As is often the case...I thought wrong.
Let's go back in time. A time when I was not reformed fatty, but rather was just known as fatty. It was ~2 weeks into crossfit and I saw Cindy up on the board. 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, 15 squats. Do as much as you can in 20 min. I thought to myself..ok that's not too bad but I have to use a band to do the pull-ups. A black band. A band that almost doesn't stretch cause I'm too light for it. Essentially, doing a pull-up required very little work. So the time begins and I go.
First round..ok not too bad.
Second. Again not so bad but have to rest on the push-ups
Third-ninth..I'm resting all the time on the push-ups while the guy next to me is just flying through them. I'm in awe..what the fuck! I'm thinking to myself "Should I even be in here?" Brad (the guy next to me) says to just keep moving..do the WOD scaled..do the push-ups on your knees. Great advice and helped a lot. So I do and start to move a little faster but only complete 9 rounds in 20 minutes. Nine. For comparison A fantastic score is more than 30. An average score is prolly in the 12-17 range. I did 9. I had the lowest score in the class. I felt like a complete failure that day. I thought I was athletic..then I met Cindy and she kicked me in the balls and made me cry.
|What's sad is that I found this on a Phillies Blog. I'm gonna go cry now.|
Flash forward to the present day. Where I am reformed (or so I say).
I can do the whole workout RX'd now. We start. I get going on the pull-ups. Do rounds 1-4 before I look at the clock. Still more than 16 min left. I'm averaging 1 round a minute! Then I get done 10 rounds and there are still 9 minutes left! I keep going and I finish with 16 rounds and 13 reps into my 17th round.
I improved my score by 7.5 rounds!
And the worst part, the part that will keep me coming back to the gym,...is that I'm not satisfied. At All. I set a goal for myself of 15 rounds and beat that goal. Now I have a new goal. I want 20. I want to average one round a minute. I'm not setting a time table for it. But next time I see Cindy on the white board. I'm shooting for 20.
Oh..and before even doing the WOD I PR'd my clean and jerk by 50 pounds. No Big Deal.
20 Min AMRAP
15 Air Squats
16 + 13
Strength: 7 x 1 C+J
I turned this into my attempt at my one rep max. Went the following:
95-115-135 (x2) - 145 - 155 - 165 -
Because this can be broken up into 2 movements I am saying I PR'd 3 things (power clean, push jerk, clean and jerk). I felt like I could push-jerk a lot more weight though, it was the power clean I failed on. I may try that later this week if I get the chance.
Skill: 50 push press with PVC after the WOD.