Saturday, November 14, 2009

"Flight Simulator"

Lots of DUs today

Time 14:55

Round of 50 took 2 tries
Round of 45 going down took 2 tries
All others were unbroken.
It was hard to tell how long to rest between efforts.

Friday, November 13, 2009

A Few WODs


Bench Press


500m Row
3 attempts

1:32.8, 1:36.1, 1:38.4

The Day before that

4 Mile Light Run

And Before that



Annie 6:07 PR

And the day before that

For Time
KBS 1.5 Pood
Rest 3 Min
40# DB Push Press
Box Jump 24"

Time 13:56

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Swim Test

Swim test for Ocean Rescue Team
8:08 (7 seconds slower than last year, but this was the first time I have swam in a long time)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Station WOD

3 Attempts at Max HSPU

4, 3, 3

For Time
100 Thrusters at 55#
100 Situps
Run 350m
100 Pushups
100 Squats
Run 350m

Time 23:54

Saturday, October 31, 2009


Deadlift 5-5-5

245-275-300 (PR)
First two sets were regular grip, last set was mixed grip. The last two on the 300# attempt were ugly, but got um up!


AMRAP in 15 min
5 DL at 225#
10 Burpees
200m Run

7 Rounds + 5 DL + 10 Burpees + 100m Run

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Catch Up


The WOD was max Clean and Jerk. I had some major flexibility issues and just worked on the jerk. I got 170.


"Tabata This"

Tabata Pullups, pushups, situps, squats

9-8-12-14 Total of 43

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Station WOD




For Time
Double Unders 32-16-8-4
Burpees 16-8-4-2


Sunday, October 18, 2009

Some Tabata

Tabata Pushups

Tabata Situps

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tuesday and Wednesday

Clean Pulls
The Rx'd WOD was Power Cleans but my left hand was giving me trouble.

Worked on Muscle Ups
-Strict with full locked out Max was 3
-L-sit muscle ups max was 2/3 (l sit form was a little sketchy)

Beach WOD with a friend who is preparing for BUDS.
Basically a lot of pushups, situps, squats, russian twists, overhead walking lunges with paddle for about an hour. We did this in the pouring rain with long pants, boots, and long sleeve t-shirts. We will be going for a run this evening. Will post time/distance.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Station WODs


For Time:
10 Rounds of "Cindy" 



8 Big Laps around the Station
Time 30:29

Friday, October 9, 2009


Worked on HSPU (approx 15 reps)

AMRAP in 10 Min
Double Unders


I thought I would be able to get more. Next time I'll shoot for 450.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Deadlift and OHS


Four Rounds for Time
Run around station (350m)
25 OHS at 55#

Time 10:20


Find 1 RM Push Press

2 Rounds of 
800m Run
30 KTE

Time 9:33 (Knees to triceps, my reps were not up to par)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Central Coast Affiliate Challenge

Setting up for some push jerks in the 

WOD #1 
"The Pull"
400m Row
30 SDHP at 95#
25 Pullups

Time 4:01

WOD #2
AMRAP in 15 Min
7 Unbroken Shoulder to Overhead
25 Unbroken Double Unders 
(Start at zero if you miss a rep)

11.5 Rounds

WOD #3
"Mile Plus"
4 Rounds for Time
400m Run
15 Squat Clean Thrusters at 95#
15 Burpees with 1' Target
Rest 2 minutes

Time ????? (If anyone knows please let me know)

What a fun and exciting day at CFV! Thank you everyone who coached, judged, worked out, cooked, drank, etc! I look forward to our next meeting. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Station WOD and yesterday's pain inflicing WOD


5-5-5 Snatch Deadlift

AMRAP in 12 Min
5 Deadlifts at 225#
10 Box Jumps at 24"
200M Run

7 Rounds + 1 DL (Rx'd)

8 Big Laps around the Station (Approx 4.4 miles)
Time 32:15
Lap 1 4:23
Lap 2 4:14
Lap 3 4:08
Lap 4 4:02
Lap 5 3:59
Lap 6 3:56
Lap 7 3:49
Lap 8 3:39

I ran with a co-worker who is a better runner that I, and these split times were a result of us pushing eachother on each consecutive lap.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Station WOD

3 Rounds for Reps
1 minute max DUs
1 minute max burpees
90 seconds rest
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
82 51 52
18 16 15

Total 234

70 Unbroken DUs during the first round! That's a PR. I'm not sure where I saw this WOD, but I liked it. I have not done burpees in a while and they are much harder than I remember.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

"Football gone Bad" and Station Sprints

Friday Evening 
"Football Gone Bad"
Three rounds for reps of
1 minute thrusters 95#
1 minute box jumps 20'
1 minute double unders 
1 minute push ups
1 minute pullups

Round 1
16, 22, 61, 27, 21

Round 2
16, 15, 41, 14, 23

Round 3
10, 18, 48, 15, 16

Total 363

Sprint around the big loop x 4
Rest 4 minutes in between
Got a call and went on the most disturbing call of all time.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Station WOD


10 attempts at max Double Unders, rest 30 seconds between attempts
Total 213

I would like to do this again soon with 60 sec rest and see how a little bit of rest correlates with more DUs. 

