Posts Tagged ‘Kettlebell’

Four months of the best swimming since, well, high school notched 40 miles from November through February.  It was  a ton of fun to swim alongside my kids.  Got some great pointers from coaches and fellow swimmers (those ten year-old are swim savy!)  Wrapped it up with scrimmage with the UNL Swim Club on February 23.  Along the way I become a real USA Master’s swimmer, swam the one hour speedo swim challenge (2,775 yards) and figured out some much-needed stroke improvement.  While we had a very mild winter, there’s nothing better than swimming in the running “off-season”.  Beats the dreadmill any day! So hope to keep it up and double last years “laps”.

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Angry Cow Adventure - Run - Bike - Adventure!

Yesterday I was 9 miles shy of the 4 month swim total at my first ultra marathon – the Angry Cow Stampede in Wilderness Park, the Jamaica Trail and the Homestead Trail in Lincoln.  There were seven of us in the 50k, over 50 in the 1/2 marathon and a good number in the 6 mile.  Was enjoyable running with some other trail runners the first 6 – 7 miles (until the 1/2 marathon turned around). From mile 7 to 31 it was just me and my best running partner, Heidi along with some others on the beautiful trails.  Was able to cheer the four ahead and two behind me at the turn around.

My goal for this race was 1) bucket list an ultra trail run and 2) long run for the Lincoln and Sandhills marathons in May and June.  Sure it may seem crazy to go longer by six miles, but figure it’s time to put that marathon distance in context.  My goal pace was one minute slower than marathon target (so 10 minute mile).  The need to keep my pup hydrated and stiff wind coming back brought that right at 11 minutes.  Seeing my family at mile 25 and at the finish line was the best part. Though I think they were primarily concerned with the health of our dog!

My running mileage did not veer from the hybrid triathlon / CrossFit mix of the last couple of years. Weekly mileage continues in the 20’s.  I did get some quality long runs in (14, 16, 12 variety).  I also blended medicine ball, weighted vest, body strength exercises, dumbbells in two runs a week. That blended strength approach also jumped into the swimming (burpees and laps should never mix though). Call it crazy strength (cause I’m not always sure what will happen). I’m longing to jump back into the CrossFit Lincoln family and now that my employment is close by, I’ll be able to do so!.

PS. Some poser hacked the root domain for coachdavek – am deciding whether to go with an “org” or coach-davek.  Will continue with the wordpress extension for now.

 

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TABATA Score sheet - so much fun in 20 minutes!

Over a year has passed since my first Tabata.  That workout was the second Crossfit torture I was introduced to in February of 2010.  I’ve done a few on my own since.  Today was my first as prescribed (Rx’d in CrossFit lingo).

Results:

  • Rowing – 500+ meters, 6 calories
  • Squats – 14, 13, 14, 13, 13, 13, 13, 14 = 93
  • Pull ups – 7, 6, 5, 6, 5, 5, 4, 5 = 42
  • Push ups – 14, 12, 9, 9, 8, 9, 7, 7 = 68
  • Situps = 13, 11, 12, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11 = 91

 

Now a little comparison to frosty, snow covered day at Bellevue University’s gym on February 17, 2010.  We left off the pushups that day (shame on us).

  • Rowing  was equal
  • Squats +2 —  held 2 more or 13
  • Pull ups + ? less but unlike the jump they were Rx’d.  I dropped 1 due to not reaching chin to bar on round 7.  So 4 or 4 less
  • Push ups +7  whoops missed that one before – started with 14 (mistake, Tabata is about pacing as much as first burst) and ended up with 7
  • Situps +3

Squats (air squats, no weights), pull ups (jump in my case) and situps.  Sounds easy?  Sure until the 2nd or 3rd rep rotation / set.  My score (again the low) was Rowing 6 calories, Squats -11, Pull Ups 8 and Situps 8 for a total of 33. The sum total was 56 calories for Rowing (500 meters), 99 squats, 78 pull ups and 79 situps.   Nice little 16 minute workout!

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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