Amputations

 “There is risk, known and unknown, in all aspects of life. We often consider the loss of life the only serious risk. Unless we are genuinely aware, we calculate the danger arising from our own physical and emotional states and from external conditions based on incomplete information. If we believe we can manage those risks, we accept them. Whether these choices are born of delusion or reality comes out in the end.” -Mark Twight

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South Kaibab Trail | Grand Canyon, AZ [image ©Morgunz]
“I can’t wait for you to experience The Canyon,” my friend says to me on our drive up to THE Canyon – The Grand Canyon – for what will be her ninth effort, and my first time.

“On my first hike, I came out with a list of shit I wasn’t going to do anymore – relationships, obligations, I totally re-prioritized my life.”

Isn’t it crazy how nature has a way of putting shit in order. And how doing challenging things with people – old friends, new friends, strangers you leap frog up the mountain with – can really connect you, with yourself, with each other?

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Well, I am fresh off the completion of our trek, and while my thoughts aren’t consolidated, I can certainly see how The Canyon really will “ruin” a person, in the very best of ways… Stay handy with the knife, indeed.


02 Apr | M
Warm-up | 3x
KBS x 10 @45#
SA banded rows x 10 ea
SL banded RDL x 10 ea

Work | [FTA]
A. 5x:
Jump lunge x 12
SA DB KB Snatch x 3 ea (40#)
Goblet squat x 8 (40#)
Scap PUs x 10
B. 5x (Press x 1 + PP x 3) [2:00] (75, 80, 80, 75, 80, 80#)
C1. SA seated cable row 4 x 8 @22×2 [1:00] (25#)
C2. SL glute bridge x 12 ea [1:00]
*D1. DB bis 3 x 12 [1:00] (15, 20 , 20#)
*D2. Cable tris x 12 [1:00] (25, 20, 20#)
*add-on

04 Apr | W
Warm-up | 3x
Bike x 1:30
Wall ball x 10
SA KB press x 5 ea (25#)

Work | [Fave]
A. 5x:
FS x 5 @ 75% (125#)
BS x 5 [2:00]
C. Reverse zercher lunges 4 x 8 ea [1:00 btwn sides] (75, 4@80#)
D. 3x:
Slam ball x 5 @ 20#
SA DB KB snatch x 5 ea (35#)
Row x 200m

07 Apr | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Monster walks x 10 ea
Wall slides x 10
Scap press x 10
Banded clammies x 10 ea

Work |
A. 4x:
½ Kneeling SA BU press x 7 ea (20, 25#)
KBS x 10 (50#)
BB row x 10
B. 7x:
PC x 3
PJ x 3
FS x 3 [1:00] (95#)
C. Zercher squats 3 x 5 [1:00] (115#)
D. Barbell roll-outs 3 x 10 McGills 3 x :45 ea [:15 btwn]

09 Apr | M
Mobility | 3x
Cossacks x 8 ea
Prone y raise x 1-0
Reverse curl-ups x 10
Pistoles x 2 ea

Work |
A. 3x:
Snatch-grip RDL x 3
Bent-over row x 3
Hang PSn x 3
OHS x 3
BS x 3
B. 10x:
PSn x 1 + OHS x 1 [2:00] (75, 80, 3@85, 5@90#)
C Clean pulls 5 x 3 [1:30] (175, 180, 185#)
D1. FS 3 x 5 [1:00] (115, 120, 125#)
D2. Dbl DB row x 10 [1:00] (30#ers)
E. McGills 3 x :45 ea [:15 btwn]

12 Apr | Th
Mobility | 3x
Bird dogs x 12 ea
Scap press x 10
Reaching DBs x :45

Work |
TGUs x 15:00
Stairs x 10:00
Stretch x 10:00

14 Apr | Sa
The Grand Canyon | South Kaibab to Bright Angel Trail
+/- 17.3 miles
Accumulated elevation: 9,188′


M | Dang, part A got my heart going. Faves. Strict press was rough. I can tell I haven’t been doing much OH pressing, and the injured(?), janky(?), but mine, my right shoulder was the limiter

W | Didn’t feel like working out, so I picked a favorite workout from the archives and got to work. Pretty sure 125 isn’t 75% anymore; perhaps should test that… But the volume of this one had me feeling it. Took it easy, with less intensity on part C, as that’s what I had to give today. Subbed KB for DB on the snatches because they make me feel strong and powerful. And KBs are so much cooler than DBs. 

