One pound, but I’ll take it

Monday, May 11

I worked out with the 6 am athletes, and the session was led by Coach Nick.

Press (Establish 1RM)
With a running clock, take no more than 20 minutes to establish press 1RM

Ah, the press, often my nemesis. I completed rep at 135, 96% of 1RM and 94% of my bodyweight but failed 3 attempts at 142. Dammit. No new 1RM for me.

Floor Press Ladder (Time)
Complete 1 floor press on the first minute, 2 on the second minute, 3 on the third minute, etc., until you are no longer able to complete required reps within the minute.

50% of 1RM

Whilst my current bench press 1RM is a mere 175 my floor press is 200#, thus I floor pressed 100#. I completed all sets unbroken through 14 and then, well, things started falling apart. I finished round 15 with just 10 seconds remaining and finished round 16 just as the clock sounded to start the next round. That’s 136 reps.

Upon completion of the ladder someone asked, “What happened to the back of your head?” I was pressing my body into the floor so hard that I bruised the back of my head.

Tuesday, May 12

Tuesday is double Endurance day for yours truly. That’d be a lot of running. I joined the 7 am athletes for the first Endurance session and worked out at 9:30, knowing that my legs might be a little tired.

Front Squat (Establish 1RM)
With a running clock, take no more than 25 minutes to establish 1RM

I’ve been stuck at 225# for a very, very long time, and desperately wanted a PR. Yup, even if it was a 1 pound PR. I squatted 205 and decided to go for a 1RM. I failed at 226#. Dammit. I did, however, feel confident that I could squat the weight so I rested, asked Marni to observe and tell me when I had passed parallel, and finally was able to front squat more than 225#! Yay! I had time for one more lift and failed at 230#. I was exhausted. I front squatted 158% of my bodyweight. Yes, many lifted heavier weights. Yes, many are heavier than am I.

I didn’t join the athletes for the metcon. I did, however, coach the 6:30 pm session Endurance session and completed the Barbell Club metcon.

7-min AMRAP
– 5 burpees
– 7 ring rows (negative for me)
– 9 negative pushups (6″ for me)
– Sprint 200m

While not the least bit challenging, it was nonetheless fun! I completed 200m shy of 5 reps. I crushed Thomasina. Like a tiny, squishy bug.

Luke was exhausted.


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