It’s been far too long since I posted anything. This week, I’ve gone through a couple firsts, and I wanted to share!
First came last Saturday, when I did my most recent benchmark “girl”. This week, it was Barbara, who is known to be a real pain. And she was. Let me just get this out of the way. There is a 35 minute time cap for the workout.
And I didn’t finish.
That means that I was going as hard as I could for 35 minutes, and I couldn’t get through the whole thing. It was that bad. Now, I’m pretty stubborn. I push myself probably harder than I should. I still couldn’t make it through. AND, I will admit, I cheated a little bit. Here is what the workout consisted of:
5 rounds for time – 35 minute time cap:
20 pull ups
30 push ups
40 sit ups
+ 3 minute break between rounds
So first of all, you will see that there is 12 minutes off the top where you can’t be doing work. So in all reality, I was doing 100 pull ups, 150 push ups, 200 sit ups and 250 squats in 23 minutes. I tried my hardest, but I didn’t manage to get all the way through. I impressed myself, though, with how far I managed to go. I did 4 full rounds and 40 movements (20 pull ups, 20 push ups).
I was absolutely gassed at the end. It was one of the few workouts where I collapsed at the end. I had given it my all, and didn’t get all the way through. That being said, I literally left it all in the gym, and there was no way that I could have gone any quicker. I am very happy with my results. I will definitely be trying to beat that time come the next time that I meet with Barbara.
The second first actually came at a funny time for me. Just last week, I was speaking with a friend of mine (see her blog here). We got talking about fashion statements in CrossFit. I forget how we got on the subject, but we got on about knee high socks. Now, with my triathlon background, I am used to goofy get ups, tight clothes and bright colours. We also use compression socks on a regular basis. I completely get it. But I also thought that I was done with all that. I inform her that there is no way that I am ever going to be caught up in THAT trend.
Fast forward to Monday morning. I get in the gym, and the first thing I hear is:
I hope you all have your socks!
Apparently, it is HIGHLY recommended that you wear leg protection when you are climbing ropes. Which I learned. Luckily I had a pair of pants in my gym bag that day, but I can definitely understand why it might be preferred to have protection. Those ropes can HURT, and will definitely leave burns up and down your legs, especially sliding down. I was able to get up and down a few times, which was awesome, but I can tell you one thing.
My compression socks are going in my bag, just in case.