I had every intention of arriving at the gym at 5 and doing today’s WOD before coaching said WOD at 6. Alas, that did not happen, as my sleep has been disturbed by the absence of Jeff and the presence of two very needy cats. I had informed Michael Kelley that I might very well do the WOD at 5:15 pm, as I would be in that neck of the woods picking up Luke from his third day in a row at Doggie Village.
Michael Kelley attended the 6am session, along with Lauren, John, Chad, and Alex. Thus, I had the opportunity to observe the WOD before actually doing. I will admit that this was somewhat anxiety producing… So much so that I decided to not wait until this evening and instead to do the WOD solo. (I’m taking a “day” of vacation and spreading it out over this and next week, so I didn’t feel the least bit guilty about arriving at work an hour late.)
When I coached and when I completed, the clock counted down from 30 minutes.
Rest 2 minutes
12 minutes to get maximum weight ground to overhead
Rest 3 minutes
2 muscle ups
2 power cleans (90% of G2O)
30 unbroken double unders
My only goal was to not reinjure left bicep. For the double unders, if you failed before reaching 30 you had to begin again.
I completed 82 burpees. My strategy was to stay calm, cool, and collected, and I did just that. I completed no less than 10 burpees at a time, with the exception of the last round when time ran out, and I rested no more than 4 seconds between rounds. Burpees felt easy, perhaps even too easy. I probably should’ve set a goal of at least 90 if not 100. Next time…
I changed into my weightlifting shoes during the 2 minutes of rest, and actually didn’t start lifting until 30 seconds into the 12 minutes. I lifted 95, 105, 115, 125, 135, 145, and then 150, completing all lifts as power cleans. I felt a slight tweak in left bicep, so I stopped at 150. (I’ve been icing my bicep all day.) I had about 4 of the 12 minutes remaining, so as to not cool down too much I replaced all of the plates except those I would need, changed back into my Inov8s, and set up my jump rope and the rings.
My heart was pounding – not because I was winded, but because I was very, very anxious. I thought, “What if I can’t get muscle ups today? What if I hurt my arm doing power cleans? What if I can’t get 30 unbroken double unders?” Sheesh.
I was elated that I completed all rounds of 2 muscle ups unbroken, all rounds of 2, 135# power cleans unbroken, and, with one caveat, all rounds of 30 double unders unbroken. Michael Kelley had entered the box at the start of my last round of double unders. He batted his eyes, and my heart when pitter-patter. I began with a single under! I always begin double unders with a double under! This shocked me so much that I stopped, and then started with a double under. Thirty double unders presented the least challenge. I like my new Rx jump rope! I did focus on keeping my right arm closer to my body, and I could picture and hear myself saying to Chad, “Slow is fast, slow is fast.” (Thanks, Chad!) I completed 6 rounds + 2 muscle ups and was this close to getting in 1 power clean.
Scoring: Burpees + (G2O/bodyweight)x100 + completed reps (each round = 34 reps)
82 + 103 + 206 = 391
I wore my awesome new Zeal socks. Thanks for the gift, Michael Kelley and Tom L.! I truly enjoyed this WOD. It was certainly different than most any other WOD I’ve done.