Monday, April 30

I spent most of Sunday drinking beer with my friend Kevin. And eating shitty food, including barbecue, donuts, hamburger, pretzels, and huevos rancheros. And I don’t feel the least bit guilty. Everybody needs a cheat day!

I warmed up by rowing 25 strokes at various damper setting and for watts, calories, meters, and strokes/minute. ‘Twas kind of exhausting. I’ve been using the C2 rower for years and just now discovered options with memory that I didn’t know existed. So there’s that.

For time and reps:
5 push presses + 5 bent over rows + 1 hang power clean @ 100#
5 strokes for calories

Time = 8:27
Calories = 45

This was just what I needed, you know, to sweat off some of the alcohol. Ha! I completed all rounds in unbroken reps. Duh. I rowed an average of .9 calories/stroke.

Tuesday, May 1

Establish 5RM

I completed sets @ 65, 75, 85, 95, 105, & 116#, a mere 1# PR. But I’ll take it. I put 121# on the barbell, got it overhead, and felt pain in right wrist. So I bailed, you know, because it’s just not worth it.

The semester is coming to a close. I couldn’t stop thinking about the eight speeches that I needed to grade, so I did just that. I ate breakfast and returned to the garage. I wanted (and needed) to sweat. And sweat I did!

I was going to practice HSPUs but as soon as I placed the mat on the floor Luke claimed it as his own. As it was cooler in the garage than outside. He’s smart. Like me. So I didn’t practice HSPUs.

Every 10 seconds for 51 rounds
Parallette pass through + hop & twist

This was truly more like an AFAP, as it usually took me about 8 seconds to complete a rep. I had the timer set so that when my backed was turned to the clock I would hear it sound and know to start.

  1. Hands on parallettes
  2. Jump feet back to strict plank
  3. Chest to shoulders and push up
  4. Jump feet through to plank
  5. Dip
  6. Jump feet back through to strict plank

Every 10 seconds for 36 rounds
Strict K2E + parallette hop over + PHO w/ 180 twist to right + PHO + PHO w/ 180 twist to left

Much like the previous workout, this felt more like an AMRAP for (once again) a round took about eight seconds. I was duhn (misspelling intentional).

I just watched the season finale of Homeland. I love Claire Danes, and have since “My So Called Life.”

Wednesday, May 2

50 bodyweight bench presses
Max rep strict/unbroken/no rest ring rows

Push and pull, push and pull. As it was inconvenient to move both the bench and the barbell after doing presses, ring rows were more than adequate exercise. Particularly strict ring rows.

I recall many a workout where “competitors” (basically people wanted to beat my score) didn’t keep a tight core for ring rows and instead, well, “kipped.” What does that accomplish? You can use momentum instead of strength to complete ring rows. And of course you can complete reps at a faster pace. And you could possibly beat me. Ha! That’s funny.

Oh, and no good can come from shitty form.

I completed bench presses in rounds of 10, 9, 9, 8, 6, 5, & 5. Yup, that’s 52, as I didn’t stop after completing the 3 required reps the last round. Because. I completed ring rows in reps of 20, 20, 18, 18, 16, 14, & 16 for a total of 122 reps. It’s no wonder that my upper body is a wee bit sore.

I made a “Fruity Pebble” cake from scratch today. I was going to use meringue frosting but Jeff requested buttercream. ‘Twas the first time I made buttercream frosting, and it (along with the cake) is delicious! I may have a piece of cake for breakfast tomorrow morning. Fruity Pebbles are cereal so it seems only right to do so.

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