Reason #347 that I love CFA: It makes time elastic.
Forty seconds of work can last a lifetime; 20 seconds of rest flash by in a blink. This was our CrossFit Austin workout this morning.
:40 row for meters @ 90-95% effort (record average)
:40 hollow holds
My average row: 181m
This WOD tricked me with it’s unassuming 40-second work sessions of rowing, double-unders, and hollow holds. I mean, 40 seconds. How hard could that possibly be?
At the beginning of round 3, I wasn’t sure I could actually accomplish the first pull on the rower to get started ’cause I was still reeling from the hollow hold.
On round 4, I only managed to get 3 single double-unders because I couldn’t control my breathing enough to relax into the rhythm.
On round 5, I squeaked during the hollow holds, “This is round 5, right?!” while inside my noggin I was chanting, Please let this be round 6. Please let me have counted wrong. Please be round 6. It was 5.
At the end of round 7, when the last second of the last hollow hold ticked away, I lay flat on the floor and relished the sensation of NOT holding. Heavenly.
Overall, I was pleased with my performance. I averaged 181m with a low of 175m and a high of 194m… which just begs the question: If I could do 194m on round 3, when I was already starting to feel the fatigue setting in, why couldn’t I do it every round?
And in the spirit of glass half-full-ism… bragging point: I held every hollow hold for the full 40 seconds unbroken. I was the only person in the class to do it, too. Neener.
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