Something happened today that I never thought I would experience. I read the WOD on the whiteboard and spontaneously thought, Yay, cleans!
It’s particularly sweet because when I started at CrossFit Austin about a year ago, I was mightily afraid of cleans. But Tristy, as she always does, gave me excellent cues, taught me to slow down on the slow parts and speed up on the fast parts, and – most importantly – got me to commit to the lift before the bar ever left the floor. In January, I set a new PR on my 1-rep max (… which reminds me that’s probably time to give it another go). It’s been very pleasant and confidence-building to live with the feeling of that 90# PR in my mind. When I approach a clean that’s 75# or 80#, I think to myself, That’s no problem; I’ve got a 90 in me.
Which is brings us to today and good clean fun.
clean – work up to 60% of max
4 cleans @ 60%, 55#
6 chest-to-bar jumping pullups
8 touch-and-go deadlifts (clean weight)
10 medball anchored situps, 10#
My total rounds: 4
1:00 handstand hold
I really reallyreallyreally wanted to complete four rounds, and I fought for it hard. The running was pretty miserable. I’m convinced the sun has a vendetta against me. It was blaring on my back on every lap, trying to turn me to ash. I’m sure of it.
But my reward for making it back to the box each time was cleans and touch-and-go deadlifts. So fun when the weight isn’t I-might-be-crushed-under-this heavy. (I actually typed that as tough-and-go the first time; I think I like that even more.)
When I was finished, I left an incredibly detailed sweat angel on the blue gymnastics mat. It was like a reverse bas-relief of my back, with my tank top straps, workout bra clasp, and shorts hem all outlined with amazing clarity. I’m a CrossFit artist, and my medium is sweat.
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