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Here’s last week’s recap and my goals for the upcoming week.

Last week:

  • Fitness
    • Week three of the 2018 CrossFit Games Open is over.
    • For workout 18.3, I retested and only got a single rep more when I completed a double-under at literally the last second! I was pretty bummed, as I was so much farther ahead of my time, but simply collapsed on the second set of overhead squats. My core was shaking, shoulders couldn’t hold up the bar, and I even missed a snatch attempt to finish up my last few reps. The silver lining in this is that I obviously pushed myself to the point of failure in the last few seconds of the workout. That’s a sign that I’m toying with that red line and doing it right. I feel like I should have been able to complete the next set of double-unders, so that’s what I’ll shoot for when they repeat this workout next year. Here’s a video of my first attempt.
    • This week for 18.4, I finally got a barbell movement that I love… the deadlift! However, it was paired with a movement I do NOT love… the handstand push-up. The GOOD NEWS for me, is that there was a new standard introduced for the HSPU, which meant that the playing field was leveled for a lot of athletes. As I coach to all of my classes, most people (yeah, most) don’t actually reach full ROM on their reps based on what a rep “should” look like to me. So, by requiring feet to go above the line, lots of athletes were forced to slow down and do them properly. My first attempt was alright, but when I got to the handstand walks, my mid-line and shoulder were fried! Probably would have been a good idea to practice handstand walking before the workout, haha. I am happy with my score, but if I feel recovered enough my Monday afternoon, I’ll likely give it another go. Here’s attempt number one.
  • Last Saturday, my dad reached out to see if I was free this coming weekend. When I said yes, we were able to find me a flight to go out and hang out with him and my brother in Tuscon, Arizona! We had an amazing time, watched a lot of baseball, and even got to play catch and hit some balls together. While I didn’t get a lot of sleep, it felt so good to spend time with them!
  • Stupid Human Trick of the Week goes to my first attempt at a “Pool Jump” in years. It took four or five tries, but the one I decided to record ended up being the best one! Check it out!

This week:

  • I’ve got a long night of travelling back home to Colorado ahead of me, so I’m not quite sure if I’ll feel up to retesting 18.4 tomorrow, but we’ll see.
  • Once I’m home, I need to make sleep a higher priority for me. Using my “Sleep Cycle” app, I’m going to actually TRACK how many hours I get, and it needs to be better than last week. I’ve never slept “enough” in my adult life, but these last few weeks have been abnormally bad for me. I tell every athlete I coach that nutrition and rest are MORE important for your body than the time you spend in the gym. If I can set more of an example of getting more rest, I think it will help athletes trust me even more. I’m going to try to lead by example a bit more here.

Alright, your turn. What’s going on with all of you?

The pic of the week comes from my trip to Tuscon, getting a chance to play catch with my baby bro. He’s going to college and will play baseball there next year. The kid is so good, and since I live so far away from him, I don’t get to hang with him that often. Getting in some Long Toss this morning with him felt great! So proud of him!

LongToss

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Here’s last week’s recap and my goals for the upcoming week.

Last week:

  • Fitness
    • Metcons
      • Workouts have been all over the map for me lately in terms of feeling good or bad about my fitness, but such is life. I’m very curious to see how this year’s Open goes in terms of movements that I consider “strengths” verses “no so much strengths” for me!
      • A variation of Isabel (30 Snatches for time) was Wednesday’s workout, and I debated all day whether I would try the “Rx” version of the day (115lbs) or whether I’d give the “Competitor” weight (155lbs) a go. At the last minute, I decided that 155 was the right choice, did quick singles the whole way, and finished my 30 reps in 4:03. I’ll take it!
    • Barbell Work
      • Monday brought waves of Power Cleans; Min 7 – 3 Power Cleans @ 81% (230lbs), Min 8 – 2 Power Cleans @ 84% (240lbs), and Min 9 – 1 Power Clean @ 87% (250lbs), and some pause Front Squats (heaviest at 275lbs)
      • Built to a heavy single of Clean and Jerk on Friday and hit 280lbs. It wasn’t my prettiest lift, but I’m glad anytime I get to 275+
    • Calorie Challenge
      •  Since it was a short week (I left town Friday afternoon and just got back), I had quite a bit less time to sit on a rower or bike. I did, however, hit another 700 calories. That puts me at 3,000 for the month so far. I’ll likely reach 4,000+ by the end of February!
  • I did write one “The 2018 Open is Coming” post! The Open starts this week, I can’t even believe it!
  • Progress on the book (Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual by Jacko Willink) continues. Still haven’t given myself more than 10-15 minutes once or twice before bed, but I’ve already put more of a focus on reading in 2018 than I have over the last few years. I’m celebrating that.
  • Swimming Post is live! It’s fun to already have had some people reach out asking more details about my “Swim Better Now” clinics. Bottom line is that I want to help people get better, whether that means swimming faster, or just learning how to float safely in deep water. If you, or anyone you know, is interested please do not hesitate to reach out.

