“Helen” (and Steve Dodge)

Friday, November 13

As I coached all sessions except at 6 am, well, that’s when I worked out. Coach Nick led the session and we began by practicing headstands, handstands, and vertical ring holds. Fun!

Ten athletes attended the session; thus, I knew that I’d have someone to partner with for the workout. I looked at Kevin and said, “I choose you.” As we were gathering equipment I noticed that he had partnered with Stacy. Dammit. I asked Jaclyn if she had a partner. “Heather,” she replied. Holly had partnered with Melissa. I asked, “Who doesn’t have a partner?” Silence. I asked again, “Who doesn’t have a partner? There’s an even number of people so I know that someone is in need of a partner.” Silence. I asked one more time, “Who doesn’t have a partner?” Steve Dodge, whilst sitting on the rower, bent his head and dejectedly said, “Me.”

Poor Steve Dodge. He’s partnered with me before.

Metcon (No Measure)
Take up to 10 minutes practicing headstands, handstands, and/or vertical ring holds
Metcon (AMRAP – Rounds and Reps)
Partner WOD
30-min AMRAP
– 13 calorie row
– 13 plate presses (45/35)
– 13 weighted squats (45/33)
– 10 burpees
– 3 rope climbs

Partners alternate activities

Steve began with row. He’s a strong rower. I immediately began trash talking with Jaclyn. And anyone else, for that matter.

Uhm, a 13 calorie row, 13 unbroken plate presses, 13 unbroken weighted squats, 10 unbroken burpees, and/or 3 rope climbs don’t present much of a challenge for yours truly. I worked very quickly. This didn’t allow very much rest time for poor Steve Dodge. Ha! I enjoyed working out with and “encouraging” him with such remarks as “Does someone have a cigarette? I have time for a smoke while Steve climbs the rope.” We completed 9 rounds + 50 reps, i.e., 2 rope climbs shy of 10 reps.

Saturday, November 14 (just a month until my birthday)

CFS once again hosted “Barbells for Boobs,” a fundraiser for breast cancer research and awareness.

I led the 8:30 and 9:45 and Jeff led the 11 session. I felt pain in my left wrist whilst warming up clean & jerk so I decided to not complete “Grace” and instead only complete “Helen.”

Helen (Time)
3 Rounds for time of: 
400m Run 
21 Kettlebell Swings, 53# / 35#  12 Pull-ups

I last completed this benchmark October 18 of last year in a time of 9:37. My fasted time was 9:00 June 13 of last year. I didn’t, however, recall my previous times. I also didn’t set out to achieve a new PR.

It was a beautiful day. I quickly ran 200m, turned around and head back to the box. I had run almost 300m when Meghan passed me heading toward the turnaround. She said, “Oh, my god.” Ha! As I was returning to the box for second round of swings and pull-ups Lorraine was starting her second round. She looked at me and said, “Oh, my god.” Ha!

I completed 21 unbroken kettle bell swings all 3 rounds and wisely completed some reps as snatch and press. I also wisely didn’t complete all 12246962_10153207497332196_2970132378379652080_nreps as snatch and press. I completed the first 2 rounds of pull-ups in unbroken reps. I had every intention of completing the last round in unbroken reps as well, but dropped off of the bar after completing 10. Jeff said, “That’s 10, just two more! You can be the only person to finish in under 10 minutes.”

I did so, in 8:52. Jeff entered my score into Wodify and said, “Paul got a PR.” I asked, “I did?” That was a very nice surprise!

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