Fitness and everything else

The Bike Is Hard!

Last night I slept much better. Nothing woke me up, so I felt refreshed this morning. I was ready to get to my lifting and WOD before I even finished drinking my coffee. I waited until after the mail came, but I got started right after that.

Once I got the junk mail, I got changed and headed out into the garage to get started with my bench press. The sunny skies outside made it nice and bright in the garage. My warm-up sets felt pretty good today. It took a few sets to get the bench set up just right, but I got it in a good spot by the time I got to the working sets. They felt great, and I got through seven of my three plus AMRAP set at a hundred and sixty pounds pretty easily. Next I did my twenty reps at a hundred and twenty-five pounds. I counted wrong and think I only did eighteen, but still felt pretty good with it.

I relaxed a few minutes while looking at WODs. I decided I wanted to do a challenging one, so said fuck it and did today’s WOD.

The assault bike is tough for me. Getting through the thirty calories they usually program is mentally and physically tough, but I have to admit that it’s getting better. I’m not where I need to be with it yet, but in time that will come. I just have to stay focused on the goal and not shorten the calories or scale it. In my brain, I know I can get to where I need to be, but it’s just going to take some time.

For the power snatch portion of the WOD, I decided to mix Things up today and go with the barbell. For the past year or so I’ve been so focused on getting good and efficient with the dumbbells I’ve neglected the bar. I went with the RXed weight of seventy-five pounds. They felt night and light and the video I took showed that they looked great, and I was cycling very fast. To me, they felt slow, and I felt rusty with them to a point, so I did have to break more and sooner than I normally would. I have to admit that it felt great to play with the bar.

Rather than doing wall walks, I scaled to the pike things using the box. I can do wall walks, but they’re slow as they should be. I don’t like the idea of doing them for time. We also don’t really have a good open wall space to do them safely, so I won’t do them when I am home alone.

As I expected, I missed the goal time by a lot, but knowing what I know about myself, I threw that out the window before I even started. It’s just one of those cases when I know what’s best for me, and it differs from what others think is best. Just another great example of working out at home instead of in a Crossfit gym where to a point they think everything is one size fits all.

I got in a great workout for sure. My maximum heart rate was 175 and my average was 165. Not something to complain about. I can maintain that just fine in my late 40s. That’s not to say it’s easy, but I never feel that I have to stop.

Music for my lifting and WOD was Motorhead