Stress Test

Posted on: Saturday November 23, 2013

As part of the entry requirements for Chain Reaction I had to do an exercise stress test. This involves running on a rather short treadmill, which increases pitch and speed each minute until you’re going to fall off the back. Each minute they ask you to hold out your arm so that they can take your blood pressure, which is awkward at best, and the whole time you’re connected to a 12-lead ECG machine, with cables flapping around like a squid gettin’ jiggy wid it.

From about minute number three things feel hard. Much harder than they should, on account of the pace being slower than you’d think and the grade being much, much steeper. The net result is an acute perception that you’re not running all that fast but are, in fact, sucking gas like nobody’s business anyway and holy shit my legs are heavy.

In the end, I passed (the test, not out of consciousness or life), and was assured that my chances of surviving, for the next five years at least, are pretty good so far as cardiovascular disease is concerned.


What was interesting was getting my height and weight measured properly. I’m 177cm tall (3cm shorter than what I tell people most times) and weigh 78km fully clothed. 78… The last time I thought of myself as being ‘race fit’ I weighted 72. I bet a nice round 70kg would make the climbs feel gooooood man. All I have to do is drop 8kgs… So-long late night snacks gingerbread binges.

Run: 9:00, 1,000m (perceived)


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November 2013
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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: 24:00

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


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