It’s still hard…

As I was heading down to the gym, got a call from on of the guys on the team, had to talk through some statistics questions. Ate up pretty much all the time I had. I tried to jump on the rower while talking to him but that was an instant fail.

I ended up racing through the following:

1K row
25 Russian kb swings 1.5 pood
25 hand to hand kb swings 1.5 pood

Better than nothing, but not what I intended. I had to really convince myself not to just call it off and head to work.

This is not easy…

I’ve gotten in 1.5 workouts since I tried to jump back in two weeks ago. It’s a start, but it sucks.

Workout 1 (the .5 in my total) went like this:

Plan: let’s just do things I love. Rowing and bench. Simple, fun.

1k row Sprint


5×5 bench press

Did the row, died with about 200m left, by the time I was done my split time was up like 25 seconds from my median pace. Fell off the rower and rolled around on the floor unable to walk, finally bringing myself over to the trash can that I had to hold on to for a good 30 minutes until my stomach returned to normal. The whole time my 5 year old was trying to help me, which was adorable, but kinda pathetic.

And that was day one.

Day two, today, went a bit better. Same idea, do what I like to do, but maybe dial is back a step.

1k row (moderate pace, NOT Sprint)



12 strict shoulder press

12 American Swing 1.5 pood

I got through this one. Feeling good. Looking forward to day 3.

I Fell off the Wagon

It’s amazing how fast fitness can leave you. About 18 months ago, I left my big company gig, and started a machine learning software company ( and while it’s been amazing, the time to build this company had to come from somewhere. I have two young kids ( 8 & 5) and they weren’t going to give up time, I’ve given up as much sleep as I can (more than I should), and I have given up all my leisure time. So, all that was left was my WODs.

For the past year or so, I’ve been working out about once a month, give or take. And I’ve packed on 10-15 pounds, and not good ones. As you can see from my BTWB score, I’m down about 80% of where I was, and it went FAST!

I was told once that if you have a goal, share it with your friends, and make it public, and hold yourself accountable. So with that in mind, I’m going to try like heck to back on the wagon starting right now.

I plan on posting my workouts on my blog as I do them, and I’ll be logging them on my whiteboard here.

A lot of people have reached out to me from this blog, and I really appreciate all the support, and kind words, and I’m glad that it has helped a few people along the way. So I’m hopeful this will help folks who may have gotten out of their rhythm or maybe some folks who are looking to take their first step.

If anyone has any tips for getting back on and staying on, I’d love to hear them.


CrossFit Open 16.1

I loved every second of 16.1. All 72,000 of them.

the overhead walking lunges were so much better than I was expecting. They finally got hard as I got into the 5th round, and on my very last set I ended up losing the bar 2/3 of the way down. This was much more fun than I was expecting.

I was able to pretty easily PSN the bar up in a clean grip and go. I tested several grip widths until I found the most comfortable to be that clean width.

Overhead Walking Lunges CrossFit Open 2016 HyperFit USAI was hoping to spin 180 during the burpees, but I got about 90 some of the time, and mostly 0.

16.1 b

The chest to bar were done pretty much all singles. The fact that I’ve gained about 15 pounds in the past year is certainly making the bodyweight stuff interesting :)
16.1 c

Overall, this was a fantastic workout, so glad I was able to get it done (5.5 rounds). I’ve got some work to do, but I’m happy with the result.

Side note, I have been struggling with a neck injury I got back at the end of January, which has had a major impact on my February, and sadly the open. It’s been very hard to do much of anything other than rowing since the incident.

Thank You CrossFit

I’ve been using and enjoying two new photo apps, Google Photos and Carousel from Dropbox. Both are amazing and worth checking out. 

Carousel pops up with occasional throwback pics and yesterday it sent me the picture on the left. AKA the ‘before’ picture. All I can say is that I never want to be that before picture again!!!!!

It would be very difficult for me to say my transformation was from a lot of hard hard work and dedication because if I’m being honest, it doesn’t feel that way. I’ve had so much fun, met so many great people and I’ve enjoyed every step of my journey with CrossFit. 

It’s almost like I’m cheating. No one ever told me working out could be fun. I got to discover that for myself. I still have days that I don’t feel like going in, or that I want to just hit snooze and roll over. There are some hard moments of weakness. But once I get my butt up and to the box, all that transforms into excitement and laughter and genuine good times. 

CrossFit Open 15.5

So 15.3 brought us Muscle Ups

And 15.4 brought us Handstand Push Ups.

CrossFit Games 2015 CrossFit Open 2015

I’m pretty sure CrossFit Open 15.5 is going to bring us rope climbs. Well, maybe not rope climbs. At least I hope not rope climbs.

If 15.5 isn’t 100 rope climbs for time, here’s what I think it will be.

15.5 will include burpees. It will include something heavy, and it will have a very simple rep scheme.

CrossFit Open 15.5 will be a chipper.

50 Burpee Box Jump Overs 24″/20″
40 Calorie Row
30 Thrusters @ 95 /65
20 Deadlifts @ 275 / 185
10 Muscle Ups

I think there will be no time cap. So when you get to the muscle ups, if you don’t have them, you won’t be able to submit a score.