Archive for December 22nd, 2009



2 x 20 Deck squats
20 Box jumps @ 24″ box
1-leg Box hops, 15 (~1:30) es
3 x 15 es BB step-up, lunge @ 20kg
3 x 15 es Bulgarian split squat @ 20kg
5:00 DB long cycle C&J, switching hands every 5 reps @ 24 kg KB
5 ring pull-ups (strict)




Rx: 3 x 5 Long hill repeats

I wanted to do these in the morning and gym at home in the evening, but Fee needed the extra sleep so here’s the compromise: Gym in the morning, short hill repeats in the evening, but towing Claire and my bag (change of clothes, U-lock, couple of books etc) . Alright!



I got four repeats out before Claire wanted her dummy so I called that set, with the dummy-finding time the rest interval. The next set was six repeats to make up for the missed one from before and by then Claire was beginning to nod off. Given that she was up till 10 and full of beans last night I decided to call it a night and get her home.

Updated instructions from Jeff on these are 1. Stay seated, 2. Aim for consistency, 3. Go home if you slow more than 5%. The last one gives me a legitimate out anyway. Towing the extra 15-20kg was a big difference.



  • Big tin of tuna, pear, nectarine, coconut milk
  • 3 baked eggs w chorizo, malt milkshake, 2x short macchiato
  • Chicken schnitzel, 1/2 a rissole, carrot, 1/2 a pear, 1 orange, walnuts, coconut milk
  • Tea, walnuts

I’ve been reading an interesting discussion about a piece of research into intra-cellular glycogen replenishment last night. It seems the conversion of fats to glycogen can be spurred by training on close-to-empty. Things start to get detailed around Post #9.

Low muscle glycogen content has been demonstrated to enhance transcription of a number of genes involved in training adaptation. These results made us speculate that training at a low muscle glycogen content would enhance training adaptation.

This wasn’t a deliberate attempt to put that theory into practice, but today was run on vapour.




Trainer Day 1 — “Easy” day

Cadence ladder:

39:18, 1:00 each of:
70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 100, 105, 110, 115, 120, 125+ rpm

39:17, 1:00 each of:
70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 100, 105, 110, 115, 120, 125+ rpm

39:16, 1:00 each of:
70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 100, 105, 110, 115, 120 (fail), 125+ rpm

39:18, 1:00 each of:
80, 85, 90, 95, 90 rpm




20 x Deck squats
50 x ‘The Bastard’ @ 10 kg DBs = 15:12
3 x 20 Jumping squats @ 35kg BB



Fee and Claire packed up and headed to Ballarat early. I broke out the trainer for an ‘easy’ spin. The 39:18 ladder was lumpy, and therefore un-easy. 39:17 felt good, leg remembering circles and tempo. 115-125+ is the lactic onramp, and it would have been a moderate session if it ended there, but the 39:16 set killed me at 125. I just couldn’t ramp it up again and failed, spun at 80 for 30 seconds and managed to make the final 30 sec at 125+ (more or less). A quick tin of tuna and then off to work.

The size of the puddle is a measure of the work done

With exactly one hour between meetings, Doug joined me in the gym with deck squats assisted by a 5kg plate, The Bastard at 1/2 weight, 1/2 reps, Jumping squats at 12.5 kg. It looked like hard going. We also did some light (5kg) TGUs with his nagging shoulder injury in mind.

When I postulated that if I ever did 50 reps of the Bastard complex I’d bump the weight up, I did so thinking that it’d never happen. Later it occurred to me that a better benchmark might be an unbroken set of 50. Today I took my hands off the bells exactly twice, and rested a couple of seconds on my knees again, exactly twice. Maybe 15-30 seconds rest in total; 50 in 15 is going to be pretty spot on for an unbroken set and it’s not too far away.

Jumping squats were through the newly agreed ~35cm cycling ROM and will be heavier next time. We began these with 3 minutes to go until my next meeting, which meant a quick shower and no lunch, having fasted (coffee notwithstanding) since breakfast.

I did manage to get a snack in 4:00, although by then I was barely hungry. I also finished off the last of the antibiotic course today.

Neil is in the hills and planning a 250:5 ride tomorrow (that’s distance:elevation … in kilometres)



  • Smoothie: 1 egg, 1 cup blueberries, coconut milk, water
  • Large tin of tuna, handful of walnuts (PWO)
  • Coffee
  • Walnuts
  • Coffee
  • Sardines, lots of walnuts, nectarine, 3 rum balls (thanks Elise!)
  • Chicken and veggie stir-fry – lots of veggies, little rice
  • Pear

December 2009

On the bike

CrossFit benchmarks

100 Burpees: 11:07 10:32
50 Burpees: 4:24
Angie: 30:47 (60 pull-ups only)
Annie: ---
Cindy: 13 rounds
Dianne: 39:07 (scaled)
Elizabeth: 24:47 (scaled)
Fight Gone Bad (3 rounds): 311
Filthy Fifty: 31:16
Fran: 10:31
Grace (35 kg): 4:25
Hangover Cure: 8 rounds
Helen: 11:10
Jeremy: 13:33
Kelly: 36:09
Linda (scaled): 1:17:04
Michael: 32:30
Murph: 54:17
Nancy: 17:30 (scaled to 35 kg)
Nate: 7 rounds (scaled)
Nicole: 3 rounds, 19 pullups

Row 1k: 3:26.3
Row 2k: 7:15.4
Row 500m: 1:35.7
Run 5k: 24:05 (Feb 17)

Weightlifting PBs

Bench Press: ---
Clean: 70kg
Jerk: 70kg
Press: 52.5kg
Snatch: 47.5kg+
Squat (back): 102.5kg
Squat (front): 85kg (x2)
Deadlift: 130kg
CrossFit Total: 623


3RM OHS: 55kg
3RM Front squat: 82.5kg (x5)
3RM Back squat: 90kg
3RM Deadlift: 130kg
5RM Press: 45kg
5RM Front squat: 82.5kg
5RM Back squat: 90kg
5RM Deadlift: 120
20RM Back squat: 65kg