Archive | March, 2014

The dark side

13 Mar

This past CrossFit Open wod I ended up attempting it 3 times. Normally, I will attempt the workout twice but 14.2 I ended up doing it three times-  way too many chest-to-bar pull-ups in my book!

14.2 – Every 3 minutes for as long as possible complete:
From 0:00-3:00
2 rounds of:
10 overhead squats
10 chest-to-bar pull-ups
From 3:00-6:00
2 rounds of:
12 overhead squats
12 chest-to-bar pull-ups
From 6:00-9:00
2 rounds of:
14 overhead squats
14 chest-to-bar pull-ups
Etc., following same pattern until you fail to complete both rounds

Now, I love overhead squats- I believe it is one of my favorite movements in crossfit, however chest-to-bar pull-ups are not my thing. The first time I did 14.2 I got 82 reps. Not bad, but not where I wanted to be or thought I would be. I took a day of rest then did the workout again this time I got 83 reps. One more rep seemed pathetic to me, yes a PR is a PR, however I wanted more. I decided to do the workout again the next day this was my last chance to attempt the wod before scores had to be submitted. 3..2..1.. GO and I was off again. First 3 minutes, no problem, it was the 2nd 3 minutes I knew I was going to struggle with. After the 2nd 3 minutes started I just did what I knew how to do, I knocked out the overhead squats quick to give me more time on the chest-to-bars.
First round was done but now my grip was starting to give up, I could feel the tension, it was uncomfortable, I was tired, I didn’t want to keep going- but then a switch clicked on it was no longer “give up” my head was saying it was “don’t stop,” “keep going,” “get past the 12’s.” My coach came over and started to talk me through that last set of 12 chest-to-bars. It was hard I was doing one at a time- but I kept fighting- my mind went to the dark side. You know-…the voice in your head that cries in pain and pushes you through the tough stuff to keep going and not drop the bar… that voice. I had made it through the set of 12’s, my goal, I had 5 seconds and I was off again this time on 14’s. My legs were burning on the overhead squats and all I wanted to do was drop the bar and rest. But that dark voice in my head shut the pussy voice up and kept that bar overhead for all 14 reps.
I ended up with 127 reps, a 40 rep PR, now THAT’S a PR! If that dark voice had not come out and sparked a fire in my heart I might have only ended up with 84 reps.

Find that dark side, push hard, push often, don’t stop.