Monday, February 27, 2012

The Cardio WOD

Today's 6AM class was packed with 12 people!  We did some dynamic stretches and the warm-up consisted of  2 rounds of 5 slamballs (20 lb ball) and 10 walking lunges. The WOD:
400M run
12 pullups (band-assisted)
20 pushups (on my knees)
30 situps (using an Abmat)
4 rounds
Finished in 17:10.
It was a cardio-intensive workout and I didn't stop for any water or take any breaks during the workout.  I sprinted the first 400M run but after that I had to slow down because I just couldn't catch my breath otherwise.  Given that this was a body-weight exercise day, I'm expecting tomorrow to be all about going heavy so I'm mentally preparing myself.  My back feels pretty good and my stretching was better today.
Crossfit Games 2012 has started with the Open, and people in my gym are participating.  Adam (both a member and now a trainer at the gym), asked me why I wasn't participating in the games, I told him that I couldn't even do a pullup yet and didn't think I was ready to compete.  He said there were other people in our gym who (no offense) were doing it and not "contenders" but still putting themselves out there. At that moment, I realized that I had put the Crossfit competitions in a different category where I felt that I was not good enough to even compete because I already knew that I wasn't competitive, which is the exact opposite about how I feel about running and biking races. I know I'm not going to win in those either but I still am doing a bunch because I think it's fun and I feel like I'll get better at running and biking if I compete.  I won't be doing any Crossfit competitions this year but I think it will be a goal for next year to at least give it a shot. 

The first WOD was to do as many burpees as possible in 7 minutes - Adam did 110, before he told me that, I thought I could do at least 100 in 7 minutes (haven't tried).  I think I might try this week just to see what I can do, but I'm pretty sure now that it's not 100!  The other rule for this WOD was that you have to jump at least 6" above your vertical height. All the rules and a video demo can be found here. Do some burpees today just for fun!

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