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Re: Maddog's Log

Postby maddog » Fri Feb 17, 2012 7:59 am

I'm sure I'm making it sound worse than it really is, haha :)

Week 4, L5, D3 Today went slightly better than expected, though still a pretty slow time. of 11:18 (about +2:00, yikes). The door pull-ups really were my downfall here, and took nearly 5 minutes to complete. Pull-ups were 6/4/3/3/3/3/2/2, push-ups 15/10/9/10/7, squats 31/20. I think by next week I'll be able to jump back into L5 with the same amount of vigor as before. I'm no longer getting as nauseous as a couple days ago, but the trade off is that I now have a creepy looking bruise all over one cheek from the extra blood. I'll tell anyone who asks it was from a bar fight, I guess.
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Re: Maddog's Log

Postby maddog » Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:41 am

Week 5, L5, D1 - 19 rounds (+7). Basically back to where I was a couple weeks ago, since I ended with 30 seconds to spare...which is just not quite enough for me to finish an extra set. I'm feeling fully recovered now, although I still have that weird green bruise. Pull-ups were the limiting factor today.
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Re: Maddog's Log

Postby maddog » Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:31 am

Week 5, L5, D2 - Times of 1:37, 1:29, 1:30, 1:26, 1:27 for a total of 7:29. Last week I didn't time my D2, but two weeks ago I also got 7:29. I could have got a better time if I'd warmed up a bit more before the first round, as I basically jumped out of bed, did a sun salutation, and started the workout...which explains my much slower time for the first go round.
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Re: Maddog's Log

Postby KTG » Fri Feb 24, 2012 5:59 am

I too find that the first D2 round is sometimes a little slower. I like the feeling, though, of finishing stronger than the start.
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Re: Maddog's Log

Postby maddog » Fri Feb 24, 2012 7:34 am

Week 5, L5, D3 - Finished in 9:03, -2:15 from last week and -:17 from the week before that. Pull-ups were 7/5/4/3/3/2/2 and went pretty well except for one kipped rep. Push-ups were as always difficult, and were 16/10/9/8/5/3. I divided squats into 31 and 20 with about 5 seconds of rest between. I'm pretty pleased with these results, as it seems to confirm that I'm back on track.
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Re: Maddog's Log

Postby maddog » Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:38 am

Week 6, Level 5, D1 - 22 rounds, which is +3 from last week and I think +2 from my previous best. Near the end, push-ups got quite hard and I started feeling a little twinge of pain in my right elbow with every rep (has happened before), which indicates to me that I should be careful on D1s to not push beyond my body's abilities too far. Otherwise, pull-ups still aren't easy, but I did manage to keep a full range of motion on every rep - 90% deadhang to head above bar. All in all a good workout today.
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Re: Maddog's Log

Postby KTG » Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:18 am

Great progress! Be careful about the elbow. Better to slow it down a bit than to lose 4 weeks to rehabilitating an injury.
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Re: Maddog's Log

Postby maddog » Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:50 am

Thank you! I will try to remember that simplefit is not a race :)

Week 6, Level 5, D2 -7:02 (-:27) in 1:23, 1:31, 1:24, 1:23, 1:21.
Week 6, Level 5, D3 - 9:11 (+:08). I thought I was going to get a better time than last week, since pull-ups went well. But I was being very careful to not go too hard on the push-ups and that slowed me down considerably. Pull-ups were 7/5/4/3/3/2/2, Push-ups were 17/10/9/8/8/5/3, and squats I did in one go to save on time. I'd like to get under 9 minutes next week...
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Re: Maddog's Log

Postby maddog » Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:15 am

Great result today!

Week 7, L5, D1 - 25 rounds (+3 and a PR). I really pushed at the end so I could get to that milestone of 75 pull-ups (thanks for the inspiration on that KTG!). I felt a little of the elbow pain on rounds 19-22, but it wasn't as bad as last week. For some reason I seem to do better at D1s than any of the other days...I'm still a ways behind on D3, comparatively.
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Re: Maddog's Log

Postby KTG » Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:27 am

Great job! As you said to me, 75 is a real milestone. That made me feel great for the rest of the week (until the next D1, when I slipped back to 24 rounds).

