Michael Kelley: Why does the autocorrect on my phone keep changing “maybe” to “mauve”?
Me: You probably have the language set to “gay”.

After working on mobility focusing on the Achilles, we practiced double unders. I was able to complete 85 unbroken, and would have completed 96 – if Michael Kelley hadn’t been watching me. It’s a race to see who will be the first to complete 100 unbroken double unders. I discovered a course correction that I need to immediately implement, but I shan’t share what it is.

Today’s met-con was, dare I say, fun!

5 Rounds
10 Power Cleans
10 Box Jumps
10 Burpees
10 KB Swings
Rest 2 minutes

32 minute time cap
For the Power cleans, use a weight that’s about 67% of your 1RM. If you don’t have a 1RM, choose a challenging weight that allows you to maintain proper form. Choose a challenging box and Kettlebell.
*If you deviate more than 5 seconds per round, you will be given a penalty. Each penalty is worth 15 grasshoppers and there is a max number of penalties at 4.

My current 1RM for a clean is 160 (achieved just last week), and I communicated this to Michael Kelley. He said, “I’m sure you can power clean 135 or 145, can’t you?” Well, maybe – but 50 times? He got out a calculator and said, “Use 95.” Uhm, that’s because 67% of 145 is 97.15; thus, I used 95 lb for power cleans. I next said, “I’m going to use a 44 lb kettle bell.” Michael Kelley replied, “Use 52 pounds. You can swing a 52 lb kettle bell 10 times.” I can, so I didn’t argue. I used a 30” box. I’m 66”, so that’s almost half my height. (“Bitches” is implied at the end of the last sentence.)

My goal was to complete all rounds and reps unbroken, and focus on quickly transitioning from one activity to the next.

I almost achieved my goal, but I failed on the 49th freaking box jump! My right foot landed, but my left foot didn’t quite make it to the top of the box. Thankfully I didn’t fall. I did, however, have to redo that box jump. Here’s the rest of the story…

I completed all rounds of power cleans unbroken, although during the last round I completely disregarded form and only focused on speed. My bad.

Box jumps were the most challenging of the 4 skills, but with the exception of the 49th jump, I completed all unbroken. I made sure both feet landed solidly on the box, and that I extended my hips.

I did indeed complete all rounds of burpees unbroken, although I made myself take a half second pause after the jump at the top, as I wanted to make sure I kept something in the tank.

Kettle bell swings were also completed unbroken, although Michael Kelley takes umbrage that I bend my elbows. I don’t hate Michael Kelley that much.

I completed the 1st and 2nd rounds in exactly 2 minutes, the 3rd round in 1:58, the 4th round in 1:56, and the last round in 1:54. Damn, I deviated more than 5 seconds! Why? First, I told myself to not even look at the clock and to not “game” the met-con. Second, Lauren was cheering for me, and I didn’t want to appear weak like Michael Kelley.

I was exhausted at the end of the met-con, but as I had deviated more than 5 seconds I asked Michael Kelley, “How many crickets do I have to do?” He looked at me with his normal expression, which is to say dumbfounded, and said, “You mean grasshoppers?” Ha! I was a bit confused. The grasshoppers were exceedingly challenging, and I did in reps of 20 and 10.

Again, I’m truly enjoying CrossFit Zeal! Come visit me when I coach the Community WOD this and most Saturdays at 11:30. You know you want to. Do it. Do. It. Doitdoitdoitdoitdoit.

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