Sa | BU press felt good; got four reps on the R and 5 on the L on that last round at 25# before I had to drop back to 20# or have some shit form; I picked the first. The push press/jerk was the limiter on the BB complex. Dang that was some fun cardio. Zerchers felt awesome. Roll-outs bucked my back bad, so subbed McGills. Cool?

M | It felt good to lift. The snatches felt a little awkward; after speaking with TG gotta rememba the speeds. Same with the clean pulls, steady off the off the floor, speed it up after the knees. The pulls felt strong.

Th | Got in a little movement before I move a lot on Saturday…

Sa | By the numbers (creepy, but handy, iPhone stats):

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I think the actual trail distance was 17.3 mi
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Interesting to to see where the pace dropped off. Was that the steep part or where I took the most pics? Hmm…
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Unseated

“There’s no the answer. What we need is variety. The best position is the next position.” -Galen Cranz, on the best kind of chair

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Creative seating solutions

After two weeks on my ass (at a desk in my rad new office space), I’m back standing. It feels glorious. Or at least not like I have restless leg syndrome anymore. Thankfully the new work environs is position variation friendly.  In case you’re curious, as was I, here’s a podcast on how we wound up seated in the first place >>> 99% Invisible – Edge Of Your Seat


17 Jan | W
Mobility | 2x
Cossacks x 10 ea
SA floor-facing plank x :20 ea
Popes x 15 ea
Pistols x 3 ea

Work |
A. Sterrrz x 15:00
B. Bike x 15:00
C. 5x:
Front rack KB carry x 30m (35/40#)
Box step-ups x 10 ea (20# DBs in the FC position)
DUs x 30
D. Sterrrz x 15:00, last 5:00 up level at ea min.

18 Jan | Th
Mobility| 3x
Bird dawgs x 10 ea
Glute press x 10
TVAs x 15

Work |
A. Bike x 20:00
B. GH hip extensions 4 x 10 (10#)
RNT (out) x 5 ea
BS + jump x 5
C. BS 5 x 4 [3:00] (4@155, 160#)
D. 1-1/4 FS 3 x 5 [1:30] (105#)
E. Yump lunges 3 x 20 [1:00]

19 Jan | F
Warm-up | 3x
Banded RDLs x 10 ea
Banded row x 10 ea
Slam balls x 7

Work |
A1. ½ Kneeling SA (BU) press 4 x 7ea (18, 2@20, 25#)
A2. KBS x 10 (50#)
A3. Alt DB SA snatch x 3 ea [1:00] (35#)
B1. BB bench SA Z press 5 x 7 [1:30] (20, 3@22.5#)
B2. Chinese row x 10 ea [2:00] (25#)
C. Close-grip lat PDs 4 x 10 [1:00] (80, 3@85#)
D1. DB bis 4 x 12 [1:00] (15, 3@20#)
D2. Tricep PDs x 12 [1:00] (20#)

20 Jan | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Monster walks x 10 ea direction
COB hold x :20
Samurai squats x 3 ea
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea

Work
A. Bike x 20:00
B. 5x:
Rev sled walk x L (+135#)
Reg sled walk x L
DBL OH carry x L (30# DBs)
HS hold + hip taps x :30
C. Stairs x 15:00
D. Bike x 10:00

