group of like minded, er like age, friends to a group of Freaky Fast Runners I had no business trying to chase.  From June until present, this group has been an evolving network of fast people who have fun.  Not quite the same every time, but always putting the hammer down for speed, hills or a Saturday run.  Love you all!

So what does this mean?  Big deal?

I’ve been blessed to achieve 15 year PR’s in 5 mile, 15k and marathon races.  This has been my best year of racing since 1996-98.  There’s been some learning curve and minor injuries: a hamstring pull in late May from performing too many deadlifts a day before a 5 mile race and calf pull in July as my body adapted to move towards a “pose” esque running style, lots of hills, etc. From beginning to end – I’ve been pleasantly surprised or more apropos, shocked!

While a 3 hour 30 minute marathon for Boston or a Full Ironman triathlon are not a sure thing, I can at least place those in the realm of possibility.  I’ve been able to shave 24 minutes off my aerobicly training injected marathons of 2009, and now have only 37 minutes to go.  The table below lists the results for marathons.

I’ve also cut 15lbs, from 176 to 161, increased muscle strength and burst across a variety of tests.  My “vitamin I” (ibuprofen) fix has been cut dramatically (not pounding the body and actually strengthening muscles, ligaments and connective tissue).  I am to do things I didn’t image possible – a kipping pull up, jumping up with confidence to a 8′ pull up bar height, over 250lbs for deadlift, 40 unbroken knees to elbows. This still a ton of other goals to still drive me; for example, why not try to attain the Navy Seal standard for 40-50 age males?

More distinctions:

  • In 2010 I will run 66% the amount of running miles compared to 2009  (1,000 to 1,500) with the same biking and swim miles.  Total aerobic miles will nudge 1,550 to 1,600 versus 2,000 in 2010.  New aerobic miles have been introduced through rowing.
  • In 2010 that 66% running miles will have been done at much more efficient and faster pace.
  • In 2010 my anaerobic training (CrossFit) will reach 140 Workouts Of the Day (WODs), not including the aerobic oriented WOD’s.  Overall training hours will be the same as 2009.
Marathon State Date Place Overall Place % Pace Time PR +/-
Route 66 Marathon – Tulsa
Marathon
OK 11/21/2010 422/1648 25.61% 9:27 4:07:55 P.R.
Lincoln National Guard Marathon & Half-marathon 2010 – Run -Marathon NE 5/2/2010 667/1154 57.80% 9:51 4:18:29 +10:34
Brookings Marathon – RUN – Marathon SD 5/15/2010 119/203 58.62% 10:02 4:22:57 +15:02
Lincoln Marathon – Run :: 26.2Mi NE 5/4/2003 523/785 66.62% 10:02 4:23:14 +15:19
Siouxland Marathon And Half Marathon – Marathon SD 10/20/2007 107/166 64.46% 10:07 4:25:11 +17:16
Scheels And Adidas Fargo Marathon, Half-Marathon & 5K – Marathon ND 5/19/2007 819/1191 74.81% 10:18 4:30:02 +22:07
IMT Des Moines Marathon 2009 – Run*Marathon IA 10/18/2009 922/1374 67.10% 10:21 4:31:27 +23:32
Lincoln National Guard Marathon & Half Marathon 2009 – Run -Marathon NE 5/3/2009 768/1142 67.25% 10:26 4:33:23 +25:28
Go! St. Louis Marathon & Half Marathon 2008 – Run-Marathon MO 4/6/2008 1106/1617 68.40% 10:36 4:38:00 +30:05
Lincoln Marathon 2006 – RUN – MARATHON NE 5/7/2006 775/959 80.81% 10:44 4:41:28 +33:33
11Th Annual Gobbler Grind Marathon,Half-Marathon, 5K & Marathon Relay – 26.2Mi Run KS 11/18/2007 175/244 71.72% 10:54 4:45:46 +37:51
Oklahoma Marathon 2003 OK 11/22/2003 205/308 66.56% 10:57 4:47:15 +39:20
Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon & Medtronic Tc 10 Mile 2008 – Run-Marathon MN 10/5/2008 6172/7967 77.47% 11:04 4:50:09 +42:14
Pensacola Marathon And Half Marathon – Marathon FL 2/17/2008 175/263 66.54% 11:09 4:52:24 +44:29
Community First Fox Cities Marathon WI 9/24/2006 510/706 70.96% 11:13 4:54:10 +46:15
Pikes Peak Marathon 2007 CO 8/19/2007 551/773 71.28% 18:28 8:04:03 +3:56:08
Pikes Peak Ascent 2009 – Marathon CO 8/15/2009 668/711 78.48% 21:31 9:23:49 +5:15:54
Lincoln National Guard Marathon – 1995 NE 5/1/1995 NA NA 9:38 4:12:22 +4:27
Lincoln National Guard Marathon – 1994 NE 5/1/1994 NA NA 9:03 3:57:11 -10:44
Lincoln National Guard Marathon – 1996 NE 5/1/1996 NA NA 8:59 3:55:36 -12:19

