Jason put in multiple valiant efforts at Gym Jones this weekend while in SLC. He’s riding out a 28 minute circuit in the photo above and a recount by Mark Twight of his Gym Jones performance is below. Epic stuff. (Photo courtesy of Gym Jones)
Workout of the Day
Pick a Firebreather:
As mentioned in a previous post, we are going to be working in more of these Firebreather or benchmark workouts in the months to come. We have some really great Firebreather shirts on the way, but they can’t be bought, they must be earned. Work your way through all 10 of our workouts in the times we’ve deemed appropriate for such a moniker and you’ll get a shirt, free of charge.
I was in the office when Jason began his rite of passage with the “Jonescrawl” workout. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I tried to count the time as the barbell hit the floor and it seemed like he did the first 10 DLs in about nine seconds. I grabbed the camera and ran out to the gym. He blazed through the first round in less than 55 seconds. He slowed during the second round, losing about 30 seconds, and then time appeared to stop. Communication between the bridge and the engine room was sporadic. He stuck some of the jumps early in the round but then began missing when his hip joint refused to close. He had enough height and hang time but couldn’t raise his knees. He left a lot of shin on the edge of the box. No matter how we encouraged him, no matter what he tried his legs refused to obey. They poisoned by a level of acidity I could not imagine. I wished I had my lactate meter with me to grab a sample. Usually guys can tolerate 14-20 mmol/L (the peak values hit by riders on the German 4km pursuit team was 10.3 to 21.3 mmol/L and I’ve personally seen 14.3 after a single Tabata Rowing session but also maintained 14 for 60 minutes during the Snowbird HC). These levels indicate fairly high acidity so a decline in coordination is expected though I’ve never seen anyone’s legs disobey entirely. In an impressive effort he continued, finishing in less than five minutes.
We saw some other stand-out efforts today that were great or telling in their own way but those journeys – both physical and psychological – were obscured by the mushroom cloud set off by Jason’s meltdown. It was so bright I still have spots in front of my eyes. Brilliant, on several levels.
Words and photos courtesy of Gym Jones.