Barbara

Day 4 of the cleanse and, while I’m feeling slightly less energetic, things are going smoothly. I added an avocado to my protein drink and discovered heavenly bliss. Yay!

I didn’t expect a PR today. I was delighted when I achieved one. I didn’t expect to be judged by anyone other than the coach. I was dismayed when this occurred.

Barbara (Time)

Five Rounds for time:
20 Pull-ups
30 Push-ups
40 Sit-ups
50 Squats
*3-minute rest after each round*

I last completed this benchmark WOD January 7 of this year in a time of 18:06. While I didn’t set a goal to beat that time I did set a goal to complete all rounds of pull-ups and air squats in unbroken reps. And that I did. I also completed the first two rounds of pushups and sit-ups and unbroken reps. I did, however, have to complete the remaining rounds in sets of as many of 20 and as few as 2 reps for pushups and as many as 25 and as few as 5 reps for sit-ups. Sit-ups were once again the most challenging activity.

I can assure you that my chest and thighs touched the floor for each and every pushup and that I also locked elbows. I don’t have a big chest and it’s sometimes difficult for others to see that my chest is touching floor. I, however, can quite literally feel my chest and thighs touch the floor. Why do I bring this up? Because Jeff let me know that I was being closely observed by one of the athletes and that they got his attention to tell him that my chest wasn’t touching the floor. WTF? First, no athlete should ever question the reps of another athlete, as that’s the coach’s responsibility. Second, even if you are resting as your partner (some folks completed as partner WOD) is working your focus should be on your partner and not another athlete. Third, I don’t knowingly cheat reps. Never have, never will. If I unknowingly cheat a rep it’s up to the coach to observe and redirect. Jeff did say, “Paul, get your chest to the floor” and I wondered why he did so. I thought, “My chest and thighs are touching the floor. Should I tell him so?” Gah!

And the accusation is there: I cheat. Yup, this angers me. I own that emotion.

Abmat sit-ups were the most and pull-ups were the least challenging of the activities today. I was delighted and perhaps even shocked that I was able to complete all 5 rounds of pull-ups in good, unbroken reps.

Round 1 | 2:57
Round 2 | 3:12
Round 3 | 3:34
Round 4 | 3:46
Round 5 | 3:29

Yup, the 3rd and 4th rounds are always the most difficult. The clock read 28:58 when I called “Time!” Subtracting the 12 minutes of rest my total time was 16:58, and that, ladies and gentlemen, is a PR. That’s 100 pull-ups, 150 pushups, 200 sit-ups, and 250 air squats.

We’re puppysitting Lucky this week and we brought him to the box this morning. What a good boy! He and Luke get along splendidly. I’ve dubbed Lucky the CrossFit Surmount Mascot Intern.

If only I could train him to mop the floors.

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Luke and Lucky made warming up a challenge!
Luke and Lucky made warming up a challenge!
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