AMRAP in 15 min
10 GHD Situps
10 Jumping Squats (must be unbroken)
10 Ring Dips

7 Rounds + 10-10-5

I am really feeling this one today! I need to do GHDs more often.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

1 RM Squat Clean


Find your one rep max Squat Clean

Worked up to and successfully got 190# (PR)
I tried 195# and failed.


Stretch and ROM drills

Monday, September 14, 2009

Station 5 WOD

7 Rounds for Time

7 Pullups
7 V-ups
7 95# Hang Squat Cleans

Time 12:28

Lots of wasted transition time in this one. I had to move around quite a bit to get this one done. 

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Station WOD

This one's a repeat!

10 Rounds for Time
10 DU
10 Situps
10 Pushups
10 Squats

Time 11:12 (PR)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Crossfit Total

Crossfit Total

Back Squat- 225, 245, 255
Shoulder Press- 125, 130 (f), 130 (f)
Deadlift- 275, 315  (315 was all I was going to get)

Total 695

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Station WOD

Weighted Pullups

Max reps X5 with 40# weight vest (V-grip)

5 Rounds for Time:

Run around the block at the station (approx 350m)
20 Burpees

Time 15:34 (last time was 14:46)

After round 2 of the burpees, I broke them up in to 4 sets of 5. I think this was slower than just doing as many as I could then resting.

Friday, September 4, 2009

DB Bench Press and Lunges

DB Bench Press with "Bowflex DBs"
3x   52.5 # x 15 reps

Lunges around the Station for Time:
11:19 (approx 350m)

Today was Day 6 of 6 at work. That's 127 hours of work in 6 days! I am ready for a break:)!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Something like Annie


From CFV
2:00 DU         139
2:00 Situps    65
1:30 DU          55 (but my rope broke in half about half way through, I would have had more)
1:30 Situps     48
1:00 DU          45 (found a new rope at the station)
1:00 Situps    35
:30 DU           33
:30 Situps      17

Total DU: 272
Total Situps: 165

Total: 437

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Shoulder Press

Shoulder Press

Max Reps at:
90#     12
105#    8
110#    5

Then lots of stretching and rolling. I felt like I needed a rest day. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

"Jackie" PR!!!!!



Row 1000m
50 Thrusters 45#
30 Pullups

Time 7:18 PR!

I pulled the row at around 1:45 for the first 500, then I just tried to stay under 1:50 on the last 500. Stopped once on the thrusters, didn't put the bar down. Pullups were hard. 

Monday, August 31, 2009

Station WOD

Bench Press


Today I found out that our barbell is actually 55lbs and not 45lbs like I thought. Older posts will have incorrect weights by 10lbs. 

For Time:
Lunges around the Station

Right as I started this one we got a call and couldn't finish it. I'll do it another day. 

Friday, August 28, 2009

Fire Station WOD

Bench Press 

For Time
Double Unders, Pullups, Situps

Time 5:24

Rest 5:00

Double Unders, Pushups, Situps

Time 3:44

Haven't done pullups in a while and it showed today. Good thing is that the elbow is better and no pain so far after the WOD. I'll have to start slowly adding more pullups.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Max Height Box Jumps

Max Height Box Jumps
24" Box + 5 45# + 1 25#

AMRAP in 10
10 Thrusters at 75#
10 DU

10 Rounds

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Catching Up


5x5 Back Squat @ 185

Tabata Jumping Squats  (Alternating)
Tabata Jumping Pullups



Clean Pulls 3-3-3-3-3 @ 185
800M Run x3
2:50, 2:44, 2:41

24 mile mountain bike ride
Guadalasca Hill Climb 25:30

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Fire Station WOD

10 Rounds for Time:
10 Double Unders
10 Situps
10 Pushups
10 Squats

Time 11:44

Lot of wasted transition time in this one, but everything was unbroken except for DUs in the middle rounds. Next time I think I can go under 10:30.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Station WOD

Bench Press
3x(135# x 10)

Four Rounds, Each for Time:
Run the Big Station Loop (.55 miles)

#1 3:14
#2 3:11
#3 3:03
#4 2:54

Monday, August 17, 2009

WOD A: Nor Cal Qualifiers


For Time:
500m Row
30 Burpees
10 Shoulder to Overhead (125#)

Time 4:44

Should have done more on the Jerks. I went 5-5. This should be a heavy WOD, oh well. 

Sunday, August 16, 2009

"Catch 22" CFV Style

"Catch 22" CFV Style

22 Deadlifts at 225#
200m Run
22 Step Ups with 25# DB
22 DB Thrusters with 25# DB
200m Run
44 Ring Rows
400m Run
22 OHS at 75#
400m Run

Time 17:41

Friday, August 14, 2009


Warm Up
100 Free
100 Kick
100 Pull

3x(50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free) Rest the same amount of time it took to complete the required distance.

#1 45, 1:32, 3:10
#2 42, 1:28, 3:05
#3 41, 1:30, 3:06

Thursday, August 13, 2009

DUs, Burpees, and Run

3 Rounds for Time
50 DUs
21 Burpees
Run around the Station

Time 14:13

First round of DUs was good, then it fell apart.

