Each day at 12:01 a.m., CrossFit Austin posts our WOD to their web site, so after my alarm rings at 5:55 a.m., while I stumble to the bathroom to put on contact lenses and brush my teeth, I load up the workout on my iPhone to review the torture du jour. My reaction is usually one of the following:
OH MY GOD. That is going to suck!
This is generally reserved for thrusters and/or long-ass, multi-round, running+dumbbell or body weight exercises. Note that if the workout includes running+barbell exercises (except for thrusters), it usually elicits Option 2.
AWESOME! I love [insert things I love here]. This is gonna be fun.
This is applicable to most barbell work, running, double-unders, box jumps, handstand holds (but not handstand pushups), and most body weight exercises.
That looks totally LAME! LAME! I can’t believe I had to get out of bed for that.
This whining occurs when the workout includes (a) things that make me feel lame, like knees-to-elbows and static chin-up holds; (b) things that don’t look like they’ll be very challenging, like workouts with lots of built-in rest; and (3) things that are primarily skill work, rather than go-til-you-barf, like slow step-ups and scaled handstand pushups.
My track record for accurately predicting how I will feel about a workout after having completed it – based on reading it on my iPhone while half asleep – is very, very poor. Option 2 workouts are just as likely to turn out to be a nightmare as not, and sometimes Option 1 workouts bring on that magical, elusive feeling of euphoria and triumph.
Where I fail in my predictions most colossally is Reaction 3.
I am never right about Reaction 3. Ever.
They always turn out to be more fun or more educational or more inspiring than I imagine when I read them in black and white.
Take this morning, for instance. I didn’t like the looks of it. Rowing with lots of rest. Airdyne?! Knees-to-elbows and V-ups. That’s a whole lotta stuff I think is lame (i.e., I can’t do it very well).
:90 row AFAP
3:00 active rest: 6 ring rows + 8 V-ups
My average meters rowed: 391
:60 Airdyne sprint
3:00 active rest: 6 knees-to-elbows
I got schooled. First, the rowing was exhilarating and totally kicked my ass. I averaged 391m in 90 seconds and my best interval was 400m. I almost barfed when I finished that one. I think I’m really starting to like rowing!
The Airdyne super sucked… but in that painfully good way. The first 30 seconds were “This is kinda fun!” and the last 30 seconds were “My arms are going to fall off! Oh, wait! No! My legs are going to fall off! Um… nope… they’ve both fallen off and holy shit! There are still 20 seconds to go!”
And today, for the first time, I got the hang of kipping on the knees-to-elbows and actually, for the first time ever, got my knees in the vicinity of my elbows.
Shows you what I know…
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