September and October have proven to be a nice fusion of Triathlon (primarily running) and CrossFit, much like late Summer races into early Fall.

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Get your freak on fast!

Have been solo on the CrossFit WOD’s.  Am missing my Lincoln CrossFit box greatly, but due to budget limitations, have to get the WOD’s done at home and the YMCA.  I am still seeing improvements on speed of repeat WOD’s (Fran, Murph, Angie, etc).  Have enjoyed getting creative for the Filthy Fifty and Kettle Bell combos – picked up a wimpy 3/4 pood but works nicely for me.  I tend to scale to 50 to 60%.  See http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf/CFJ_Widman_CFStartupGuide1.pdf

I’ve been blessed to  notch two 14 year PR’s at a September 5 mile hilly run (Buffalo Run on Sept 12 – 38:31) and 15k October 17th run (Governor’s Cup 15k at 1:13:40).   I hope those events bode well for my Tulsa marathon. I also enjoyed my most effortless 20 mile training run since the mid 1990’s – on Oct 30th.   I was able to hold a steady 9:46 pace without gels and just with water.  The running results have been inspired by a great bunch of Freaky Fast runners – well over 15 people have come together off and on the last several months to challenge, encourage and motivate each other (the pic includes some of ’em)!

It has not all been cold skim milk and peanut butter cups though.  I’ve had far to much allergy junk since mid October with a nice lingering smoker’s cough.  Fortunately three bouts of stomach flu have not returned for round four.

Five week stats – Day 221- 256

Week ending 9/5 9/12 9/19 9/26 10/3
Running 30 23 8 20 24
Walking / Hiking 0 0 0 0 0
Cycling/spinning 17.5 14.5 5 2.25 2
Swimming .68 0 0 0 0
Rowing 0 0 0 0 0
CrossFit WOD’s 2 (7.57 Fran, 65#) 2 (bootcamp & 1/2 Angie) 1 0 3
Total miles, Time. Workouts (WODs), Highlights 48 miles 7:04 hrs
16 WODs
Fran under 8!
37.5 miles 6hrs
13WODs
Buffalo – 14 year PR – 38:31!
13 miles  1:59 hrs
8 WODs
Light week – recovery & stomach flu
22 miles 3:39 hrs
6 WODs
6 mile run w/ dogs on Friday
26 miles 5:09 hrs
13 WOD’s
Gettin’ the Cfit Grove Back

And Five Week Stats + Day 257 – 292

Week ending 10/10 10/17 10/24 1o/31 11/7
Running 22 25 18 35 25
Walking / Hiking 3 0 2 (scouts) 0 0
Cycling/spinning 2.55 9 0 6 0
Swimming .28 0 0 0 0
Rowing 0 0 0 0 3.11
CrossFit WOD’s 2 3 1 3 3 (7.58 Fran)
Total miles, Time. Workouts (WODs), Highlights 28 miles 5:35 hrs
15 WODs
Hike w/ Webelos @ Arbor Day Farm
34 miles 6:05 hrs
12WODs
Filthy Fifty (tough WOD) &
14 year PR at Governor’s Cup 1.13.40 (7:55 pace!)
20 miles 3:54 hrs
6 WODs
10 miler on Sat and surviving stomach flu rd 3 – yuck
41 miles 7:01
8 WODs
20 miler – 3:16 – held strong even  with seasonal cough/ allergies & Yasso 800’s
28 miles, 4:56
10 WODs
Triple Play Weekend:
Friday Murph, Saturday – 6 mile run and Sunday  –
Beer and Bagel Off road.  3.8 miles of trail fun on Sunday