Sunday, August 9, 2009


10 Handstand Pushups 

For Time: 10/10, 9/9, ... 1/1

Time 3:24

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Back Squats

Back Squats


20 Rounds + 5 Pullups +7 Pushups (no squat ball)


Monday, July 20, 2009

3.3 Mile Run

Run 3.3 Miles or 6 Big Loops around Station

First 2 Laps- 7:29
Middle 2 Laps - 7:21
Last 2 Laps - 7:26

Total- 22:17

Then... Tabata Pushups

Saturday, July 18, 2009

A New PR!

I went to the Islands on Friday with my brother Nick and his friend James in his 22' Boston Whaler. The plan was to do some fishing and possibly some spearfishing. We got out there around 9 or so and started fishing for a while. After not catching anything for about 30-45 minutes we decided to get it closer to the kelp and give it a shot. There was a lot of bait in the water and the current was not too strong, so I decided to suit up and give it a shot. This particular spot is usually not diveable due to strong currents. This would be the first time I have dove this spot. I decided to take my small 95cm rail gun instead of my new 59" So Cal Tracker because I was not expecting to see anything big. I slipped into the water and instantly saw enormous amounts of bait in the water. I loaded my one band on the 95cm and swam slowly for the kelp. Instantly, I saw the yellow dorsal and tail fins of a large white sea bass on the other side of the kelp. I kept still and waited for the fish to come out on the other side of the kelp, but he never did. SHIT, WHERE DID HE GO! I swam forward another 10 feet and burried myself into the kelp and waited. Sure enough about 1 minute later the fish came around and swam directly underneath me at about 10 feet. This was my chance, I had to take the shot. I knew it had to be a good one because my small one band 95cm doesn't have that much penetration. I dove down quietly straight on top of the fish and let the spear fly. The fish bolted off and I let go of the gun and grabbed onto my float line. At first, I thought I may have missed or the fish came off because there was no tension in the line for about 5 seconds so I gave it a quick tug and the fish exploded toward open water. As I was letting line out I pick up my head and screamed "SEA BASS" to Nick and James who were on the boat about 50 yards away. The fish then took me on a 2 minute  water ski ride towing me around in a large circle until he found himself back in the kelp where he wrapped up in about 20 feet. I dove down to "brain" the fish, but he had one more run in him and he took off into the kelp. About 10 large seals showed up and were circling the fish nipping at the flesh. I had to act quickly to save my catch from the seals. I dove down, put my knife in its brain and the fight was officially over! 

Luke, Nick, and James 

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Team WOD

AMRAP in 10 Minutes of 
95#/65# Power Snatch

Team A- Katie, Luke, Brittney

Team B- Nick, Martha, Matt

Team A Team B
83 Snatches 104 Snatches
184 Wallballs 150 Wallballs
267 254

Fun WOD! I knew who ever did more wallballs was going to win.

Max C2B Pullups - 25
50 GHD Situps (I am feeling those right now)

"Kelly" a few days ago.


Thursday, June 25, 2009

Split Jerk


Max Split Jerk

Sunday, June 14, 2009

CFV Affiliate Cup Qualifiers Day 2

WOD #3

Five rounds for time:
15 Wallballs
15 SDHP 75#
15 Burpees


This WOD was no joke!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

CFV Affiliate Cup Qualifiers

WOD #1

225 Run
15 Front Squats at 135#
10 Shoulder to Overhead 135#
225 Run


WOD #2

AMRAP in 9 minutes:
3 Power Cleans 155#
6 Box Jumps 24"
9 Pullups

6 Rounds + 2 

Power cleans got heavy very fast. I had approx 10 missed reps. Box jumps were easy. Pullups were unbroken every round (pretty happy about that). 

Spent $5 on Ice today at Mandel's Liquor. One 10lb block ice and one 7lb cubed ice and a lot of cold water. Spent about 20 minutes suffering in the water. Let's hope it pays off tomorrow!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Pullups, Double Unders, and Overhead Lunges


4 Rounds for Time
10 C2B Pullups
20 Double Unders
100ft Overhead DB Lunge 35#

Time 9:18

Overhead lunges were the limiting factor. DUs were pretty good. Pullups were ok, not great. Starting to get back on track:)

Station WODS


Back Squat

Could have done a lot more, but metal plates makes things sketchy on a concrete floor.


5 Rounds for Time

Run around the block at the station (350m)
20 Burpees

Time 14:46

Then, worked on stretching for about 15 minutes. Thanks to Kelly for exposing areas of inflexibility that I never knew I had. 

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Catching Up Part 2

Last Saturday
"Nasty Girls"
11:05 Rxd

"Two Minute Defense"
5 Rounds of
1 Power Clean
3 Hang Squat Cleans
2 Jerks
200ft Sprint
2 Minute rest and repeat.

Time 11:?? with 95#. 

Friday, May 29, 2009

Catching Up

Here are a few WODs that I have not had a chance to post yet. 

