Rest is good. Burpees are better.

photoI always tell athletes to listen to their bodies. Yesterday my body said, “Rest.” I listened. I can’t recall the last time I rested for 2 consecutive days. I need to remind myself how important it is to do so.

As with many Mondays in the recent past, strength included both front squat and push press. As this is de-load week, there isn’t much to report. FS @ 125, 135, & 145# and PP @ 90, 95, & 100#.

As tempting as it was to attempt yesterday’s fast & furious WOD, I instead completed today’s programmed WOD. And I loved every burpee of it.

14-min AMRAP
7 burpees
7 toes to bar
7 burpee toes to bar
7 burpees
7 pull-ups
7 burpee pull-ups

My strategy was to work at a steady, manageable pace. Having seen many complete this metcon this morning, I know that I began at a much slower pace than most if not all. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. My goal was to complete all activities unbroken, and that’s what I did.

I glanced at the clock after I completed round 1, and more than 3 minutes and 30 seconds had passed. It was then that I set a goal to complete more than 4 rounds.

I worked steadily, enjoying the pull-ups the most and toes to bar the least. I did, however, complete all T2B kipping and unbroken. The 5th time doing so was a challenge.

I completed 4 rounds + 21 reps, having completed the 7th burpee toes to bar just as time ran out. I was exhausted! So exhausted that I didn’t add correctly and mistakenly thought I had completed 28 reps. Uhm, 7 x 3 = 21. Duh.

I coached Alan at 11:45 and had stated, “Pace yourself.” After completing the first round he looked at me and said, “I see what you mean about pacing yourself.” Indeed.

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