Saturday, October 3

‘Twas a very busy day at CrossFit Surmount. I coached the 8:30 and 9:45 sessions and worked out at 11.

Some days I just don’t feel very strong. Saturday was one of those days. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to achieve new 1RM sumo deadlift, and I was right. Self-fulfilling prophecy? Perhaps. I also know my body. I sumo deadlifted 365# and failed at 375#. And that’s okay.

12-min AMRAP
5 power cleans (135)
5 box jumps (36)
5 strict toes to bar

Having seen two groups complete this workout, I knew that it was going to be tough. I didn’t, however, know how many rounds folks had completed and was convinced that some of the stronger athletes (including an out-of-town visitor) would be able to complete 10 or perhaps even 11 rounds. Only Jeff completed 10. Yup, I’ve taught him everything that he knows. Ha!

Almost bodyweight power cleans and more than half height box jumps are tough. Strict toes to bar, while challenging, aren’t that challenging. For me. For others? Gah! Far too much kipping ensued.

I dropped most power cleans from the top but did complete box jumps and toes to bar in unbroken reps, although I missed 2 box jumps, landing with my feet on the 30″ box instead of the plates.

Score = 8 rounds + 6 reps; 45 power cleans, 41 box jumps, & 40 toes to bar

Sunday, October 4

Jeff and I watched “The Martian” Saturday evening. What an awesome film! It was captivated and entertained. I slept until 7 Sunday morning, and that’s late for me! I had intended to work out before coaching the 9:30 session but, alas, I did not. I instead worked out during CrossFit Kids, i.e., at 11. I truly wanted to complete the programmed hero WOD but was concerned that my lifting would be too loud.

Gabe, one of the CrossFit Kids athletes, completed a tricep pushup on a kettlebell. Well, okay then. The kids were practicing wall crawls. Well, okay then. I finally settled on the following:

20-min AMRAP

3 strict ring dips
3 wall crawls
3 KB pushups
3 strict knees to elbows
3 chest to bar pull-ups
15 unbroken double unders

This was tough, and it’s not a workout I would ever program. For strict ring dips I kept legs straight and knees locked. My arms and shoulders quickly became very tired and, for the first time that I can recall, wall crawls became exceedingly challenging. I nonetheless ensured that all reps were completed with full range of motion, i.e., I walked both up and down the wall. (I love the squeaky sound that my shoes make on the wall.) I completed all but 1 round of double unders with no missed reps.

Score = 10 rounds + 4 reps; 33 ring dips, 31 wall crawls, 30 pushups & pull-ups and 120 double unders

Jeff and I attended Coach Heather’s Power Yoga session at noon. Uhm, we began with handstands. My poor, aching shoulders! It was a great session and Heather is a tremendously talented instructor. Surmounties, you really need to add yoga to your fitness regimen. I mean it.

Tomorrow is “L Day” for the Fiat. In other words, if the car is not returned to me (and it’s highly unlikely that it will be) Hendrick will have had the car in its possession for 20 business days. And 28 days. Yup, 4 weeks. Yup, a month. And I only had the car in my possession for 10 days.


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