Sunday May 24, 2009


Time 17:30something (Time got worse by over a minute, Pullups were much weaker than last time)

Wednesday May 27, 2009

Bench Press 5x3

AMRAP in 20 Minutes
Run around the block at Fire Station (350m approx)
10 Burpees
5 Strict Pullups

7 Rounds + 1/2 Run

Thursday May 28, 2009

P90X Ab Circuit with fellow employee
My hip flexors were sore the next day, not my abs?????

Friday May 29, 2009

5 Rounds for Time
50 Squats
10 Shoulder Press at 45#
50 Situps


Then Tabata Pushups
17, 13, 10, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Back Squats and a little fun


Back Squats
185-210-220 (PR)


3 Rounds for Time:
100m DB carry 55#
225m Run
15 Wall Balls 12' Target


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Death by Pushup

I had my fitness assessment yesterday at work. It was a waste of time as usual. Here is how it went. First thing they did was measure body fat, 7.4% (the only useful tid bit of info). This is up from last time when it was 5.5% on February 24th.  After the last reading, I started eating a lot more fat (around 4x) hoping to pack on some pounds. Second thing they did was put a heart rate monitor on me and they had me start walking on a treadmill. Long story short is that they put you through a circuit of 8-9 exercises and look at your heart rate at the end of each exercise. They compare this to the last time I performed the same circuit. The problem is that they don't record how many reps you perform, so my heart rate may be lower/higher only because I did fewer/more reps. I see this as bad science.


Death by Pushup

19 Rounds + 17

Then lots of stretching.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Power Snatch and Sprints


Power Snatch


100+m sprints

14.5, 14.2, 14.0, 14.6

The Proof is in the Picture

Picture of scores for Football Gone Bad
Do the numbers add up?

Monday, May 18, 2009

Fire Station WOD

WOD compliments of CFV

4 Rounds for Time:
Run around the block (approx 350m)
50 Squats

Time 11:46

Football Gone bad

WOD done on 5/17/2009

3 Rounds of:
1 Minute of Thrusters 95#
1 Minute of Box Jumps 20"
1 Minute of Pushups
1 Minute of Double Unders
1 Minute of Pullups

15, 26, 35, 11, 20= 107
11, 21, 27, 23, 18= 100
12, 20, 25, 15, 17= 89


Football Gone Bad

WOD done on 5/17/2009

3 Rounds of:
1 minute of Thrusters 95#
1 minute of Box Jumps 20'
1 minute of Pushups
1 minute of Double Unders
1 minute of Pullups
1 minute rest

Score 296

15, 26, 35, 11, 20= 107
11, 21, 27, 23, 18= 100
12, 20, 25, 15, 17= 89

Saturday, May 16, 2009


Skills Work

Three rounds of:
Bergner Warm Up with 45# Bar
Overhead Squats with 45# Bar
Double Unders


100 Pushups for Time
Each time you stop, run around the block (about 350m)

Time 8:41 (30, 20, 20, 15, 15)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Split Jerks and 1K Row

Split Jerk


Stayed on the light side to work on form. My lack of flexibility is starting to hinder me more and more. Can't wait for Kelly's seminar. 

1K Row


This killed me. I could barely walk afterwards. I'm 100% sure that I could not have gone any faster. Thanks for all the cheering.


Get the Sparrow that lost his way out of the box! 

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Bench Press


Bench Press 5x5

135-145-150-155-160 (PR)

A lot of stretching and rolling!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

30 Minute AMRAP???!!!!


AMRAP in 30 minutes:
5 Pullups C2B
5 Ring Dips
15 Situps

26 Rounds + 5 Pullups

I will be VERY sore tomorrow, I can already start to feel it.

New tid-bit of information, thanks to Katie.
1/2 Avocado (grocery store size) = 6 blocks of Fat

I always assumed that 1/2 an avocado was much more than that, but thanks to Katie now I get to eat more!

Zone Challenge: 47

Monday, May 11, 2009

"Karen" and 800s


150 Wallballs @ 10' target

Time 7:22

40 straight, then sets of 15, then sets of 10. 

3 min rest


Ring Work x 4 (Hands don't come off rings, feet don't touch the ground)

1 Muscle Up (Strict with fully locked out)
3 Ring Dips
3 Skin the Cats

Zone Challenge: 46

Sunday, May 10, 2009

HSPU Ladder Progression

No WOD to report today, but I did work on handstands and the ladder progression that Boz mentioned in the CFJ. Here's how it went...

30 Seconds handstand x2
1 HSPU, active rest (ie jump rope, situps, overhead lunges, etc)
2 HSPU, active rest
3 HSPU, active rest
4 HSPU, active rest
1 HSPU, active rest
2 HSPU, active rest
3 HSPU, active rest
4 HSPU, active rest

For a grand total of 20!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Tabata Pushups

Busy at work today and workout time was interrupted multiple times. I ran for a bit then did tabata pushups.


Boz had a cool suggestion for developing strength in the CFJ. He described ladder progressions with pullups.  I want to start doing this with HSPUs.

Ex. If your max HSPU is 5, do the following progression...
1 HSPU, rest, 2 HSPU, rest, 3 HSPU, rest, 4 HSPU, etc until you can't continue.
Then start over at 1 HSPU.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Front Squats and Grace


Front Squat 3-3-3


I did split jerks and it felt good, but it seemed much slower than doing normal jerks. 

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Shoulder Press


Shoulder Press 3x5

AMRAP in 10:
30 DU
15 Pushups

7 Rounds + 10 DU

DUs were really struggling today!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

DB Snatch


4 Rounds for Time
10 DB Squat Snatch each arm (30#)
20 Lunges with DB

Time 11:59

Monday, May 4, 2009



1 Mile Run
100 Pullups
200 Pushups
300 Squats
1 Mile Run

Time 36:22 (20 rounds of Cindy)

First mile took 6:12
5 Rounds done at 11 min
10 Rounds done at 16:30
Started second run at 28:09 (8:13)

Zone Challenge: 45

Thursday, April 30, 2009

"Fight Gone Bad"


"Fight Gone Bad"

Wallballs SDHP Box Jumps Push Press Row  Total
      30    29       28            19   19 125
      29    20       22       15   18 104
      20    20        24       12   21 97

Total 326 (PR)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Shoulder Press

Shoulder Press



3 Rounds for Time:
5 Ring Dips
10 C2B Pullups
15 Squats

Time 2:04

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Nor Cal WOD


500m Row
30 Burpees
10 Shoulder to Overhead 135#

Time  5:37

Shoulder to Overhead's killed me, 1-3-2-2-2.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Nor Cal WOD


Max Reps in 10 minutes of:
Muscle Ups
Cleans 115#

Score is the lower number of the two. 

Muscle Ups- 37
Cleans- 35


Friday, April 24, 2009

Bench Press and Work WOD

Bench Press 5-5-5
Could have gone more but no spotter.


5 Rounds for Time:
Run around the block at fire station (probably about 300m)
20 Fire Engine Tailboard Jumps (about 20")
10 Deadlifts 205#

Time 15:21

Thursday, April 23, 2009

A Day in the Zone

A few people have asked me what types of food I eat, so I decided to take pictures of all my meals and post them on here. Be prepared for a lot of pictures.

Breakfast (4 Blocks)

1 oz Canadian Bacon
2 Mini Bell Peppers
Handful of Mushrooms
1/4 Onion
Handful of Spinach 

I sauté all of the above with a little bit of olive oil in a large pan.

After everything is cooked, add...
3 eggs
1/4 cup Black Beans (I add these when the eggs are almost done)
When done, add...
1/2 cup Salsa
1/2 Avocado

Finished Product

Lunch (4 Blocks)

Handful of Spinach
Handful of Lettuce
2 Mini Bell Peppers
Handful of Mushrooms
1/4 cup Black Beans
4 oz can of Tuna 
Little bit of Blue Cheese
1/2 Avocado
2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil and Balsamic Dressing

Finished Product

Afternoon Snack (2 Blocks)

Zone Bar

Dinner (4 Blocks)

Almonds chopped up in food processor (or you can buy almond meal)
1 beaten egg
Chicken tenders seasoned with salt and pepper
Dip chicken in egg and coat with almonds
Sauté chicken in olive oil in large pan

Steam broccoli and cauliflower (1 block carb)

Add 3/4 cup spaghetti saucce (3 blocks carb) on top of 4 oz of Chicken and Broccoli/Cauliflower 
Add 1/4 Avocado

Finished Product

After Dinner Snack (2 Blocks)

Zone Milkshake by Katie 
2 cups of Milk
12 Almonds
Dash of Cinnamon
Dash of Vanilla Extract 
Stevia to sweeten

Blend it up and enjoy!


As you can see I eat a lot of fat. I don't always measure out the amounts simply because it is tedious to measure olive oil, avocado, salad dressing, blue cheese, etc. I just try to eat a good amount of fat at each meal. In a perfect world I would eat 3x fat because I was getting to skinny when I was on 2x fat and measuring everything. Now I just eat a lot of fat.  I keep the protein/carbohydrate ratios as close as possible at every meal. I hope this helps.

Zone Challenge: 43

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


WOD at 0600 with the Huffman and friends.


Time 5:20

I'm a little disappointed with this time. I wasn't feeling 100% this morning, but I felt like I should have been able to go faster. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

OHS and quick WOD

Luke, Mo, and Dave.

Crossfit Gals and Friends

Over Head Squats


I could have gone a bit heavier but time was running low.


Five Rounds for Time:
30 Double Unders
15 KBS (1.5 Pood)

Time  6:55

Zone Challenge: 42

Monday, April 20, 2009

100th Post

So Cal Qualifiers Day #2 

2K Row
Then 6 Rounds of:
20 Box Jumps/Step Ups at 30"
10 Wall Balls with 2o# ball at 12' Target

Time 20:33

This was brutal. Legs were like jello from the first day's WODs and the 2k row. I'm not sure if the standards were the same for the So Cal Qualifiers. I read that the wall balls were 11.5' and I never saw how high the box jumps were.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

So Cal Qualifier WODs...

... Kicked my ass!!!!

