Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Gone Skiing


Haven't been in the gym for almost a week. Landed a big job last Thursday, and all semblance of normalcy has disappeared from my life and training. As an added bonus, it's a fast burn project with a completion date about a week after the Games qualifiers. Ah well, it sure gives me a reason to stay on top of my stuff. However, if this first week is any indication, my training is bound to suffer.

My family and seven of our friends rented a ski condo for the weekend. This is one of those things you plan months in advance and hope the weather works out. With ski conditions the best they'd been in years on Tuesday, we were hopeful, but Friday's rain and the weekend refreeze did us in. Still, the sun was shining Saturday and we could see Mount Washington clear as a bell from Sugarbush, about 80 miles away. Knowing what the day was going to be like, a bunch of us broke out the files and sharpening stones the night before and got our skis ready for the formica skiing surface. The order of the day was scary fast skiing on the sunny side of the mountain, not a great workout, but definitely some solid technique practice, since losing an edge at those speeds in those conditions would likely mean a trip to the emergency room. It was good fun, but one day of it was enough. The rest of the time was spent relaxing, eating well, eating not so well, and bulding a pile of bottles for the redemption center.

Had plans to make amends with some backcountry skiing in the foot of snow that fell overnight when I got home, but work and a sick family kept me closer to home yesterday. Today, I finally got back into the gym, courtesy of CF Central CT's convenient location near the office I was visiting today and tomorrow. They had a max DL day going, but some guys were following the CFSB, so they had no issue with me following my own programming and hitting the mini-metcon they also had programmed.

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Warmup
Jump rope 3:00, 7 consecutive DUs
Shoulder triplet mobility drill
TGU-Windmill drill 20K x 3
10 pullups
10-sec static hold
10 dips

Skillwork
2:00 handstand practice - a couple stable 5-second holds

Heavy Stuff
Deadlift 135x5, 185x3, 225x2, 275x1, 305x3, 320x3, 335x3 (new 3RM), 250x20 (PR)

Metcon
3 rounds:
    10 burpees, Burgener-style
    20 box jumps, 20"

    5:01

    Deadlifts felt remarkably easy, considering the double PBs. I guess hitting DLs after 6 days off leaves a lot more in the tank than a day after 20 box squats. Metcon was weird with the strict burpees, especially after the deadlifts. Ended up being more about muscular fatigue (and missed box jumps) than by the lungs. Good to get back after it.

    5 comments:

    jenna said...

    Good work, Patrick! What's a burgener-style burpee?

    Patrick Haskell said...

    What I'm calling Burgener-style burpees are simply strict burpees: squat thrust, pushup, squat, and jump. I prefer hitting burpees with a sprawl, squat and jump, because you can cycle them faster, doing the same amount of work, so they hit you harder with the metcon.

    Jenn said...

    Nice job with the heavy deads! I'm amazed you could do burpees and box jumps afterwards.

    Patrick Haskell said...

    Well, they were rather slow. My legs were not happy about that particular WOD.

    Evelyn said...

    Nice DLs and holy hoppin' metcon--that's a whole lotta bouncin' around. LOL.