5 Weekly stats + a Sunday – Day 148 to 184.

Week ending 6/27 7/4 7/11 7/18 7/25
Running 12 21 21 12 21
Walking / Hiking 0 0 0 6.95
Cycling/spinning 0 7.5 2.25 2.25 21
Swimming .17 .2 .2 .45
Rowing 1.0 .25 .5 0
CrossFit WOD’s 2 1 3 2 2
Total miles, Time. Workouts (WODs), Highlights 13 miles
3:02
10WODs
1,000’s and Obs. Hill
28 miles
4:19
6 WODs
MS Run
25 miles
5:09
12 WODs
5k Timed Run @ NE – 23.41 & CF Fran
23 miles
5:24
13 WODs
Hiking @ Camp Cornhusker
42 miles
6:25
13 WOD’s
Repeat 400’s on Monday – 92-1:42 & balance of bike/run

Drats – another multi-week catch up.  Am just including highlights below and will get back into the full swing of things from August on.  Also am changing up weeks to a Monday to Sunday format – this fits with the Daily Miles tracking.

I used to be far more obssessed about weekly mileage totals – especially for running.  I’ve modified and mellowed a bit.  I try to attain three simple goals now.

  • Monthly total mileage at 140 (swim, bike, run)
    • 3 hard running workouts each week (generally aligned with CrossFit Endurance and broken into speed, hills/threshold and longer medium pace), recovery run and 1 to 2 bike or swim sessions each week.
  • 3 CrossFit/Metcon (metabolic conditioning)/ P90x workouts a week
  • 5 to 6 hours of exercise each week done at a high intensity of anaerobic and aerobic burst (so heart rate above 145).

Highlights over last five weeks.

  1. Mixing in each week a speed workout (Monday nights) and hill/threshold run.  The group is growing by leaps, bounds and sometimes limps!
  2. Give and you’re given back to.  Had hit a lull after June racing, time each week was going down and speed seemed to evaporate.  Then Michelle encouraged running with Ashley Kumlien’s MS Run Across America.  That and inspiration from Prefontaine snapped me out of a slump (July 1).  Also led to meeting new running peeps who keep on adding on!
  3. My CrossFit Fran, Murph and Angie’s are improving, both in time, form and closeness to the “rq’d”.
  4. Hit a nice 5k time trail with Rachael in mid July – was very encouraging.
  5. Can hiking through hills/woods in the heat of day qualify as workout?  Absolutely and did it with my son Joshua at Webelos Camp.
  6. Sometimes an old bike can still do you good!  Love the new Trek Alpha 1.2.  But for biking and running with a dog alongside, the old hybrid and simple pedals works perfectly
  7. Exercise time is going up!  And will need that for the Pike’s Peak Ascent on August 21st!

4 Weekly stats

Week ending 5/29 6/5 6/12 6/19
Running 11 14 11 12
Walking 1 4 1
Cycling/spinning 11.5 1.5 19 23
Swimming 1 .17 .5
Rowing 1 .5
CrossFit WOD’s 3 0 0 2
Total miles 25 miles 23.5 31.5 36

4 weeks of racing and catching up on logs!  Details are below.  Here are three lessons I think I’ve learned well over the last four weeks that included a 5 mile race (better than last year), 10k race (2 minutes slower than last year), 1 Sprint Triathlon (impromptu change due to weather), 1 Duathlon (impromptu change due to weather), 750 meter open water swim and 5k race.

  • Bucko, mucho, “lotof” racing is fun, but can leave rest of the week at risk.  Still this year was unusual with the Hy-Vee triathlon moved up 2 weeks and Cornhusker State Games moved up a move for Special Olympics (very worthy cause and reason).  6 races in 4 weeks can be a bit of a mental drain.
  • My happy place for CrossFit is 3 WOD’s per week.
  • Still debating the full embrace of CrossFit Endurance.  I agree wholly with the 4 day running, cross training and when you do train, train hard!  I may not be at the point though to pull off the intensity week-end and week out.  I do think I need to ramp up mileage just a bit and carefully manage distribution of “aerobic” miles – across swim/run/bike.  Also am sowing long runs back into the equation.

Sunday, Day 120 (5/23) – Bike ride on Specialized Hybrid – 11.5 miles holding around 12 mph.  Seat mount broke so last 3 miles were off saddle, sort of.

