Yesterday was anything but a rest day, as I joined both the 7 am and 6:30 pm endurance athletes for hill repeats, completing 8, 200m intervals both sessions. Uhm, that’s 2 miles of hill repeats. Uhm, that’s also 2 miles of walking/jogging/running downhill. Uhm, that’s a hell of a lot of fun! I love hill repeats, I truly do. The fastest uphill was :42 and the fastest downhill was :32. Why is it that athletes always run their fastest intervals when I’m running with them? (I know the answer. ‘Tis a rhetorical question.)
I worked out at 9:30 this morning hoping against hope that Coach Jennifer would attend the session so that I could, you know, crush her like a bug. Sadly, she did not.
Having watched athletes from the 3 earlier sessions complete this workout, I was kinda sorta dreading it. While difficult, the workout wasn’t as challenging as I thought it was going to be.
Expect the worst? Why the hell not!
10 hang cleans (95)
20 deadlifts (95)
20 lateral bar hops
10 hand release burpees
That’s 120 hang FULL SQUAT cleans, 200 deadlifts, 200 lateral bar hops, and 50 hand release burpees. I knew it would be unrealistic to set goal to complete hang cleans unbroken, but I thought it would be realistic to complete deadlifts, lateral bar hops, and hand release burpees unbroken. Too may hang cleans led to tightness in lower back and I was only able to complete first round of deadlifts in unbroken reps. WTF? I was, however, able to complete lateral bar hops and burpees unbroken.
Whilst completing the 8 reps HC of the first round I thought, “Just tap out.” I just wasn’t feeling it. I continued nonetheless.
As I began the second round I inexplicably and almost unknowingly began doing hang cleans one at a time. Deadlift the bar and stand to full extension, lower bar to power position. complete full squat clean, drop bar, and repeat. I also mistakenly completed 14 instead of 10 HCs — thinking that I had to do 20. Dammit. It was at that moment that I told myself that I had to string HCs together, i.e., return the bar to mid-thigh instead of dropping to the floor. I heard an occasional “Good job, Paul.” from Deborah. I could hardly hear her over my own grunting.
To the best of my recollection, I didn’t swear once. I do recall saying “Jennifer can suck my b@lls.”
I felt better as the workout progressed and I began to enjoy the workout by the third round.
The lateral bar hops were always a welcome relief but went by very quickly. The hand release burpees were also a welcome relief but also went by far too quickly.
Time = 23:44
To ensure accuracy, I weighed the sandbags prior to attempting plank hold. It appears that one of the 45# sandbags weighs 54#. Ha! Kevin was kind enough to not only place the sandbags on my back but to also do the math.
Weight = 156#
I was surprised by how easy it was to hold the plank. I may attempt 175# next week.