21 Jan | Su
Warm-up | 3x
Bike x 1:00
Wall ball x 10
Slam balls x 5

Work |
A. 10x: Power snatch x 2 + OHS x 1 [2:00] (4@85, 2@90, 2@85, 90, 95#)
B. Clean pulls 5 x 3 @ 115% (180#)
C. GHR 3 x 12 [1:00] (10, 15, 15#)
D1. Bi’s 4 x 12 [1:00] (17.5#)
D2. Tri’s s 12 [1:00] (20#)


W | The 45# KB bugged my shoulder so went “light” but the carries were still uncomfortable, despite the “easy” weight. Dang, dumbbells with the step-ups added some intensity. I see what you did there with the DUs followed by the racks. Last minute on part D was at level 12, no manos on the rail. That 60s put the day in perspective

Th | Man, these longer work days are kicking my ass, a skoatch. Reminding myself it’s just adjusting some habits, but still dialing that in. The workout felt good. I was shooting to do the BS at 165; the first set at 155 felt heavy, but less so on the second. The last set had me realizing I could have added 5 for at least the last two, sets. Hmmm. The 1-1/4 were intense and, yep, felt like I was going to fall on my face during the jump lunges. But I did not. Those are the closest things to AD sprints in terms of the burn at the globo, at least so far…

F | Can start with more lbs on the half-kneeling press and single-arm snatches. The shoulder wasn’t having the bench. Chinese row took a round to get the right things online, but then… ooh yeah. Upped the weight on the pull-downs. Failed on the last rep of the bis on sets 3 and 4 on the right side; assisted with a little help from my friend (the left hand).

Really felt Thursday’s session going in, especially in the upper, outer booty. See super accurate anatomical sketch below:
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Su | The barbell session was fun; felt a little rusty, but that makes sense. They only have the girthy 45 pound barbells at the globo, but that bother me less than in the past. Form on the second snatch got a little shitty about midway through (thus the dip back in lbs) but I narrowed my grip a little bit and things felt snappy again. Took a few reps to get in the groove on the pulls. Cues for next time: spread the knees (you know what I’m sayin). Experimented a little on the height of the GHR, and upped the lbs. Man do those suckers light my hammies up. Very nice…

Back to Basis

“Walking is good, fighting is better, fucking is best.” -Tormund Giantsbane on staying warm

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This week’s share took me for a turn. I was interested in hearing Ben Greenfield on the BBS podcast because of it’s title, “Blood, Biomarker, Genetic Testing… and Poop“. And it was very interesting… all the blood, poop, gut biome testing, light exposure on all sorts of body parts, sleeping with rocks, the use of psychedelics – all very fascinating. But the highlight for me was [Spoiler Alert] after nearly 42 minutes of talking about dialing it all in, fine tuning and testing, the conversation comes full circle and back to the basics: it starts with sleep, stress, skull sweat, and sex. (Okay, I added the last one, but it needed to be said.)

That third one – the novelty of learning – stayed with me. Man, it’s easy to get up caught up in the hamster wheel and to sideline the training of the gray matter. And to forget just how much fun it is – doin’ it.

How will you train your neural pathways this week? Me, I’m gonna start with Coffeebreak Portuguese, Revit, and some Dick & Jane – reading is fun!


13 Sept | W
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Wall balls x 10
Reaching dead-bugs x 1:00

Work |
A. 5x: [easy pace – quality movement]
OHS x 6 [BB only] @4112
Singles DUs x 30 [1:00]
B. Pin front squats 5 x 3 (115, 120, 125, 125(3), 120#) [3:00]
C. BTN snatch-grip push press (105, 110, 115, 115#) 4 x 2 [1:30]
D. Seated SA cable rows 3 x 15 ea (30#) [1:00]

Finisher | A lil stretch, a lil handstand position work

14 Sept | Th
Work |
A. Row x 10:00
B. DUs x 5-10-15-20-25-30-35-40-45-50 [UB]
(5-10-15-20-25-30-25-35-40-43-44-45-49-50 in 15:33)
C. Prone hamstring curl machina 4 x 15 (60, 55(10), 50(10), 45#) [1:30]
D1. Cable tricep push-downs 4 x 15 (2@ 40, 2@ 30#) [1:00]
D2. DB curls x 10 ea (17.5#) [1:00]
E. Bike x 20:00