Monday, Day 121 (5/24) – East High Track – baseline mile.  1/2 mile warm up and then a 6.43 mile.  Gunned first 400 too fast – 81 seconds.  Felt good though.  6 seconds faster than April’s baseline mile.  Right after Rachael’s Lincoln Jets track and in between Joshua’s Jr. Salt Dog’s game – life as a busy parent – squeeze those workouts when you can!

Tuesday, Day 122 (5/25) –  Timed mile swim at the YMCA – 41.01 for the mile.  OK, getting slightly faster – miles last year were in the 44 to 46 minute range.  Would like to get to 36 minutes in practice this year.

Wednesday,  Day 123 (5/26)–  CrossFit morning – rowing, Shoulder WOD from 5/25) and 400 Meter Walking Lunge.  The walking lunge blasted my glutes for a good 4 days =]!  Then a little barefoot running with Heidi and .62 miles @ Doris Bair before Annaliese’s softball game (gee busy parent gig again, but worth it!)  CrossFit Lincoln WOD Part 1: from Tuesday – wu – 400 m row, 25 situps, 10 samson stretch, 10 rock climb, 10 walking lunge, 20 squats, 10 kb 1 pu, Shoulder Press 10 wu 65lb then (1 – 75, 1 85, 1 95, 1-100, 1 -105): 1,110 total, Push Press (3 -75,3-85,3-95,3-105,3-115 — 1,275 total) and Split Jerk (5-75,5-85,5-105,5-115,5-125 – 1,925 total ). 4,310 lbs total load. Part 2: Wed WOD – 400 meter walking lunge in 14.42 (that was tougher than I’d thought it be, great Pikes Peak trainer).

Thursday, Day 124 (5/27) –  Two’fer Thursday

  • CrossFit WOD – warmup 400 mt row, 20 situp, 20 squat, 10 shoulder pass through, 10 pull up. Cashin 2 rds of 5 ring pull up, 10 jump muscle up, 10 ring dip, 5 chinup chest to bar. 50 pushups. Then main event AMRAP in 20 min of 15 ghd/ reg sirup, 30 jump rope su, 15 back extension. 9 rds + 30 jump rope and 9 ghd sirups. So total was 144 sit-up / ghd, 210 jump rope and 135 back ext . Still stinging a bit from walking lunge yesterday.
  • 4 miles of hills @ Pioneer’s Park – temp’s were rising and quads/ glutes were rebelling!  Slower upper 10 minute pace and crawl!

Friday, Day 125  (5/28) –  Rest

Saturday, Day 126  (5/29) – Two’fer Saturday

  • Run – 4.1 with dogs and a little extra walking with Heidi, .6
  • CrossFit “WOD” – Linda.  The key lesson learned, no Olympic lifting within 3 days of race!  Ego got ahead of strength and punch through some nice weight loads.  That felt good – but downside was weaken state going into Boystown race on Memorial Day.  CrossFit Lincoln #WOD Linda (10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1). 175 deadlift (185 on 1st 5) 9,625lbs , 145 bench (155 on 1st 5) 7,975lb, 95 clean – 5,225. 41.07 time (17.52 longer). 22,825 total – 7,700lbs more. Compared to 2/18 after Spinning. 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 – 23:15 but lighter load (15,125lbs total): 115 bench, 65 clean & 95 deadlift.

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Sunday, Day 127 (5/30) – Exercise bike at the Cooper Y – kids were swimming and had a 1/2 hour.  Leg’s feeling ok, but not great.  Glutes still sore.  5.75 miles in 30 minutes.

Monday, Day 128 (5/31) – Boystown 5 mile – 40.27.  Another comparison to 2009 training – finished 42 seconds faster than last year. A bit of hammy tweak at 3.5 mi. 7.36, 7.44, 8.08, 8.48, 7.57.   After the race 2.6 miles of walking at Henry Doorly Zoo for a birthday celebration for Annaliese.

Tuesday, Day 129 (6/1) –  Walking/ hobbling with Heidi.  Right hamstring, left glute/ groin were very sore.

Wednesday,  Day 130 (6/2)– Rest

Thursday, Day 131 (6/3) –  Rest

Friday, Day 132  (6/4) – 2 mile easy run, needed to test legs to see if Havelock still a go.

