Not the greatest of weeks.
Tony’s diagnosis was a bit of a shock – two small cancerous tumours in his bladder. When I say it was a shock, we knew it was a strong possibility but the reality is quite different to the possibility! He’ll be having surgery in the next few weeks, then convalescence for several weeks. I think we’re both much more concerned about the convalescence … three weeks where he can’t train is going to be quite a tough time for us both.
There are different conventions about how CrossFit boxes handle WODs – at Connect we don’t spill the WOD, so it isn’t posted in advance and nobody talks about it online till the last class has started, so people don’t get to cherry pick WODs they’re good at and avoid ones their bad at. For me that’s all immaterial – I’m not good at any of them! We do occasionally get a warning if there’s going to be a lot of running we’re given advance notice to bring our running shoes if we train in non-running footwear, or if it’s a Hero or a Girl we get told as those are always popular and people hate to miss them.
So when we got advance notice that the WOD on 25 June would be a ‘testing’ WOD and different to anything we’d done at the box before, it did make me shudder. I haven’t been sleeping that well, and there’s just stress around the stuff that Tony’s facing that is making both of us feel under the weather and less than optimal, so I didn’t expect to have a good time.
In any order:
Best times for:
- 1 mile run
- 1000 metre row
2 minutes to establish max reps in:
- Hand release press ups
- Pull-ups (with a single band if necessary and in my case it is)
- Double unders (as many as possible, not continuous)
In fact it turned out to be a really good experience. It’s weird to be wodding and not doing it in unison, so on this occasion where we took the elements in any order we wanted and as much rest time between them as we needed, it felt quite strange. I walked the run with two wonderful pregnant CrossFit women because my knee is still not right(just under 16 minutes), and I did the row last, simply because that was the only chance I had to get on the rower – we were a big group!
- 1000 m row – 4.56
- HR press ups – 42
- Pull-ups (thin band) – 27
- Double unders 16 (every bloody one of them a single!)
I was really glad to attempt this RX and happy with my results. If I’d done the row first I think I’d have got a better time, which I will remember when it comes round again and jump on a rower early! My press ups were strict, good form, hand release – I am a bit of a fan of hand release press ups, to be honest. Double unders and pull ups … well they’re my goats and I think I’ll be working on them for a good while yet before I’m satisfied.
Against the board I don’t look so great. Amazing run and row times from some of our people and astonishing double under scores … and that’s just the morning crew! Against what life has handed me, I’m really pleased with this set of results – whatever else is going on, I was able to attempt this and give it my full effort and full attention and I’m content with that.