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Grace Is A Mean One

by Meghann on December 12, 2012

You know it’s a good day at CrossFit, when you end the workout covered in dirt.

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That’s what a few rounds of burpees in the parking lot will get ya. As my coach promptly said, “If you’re not covered in dirt by the end, then you ain’t doing it right.” True enough.

I really enjoyed today’s workout. It was short, but tough.

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I was introduced to my first sets of clean and jerks in the skill focus. Two months into my CrossFit adventure, and I’m still learning new moves in every class.

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Since I was a newbie to this, I started light. When attempting any move that requires a heavy bar going over my head – the pc pipe is my friend. I did a few of those to get my form, then graduated to the 30lb bar and eventually ended with a 50lb total for the WOD.

That WOD? Her name was Grace and she’s a bit of a bitch. 30 – yep, 30!! – clean and jerks for time. What did I just get myself into?!

The whistle blew and everyone took off. Moments before our coach had given us a big speech how she wanted to see our best effort, she wanted us breathing hard at the end and giving it all we had. That was motivating for the first 5, but man I could feel it for the next. I dropped the bar and rested a few seconds, then heard the guy next to me call time. Not only did he RX, but he set a new record – I wasn’t even halfway done!

I picked up my bar and started going again. I realized early on that I couldn’t get speed and keep my form, so I opted to keep my form not wanting to risk hurting my back. Another guy called time, then I heard a female call her time. I had 10 more to go.

I was on my own for the last 5 and I had to really push to get the bar over my head. The good thing about being last is everyone kind of rallies around you and encourages you through your last set. I fed off of their energy and finished in 3:18. I didn’t break any records, but I finished and I was damn proud of that.

We took a 10 minute break and moved some boxes outside for the “Hail Mary” portion of the WOD.

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This is where things got dirty.

  • 5 box jumps
  • 10 burpees
  • 80 meter sprint
  • every minute on the minute for 10 minutes

A Hail Mary is a longshot, so we were told from the beginning that we probably wouldn’t hit every minute and, here’s the kicker, we were only allowed to count the rounds that we completed within the minute time frame. So if we were halfway through our 80m run when time was called then we couldn’t count that round and would have to sit out through the next minute. In the class before ours, only two people were able to do a complete round within the minute… my goal was to beat that.

The first minute was my warm-up. I was halfway through the run when time was called. Darn. The second minute I rested and the third I tried again. I knew I was fast at the box jumps so I used that to my advantage and got the burpees as fast as I could. I was ready for my sprint with 30 seconds left and crossed the line with time to spare. That was one.

When I finished the coach told me she had never seen me breathing so hard at class. I told her after missing the first two, I was determined to get one in. That determination held over for the fifth minute, when I barely crossed the finish line in time. That was two.

I rested for the next minute, thinking I could have a repeat performance for the seventh minute. I didn’t, I flopped during the burpees and didn’t try for the run. After watching another guy rest two minutes, I decided to follow suit so I would have enough energy for the final round. I sat out for the eighth and ninth minute, then went all out for the tenth.

Boom! I got my third!

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It was after I finished that I looked at my legs for the first time.

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I picked a bad day to wear a white shirt.

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A little dirt never hurt anybody. ;)

My introductory BOGO CrossFit deal ended on the 10th. That means I’ve been officially doing CrossFit for just over two months now. It doesn’t feel like that much time has passed at all! I’m still learning with every class and have some goals for myself that I’m not even on the cusp of realizing (I WILL get that unassisted chin up!).

I’ve had a lot of people ask me if I would continue CrossFit after my introductory trial was over. For a while I wasn’t sure. My plan was to take advantage of the deal just to see what CrossFit was all about. I’ve struggled so much with strength training regularly in the past and wanted something that would keep me motivated to shape-up before my wedding next month. I decided to take CrossFit on a day-by-day basis and see how it went.

I’m not sure I’ve drank the CrossFit “Kool-Aid” just yet (I’m not switching to paleo anytime soon and I’m an endurance junkie to the very end), but I’m also not ready to end my CrossFit journey. I love my gym and the people who come with it. They are an amazing group of regular folks who are not intimidating in the very least, instead they inspire me to push myself beyond my limits.

So I handed my credit card over. The membership is on a month-to-month basis and I can drop out at anytime (as long as I give at least 48-hr notice before the 10th of the month). I’m also suspending my regular gym membership. I haven’t been to my gym since September and that just isn’t right. I try to justify to myself that I should keep the gym for the pool or the treadmill access, but I haven’t used that pool since I started swimming with XP Multisport last May. There are public pools we swim at around the city for dirt cheap that are actually a lot nicer than the one at my gym. And I can brave the extreme cold, heat, or rain for my runs – training in that is good for me anyway.

There you have it. I’m sticking with CrossFit for now. Will I still be there in a year? Who knows. But I know I’ll be there this week and definitely the week after. :)

Breakfast:

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  • red pear
  • Buckwheat & Hemp Cereal
  • ricotta cheese
  • fig preserves
  • blackberries
  • flax seed

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Don’t forget to make a wish today at 12:12:12 on 12-12-12! I think it’s a good day for wishes. ;)

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