I’d like to punch this workout in the throat.

It’s been a difficult week thus far, and I haven’t had a restful night of sleep since before Luke’s surgery. Luke and I have even been sharing a single mattress during his recovery — and he’s a bed hog. I’m also somewhat apprehensive about my scheduled endoscopy. I’m most fearful of the anesthesia.

I had planned on working out at 9:30 but was too tired and hungry to do so. I came home, ate 5 (instead of 6) pieces of bacon and 2 eggs. No avocado, as I can’t eat any fruit or vegetables today. And no solids tomorrow. Gah!

Anywho, I tried to take a nap on the couch. Luke joined me, and of course rested his coned head on my lap. I had just fallen asleep when Zac pounced on my chest. He’s, well, a fat cat. He then curled up in my arms and purred loudly. I called to Jeff and asked him to wake me up at 11. He did so. At 11:37.

I was still quite groggy when I arrived at the box, and Deborah had already begun the warmup. I peed, made my protein shake, and gathered my jump rope and kettle bell.

And then the metcon started.

The MyWod timer was acting up and neither Deborah nor I could get it to work correctly. Kelli, Susie, Glenda, and I all rowed 10 calories and then had to stop and start over. I kinda needed the warmup, so I didn’t mind.

OPT A: Metcon (AMRAP – Reps)

Every other minute for 30 minutes (15 rounds)
– Row 10 calories
– 3 wall crawls
– 7 Russian KB swings (60)
– 30 double unders

Work 90; rest 30

I knew that most people wouldn’t make it to the double unders let alone complete all 30. I knew that I wanted to work at a steady pace and make it to the double unders each and every round.

This was f@cking tough. I don’t know if it would’ve been any easier if I had been more awake.

Things did not start off well. I rowed 10 calories in about 30 seconds, easily completed 3 unbroken wall crawls (with nose to wall), easily completed 7 Russian KB swings, and stumbled through double unders only completing 11 reps. Dammit. If I weren’t so tired I’d type “dammit” 11 times.

And then things got much better. I completed unbroken double unders for 12 of the remaining 14 rounds. I also consistently rowed 10 calories in about 30 seconds (not easy for a short man like me), 3 unbroken wall crawls (never resting on the floor between reps), 7 unbroken KB swings, and began double unders between the 1:15 and 1:20 mark.

I did have to set up my jump rope with my back to the other athletes, as I often get distracted by the sound and sight of others doing double unders. In retrospect I also set up the jump rope a little too far away. Uhm, that extra 2 to 3 seconds of rest sure was nice.

Thirty seconds of rest between rounds allowed just enough time to record reps, swear loudly, occasionally take a drink of protein shake, and get set up in the rower.

I mentioned that I only completed 11 double unders the first round. For rounds 2 through 14 I competed 26, 23, 24, 26, 19, 20, 22, 16, 26, 25, 25, 25, 25, and 16 reps.

I really wanted to complete 30 reps the last round. I sprinted for row, ran to wall for wall crawls, quickly transitioned to KB swings and completed reps, and then went to my jump rope just as Coach Deborah said “Thirty seconds remaining!” I may have smiled, as I knew that even if I tripped I’d likely be able to complete 30 reps. I completed 41 unbroken reps.

And I’m giving myself credit for the additional 11. Yup, I’m giving myself credit.

Score = 654 reps

Coach James was kind enough to snap some non-staged photos.

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