15 Sept | F
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
GA squats x 10
Scap press x 10
TVAs x 15

Work |
A1. Seated SA press 5 x 8 ea (25, 27.5, 3@ 30#) [1:00]
A2. Pendlay row x 8 (2 @70, 3@ 75#) [2:00]
B. Concentric bench 5 x 5 (2@ 85, 3@ 90#) [3:00]
C. EMOM x 10:00: wall walks
D. Star side planks (knee) 3 x 10 leg lifts [:30 btwn sides]

Stretch | 15:00

16 Sept | Sa
Work |
A. Step mill x 20:00
B. 10x [build if it feels good]: RDL – HPC – Jerk – BS (2@ 95, 3@ 105, 5@ 115#)
C. 5x:
Sled push x 30m (90# of plates)
Offset carry x 30m (OH – 35#, SC – 40#)
Cossack lunges x 10 ea
D. Bike x 20:00

Home yoga for bendiness |15:00

17 Sept | Su
Mobility | 3x
Shoulder CARs x 4 ea
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Monster walks x 10 ea

Work |
A. 4x:
Row x 150m
FLR + taps x 14 ea
Side star plank (knee) x 5 LL ea
B. Alternating TGUs x 20:00

Sauna | 20:00


W | I really enjoyed this session at the Globo Mountain. Mixing things up a teeny bit, I cut out my usual mobility to start, got to and through the warm-up efficiently, and then on to the good stuff: the workout. According to my handy training blog (you are here) the last time I did OHS was the first of March. This session was certainly a first in front of mirrors… um, with the o’head squats. They felt good, especially by the last round. Switched the yumps to DUs because (A) knocking 30 out isn’t hard for me (Unless they’re in succession. See also: Thursday) and (B) I find them to be fun.

The pin squats were fun times. The globo squat racks are actually good for something! The second set at 125 got a little ugly – really fought to keep my chest from collapsing and to drive the knees out. Shedding a few lbs from the barbell improved my position and was still challenging.

Globo barbell slipperyAF on the push press. Held back a bit due to new environs for this movement.

The demo vid featuring the big sweaty man was very helpful with form on the SA rows. Thanks, coach! Felt them big time in my lats and delts – more so than when I was doing ’em my way.

Th | Ooh feeling dem SA cable rows in the delts. How is it that I run into door frames on such a frequent basis? So swole.

The row felt really nice. The half flight simulator caused much anger. All I could do was laugh at myself. Came to the conclusion that if I sped those fuckers up, I’d pike less and voila! Unbroken.

Where do I start with the hamstring machine…? Do I even have hamstrangs, bruh? I am excited to find them, build them, and ride them all the way to PR city. (No, these are not things that keep me up at night, but improvement in all the areas is nice.)

F | Man, this workout felt good. Found my groove (or stability at the bottom) on the concentric bench; they felt really right, especially the last two sets. Wall walks felt solidAF. The star planks made me sweat profusely. Definitely struggled to lock out without the assistance of the base knee on the ground, let alone to lift a leg. Caught myself doing concentration face. You know you’re working when there’s a little tongue… just the tip.

Been keeping up my home yoga in the morning. Just a quick 10:00 – I really enjoy it.

Sa | Needed a sled so used that as an excuse to check out the independent globo in my hood. I really liked it. Not as clean and shiny as Globo Mountain, but they had nice barbells, bumper plates and everything but a GHD. And a platform which I was hoping to test out…

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Maybe next time. Didn’t want to interrupt the stretch sesh 😎

My right hip was feeling a little sore – according to the internet in the tensor faciae latae (Mmm… sounds like a coffee bevvie). The TFL… I discovered this by performing some pistols between sets on part B, because pistols in lifters are the best things ever! Okay, back to bidness. The barbell was fun, especially the jerks. By the time I got to the sled rounds, however, dat overhead was fah-tea-goo-ah’d. First attempted 45 OH with a 50 in the suitcase. Nope. Dropped down each by 5# on each. Nope. Another five. Just right – still felt like work. Really felt the sled in my flutes.