This week:

  • The first workout of the 2018 CrossFit Games Open is released this week. In the past, I have recorded “strategy” videos for each week. My goal is to try and get a video and post live by the time you wake up on Friday morning. Wish me luck!
  • I had a pretty poor weekend of sleep at the place where we stayed up in the mountains, so my goal is to get over 6.5 hours of sleep two days this week. No, that doesn’t normally happen. I was going to challenge myself to say 7 hours, but when I do reverse math based on the alarm, it’s just not realistic. Working on it!
  • I have a really big weekend of work ahead, with nearly 10 hours of client work accounted for between Saturday and Sunday. Even with that, I’d like to devote some time to continuing progress with the drywall in our garage!

Alright, your turn. What’s going on with all of you?

Here’s a picture from our weekend in Breckenridge. Have a great week, everyone!

Here’s last week’s recap and my goals for the upcoming week.

Last week:

  • Fitness- Weird week for fitness for me! Usually I struggle with the workouts and strength sessions go fairly well, this week it was quite the opposite. A couple of quick “burner” style workouts played to my strengths.
    • One was a quick three-rounds of 125 Hang Power Cleans (115lbs) and 15 Bar Facing Burpees. I used the “new” standard of having to jump back and up (no stepping), and finished in 4:36. I kept a nice steady pace the whole time, and was really happy with my time.
    • The other was a descending ladder (21-18-15-12-9-6-3) of Hang Power Snatch (75lbs) and Calorie Row. While my snatches weren’t pretty, I still went unbroken on them and finished in 9:29.
    • The weirdness also came in the form of my Saturday workout. I started the day off by going to cheer on a bunch of ladies from the gym where I coach at a local competition. When I left, I decided to head to the gym to get in a workout on my own. For some reason, I was inspired to do what I called the Smashby Triathlton. This little number was 3 Rounds (Slowest/Medium/Fastest) of 1 Mile Run / 1000m Row / 100 Cal Bike. (So yes, I did hit my goal of running three miles!) It wasn’t designed to be as fast as possible, so from start to finish, it took my almost an hour and ten minutes! But, I think I needed that on Saturday.

SmashbyTriathlon

  • Progress continues on my first book of the year (Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual by Jacko Willink). I also listened to a one-hour podcast with him during my long workout, so that counts towards progress in the book, too!
  • We spent another few hours working in the garage this weekend and put up even more drywall. I think the next day we decide to attack it, drywall will be done. After that, it’ll be framing that and installing the pegboard. Yay, progress!

This week:

  • Write one “The 2018 Open is Coming” post
  • I WILL NOT finish the book I started by next Sunday and write a brief summary (Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual by Jacko Willink) – Trying a little reverse psychology on myself!
  • Complete one thousand calories on the bike and/or rower before next Sunday. I hit 1,019 last week, and would like to hit another 1,000 this week. That long cardio is something I typically don’t devote enough time for, so picking an even number like that helps me stick to it!
  • I didn’t write a post last week talking about the Swim Lessons I give, why they’re so rewarding for me, and why you should let me know if you’d like some. So that will happen this week, as I’ve been having a lot success with all of my “swimming” clients!

Alright, your turn. What’s going on with all of you?

Here’s last week’s recap and my goals for the upcoming week.

Last week:

  • Fitness- Wednesday was a big deadlift day in the gym. I hit 410lbs for a strong triple, then did a workout with 405lb deadlifts in it. Then on Friday, I did a workout that was absolutely gross. It took me 16:33, and I accomplished my goal of completing each set of barbell work unbroken. But seriously, it was gross:
    • For Time:
      15-10-5:
      – Bike for Calories
      – Thrusters (95/65)
      Directly into…
      15 – 12 – 9:
      – Row for Calories
      – Hang Squat Cleans (95/65)
      Directly into…
      12 – 9 – 6:
      – Burpees over Bar
      – Overhead Squats (95/65)
      – Row for Calories
  • Missed one of my goals from last week, and didn’t make time to finish the book I’ve been reading. Other than that, I hit all of them.

This week: