Wednesday, March 2, 2016

3/1/2016

AM
5 sets of:
3:00 bike @high aerobic effort
:60 rest
3:00 Balza/Drew rehab pieces of choice
:60 rest

PM
A. Bear crawl, 5x10' forward + 10' backward, very slow and deliberate w/10 pound bumper plate on hips; :60 rest 
+
For 10:00
Evens: 3 touch and go power cleans-you pick the weight
Odds: 45 double unders
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For 10:00
Evens: :30 row @90% aerobic 
Odds: :30 assault bike @90% aerobic 
+
3 rounds not for time:
9-12 light/moderate reverse hypers
+
Crossover Symmetry recovery

AM
complete

PM
A. complete
+
complete w/145
+
complete
+
complete, 45#/side
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complete


Today was much better than yesterday. 

145 was super easy for the touch and go cleans, I definitely should have gone heavier. All double unders were unbroken. 

I enjoyed the row/bike EMOM, breathing felt good (my congestion is FINALLY starting to go away). 

Overall a nice, chill day. 

Also, I feel like I need to vent a little bit about what's currently happening with HQ vs OPEX.


In defense of OPEX and Small Plate Gate 

I just have a few thoughts on this. 

First of all, it actually made me sad to read through the comments people were making about OPEX. It really bothered me, and it made me sad for the athletes of OPEX. Those guys are the last people you would find cheating. You can tell from the detailed and extensive life coaching/nutrition/program design courses OPEX offers, they do things thoroughly and the right way. They are constantly posting videos of their athletes and I don't think I've ever seen a bad rep or a squat that wasn't legit. They train quality athletes and several of those athletes have made it to the Games and were also drafted for the NPGL. You can't cheat your way through regionals or the Games and you certainly can't cheat your way through an NPGL match that's being broadcast to thousands of people. 

Second, after what happened with 15.1A last year, I'm honestly surprised that HQ isn't over-explaining everything. This is why, at every competition, there is a standards briefing before the competition starts. Athletes always have questions about the standards and if it was such a huge deal to HQ, they should have specifically listed the EXACT equipment necessary. You can't assume the athletes are all going to think the same way and use the same things. What if a female was doing this in her garage and she only had a men's bar and two metal 10 pound plates? HQ needs to be thinking of everything at this point. You can't say one thing and then do another. It's like when you and your friend have a crush on the same guy and you ask your friend if it's cool that you and this guy go out, and your friend says yes but secretly she means no, and then you go out with this guy and your friend gets mad at you because she didn't think you would actually do it and you should have KNOWN it would upset her! HQ needs to stop laying down the law AFTER the fact. Be ready with all the possible scenarios before you explain the workout, and give people time to rectify their mistakes. 

It is really too bad how this whole situation was handled by HQ. OPEX does not deserve to have their name tarnished like this, it's a shame. Hopefully this type of situation doesn't happen again, I really hope HQ learns from this (ehhhh) and starts over-preparing with their standards and expectations. 

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