Last week I completed my Basics Course that prepared me for a new fitness adventure at Cape CrossFit.
This week was the real deal.
My first workout was Monday and it coincided with the start of a new "challenge" that are held periodically at Cape CrossFit. This challenge was titled "Grace" and consisted of 30 Squat Clean & Jerk for time (or as many as possible in 8 minutes).
I have never really lifted heavy weight, so I had no idea what category to even attempt. Luckily I partnered with a girl that knew what she was doing, so I just followed her lead. I didn't complete 30 for time, but I did manage to push out 23 in the allotted 8 minutes. Hopefully once I work on my form and have a better idea of what I am doing, I can get closer to the 30 mark.
Tuesday I was in no condition to do anything. It was an impromptu rest day because I was sore. Really sore. Sore in a " I just pushed myself out of my comfort zone and used some neglected muscles" and not sore in a "I can't go back" way.
Wednesday I got myself together and went for an early morning workout. I have been getting out of the habit of working out in the mornings and I need to get back into the routine. I am no stranger to getting up before the sunrise, but the first couple days are generally a bit rough.
The 7AM class was a bit smaller, which was nice for a novice like myself. We practiced back squats and finally moved onto 3 Rounds of Thrusters combined with Walking Lunges. The coach recognized me as a
hot mess beginner and modified my workout to reduce the number of Thrusters. I'll take it...no shame.
It was a great feeling to have that workout behind me before I got my day started. I'm still figuring out what sort of class times will work best for me with my schedule, but I would like to take a morning class at least once a week.
Thursday...I required another break. I was still feeling a bit sore from the workout Monday and Wednesday's Thrusters didn't help the situation. I opted for a 5 mile run on the promenade instead. My quads were a bit sore, but it felt good to get my legs moving.
Friday I went back and forth about going to CrossFit and finally I just DID IT. I was really happy I did, because it ended up being my favorite workout of the week.
The warm up was great and included rowing, bear craws, walking burpees, and jump lunges. After we stretched our shoulders and practiced "mixed" jump rope techniques for a couple minutes. Finally, we got down to business and started on the WOD.
The first 8 minutes were pretty chill. I am not sure about the weight I used, but I estimate it was about 31-33 kg ( I thought that calculating km to miles was difficult and now I have to deal with pounds to kilograms and I am equally confused). The next portion of the workout consisted of 3 Burpee Box Jumps on the top of every minute followed by Double Unders...for 10 minutes non-stop.
The instruction was to count the Double Unders completed....I had 46 Completed, but I had numerous attempts. I woke up this morning to a nice reminder of Friday's workout. My arms are looking pretty beat up thanks to "jump rope whip".
I felt fairly strong for the first 6-7 rounds, but the last 2 minutes of the workout were where I realized I was pushing the envelope. It was a mental and physical struggle to keep going, but it felt awesome when that final buzzer went off. I see how CrossFit could get addicting...
Have you tried a Double Under? Can you do it?
Do you write down your workouts? If so, Online or in a journal?