At 6:45 a.m. yesterday, I walked to the car – strength training workout in hand – only to find that our car battery was dead, leaving me no means for getting to the gym. I indulged in a fair amount of pouting and foot stomping.
And that’s how I ended up at CrossFit Austin this morning, facing down Helen and handstand holds in the humidity (84%) of the burgeoning Austin spring. Holy Hell!
The last time we did Helen at CFA, I used the wider blue band (wider = more assistance) and my time was 13:00. Digging back through my archives, I found posts about my previous Helen experiences here (where I also talk about ‘cheating at solitaire’) and here. Generally speaking, I’m slowly chipping away at improving my time and getting closer to dumping the pullup bands. Some day. (Congratulations to my classmate Nick for going sub-10:00 with a 9:14!)
21 swings, 16kg
12 pullups, red band
My time: 14:24
1:00 handstand hold + 1:00 rest
accumulate 1:00 in tuck on rings, minimum :10 at a time + 1:00 rest
My real triumph today was my handstand holds. December 6 was a big day for me because that was the day I finally, FINALLY pushed my fear aside enough to kick up into a handstand against the wall. I know for many people wall handstands were a staple of childhood playtime, but while y’all were upside down on your hands, I was sitting somewhere reading a book or forcing my brother to play Library with me.
Anyway, I’ve been practicing a :30 handstand hold at least once a week so I can grow more comfortable and stronger upside down. This morning, I did all three 1:00 handstand holds unbroken. HELL. YEAH.
I like to pretend I looked like this while I was doing it:
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