Saturday, February 12, 2011

Damn you, Barbara.

After a lazy two days, I got back on the old horse today. Today's WOD, from the comfort of the Casa de Moore's, was Barbara. (For more on the Crossfit Girls, click here.)

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.

20 pull-ups
30 push-ups
40 sit-ups
50 squats
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?


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