Damn antibiotic

The wonderful Emily and Kristen attend this morning’s endurance WOD. Mobility, drills, warm up runs, and then a 2400m time trial. I didn’t, however, leave them on their own. Kristen is the faster runner, so I would run with her, run back to Emily, run to Kristen, later, rinse, repeat. I’d estimate that I ran 2+ miles. Both ran strong – and fast!

I did have the opportunity to observe some CFers doing Fight Gone Bad prior to 10. I took it upon myself to coach and cheer for Ashley D., and she was freaking awesome! I was her queerleader. Go, Ashley!

I had seriously considered not doing the WOD, as my stomach is constantly upset due to the antibiotic I’m taking for a staph infection. I have to force myself to eat, and am taking in less than half of the calories I typically consume. And my upper abs hurt. Excuses, excuses, excuses.

Someone who shall remain nameless was to have been my counter and cheerleader, and I was to have been his. At the very last minute, however, he decided that he would complete the WOD at the same time as me; thus, I had to quickly scramble for a counter and Lindsay was kind enough to volunteer. (Thanks, Ms. Hill!)

“Fight Gone Bad”
In this workout you move from each of five stations after a minute. This is a five-minute round from which a one-minute break is allowed before repeating. The stations are:

  1. Wall ball: 20 pound ball, 10’ target. (reps)
  2. Sumo deadlift high pull: 75 lb (reps)
  3. Box jump: 20″ box (reps)
  4. Push press: 75 lb (reps)
  5. Row: calories

The clock does not reset or stop between exercises. On call of “rotate,” athletes must move to next station immediately for good score. One point is given for each rep, except on the rower where each calorie is one point.

This was one big, hot mess. I felt defeated from the start. I recorded this just 4 hours after finishing, yet I can hardly remember a thing. Here is what I do recall.

Most wall ball shots were good, in that I squatted deeply and frequently hit the target (or above). I found the sumo deadlift high pulls to be relatively easy, although I was constantly adjusting my foot stance. I feared the box jumps, as that’s how I cut myself. During the first round, John H. and I were facing the same direction and kept hitting each other’s arms. I moved to the other side and was then facing the same direction as he who shall not be named. Box jumps started off weak, but got better each round. The push presses are always a challenge. I did much better than last year, but I still struggled. My rowing was weak, weak, weak, and I had little energy left to row strongly. I rowed a mere 14 calories each round.

(I neglected to take a picture of my notebook, so I don’t have total reps for wall ball, SDHP, box jumps, or push press. I’ll update tomorrow.)

Did I mention that this was one big, hot, mess? Additional details…

After the first round I told Lindsay that I wasn’t going to do any more rounds. Why I did, I do not know. At the end of the second round I once again told Lindsay as well as Dave that I wasn’t going to do the last round. Why I did, I do not know. On at least a half dozen separate occasions I threw up a little in my mouth. I kid you not. At one point Dave said, “It’s good to see Paul this wrecked (or some other adjective).” I shall punch you in the throat, Dave. I shall. When the WOD was over, I quickly ran outside as I was convinced I was going to hurl. The sidewalk felt so cool and comforting that I collapsed onto it. And it was good.

I then led the Community WOD, and there were but 5 in attendance. Since it was such a small group, I finally had the opportunity to use the rowers. And, since I could use the rowers, why not just have them do FGB? Kettle bells were used for SDHP and dumb bells were used for push press. As they didn’t have counters, they quickly recorded totals after each exercise. I had initially planned on participants doing 2 rounds, but at the end of the second round I let them know they could do a third round if they wanted to. Three did, and the other 2 joined in for some of the exercises.


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