Lastly, wasn’t feeling much in my hammies on the front end of my workout. About 2 hours after I showered though.. Ooh. So sore. But not up by my butt where I expected, but down closer to my knees.

Su | Super sore in the back, booty, and hammies. Rolled through. Worked up to 50# on the get-ups, and finishes with bottoms-up at 30# which might be a PR… Tested the steam room at Globo Mountain which was REALLY nice. Gonna do that again.

Oh man. Lots to say this week. Especially for someone who is gonna take a break from blogging…

Commas

“Sometimes all we need is a three-breath moment of clarity,
to remember who we are,
why we’re there,
and what comes next.”
Greg Walsh

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The best thing on the internet. Period.

Continuity, cohesion, and complacency


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27 Feb | M
Mobility | 3x
Hip hikes x 15 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | AD x 10:00
E’ry 3:00 perform PU BB row x 8 + DUs x 30

Work | 4x:
Single-arm seated press x 10 ea (20#)
Rest x 1:00
COB x 5 @ 30×3 (Failed on 4 set 4, 3 set 5)
Rest x 1:00
-then-
RFESS 3 x 10 ea (25, 30, 30#)
Rest x 1:00 btwn legs
-then-
4x:
Handstand walk x 15′ (last set :20 static hold)
Row x 150m (:33, :32, :33, :34)
Rest x 1:00

28 Feb | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Single-leg adductor squat x 10 ea
Reaching dead bugs x :45

Warm-up | AD x 10:00
Ee’ry 3:00 do KB things x 5 ea + DUs x 20

Work | [Favorite – “The Babe”]
4x:
Box squats x 5 (115#)
Hip thrusts x 10 (125, 135, 135, 135#)
GH raise x 10
Rest x 2:00
-then-
EMOM x 10:00
KBS x 10 (53#)

01 Mar | W
Warm-up | PVC and DUs

Work | O-lifting – “The Closed”
Muscle snatch [build] 4 x 2 (55, 65, 75, 85#)
Snatch balance + OHS [light + fast] x 3 sets (75, 85, 85#)
Snatch 10 x 2 [across] (85 & 95#)
Pistol and handstand progressions (ran out of clock) 


M | What aerobic capacity? The HS to row sprints were fun times.

Tu | Up the lbs on the box squats next time. Didn’t push today because tomorrow is Oly. 

W | Woke up with my meat wings (some people call those lats) sore to the max. Morning Afternoon All day DOMS from Monday’s pressing and tempo holds got me like:

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Oh hey! It’s J! But silent #yourwelcome

Probably should have taken a rest day as it’s been something like 10 days in a row on the workouts. Yes, I do know better. But, I was eager to give the lifted kicks a try, and absolutely needed some MFR on the lats. Hit a wall pretty quickly after the muscles snatches – it’s hard to lock out fast when it hurts like hell to straighten your arms. Thursday is a rest day.

Comfort Food

“People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster.” -James Baldwin

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Anomalous Observations : the thing that doesn’t fit with any of your beliefs; that which pushes you to develop a better theory because you have something else you have to explain.


