Whew! After gingerbread dumplings and Dacicky Lager for dinner last night, we were moving a little slow this morning. But the alarm said, “Arise, vacationers! And pay your penance.” So we hustled into workout gear, bundled up against the cold rain, and hoofed it the scenic mile — through Wenceslas Square with umbrella-armed locals on their way to work — to CrossFit Praha.
The whiteboard said: Bear Complex! Hooray and oh, dear.
10 PVC good mornings
10 PVC behind-the-neck press
10 KB halos, 12 kg
10 Russian swings, 12 kg
1-10, for time:
bear complex, 48#
My time: 23:something
I’ve realized that one of the reasons I love Prague so much is that it constantly reminds me that to get anywhere, I must get over my fear of looking stupid. Oh, pride! I will banish you to become an awesome, open, adventurous human.
I had many occasions to look and feel dumb before 8:30 a.m. this morning. Let’s recap:
1. I still don’t remember if I should turn right or left from our alley to get to Wenceslas Square.
2. I didn’t know how to do a halo.
3. I WAY overloaded my barbell for the bear complex because I did the kg-to-lb conversion wrong.
4. No matter how many times I ask a native and practice in the shower, I cannot pronounce the Czech word for goodbye properly. (It’s na shledanou if you want to give it a go yourself. Click here to hear it.)
But just as I keep on working my clean, fight to get more than 23 double-unders in a row, and will myself to stop hating thrusters, I will keep bungling na shledanou until I get it right. And there are far worse things than turning the wrong way down a twisty alley in Prague — that’s where the good stuff happens.
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