WOD #1 at 0845

6 Rounds for Time:
30 Squats
10 C2B Pullups
5 Clean and Jerk 135# (I scaled down, Rxd was 155#)

Squats and pullups were not bad. Clean and jerks kicked my butt. I tried 155#, but I struggled through the first 2 and decided to scale down to 135#.

Time 18:31

WOD #2 at 1245

3 Rounds for Time:
450m Run
30 OHS 85# (I scaled down, Rxd was 95#)

Time 14:36

I broke the OHS into 8-8-8-6. I did this every time, but I dropped the bar once in the last round. The second run I think I ran the 400m instead of the 450m, so my time would be 15-20 seconds slower. 

Who's up for a beach day tomorrow?

Zone Challenge: 41

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Paddle and ...

Hecho En Crossfit Ventura

Paddle at 10:30
Channel Islands Harbor

5.13 Miles

Max Speed: 5.6 MPH
Moving Average: 4.1 MPH
Overall Average: 4.0 MPH

Found a new function on the GPS that tracks max speed, moving average, and overall average. This was about the same distance as my last paddle and it took about 7 minutes less. 


Hang Power Clean

95-115-135-145-155-165-170-175-180-185(f)-185 (PR)

Stoked! I can't wait to squat clean again.

Zone Challenge: 40

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

DB Shoulder Press


DB Shoulder Press
Then max DB shoulder press with 25#


Max at 25#


For Time
50-40-30-20-10 Reps of:

Time 15:37

My pushups were weak. I probably spent over 2/3rds of the time doing pushups. All squats and situps were unbroken as they should have been. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Harbor Cruise and Back Squats

Went for a paddle today in the Ventura Harbor. I wanted to see how the new board works in the flat water. The board performed much better than I expected. I figured out a way to secure my GPS to the board so I can keep track of my distance/times.

The bag attaches to the board via a 5/16 bolt.

5.1 miles

This is about a 3.73 MPH average. I have not a clue if this is a good pace or not.

WOD at 5:30PM

Back Squat


Task Priority FGB 
20 Reps of Each: Wallballs, SDHP, Box Jumps, Push Press, Row for Calories

Time 3:30

Zone Challenge: 39

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter


21 Deadlifts at 225#
800m Run
15 Deadlifts at 225#
800m Run
9 Deadlifts at 225#
800m Run

Time 11:49

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Bench Press


Bench Press


Five Rounds for Time:
10 Squat Cleans with 25# DB
15 Pushups

Time 8:55

I felt horrible doing the squat cleans. I don't know why they are so hard for me.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Weighted Pullups


Weighted Pullups x 3, Strict Pullups x 5, increase weight by 5 until unable to complete the set. 

30 x 3, Strict x 5
35 x 3, Strict x 5
40 x 3, Strict x 5
45 x 3, Strict x 5

Tabata Situps

15, 15, 15, 13, 14, 13, 15, 13

Zone Challenge: 38

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


Got a new toy today from some very friendly people at Stand Up Paddle Sports in Santa Barbara. I've been looking at SUP boards for a while now and I finally made a decision to buy one. It's an 11'2" Ultimate Blend by Starboard. They say it is a good all around board that can be paddled for distance and also it performs well in the surf. Here are some pictures.

11'2" Ultimate Blend

Werner Carve Paddle


Run 5K

Time 20:16

Stoked on the time. I think I could have gone faster with normal running shoes. Next time I will go sub 20 minutes. Oh yea, it was super windy today. I'm not totally sure if that helped or hurt, but I have a feeling that it helped a bit. 

Zone Challenge: 37

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

DUs, Squat Cleans, Ring Dips, DUs


For Time:
45 DUs
45 Squat Cleans 115#
45 Ring Dips
45 DUs

Time 15:09

I started this WOD with 35# DBs for the squat cleans, but had a hard time doing them properly. I switched to 115# barbell. My knees kept coming in and I felt weird doing the squat cleans with the dumbells. This is something I want to work on. 

Zone Challenge: 36

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Day Two

Don't miss the mark!

Colin, Katie, and I did the second day of European Qualifier WOD today. 


AMRAP in 20 minutes of:
250m Row
10 Burpees
10 Ring Dips

7 Rounds + 250m Row + 7 burpees

This WOD was very difficult. The row made the burpees hard, the burpees made the ring dips hard, then repeat. Held the row from about 1:40-2:00 pace. First few rounds of burpees were unbroken, then 5-5 for a few, then 4-3-3. First few ring dips were 4-3-3, then 2-2-2-2-2 for the rest. Katie did the WOD with jumping ring dips and kicked butt. She had a different approach and it seemed to work well. She took it easy on the row, did all burpees unbroken and then did jumping ring dips. She got 7 rounds + 110m row. I think rowing for a few extra seconds at a slower pace and then doing all burpees unbroken would be faster. 

Zone Challenge: 34

Full House on Sunday

Beach Day

Saturday, April 4, 2009

European Qualifier WODs

Colin, Nick, Katie, and I did the european qualifier WODs today to see how we compare. 

