Paul and the Angry Half Inch.

Catchy title, I know.

I worked out with the 8:30 athletes, although I was oblivious to all of them — particularly during conditioning.

EMOTM until power jerk failure
1 press + 1 push press + 1 power jerk

Today did not go well in that I failed both push press and power jerk at 145#. WTF? I should’ve perhaps begun at a lighter weight, as today my first set was at 105#. Dammit.

EMOTM for 15 minutes
3 power cleans (@ 55 to 65% of power jerk 1RM) + 3 box jumps

Sixty-five percent of 145 is about 95, so that’s what I began with. Uhm, too light. I increased the weight to 105 and then to 115 — and even that felt too light. That’s called progress, ladies and gentlemen. Prah. Gress.

I placed a variety of plates near the box. For the first 2 rounds I jumped 30, 33, and 36″. For subsequent rounds I began with 31, 31.5, 32, and 32.5″, i.e., 10, 15, 1o + 10, and 25# plates. The second and third jump increased by 3′, as I always used 45# plates.

I tried not to do the math so that I wouldn’t know how high I was jumping. It certainly felt high! I did miss one jump (at 38″, I think) but managed to safely land on the box.

I completed the last two rounds at the same three heights. I quickly placed a 10# plate on the top of the stack, jumped, and yelled, “That’s a PR, bitches!” And then I thought, What if it’s not a PR? So I said, “Wait, that might not be a PR.” I got the yard stick, measured the height and (as you guessed from the title of this blog) I jumped 40″! A mere half inch PR, but a long-time goal.

I’m 66″ tall, so I jumped 60% of my height.

As I was observing the 4 pm athletes, I decided to give press series another attempt. It went slightly better. I began at 95# and and pressed 130, push pressed and push jerked 150, failed at push press 155# — and called it a day!

That’s a lot of f@king jerking and bjs, yo.

Post-nap with Meg and Luke.
Post-nap with Meg and Luke.

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