It isn't a race, but I'm determined to catch back up with you on the D1 rounds! Of course, I'm mixing pull-ups/chin-ups where you are consistently impressing with the straight pull-ups, so it won't ever count as really catching up. It is interesting how different people have different strengths for the different days.

Glad to hear the elbow is settling. stay careful.
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Re: Maddog's Log

Postby maddog » Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:49 am

Haha, you're on. Meanwhile I'll be trying to catch up on D2 and D3 as best I can...

Some unexpected improvements this week.
Week 7, L5, D2 - times of 1:15, 1:16, 1:14, 1:12, 1:12 for a total of 6:09 (-:53 and PR). I didn't really do anything different, but I'll take it.
Week 7, L5, D3 - 8:15 (-:56 and PR). Every week I expect to tank on D3, but it always goes alright (I probably just jinxed myself for next week). Pull-ups were 7/5/4/3/2/3/2 and were good except for one kipped rep. Push-ups were still hard and were 18/10/8/7/7. Squats were also difficult today because of some residual soreness from the last couple days and so I broke 'em up into 31 and 20. I made a point to glance at the clock after pull-ups and noticed that I finished those around 2:50...not bad!
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Re: Maddog's Log

Postby maddog » Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:49 am

Week 8, L5, D1 - 21 rounds (-4). I took it easy this week but I don't feel too guilty. Also, today was about twenty degrees warmer than what we've been getting recently and damn does it feel hot! Guess I'll have to get used to it.

On a related subject, I think it's relevant to note that I now weight 96lb. I started simplefit about four months ago at 106lb (I am 5'3" by the way). I didn't intend to lose weight via simplefit...I'm actually underweight now, although I eat more than anyone I know. The difference is that I eat piles of relatively healthy vegan food instead of nachos and club sandwiches. A couple weeks ago I woke up and weighed 94lb one day, and that was pretty concerning, so I started eating a PB&J with extra PB nightly and that seems to have helped. I'm not really sure what the "ideal" weight for my body is, but I'm guessing its somewhere between 98 and 102. The trick will be to get there by building muscle instead of just sitting around and eating cookies!
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Re: Maddog's Log

Postby KTG » Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:32 am

As long as you're banging out those pull-ups, I think you can be pretty confident that it's muscle that's going on.

Great job on week 7! I'm particularly impressed with the pull-ups in 2:50. When I get there, I think I'll be able to do the whole thing under 6.
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Re: Maddog's Log

Postby maddog » Fri Mar 16, 2012 4:56 am

Haha you're probably right. This week I was only able to get 2:55. It just seems to be about cutting down on rests.

Week 8, L5, D2 - 6:16 (+:07). I think I'm getting close to the point where form will trump time in importance on D2, so I'm not concerned. Times were 1:20, 1:18, 1:16, 1:10, 1:12.
Week 8, L5, D3 - 7:48 (-:27). Another week where I expected to get a slower time, but somehow ended up getting a faster one. Everything felt hard this week, perhaps because I was resting less (?). Pull-ups were 7/5/4/3/2/3/2, push-ups 17/9/9/7/5/4, squats 31/20. My next goal for D3 is to squish push-ups down into 5 sets instead of 6.

Still 96lb.
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Re: Maddog's Log

Postby maddog » Mon Mar 19, 2012 7:21 am

Week 9, L5, D1- 22 rounds (+1 from last week, -3 from PR). It's possible I actually got 23, but I'm not really sure. My short term memory seems to disappear when I exercise and I have to write down every 5 rounds or I forget where I'm at. It was another unusually warm day today, which may have slowed me down. Not to add to a pile of excuses, but I also felt the right elbow pain in rounds 15-18 or so. I'm thinking that might be influenced by the fact that I do handstand push-ups for CC the day before D1, and this could increase the stress on my joints when combined with all the push-ups in D1. I may try switching handstand push-up day this week and see if that helps.
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