Saturday, Day 133  (6/5) –  Havelock 10k – only race in 2010 that was slower than year previous, rats!   Hamstrings and glutes sore / stiff until mile 4. Seemed like I was stuck in 3rd gear until 4.5 then was able to hit race pace from then on it. 8.04, 8.08, 9.13 (up “the hill”), 8.16, 8.40, 7.54, 1.38. Bob’s Tavern team did great – Juan was under 50, Sherri and Andi ran strong 50’s and Anelle snagged her 1st 10k in the 60’s!!! PJ rocked the 3k and got 23 th!

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Sunday, Day 134 (6/6) – Exercise bike at the Cooper Y – kids were swimming and had a 1/2 hour.  Leg’s feeling ok, but not great.  Glutes still sore.  5.75 miles in 30 minutes.

Monday, Day 135 (6/7) – Boystown 5 mile – 40.27.  Another comparison to 2009 training – finished 42 seconds faster than last year. A bit of hammy tweak at 3.5 mi. 7.36, 7.44, 8.08, 8.48, 7.57.   After the race 2.6 miles of walking at Henry Doorly Zoo for a birthday celebration for Annaliese.

Tuesday, Day 136 (6/8) –  Walking/ hobbling with Heidi.  Right hamstring, left glute/ groin were very sore.

Wednesday,  Day 137 (6/9)– Rest

Thursday, Day 138 (6/10) –  Rest

Friday, Day 139 (6/11) – 2 mile easy run, needed to test legs to see if Havelock still a go.

Saturday, Day 140  (6/12) –  Havelock 10k – only race in 2010 that was slower than year previous, rats!   Hamstrings and glutes sore / stiff until mile 4. Seemed like I was stuck in 3rd gear until 4.5 then was able to hit race pace from then on it. 8.04, 8.08, 9.13 (up “the hill”), 8.16, 8.40, 7.54, 1.38. Bob’s Tavern team did great – Juan was under 50, Sherri and Andi ran strong 50’s and Anelle snagged her 1st 10k in the 60’s!!! PJ rocked the 3k and got 23th!

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Sunday, Day 141  (6/13) – Hy-Vee Oly turned into Sprint Triathlon!  1.39 for the 400 meter swim, 20k bike and 5k run.  was a dark and storming morning. Olympic Triathlon was cut to an impromptu spring – 400mtr swim (13 minutes), 20k bike (48 minutes) and 5k run (27 minutes in severe downpour). Swim was ok, bike was fun as the cold front moved in and 5k run was treasure of thunder, lightening, tiny bit of hail and 2 inches of rain. 15.2 mph on bike – not what I had hoped for in terms of decent bike – wind was rough for the later waves. Think I’ll hit what I’ll need next week @ Cornhusker State Games

Monday, Day 142 (6/14) – CFE WOD Danny.  AMRAP 30 20″ box jump, 20 push press at 65, 30 pull ups w band. 2 RSS plus box and push press.  Good seeing Phil and lunch gang at CF Lincoln.

Tuesday, Day 143 (6/15) –  4 miles running – Crossfit Endurance Aerobic WOD from 6/14 – 12 x 1 minute on and 30 seconds off – made it 2+ miles. 6.25 to 6.45 pace for the 1 minute pickup. Walk / jog on the recovery

Wednesday,  Day 144 (6/16)–  10.6 miles cycling – with Rachael to soccer (about 9mph) than to Mahoney and back (13 mph) and home (9 mph)

Thursday, Day 145 (6/17) –  Rest

Friday, Day 146 (6/18) – 2.1 miles running -with Heidi and Cash – a little later in the morning, was reaching up to 90 degrees.  Wanted to loosen legs up before weekend of racing!

Saturday, Day 147  (6/19) –  Two’fer race day!  Times slightly off last year.  Bronze in open water swim and 5k run.  Weather was as hot as last year’s games (held in July) but much more humid on the run (kicked my buns!).  Swim 750 meter open water – 21.07 – at Holmes Lake and 5k run CSG Footstock 5k. 7.46 pace. Splits 7.23, 8.10, 7.54, 40 final .11. Bronze in age group. About 46 secs slower than last year. Next up triathlon in the morning (hope the storms break before 6am! — sadly they didn’t so the triathlon became a duathlon)

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Sunday, Day 134 (6/6) – 1 mile walking w/ some lunges.  Active recovery day.

Monday, Day 135 (6/7) – A bit of three workouts – one testing a real road bike!

