One week to go before my first CrossFit competition. This morning Chad and Tia, and Julia and I met at the gym to do a practice of the first WOD. This was just after finishing today’s normal workout (Overhead Squats, Toes-to-Bar, and 200m runs). So this would be my first experience with two back to back workouts. I was curious about my recovery time between WODs.
Chad and Tia are doing RX, Julia and I are scaled. Chad set the timer for 60 seconds on, with 30 seconds rest between the 10 movements. We started on different stations and just cycled through the workout. It was fun. We did well on Leap Frog, Box Jumps (today was a first for me, I had never jumped 20 inches onto a box before), Single-Unders, Dumbbell Thrusters, One-Hand Dumbbell Snatches, Kettlebell Swings, Hand-Release Push ups, and the Atlas Stone. We struggled with PVC Partner Pistols and Cartwheels (Julia is 90% there, I am 10%).
Julia and I racked up a score of 306 reps, Chad & Tia lost count on Leap Frogs, we gave them 25 points and they scored about 320. I am not disappointed with our performance. Julia and I came up with a comfortable strategy of sharing reps to maximize the score and minimize the wear on our bodies.
After we finished that we skipped ahead to WOD 3, Split Jerks. We did alright. Julia was OK at 95#, I think she failed at 100#. I was OK at 100# and failed at 105#. Next week, we will be doing this one a minute after a WOD consisting of Cleans and Lateral Jump Burpees / Planks. So we will be ground down before we address the barbell for Jerks. So I suspect we will be rolling the weight back a bit to account for the fatigue; we only have three minutes to each lift our max weight.
We left the gym quite pleased with our progress and we look forward to a fun outing next weekend. I was amazed to have completed three workouts in a single morning.
When I got home, I showered up and changed my clothes. Then Freddie came help me grunt an old workbench into my kitchen. After Freddie left I cleaned up the kitchen and went upstairs for a 90 minute nap.
When I awoke I was greeted with pain in every muscle and joint in my body. But I am quite pleased that this old bag of bones is moving forward and rising to the challenges of my young friends. Having never been athletic, I was unaware of how remarkable the human body is in it’s design and resilience. Yeah, I’m late to the party, what else is new?
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14