The CrossFit Diaries: Big, Strong and Can’t Count

A rather low key weekend overall left me feeling primed for a good week. I’ve started dialing back my alcohol consumption and I’m feeling pretty good. I skipped Friday because the boss threw out the idea of grabbing a beer after work, and I think it is always valuable to spend some time out of the office with your boss and co-worker to get to know each other better. It was a good time. Skipped Saturday because we went and hit drivers instead. Needless to say, I came into Monday rested and primed for a big day.

Strength/Skill:

Back Squat- 5,5,5,3,3,3

Workout of the Day:

Tabata Row/Airdyne

rest 3 minutes

Tabata Single Arm KB Swing or KB Snatch

Before the workout I was practicing my kipping for muscle-ups and was really getting some good hip pop. I feel like I might be able to get one this week. We’ll see. For squats I worked up and was a little lighter in the earlier rounds really focusing on getting deep into the squat. The final round I went with 405lb and wasn’t happy with my 3rd rep, so I did a 4th. That led my lifting partner Barrett (one of the top guys in the gym) to say afterwards that I was big, strong AND couldn’t count. Funny little moment. Probably had to be there, but it explains the name of today’s article. Plus it is my blog, so I can say bad jokes and anecdotes if I want.

For the WOD I wasn’t sure how I would do. On one hand, I felt like I’d do well since I was rested and it was short burst with rest. On the other, I just wasn’t sure how I’d be able to maintain across both. I ended up killing it. I averaged around 1:35 on the row across all 8 rounds. I was the fastest the whole time, by several seconds. The competitor in me saw how fast Barrett was going and I was determined to beat him, which I did. Every round. I was pretty pumped. For the KB Snatch, I got 8 in the first round so that was my pacing. Which I also nailed. Just stoked about my performance on  yesterday.  Granted it wasn’t the most intense workout, but to nail everything I did was a great feeling.

On another note, I’ve started taking cold showers as well after reading this article  from Art Of Manliness. Not going to lie, it’s been a great way to wake up in the morning and I’ve been feeling great after them. I’d encourage giving them a try, or at least reading the article. It might be the placebo effect working here, but so far so good. I’ll keep them going until I don’t notice them or I get sick of taking them.

Stay classy.

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