WOD # 1 at 0730
"Fat Helen"
400m Run
21 KBS 2 Pood
12 Pullups C2B

Time 10:55

This was pretty tough. Run and C2B pullups weren't bad but the swings were difficult. I did 12-9 the first two rounds then 12-4-3-2. We held our selves to the same standards that were required of the athletes at the qualifier (fully extended with part of the ear showing/chest touches the bar below the clavicle). Katie did the swings with 1.5 pood which was Rxd for women. She also did some pretty impressive C2B pullups. Great job Katie!

WOD # 2 at 1230

15-12-9 Reps for Time of:
135# Clean and Jerk
Handstand Pushups

Time 19:41

This was a killer for me. The clean and jerks were not too bad but the HSPU kicked my ass like always. I did singles the entire time with little bits of rest in between each rep. Once again, we held our selves to the same standards: hands no wider than your press grip (marked with tape on the ground), feet must be in contact with the wall at the top of the rep, and part of the ear exposed at the top of the jerk with hips fully opened. 

Zone Challenge: 34

Wednesday, April 1, 2009



5 Rounds for Time:
400m Run
15 Overhead Squats (85#)

Time 14:14

I felt like the pose running is getting better on the 400m runs. First round of OHS were broken into 8-7. All subsequent rounds were unbroken. Should have done the Rxd weight. 

Zone Challenge: 34

Tuesday, March 31, 2009



Dumbell Shoulder Press
5x3 resting 3 minutes between each set
40, 45, 45, 45, 50 (2) Just couldn't get that last one!


50-40-30-20-10 Reps of:
Double Unders

Time: 6:50 (PR)

Then Handstand Pushups

I was super stoked on this time. Double unders were almost unbroken except for stopping once in the round of 50 and once during the round of 40. All others were unbroken. The only way to improve this time greatly would be to get faster on the situps.

Zone Challenge: 34

Monday, March 30, 2009

"Death by Rower"

Nice socks!

I wasn't going to work out today being my 4th day in a row, but I felt like doing something to get nice and sweaty in preparation for a good stretch. 


"Death by Rower"
Row one calorie the first minute, two calories the second minute, three calories the third minute, etc until you are not able to row the required amount within the minute. 

21 Rounds + 16

Zone Challenge: 34

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Bench Press


3x5 Bench Press
Max Reps Bench 135#

145, 150, 155 
Should have gone more but it's a little sketchy with no spotter and metal plates on a concrete floor.

Max Reps
Once again, I could have gotten a few more but with no spotter I called it quits.

1:30 L-Sits

Zone Challenge: 33

Saturday, March 28, 2009


Top of Two Trees, Ventura


For Time:
50 Pullups
400m Run
21 Thrusters 95#
800m Run
21 Thrusters 95#
400m Run
50 Pullups

Time: 16:27

This was a killer. First set of thrusters broken into 7-7-7. Second set was broken up more, I don't recall exactly what I did. Last 50 pullups took a while.

Katie and I hiked to the top of two trees this afternoon. Super nice day. Found a great hill run for the CFV BBQ at the Mitchell house some time in the future.

Katie handstand                                                        

Luke handstand

Zone Challenge: 33

Friday, March 27, 2009

Executing the Plan

I was planning on doing my new strength workout and the CFV WOD today but time ran a little short, so I only got to the strength stuff.


Shoulder Press 3x5
95, 95, 100
Max Shoulder Press with 65#

Once again I'm a star in the CFJ. See me in the background as Rachael teaches the deadlift!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Plan for Success

Crossfit Total Rankings per CFHQ
Men's Class Rankings
Women's Class Rankings
How do you rank?


Crossfit Total
Squat- 275 (PR)
Press- 125 
Dead- 335 (PR)
Total- 735 (20# PR)

I'm stoked on my progress with the squat and the deadlift, but I'm frustrated with my press. I keep getting PRs on everything but any type of presses. My shoulder press is weak, bench press is weak, HSPU, ie any type of press is weak. 

Goals to be Re-evaluated on May 1
1. Shoulder Press 135
2. Hold the 45# bar in a proper "racked position" (currently I can only do this with weight on the bar)
3. Bench Press 135 3x15
4. Diane in under 12 minutes

Plan to Increase Flexibility
1. Wrist stretches
2. Tricep stretches
3. Lat stretches
4. Shoulder stretches
5. Chest stretches
6. Hamstring stretches
7. Hip stretches

If anyone has a website that has some good stretches, let me know. 

Plan to Increase Strength

Crossfit Strength Bias focusing on Shoulder Press and Bench Press, only on days that I'm at work.

3/27- Shoulder Press 3x5, Max Reps Shoulder Press with 65#
3/29- Bench Press 3x5, Max Reps Bench Press with 135#
3/31- Shoulder Press 5x3, Shoulder Press 10-7-4
4/2- Bench Press 5x3, Bench Press 10-7-4
Continue on with a schedule like this alternating 3x5, 5x3, and protocols.

Zone Challenge: 33

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

All you have to do is hold on to the bar!!!!!

