Another one into the books. I kept waiting for the WOD to be posted last night and when it finally went up, I was no more enlightened about what I would be doing today than before. It read:

21-18-15-12-9-6-3 reps for time of:
Sumo deadlift high pull (95/65)
Lateral box jumps (24/20)

Well, I could figure out what lateral box jumps were, but I did look at a video just to make sure. It was also decided this morning that we were doing lateral obstacle jumps and you didn’t need to clear both the height and the width of a box. Sumo deadlift high pulls are exciting. I’m supposed to fluidly move and pop and rise to perfection and sink back down to the ground (again in a fluid motion) and it should look just the same forward as backward. I’m positive I did not manage that. I did manage to do the move, just not in quite a popping/fluid/reversible motion.

First thing to get through was the warm up. I might start packing my own jump rope since it is the right length for me and not kinked. I have still not managed another double under but I do have some nice whip marks on my lower legs now.

CrossFit Summerville has one baby four pound ball that I have been trying to use for wall balls. It’s been a while since we last did any of those. I did all ten with really hitting the red line on the wall. I’ve never done that before. I really am getting better at this.

There are short little PVC pipe railing things that are maybe eight inches off the ground. I tried a lateral jump over that and hit it when I wasn’t tired or spent or beeping. I was going to get a barbell and jump over that and it would just be a couple inches off the ground. Karen suggested just using a PVC pipe.

Since I do 2/3 of the reps, my stuff was 14-12-10-8-6-4-2 and I used a ten pound kettlebell for my weight. Then I jumped side to side across the PVC pipe and my heart rate was skyrocketing all throughout the WOD. I spend about half my time just trying to breathe and get my heart rate back to normal. However, I managed to finish in 14.20.

I feel sorta, kinda bad about scaling back the reps, but in reality, adding just half again as much time would be unrealistic. If I did the last third, I wouldn’t be working for 21.30 because I would not have been able to keep up the lightning pace I had done before I was nearly wiped out. The other 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 reps would have taken me far longer to do. I wouldn’t last that long. Chris was done with the proscribed WOD in 14.38 and he was jumping over a 24 inch box, not just a pipe at 24 inches from the ground like the other guys. I know he worked really hard. I did, too. So, in honor of my hard work I hereby bestow upon me – a gold star.