One way CrossFit has changed me

Last Friday I went to the 6 o’clock workout after work, as usual.  The Workout of the Day was one of “the girls”, a standard CrossFit workout named Diane.  Here’s an example of some dude who completes it in 1:49:  It took me 14 minutes, I used 82 pounds during the lifts, and I put a 2 inch pad under my head during the handstand push-ups for a smaller, easier range of motion.  I also can’t do strict HSPU yet so I kip (kick my legs for momentum), kind of like this guy except I keep my knees together and bend my legs away from the wall rather than out to the side.

21 Deadlifts
21 Handstand Push-ups
15 Deadlifts
15 Handstand Push-ups
9 Deadlifts
9 Handstand Push-ups

I was covered in a sweat sheen and my arm muscles felt swollen afterwards.  I got home at 7:15 and said, “Hey, you know what?  I think I’m going to go for a run.  Sure, I’m all sweaty, but that’s because it’s almost 100 degrees and I come from a family of sweaters and not because I truly exhausted myself.  Tonight’s workout was mostly strength rather than cardio.  I’m off for a run!”

And then I headed out for some running.  There weren’t any bears chasing me and I wasn’t late for anything, and yet I ran anyway. Totally on purpose.  I ran to the park a couple blocks away and jogged around the little lake two times, stopping to stretch between laps, and then ran home.  It was maybe 2/3 of a mile total, so nothing much, except that this is me and it was running.  Before I joined CrossFit Southwest I wouldn’t have considered it, and now I plan to do it again.  Crazy.

June 3, 2009. Words.

One Comment

  1. You know Who replied:

    I, for one, am outstandingly impressed.

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