This workout was prescribed as a 20-minute AMRAP of 8 toes-to-bar + 10 35-lb DB C&J's + 12 calorie row. Until yesterday, I had never strung together toes-to-bar. To go back a couple of days, when I first saw the workout on Thursday night, I was pissed. I knew I had the strength and mobility to do unbroken sets of toes-to-bar, but I lost it on the second rep because I didn't have my kipping quite down. I was pissed, though, because I don't practice it, and that's why I didn't have it going into the Open. There was a time I did practice, but I injured my shoulder in a gymnastics clinic and took too much time off the bar after that.
So on Thursday night I was pissed that a skill I knew I should have I wouldn't be able to Rx. That same morning we also had to put down our 16-yr-old Mali Uromastyx, Carlos, due to kidney enlargement which had immobilized his hind legs. This was both unexpected and unexpectedly devastating.
I also was not in the loop as to when I was supposed to show up to perform this workout. I usually go to class at 7am on Friday, but I was too stressed out to sleep, making me even more stressed out that I both couldn't sleep and would have to wake up at 6am to go do the all-important 18.1 workout.
The other option was "Friday Night Lights" where 150 of my closest friends would be showing up to a gym location I had never been to and performing this workout (I later learned) 8 peeps at a time. Thanks but no thanks.
Hey, I'm not necessarily anti-social, but this is just too far out of my comfort zone and I don't have to do anything I don't want to do! Right?!
So I decided on Thursday night I would just quit the Open.
Hokay, so, I showed up. And that was honestly the hardest part. Everything else just kinda happened, as it usually does.
I started stretching and warming up, and when I went to warm up those kipping knee-raises I have become oh-so proficient in, I decided to just try some damn T2B. The night before I had come across an article (that I can't find now) which provided an alternative path to toes-to-bar which involved a "tuck." For some reason this totally made sense to me, and instead of trying to maintain a conventional kip, I just did a kipping knee-raise and flicked my toes up to the bar. And whatdoyouknow, I strung together several toes-to-bar.
This is pretty exciting, because I can now Rx toes-to-bar. It's not like double unders are for me, where I technically can do them, but only a few at a time, making it extremely frustrating to Rx in a WOD. Now toes-to-bar are just something I can do, it was just a matter of figuring out that last bit.
But when I went to set up my equipment, I realized that there was basically no way in hell I was going to C&J a 35-lb dumbbell for 10 reps at a time, so I was going to have to scale the weight anyway. Womp womp. And if I have to scale the weight, I may as well not waste my energy on toes-to-bar. Damn.
Finally around 8:55am after 45 minutes of warming up (which went by really fast and I never felt like I was waiting around, and I definitely think helped me perform well) there was a full gym of people ready to AMRAP together. A very nice gal offered to count/judge for me, thank GOD, and we were off!
My first round flew by and my counter (whose name I cannot freaking remember) was helping me tremendously, as she had done the WOD the night before, giving me and the gal to my left tips on strategy, reminding us to row with big pulls and not waste energy on the reset, and overall was just pushing me to not rest too long. After the first 5 minutes, I realized I would not be able to (THOUGHT I would not be able to) sustain my current pace, so I slowed down a little. I did all my reps unbroken, taking a few seconds during transitions to breathe and recover. I wish I would have pushed just a little harder, and jumped onto the bar right from the rower, because the kipping knee-raises and really easy.
I finished with a total of 290 reps - that's 9 rounds plus 8KKR+10C&J+2cals. I didn't have a measurable goal, and I was just happy to be done and have breathed through the whole thing. I did push myself, but I did take maybe a little too much rest. Taking time to rest during transitions is a trap I almost always fall into. I feel like if I can just take a second to breathe then the next set will be easier - but I don't know if it really is. However, I can still say I pushed much harder than on a normal gym day and realistically I might have left only 5-6 reps on the table.
I'm glad I did this Open workout for a few reasons, but my biggest takeaway is that as I rarely work that hard in a WOD (for a full 20 minutes at least), there are athletes who work that hard in EVERY WOD THEY DO. And that's inspiring!