  • CrossFit Lincoln – warm up: 400 mtr row, 10 kte, 10 walking lunge with 10lb overhead, 10 samson stretch, 10 x 45lb s.press, 10 45lb push press. Cash in – 3 x 1 minute wall sit, 30 sec rest. Main – split jerk max – 7 x 1 rep (65, 85, 95, 105, 115, 120, 125, 130), Cash out 4 x 50 meter sprints. Still not at full sprint form so more of a jog on 50’s
  • 1 mile walk with Heidi
  • 1.5 mile bike test on at Bike Rack.

Tuesday, Day 136 (6/8) –  Warmup: 10 push ups, 10 KTE, Samson Stretch, Quad Stretch, 400 Meter Row. Buy-in:Tabata mashup: 8 rounds alternating between exercises 20 seconds of work 10 seconds of rest of: L-holds & Pushups (55)  #WOD:  For time: 13.10 – Run 800 meters, 30 back extensions, 30 ghd sit-ups, 30 back extensions, 30 knees to elbows, 30 back extensions, 30 abmat sit-ups.  Cash-out: 10 Burpee pull-ups.  Ran a bit more at home with Heidi for an even mile.

Wednesday,  Day 137 (6/9)– Swim and Bike – 300 yard swim at Uni over break and little over 11 miles bike riding on new Trek!  Held 14.5 mph on new Trek looping around Mahoney, much smoother ride but clip shoes still take some practice (always fun to fall).

Thursday, Day 138 (6/10) –  5k run with dogs to Mahoney (31 minutes) with 50 squat warm up before, then 3 x 2 minute trials – 51 push ups in 2 min, 25 strict pull/chin ups and 71 walking lunges after.

Friday, Day 139 (6/11) – 7.66 Bike – 1.6 with Heidi and then loops around Mahoney – a little slower 11.7 mph.

Saturday, Day 140  (6/18) –  Easy 5k miles with dogs – loosen the legs before Hy-Vee Triathlon. 30 minutes

Weekly stats – total miles 30.5,  total time –  6 hours 21 minutes
* Running –  30  miles
* Walking – 0 miles
* Bike/spinning – 0 miles
* Swimming – 0 miles
* Rowing – .5 miles
* Crossfit – WOD (workout of the day) – 4
I shared about the Lincoln Marathon: some nice improvement in time, faster recovery and some things to work on (namely not quite so aggressive tactics).  I’ll have a chance to put that into action 13 days after the Lincoln Marathon with one in Brookings’ South Dakota.  The 13 days in between will be a challenge for recovery – my focus on the typically “blah post marathon blues week”, was to rebuild strength.  Then on the week following,  ramp up some running miles and a little swimming.
Sunday, Day 99 (5/2) – Lincoln Marathon – 26.2 miles, 4.18.  Fastest marathon since 1996 – 23 minutes off PR and 48 minutes from Boston.  Awesome front half and then inability to hold that in the second half.  Still pleased with it overall.

Monday, Day 100 (5/3) – rest.  Walking around pretty well today and took Heidi on a short barefoot walk.  Eased on over the the Y for the Crossfit Endurance Recovery workout of bench, 3 rounds at 75% normal rec load of 115 bench, 20 lb db swings, 15 back extension and 15 knees to chest.

Tuesday, Day 101 (5/4) – Rest

Wednesday,  Day 102 (5/5) – CrossFit Total (CFT) – Max for Back Squat (200lbs – nice to have spare 2.5 lbs around), Shoulder Press (105, failed on 115) and Dead Lift (255lbs). Total 560.  Improvement of 45lbs from 2/23/10. Thought back squat and dead lift would be weakness after marathon, shoulder press was the weakest post marathon  (same as 2/23)

Thursday, Day 103 (5/6) –  Two’fer Day!

  • Crossfit Death by pull up :-). Warm up – cash in 400 meter row, 10 box jumps, 10 inch worm push ups, 10 Samson stretch, 10 knees to elbow. Cash In 20 Handstand Pushups in 76 seconds. Then 8 rounds of pull up on minute, adding one each minute. Made it to 8 rounds plus 7 – strict pull ups on first 6, light band on rds 7-8-9 partial. 43 total pulls ups in 8.58.
  • Crossfit Endurance Maximum mileage in 20 minutes plus a little more.  Go 2.36 miles done in 20 minutes then added a bit more for 5k total at Holmes Lake.  feeling a little bit of Sunday’s marathon. 8.21, 8.42, 8.45, + 58. Nice day!

