Rope ascents and descents

march5b March51

You guessed it – another exhausting and exhilarating day!

I would much rather work from 7am to 8pm launching CFS than do just about anything else. I’m very much looking forward to opening soon! The landlord visited today and talked about water fountain and shower installation. Progress.

Larry once again provided much-needed and much-appreciated assistance, and his help has been invaluable. We installed the 2 climbing ropes, fixed the whiteboard, and installed 2 BAWBs to post announcements, goals, PRs, etc.

Uhm, since the ropes were installed, I decided to do a WOD posted on the main site this past Sunday.

Complete as many reps as possible in 30 minutes of:

Rope climbs and push-ups

Count the number of trips up the rope and the number of push-ups within the half hour.

My strategy was to complete 1 rope climb and then 10 strict pushups. I decided that if I could not complete 10 pushups unbroken that I would stop and do a rope climb, i.e., not all rounds would be 1 rope climb and 10 pushups.

Much to my delight, I was able to complete as planned. The key for me was to work at a steady pace from start to finish.

I also taped the lower part of my left leg, wore a sock over tape, taped over sock, and also taped my left thigh.

I completed 9 rounds in the first 10 minutes, and additional 9 rounds in the next 10 minutes, and 10 rounds the last 10 minutes, for a total of 28 rounds. If truth were told, I could’ve probably completed 1 more rope climb before time ran out – but I had no desire to do so! Uhm, yeah, so I actually got faster the last 10 minutes. How? I made sure to keep my abs and ass as tight as possible while completing the pushups.

That’s 28 rope climbs and 280 pushups in 30 minutes.

I still haven’t found the best shoes for rope climbing. I did wear my Reebok Nano’s. The tongue moves too far to the left, I kept having to tighten the laces (even though triple-tied), and the rope kept sliding off of the grip.

On a positive note, I’m beginning to master the descent.

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