Last night Kevin and I went to a seminar for our nutrition challenge (starts on Monday!!!), and then promptly out to NY Pizza Pub for Date Night. Haha. Kevin likes to take Friday as a rest day so he can thoroughly enjoy Date Night. But during the summer, I’m home during the day so I was hemming and hawing this morning about whether or not I should go.
I ended up lacing up the nanos and jogging over for the 11:45AM class.
And what did I see on the board?
The classic CrossFit wod… my first time. I was nervous!!! Fran is a benchmark wod for CrossFit — one of the ways CrossFitters measure their progress in the sport. I’d compare it to a 5k in running because you have to go so stinking fast!!! Murph would probably be the comparable half marathon benchmark.
I always feel extra shy when I go at an unusual time because I don’t know that particular coach as well, and the people who come to Friday 11:45AM workouts are pretty random. Nobody I really even recognized. I’m just shy and get scared that I won’t be able to do the workout. Rationally, I know that’s not really very realistic since I consistently have scores that are pretty competitive with the girls on the board.
But I had a little confidence builder during the warm-up – I got my first kipping pull-up. The coach spent a little extra time on a demonstration, and I said to myself,”Self, if you can do a strict pull-up, you should be able to get this.” And I did it!!! Really, even if you have a lousy kip you should be able to get it if you can do a strict pull-up. I did another one, but I haven’t had a chance to practice stringing them yet (and now I’m sore).
Here’s what a thruster looks like:
Yeah, it’s no joke. The prescribed weight for women is 65lbs. I decided to go with 55lbs for my first try. I’ve been to CrossFit every day this week, and my shoulders are sore from cranking out my new party trick — pull-ups. I’ve been learning about having different goals for different wods, so I thought it was a wise decision.
Although I can do a strict pull-up and a kipping pull-up, I’m obviously not ready to do 45 in a workout so I had to scale that with a jumping pull-up. My coach recommended using only one foot on the box to make it more difficult.
I finished in 4:50. The first round of 21 thrusters was admittedly hard — just a long round. But I only really rested on the round of 15, just for a breath with the bar on my shoulders. The final round of 9, I totally cranked through.
After I finished, I kept looking around like — did I cheat??? I drank some water. Everyone was still working, even the girls with similar scales. Woops. That was too easy. Yeah, I think I need to definitely do the prescribed 65lbs next time. It’s only ten pounds more… I definitely could have done it. Oh well. I don’t regret my decision after the week I’ve had. I’m not one to slack, and I know I’ll get it next time.
I’d love to be able to do the entire workout as prescribed by the end of the year — which means I’d have to learn to string probably at least 10 kipping pull-ups together to make it through that round of 21. I’m super inspired by Tina from CNC who recently met her goal of rxing it.
I hung out for a bit afterwards, chatting with one of the athletes from our box who is in a competition tomorrow. I’m totally going out to support her!!! After walking home, I decided to take Pippa C out for a run. I have a theory that running on tired legs after a CrossFit wod is really good for my endurance in both sports!!
I didn’t say fast running!! It was 1PM in July in Colorado!! Pippa made me stop at every water bowl we saw!!
Came home and had an almond butter & jam sandwich. I bought a loaf of Rudi’s bread the other day knowing that I won’t be able to have bread for 5 weeks starting on Monday!!!!! I also had like an entire breakfast because I was starving after Fran + 5k! Plus 2 miles back and forth to my gym!
Dessert!!! Fun fact: iced Americanos store well in the fridge. I got this one in between CrossFit and running. Love it with the coconut creamer. Also not allowed during our nutrition challenge. I’ll tell you more about it later, but it’s similar to Whole 30. But stricter. And longer — 5 weeks!! I didn’t quite realize what I was getting myself into until last night, and now I’m a little nervous!! We’ll discuss later.
What food would you eat before going on a nutrition challenge? Pizza. Sandwiches. Lattes. I’m planning to have pancakes this weekend and probably ice cream. I do almost every weekend – haha – so it’s really not that crazy!!!
What benchmarks do you use to measure your fitness progress? 5k (sub-21… at times) and half marathon times (I don’t like to time a mile, but I should sometime). Pull-ups. 100 double unders for time. Fran. And more!!
P.S. Here’s a fun video of Bob from Biggest Loser doing Fran!!!! A past participant is also in there doing a scaled version.