I've done Barbara once before. It ended somewhat painfully with the over-the-door pull-up bar and myself crashing down on to hard wood floors. (That's what I get for trying to kip. Never again.) My ass still hasn't forgiven me.
5 rounds, 3 minute rest between rounds.
Sounds easy, right?
For some, sure. Smoked the hell out of me though. :)
Round 1 - 5 minutes, 3 seconds. All asRX'ed, except push-ups, dropped to my knees after 25, and pull-ups, they were dead-hang but there was some jumping involved.
Round 2 - 5 minutes, 8 seconds. After first 20 real push-ups, had to drop to my knees. Pull-ups, same.
Round 3 - 5 minutes, 44 seconds. After 15 real push-ups, dropped to my knees.
Round 4 - 5 minutes, 55 seconds. Push-ups, all on my knees.
Round 5 - 4 minutes, 47 seconds. (So happy about finishing strong!)
Total workout: 37 minutes, 57 seconds.
My wee little hallway set up. Sure, I could have just gone to the gym, but why waste the gas?
Mat for sit-ups. Dumb bell to hook my toes under. Would have worked better with two dumb bells (duh, one for each foot), but we only have one, so I hooked just one leg under. So, after the first 20 sit ups, I'd switch to the other leg to evenly work each hip-flexor. Hey, I do what I can with what I have.
Yes, that's the bathroom! Set the mat up right in front of this door, to keep the workout space small to conserve time.
Feeling the pump after my sub-5 minute 5th round finish.
Now, after a hot shower, I'm sitting here, totally depleted. Just finished this:
tuna melt on multigrain english muffin + baby trees + whopping pickle = yum.
If there is one thing I love about Crossfit, it's that short, intense workouts like this don't make me ravenous afterwards, if anything, I could do without the meal, but know my muscles need it. I remember so many of my training runs leaving me so damn hungry. I was a bottom-less pit! Not only did I crave food, I craved sugary-foods. After a good WOD like Barbara, I crave meat. And veggies. It shuts my sweet tooth up, that makes this chocolate cookie monger happy. :)
Today's motivation came from Tatyana McFadden. I ripped this little gem from my most recent Runner's World magazine. She is a college junior and just won the women's wheelchair division at the NYC marathon.
I have a soft spot for people who have lived a hard life, I get what they're going through and love to see people rise above and elevate themselves. Growing up in a Russian orphanage and knowing you're wheelchair bound for the rest of your life would stop a lot of people from really living life. I think too many people play the victim, "pity me, poor me" role. And they waste away or let their excuses get in the way of living a full life. Not this girl, she's kicking ass and taking names, at 21! Some people can't run a marathon, let alone run, and they have two perfectly healthy legs. And this girl is winning it, in a wheelchair!
Are you grateful of the gifts you've been given? Are you maxing out all the opportunities available to you? Are you really living?