D.N.F.

Last Wednesday’s WOD was a killer. Apparently, no one was able to finish it. They took it straight out of the CF Regionals from last year, so you know it’s some craziness.

WOD – 22 minute time cap
50 Back Squats (135/95)
40 Pull-Ups
30 Shoulder to Overhead (135/95)
50 Front Squats (95/65)
40 Pull-Ups
30 Shoulder to Overhead (95/65)
50 OHS (65/45)
40 Pull-Ups
30 Shoulder to Overhead (65/45)

Prior to this WOD, I was out of commission for 2 days.

Here’s the back story. Two Sundays ago, I went for a 4.5 mile run plus a mile walk. That’s the most I’ve done in a long time. I felt fine for the next 2 hours. Then, while walking to the car after lunch, I noticed my ankle wasn’t feeling right. I put on a foot brace, then proceeded to play 2 hours of softball with hubby’s friends. I’m sure running around the bases did not help the ankle much. I was limping before the night was over. I know, I know, I should know better, but I never learn. *Sigh*

I was unable to do anything for 2 weeks the last time this happened. Being out for 2 weeks was torturous. Thankfully it was only 2 days this time.

Going into CF after 2 days of inactivity was really hard. I was cautious, so I went with lower weights & used bands for the pull-ups. Amazingly, I was still able to get 225 Reps in. I was satisfied with my performance. I do have to admit that my quads & knees are stiff & tight from those killer squats.

I put my first official Did Not Finish in my book. I felt okay with it. I think I’ve made peace with D.N.F. Time caps are there to push you to do more reps, faster, but I won’t let it ruin my form just to finish a WOD. It just isn’t worth it in the end when your body feels like crap & it starts breaking down. Hey, at least I tried my very best in those 22 minutes & I think that’s all that really counts. I didn’t cheat myself in any way to finish. The weights were heavy & challenging, & I worked my butt off (literally) for those reps. I’m still very proud of myself.

I will not let you own me D.N.F.

Hammer Time

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Today marks my 2 year Anniversary with Crossfit. I get rewarded by almost getting a DNF this week. If you didn’t know, DNF means Did Not Finish.

Have I mentioned how much I despise WODs with a time-cap?!? I’ve only gone to 2 boxes where I’ve encountered time-capped WODs. I’ve ALWAYS finished my WODs. I mean, ALWAYS, except for that one crazy self-inflicted Seal-Fit WOD I tried back in 09/2011 with my crazy Latina. The clock was hovering around 47 minutes when we finished 2 out of 4 rounds, at which time, we received a stern warning that fundamentals class was starting soon & we had to wrap it up. But that’s another story to be told another day.

HAMMER” was time-capped at 25 minutes.
5 Rounds, each for time, of:
5 – Power Cleans 135# 65#
10 – Front Squats 135# 65#
5 – Jerks 135# 65#
20 Pull-ups (thin red band, felt like the thin purple band)
Rest 90 seconds between each round

I got to the last round & started the Jerks when the time was up. The coach informed us he’ll give us 2 more minutes. I finished the Jerks, & then went to do the pull-ups. The pull-ups are the bane of my existence, my weakness, my kryptonite. My arms felt like wet noodles & were nearly falling off my body at this point. I’m admitting to you that plain & simple, I’m slow. I got through 12 of them when the 27 minutes were up.

The coach was serious when he said we should be done by now. So I whimpered off the pull-up bar & wrote in my book those dreaded 3 letters, DNF. It was branded in my book, scorching hot to the touch. I nearly had to contain my tears. Ok, that’s a lie, I don’t cry at Crossfit (except for that one time I nearly did but that’s another story as well).
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The owner, another coach, came up to me & asked how I did. I told him I didn’t finish & I’ve NEVER not finished a WOD before. Yes, I had to use double negatives to get my point across. I mentioned I had 8 pull-ups left & he told me to go back on & just finish them. With that, I went back & knocked out my remaining 8 in 24 seconds. I felt relieved & satisfied at the same time because now I can cross-out DNF from my book. I tacked on the 24 seconds to my finished time.  

Hubby said I still DNF’ed the WOD because of the time-cap, but the fact is I still finished the WOD even if I didn’t meet the time limit. Those are just coach imposed time contraints because they don’t want the class to go on for too long. I don’t mind putting in the time & work into my WODS, but I do mind time-caps.

DNF has been scribbled out, so, it’s still a happy 2 year Crossfit anniversary to me. 🙂

Introducing Eva

Eva is a monster. I took one look at her & I already knew I didn’t like her. She is pure evil. I’ve never felt this way before until I had encountered her last night. I gave her a dirty stare, but in the end Eva whooped my butt. I’ve never felt so weak & puny before. The powers of Eva are so strong that she can make grown men cry, break down, & crumble to the ground. I know that’s how I felt.

Introducing Eva:
5 Rounds for Time
800m Run
30 Kettlebell swings (American) 75/44 (I did 22#)
30 Pull-ups

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First round, I did unassisted pull-ups, but I was painfully slow. I was basically doing 1-2, then resting. I was the last person to be done. I switched over to the red band for the rest of the rounds. Even then, it was rough because my forearms were completely shot.

Second & third round, I struggled, & felt like I was about to puke. Alas, there nothing in my stomach, so that wasn’t an option. While running in the fourth round, I’d realized my tired upper body had nothing to do with my legs. My legs could move faster if I would just stop focusing on my sore arms. That gave me a little more pep to my run. Don’t get me wrong, I was still dead last, but I’d mentally saw I had more steam left in me & it kept me going.

I seriously contemplated quitting halfway through the WOD. They had a 40 minute time cap. I thought they would tell me it’s done, pack it up & go home. The time was 39:34 when I  completed the 4th round. I’d never thought I’d ever get a DNF (did not finish) for a WOD, but there’s always a first for everything. I was a little disappointed with myself, but I was also a little relieved that I could end my misery early. Then, I heard the coach tell us that we can continue until we are done.

Argh, why do they give us a choice?!? To be honest, I actually hate time caps on WODs because I’m the type who always want to finish what I’ve started. No matter how annoying, grueling & tough it is. I never want to mark my book with a DNF. So, I really didn’t have a choice. I begrudgingly chugged along.

It was 51:10 minutes of pure hell but what matters is that I had finished. I was second to last. These are the moments that make me very humble. There will be good & bad training days. This erred on the bad side, but I look at it this way: there’s always room for improvement. I’m a work in progress. Hopefully, today will be a good training day. Ah, wishful thinking. 🙂