30 Jan | M
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
COB hold x :20
Reverse curl-ups x 8

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Wall ball x 7
Banded rows x10

Work | [From the archives]
EMOM x 10:00, rotating:
Clean – FS – FS (115, 120#…)
DUs x 40
– Rest x 4:00 –
EMOM x 10:00, rotating:
Wall walk + hip taps x 10
Slam balls x 7 (30#)
– Rest x 4:00 –
TGUs x 10:00 (53# KB, 30# slam ball)

31 Jan | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Adductor squats x 10 ea
Single-leg elevated hip bridge x 10 ea
Single-arm plank x :20

Warm-up | KB complex

Work | [From the archives]
7x | Press x 5 [across] (65#)
Right into,
Alternating tire hits x 20
Rest x 2:00
5x | RFESS x 8 ea (3 @26#, 2 @35#)
Rest x 1:00 btwn legs
3x | GHR x 8 (15#)
Right into,
Push-ups x 8
Right into,
GHD x8
Rest x :30

Stretch | 15:00

01 Feb | W
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
KB complex
DUs x 20

Work | O-lifting
OHS 4 x 3 + snatch balance x 3 (95/65, 105/65#…)
Clean high pull 3 x 3 + high hang clean x 2 (115/115, 135/125#…)
4x: Hollow body hold x :20, rest x :10
Hollow body rocks x :20, rest x :10


M | These are cool. And useful if you get shot in one arm during the resistance but still need to tend to the fence. (And if you squint a little you’ll see Matty Nice…)

04 WB 1-Hand Tire Smash Switch from Hanlon Studios Photography on Vimeo.

I attempted them with the 8lb hammer but the transition from around to over the head… tricky. Need to shorten the lever.

W | Oly vibes were strong, though the OHS were not. This is not surprising considering the seven sets of pressing on Tuesday. Not the best sequencing, Morgan. I want to re-test part ‘A’ down the road. 

The open is coming…

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When someone lets a ‘squat clean’ slip 

Going HAM

“As a voter you throw your penny, you throw it into the sea. But you can be thunderous in your own life. Be good to the eight people around you. Goodness is viral…” -Henry Rollins


27 Jan | F
Mobility | 3x
Glute press x 10
Prone y raise x 10
Reaching dead bugs x :45

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Wall walk
RDL x 8
BB row x 8

Work [from the archives] | 8x:
Deadlift x 3 (185#)
Rest x 1:00
Death march x 10 steps (35# KBs)
Rest x 2:00
-then-
EMOM x 10:00
KB snatch x 5 ea (35, 44, 44, 44, 44#)
AD x :30

28 Jan | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
PVC moves
DUs x 30
Slam balls x 8

Work | O-lifting
Clean pulls 2 x 4@115% [across] (175, 175, 185, 185#)
Sled + sprint x 5 [PAP] (4@235, 280#)
Snatch + OHS [find the bottom and chill there] 6 x 1 (75, 75, 85, 85, 95, 90#) 

No stretch | Sub meeting


F | Yes.

Sa | Nothing to report. At some point so much feedback simply becomes noise.

Jolly AF

“The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.” -George Carlin

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24 Dec | Eve
Warm-up | 3x
DUs x 30
Slam balls x 5
Wall slides x 10

Work | O-lifting
Snatch balance 3 x 3 (65#)
OHS [pause @ bottom] 4 x 2 (85, 95#…)
Snatch pull + hang snatch 6 x 1 (75, 85, 85, 90#…)

23 Dec | Eve Eve
Mobility | 3x
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Banded clammies x 15 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Push-ups x 7
V-ups x 7
Pistol x 1 ea

Work [Favorite] | 7x:
Bench press x 3 (85#)
Right into
Slam balls x 5 @ 20# (30#)
Rest x 2:00 (?)
5x:
Incline SA KB BP (ha!) x 5 ea (26# +2.5)
Right into
Hang power snatch (85#)
Rest x 2:00
3x:
Row x 300m
AD x 15 cals
Zercher lunge x 5 ea @ 75#-ish (85#)

Stretch’n’ convos | 15:00


F | Upped the lbs on the balls, as the goal was to be breathing heavy. Check. Really felt the glutes by the time we got ’round to the zerchers.

Sa | Quick session before hopping on a flight to Iowa. The hip felt good – zero pain/hesitation! The back fatigued quickly, I’m guessing due to all the work it did Friday.