Friday, Day 104 (5/7) –  Two’fer Day

  • CrossFit Lincoln WOD.  10 push ups, 10 box jumps, 10 shrugs, 10 over shoulders, 25 situps. Then AMRAP in 20 minutes of 12 – 65lb power snatch and 10 push ups. Made it 8 rounds – 96 snatch and 80 push ups. Whew. Beat.  This was an intense workout.  Will not push my CrossFit as hard until after the Brookings’ Marathon – it was a charge to do the workout as required (Rx’d in the lingo for CrossFit).  So went full 20 minutes and at proscribed weight.
  • Easy 1 mile run with Heidi and Cash – her first since surgery to remove a mast cell cancer tumor.  She’s doing great and we’re hopeful for a long life of running, fetching balls and playing with her kids.

Saturday, Day 105 (5/8) – Rest.

Weekly stats
* Running – 28.5 miles
* Walking – 2.75
* Bike/spinning – 23 miles
* Swimming – .14 mile
* Rowing – .5 kilometers
* Crossfit – WOD (workout of the day) – 4
A good mix this week of biking, running and Crossfit WOD’s with a little swimming and rowing.  Highlight was split long run on Saturday, splitting it 8 miles in morning during soccer games and 8 after we got home.  The result was the fastest long run since mid 1990’s.  Want to snag one more 17-18 miler, next weekend, before the Lincoln marathon.  I’m eager to run that and put the 23+ weeks of cross training to the test.  Other highlights were the track workout (pace mile with great group and 6.49 baseline mile) and Session 2 Crossfit orientation by Jeremy at Crossfit Lincoln!

Sunday, Day 64 –  2 miles of a slower jog (10 minute) pace by hotel in Roseville Minnesota.  Was feeling pretty wiped out after yesterday at the pool.  A bit more energy at Mall of America and walked 2.75 miles at a 17 minute mile pace – mixed in some wall sits.

Monday, Day 65 –  WOD – 1 mile run with dogs to let them run off some steam after the WOD!  Been a few days since they could get out. 4 rounds, 5 handstand push ups (HSPU) & 15 chair dips each round. 5 rounds of 5 thrusters/7 hang clean, 10 sumo deadlift 60lbs (30lb dumbbells) 1 mile run 8.45.

Tuesday, Day 66 –  15 mile day! 10 mile commuter bike (to office and Y) then Crossfit Endurance WOD – 5 rounds 15 pull/chin and 15 push ups. Used pull up machine at Y rather than jump or kipping. Pull,Chin, Wide Pull, Chin, Pull. Push up – chest to deck.  Another track session with a great group.  1 mile with dogs before then 1 mile with group, baseline mile  warmup and 2 mile cool down. Will be fun to watch us improve over the next several months. Andi, 8.25!, Anelle – 9:58!, David 6.49, Joy 7:58!, Juan 7:00!, Sherri 7.25!

Wednesday, Day 67 –  Another 15 mile day!  13 on bike (lost my keys though, argh!) commuting to office and 4 with Rachael to soccer.   Then Crossfit WOD Helen modified 3 rounds of 400 sprint, 12 pull ups and 21 kettle bell. Used a stone at Rachael’s soccer about 20lbs. Felt Scottish. Time 9.33

Thursday, Day 68–  Sluggish 2.1 mile morning jog with Heidi – 10+ minute pace.  Then, Crossfit Lincoln WOD – Squat coaching and Tabata. Great coaching by Jeremy on overview session #2! 500m row, 100 jump rope, 5 pull up, 25 walking lunges, 10 knees to elbows then about 45 squats for technique – OHS, air, front, against the wall. 8 round Tabata session – air squat and push ups. 9 on squat, 7 on push up – 87 total squat, 78 push ups.

Friday, Day 69 – Was planning a rest day but had a little time to swim – 250 yards, 55 second 50’s.  At the Fallbrook YMCA.

Saturday, Day 70 –  16.25 mile long run. 8.25 during soccer and 8 at home (6 w/ dogs). Windy (25 mph gusts), 40 in morning, 60’s in afternoon. 1st mile barefoot (felt good but cold and slow 11.10), 2 more easy miles then (10:15 average on 2-3) 8.50, 8.58, 9.10, 9.03, 9.28, 8.55, 8.52, 9.10, 9.08, 8.52, 8.55, 8.52, 8.40.  At 2 hours 12.75 miles. 1/2 marathon in 2.03.19.

