Fifteen cubic yards of mulch was delivered to the house Thursday morning, and I spent most of that and the next two days loading and unloading the wheelbarrow. I was exhausted by the end of each day. I must also be getting old, as I also felt slightly sore and even finished working before the sun set. Dammit.

I also spent time making the fence on the East side of the property (the only part of the fence that isn’t new) look more presentable. I should’ve probably just bought a new fence, as that task was also exhausting.

I did NOT run a 5K Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Friday because I was exhausted, Saturday because I unexpectedly took a trip to Tennessee to retrieve a friend’s sick adult child (and I’ll be driving to TN tomorrow to return him to the Appalachian Trail), and Sunday because it rained most of the day. And I just didn’t feel like to today. It’ll be the first challenge that I haven’t completed and, well, I’m okay with that.

Running is the only thing that causes pain.

Sunday, April 15

Row 10 strokes for meters
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 65# bear complex
Maximum time handstand hold

This was surprisingly challenging and just the type of active recovery that I needed.

For bear complex neither hands nor feet moved, i.e., I didn’t drop the bar or change grip and feet remained in same position. As both hands and feet should.

I was pleased with rowing, as I rowed 161, 171, 180, 182, 183, & 191 meters the first 6 rounds. I closed my eyes for duration of remaining rounds, focusing on just feel and the sound of the chain, and rowed 194, 201, & 202 meters. Yay! I held handstand for 5 seconds at the longest. Boo.

10-20-30-40-50 unbroken double unders
1-2-3-4-5 burpees

Uhm, the burpees were rest. So there’s that.

I messed up round of 30 but fortunately missed reps in the lower numbers.

Time = 4:35

Monday, April 16

11 rounds for time; rest as needed between rounds
6 reps of press, bent over rows, hang power cleans, and stiff-legged deadlifts
Begin @ 65# and increase weight 5# each round
Hands and feet may not change position

This was tough, and my forearms were on fire when all was said and done. The presses, of course, became more and more challenging as the weight increased. I did indeed successfully complete last round @ 115#. That’s also a total of 66 reps of each activity. Times ranged from 50 (first and last rounds) to 41 (sixth round).

But I wasn’t done…

Row 100 calories; complete 3 strict T2B at the top of each minute

Oops, I forgot to begin with T2B. Oh, well. After first round, I usually began rowing at around 20 seconds after the start of the minute and rowed between 9 and 10 calories in remaining time. Damper was set at 1.

Time = 9:45

Tuesday, April 17

5 rounds for reps
Bodyweight floor presses
Chest to bar pull-ups
Strict HSPUs

I weighed myself prior to workout and am happy that I’ve lost a few pounds. I’m at 146, just 3 pounds heavier than goal.

FP: 10, 10, 10, 9 & 8; 47
C2B pull-ups: 12, 12, 10, 9, & 9; 52
HSPU: 2, 3, 3, 3, 3; 14

Total = 113 reps

My strength with floor presses has significantly improved! I’d like to complete benchmark WOD Lynne but would also like a spotter for BP.

I paused between FP and pull-ups but only the length of time it took me to move barbell out of the way.

Oh, and Luke didn’t want me to start FP the 4th round and then decided to rest on the gym mat the 4th and final rounds. And that’s more than okay!


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