Out in the woods


AMRAP in 20 minutes of:
12 Hang Power Cleans (65#)
7 Pullups C2B

14 Rounds + 12 HPCs + 2 Pullups

This WOD was an absolute grip killer!!! I could not hold on. 

Zone Challenge: 32

Monday, March 23, 2009

McMenemy Trail Run and Muscle Ups

I held this handstand for like a minute:)

Top of McMenemy Trail

Katie, CJ, and myself ran to the top of McMenemy Trail today. Views were awesome. 

Time: 29 minutes 

Not enough time to do the WOD at CFV today (City Council meeting regarding firefighter positions in the City of Ventura), so I did 30 Muscle Ups for time in my front yard. 

Time: 5:48 (Did not turn wrists out, but I had the rings high enough where I had to use full ROM)

Zone Challenge: 31

Sunday, March 22, 2009


I'm at work today and I felt like doing something with some weight. Linda came to mind. The only problem is that: only have one bar, no bumper plates, no collars, etc. Well, I adapted and overcame. Here's what I came up with. 


10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Reps of:
135lb Bench Press
205lb Deadlift

This is what actually happened
135lb Bench
205 Dead
Time: about 20 min
It was extremely annoying moving the bar from the bench to the ground and from the ground to the bench. Each time I had to take the weights off the bar.  
Then I did 1:30 of L sits. 

Zone Challenge: 30

Friday, March 20, 2009

Feeling Generous

Feeling generous... well then click on this link and donate to St. Baldrick's Childrens Cancer Research! I will be shaving my head tomorrow in order to raise funds for cancer research. 

Short WOD at work
Ran for a bit.
Tabata Pushups
Stretched for a bit.

Zone Challenge: 29

Thursday, March 19, 2009

First day back in a week


10 Rounds for Time:
10 Wallballs
10 Pullups (C2B)

Time: 12:03

The C2B pullups killed me. It's amazing how much more they take out of you. 

Zone Challenge: 29

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Just throwing this out there

Sage Burgener Olympic Lifting Clinic, April 4th, 2009 9am-5pm at Crossfit Newport Beach
Only $100

I'm 99% sure that I'm going, Katie is going if she can get off from work. Anyone else interested in going? I'll drive.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

"San Francisco Crippler"


For Time:
30 Bodyweight Back Squats (160lbs)
1 Mile Run

Time: 8:29  (mile time was 6:25)

Zone Challenge: 29

Its Official

I got an email back from Mike Minimum today and they will not let me compete in the Nor Cal Qualifier. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Squat Cleans


Squat Clean


Saw a video of my 185 attempt and it looked really good. My pull looks great, but I just couldn't get my arms under the bar fast enough. 

Talk about a Max effort, check this out!

Zone Challenge: 29

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Day 100 of the Burpee Challenge

If I had finished the 100 day burpee challenge today would have been the final day, but I only made it to 50.


100 Burpees for Time

Time: 7: something???

I felt horrible today. Diet was bad yesterday. I feel stiff like an old man. Got a massage this morning, hopefully it helps. 

Sunday, March 8, 2009

"Tabata Fight Gone Bad"


One round for total reps of:
Tabata Wallballs
Tabata SDHP
Tabata Box Jumps
Tabata Push Press
Tabata Row

Total: 354

I thought this was a really good WOD. The total work time was 13:20, with 6:40 of rest for a total of 20 minutes. FGB is 15 minutes of work with one minute of rest in between rounds for a total of 17 minutes. Total work time for each movement was 2:40 compared to 3 minutes for FGB. I thought this was a great experiment following the "constantly varied" principals. With a different rep scheme that called for less "work time" I was able to get more reps in less time. I think I'm rambling and not making sense.... Let's look at some numbers!

FGB Score: 318
FGB Time: 17 minutes (5 min round, 1 min rest, 5 min round, 1 min rest, 5 min round)

Tabata FGB Score: 354
Tabata FGB Time: 20 minutes (5 movements, 4 min tabata interval)

Average Power = (F x D)/Time

Substituting reps for (F x D), Average Power = Reps/Time

FBG: 318/1020 seconds = .312
Tabata FGB: 354/1200 seconds = .295

These numbers are not a true value for average power, but the numbers are useful in looking at and comparing the rep schemes.

Zone Challenge: 28

Thursday, March 5, 2009



225# DL

Time: 16:57

This was my first time with Diane as Rx'd and I knew it was going to destroy me!  Last time I did it I could not even do ONE HSPU during the warm up so I had to use two abmats to decrease the ROM for the WOD. The DLs felt really strong today. First set was almost unbroken and 15/9 were unbroken, but than again I had a lot of rest in between sets. For the HSPU I did sets of 2 until about 10 in the first round and then I did singles the rest of the time with quite a bit of rest in between. It was frustrating because there were a few times where I didn't rest long enough and then I failed at the rep. For me, there is a real strategy for pacing myself when it comes to some movements. 

Zone Challenge: 27

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Crossfit Total

New reading Material


Crossfit Total
Squat- 265 (PR) 
Press- 125  I tried for 130 but failed twice.
DL - 325 (PR)
Total- 715 (PR)  This was a 70# PR!!!!!

Zone Challenge: 27