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 – 21.35 miles
* Bike/spinning – 16 miles
* Swimming – 2.26 mile
* Rowing – 6.2 kilometers
* Crossfit – WOD (workout of the day)  – 4 total and my hips were a howling!

Solidly sore week of Crossfit WOD, running miles stuck at 20 but ramp up on swimming, rowing and biking!  Felt like Roger Craig of Nebraska and 49er fame, well not in legit athleticism but in terms of versatility – he was one of the first to run/catch for 1,000 yards in the NFL.  The weather and various sore parts of the body called for that same versatility.

As I am working through and adjusting to pain/recovery/strength impact of WOD.  In reading a lot of Crossfit’s founder Greg Glassman’s work, a recurring theme is this will take your body 4-8 weeks to adapt.  Many people use Crossfit as their only workout routine.  So am feeling OK, that my body says ouch!  Plus it’s in areas that are notoriously weak for runners, as shared previously, the hip flexors, glutes and quads.  I can see a positive impact though in the speed work  and hoping that  shows well in races just a few weeks ahead!

Sunday, Day 22 – 15 degrees and 30 MPH wind/ snow led to easy decision – go inside!  But no dreadmill for me.  Instead  opted for an adult life long of 2 miles – 70 laps.  Took just under an hour and 37 minutes but felt great.  Was recovered from the Crossfit WOD’s and really felt good and consistent.  Was a little giddy at the end.  And hungry.  One benefit of cross training is the ability to swap routines!

Monday, Day 23 – Had some time while Annaliese was at a birthday part.  In the south part of Lincoln and decided to stop in the Cooper Y and see how the kids were doing.  There I spied the only C2 rowing machine.  Forget the bike, couldn’t resist.  So began with 5k of rowing in 26 minutes and CF WOD in 8 minutes.  Of the WOD you say?  It was only 8 minutes but an intense one – 5 rounds mod of 4 hand stand pushups, 8 kettle  bells (substituted 35 lb dumbell for a 1 pood approximation) and 12 situps, plus 4 hspu

Tuesday, Day 24 –  7.75 of running (2 with dogs friends in the morning and 5.75 on the track) and a CF WOD over lunch – 500M rowing, 21-15-9 reps of overhead squats (65lbs) and pull ups and 500M rowing.  Then repeat miles on track 7:15, 7:26, 7:22 and 200’s.  What a day.  Cold Soak #2 at home.

Wednesday, Day 25 – Tabata this and that you can kiss my…. never mind.  Ok didn’t think it would be so tough, but it was.   There were four routines: rowing, squats (air, no weight), pull up and sit ups.  Per routine for 4 minutes you ramp up for 20 seconds and rest for 10 seconds for a total of 8 sets.  The lowest number is your score.  My low scores were rowing- 6 (calories) , air squats – 11, pull ups – jump – 8,  situps – 8 =33.  Totals for 8 sets were 56 total cal row, 76 pull up, 78 situps and 99 squats.  Was happy my squat form has improved quite a bit. Was worried what tomorrow might bring.  Cold Soak #3 to finish the day.

Thursday, Day 26.  Spinning Class with Jessica – nice to be back.  Hips and upper legs were S O R E from Tabata the day before.  Was debating whether to try the WOD or just hold to 3 WODs this week.  Decided to spin and crank the WOD as best I could.  So 16.2 biking and then the WOD of 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 (55 reps) of Bench, Clean and Deadlift.  My hips and lower back were sore from Monday to Wednesday WODs (gee think I said that already) so kept bench at 115 (not quite my weight, really), and 95 for clean/ deadlift.  Lowered clean for 3rd set.    Felt nice getting it done and cold soak #4 of the week would follow.

Friday, Day 27– An easy day on sore legs / hips – 3.25 mile run in the snow with my dog friends and a 500 yard swim.  Got some swim racing in with my 8-year-old daughter Annaliese – she won!  On my geek side added some pages to this blog including an HTML export from a  hybrid training log in Google Doc.  Been tweeting a whole more to (gave up Mafia Wars to have time, think it’s a good payoff)

Saturday, Day 28—  10.35 miles with Laura Ceraolo a mix of putting on cleats/ yak trax  and taking them off, then repeating 7 times.  Snow and melt left a partial glaze everywhere but not consistently enough to just keep the yak’s on.  Still nice to crank out 10!