I last completed “Diane” on August 6, just 5 mere months ago. Much has changed since that time…
I’ll state once again that completing benchmarks WODs whilst alone is kinda sorta difficult (and perhaps even a little depressing). The workout was successful nonetheless.
Benchmark WOD “Diane”
— Dead-lifts (225#)
— Handstand pushups
I completed the round of 21 dls in unbroken reps of 15 & 6. Is it pompous of me to say that 225# doesn’t feel all that heavy? I completed the round of 21 HSPUs in unbroken reps of 19 — a PR! — & 2.
The round of 15 dls were completed in reps of 7, 4, & 4. Okay, so now dls began to feel heavy. The round of 15 HSPUs didn’t go as well as the round of 21 either. Muscle failure, anyone? I completed in reps of 6, & 2, as I failed the 9th rep in that my feet came off of the wall. I completed another 2 and once again failed on a rep in that I couldn’t lock it out. I finished the round in reps of 2, 2, & 1. That round of 15 is always tough…
I did finish strong, completing dls in reps of 5 & 4, and HSPUs in reps of 5, 2, 1, & 1.
Time = 7:53 — a PR!
I then completed today’s strength.
I began with 75#, 60% of 1RM of 125#, and the set of 5 felt, well, very easy. I completed a set of 4 @ 90#, and the lifts still felt easy (as should be the case). A set of 3 @ 105, and a set of 2 @ 115, 90% of 1RM.
I always advise to never attempt to merely match previous 1RM. I heeded my own advice. I put 130# on the bar — and pressed it over mah head! I took off the little boy plates and put on the big boy (45#) plates — and pressed 135# over mah head! I attempted 140#, my body weight, but I got all up inside mah head. I now have a goal of pressing my body weight. Over. Mah. Head.