Water From A Rock (Thu 6/10/10)

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You’ve had a long, busy day. It’s 6:00pm and you didn’t sleep well last night. And just when you think it’s over, your boss gives you another 2 hours of work that has to be done before you leave. When you finally finish, you email the result of your extra project, slowly get up to turn off the light, and then head to your car to go home.

The traffic is unusually heavy, and it takes you 45 minutes to make your normal 20-minute drive home. As you pull into your driveway you realize the extent of your exhaustion, and you struggle for every clambering step to the front door. When you get inside you sit on the couch, take a deep breath and exhale all the energy you have left. You’re done. Finally.

But then your dog comes out of the bedroom with the project you’ve been working on for 6 months and suddenly you need to rescue it from his wet mouth. Or you see your wife about to accidentally knock over the 60″ LCD TV you got when it first came out, or your husband was trying to fix something and is now bleeding profusely all over the living room. What do you do?

You jump up, alert and ready for action, and chase the dog to get your project back (relatively) unharmed. You fly across the room at Mach 3 to save the teetering television from a quick and spectacular death. You dress his wound (which he totally deserves) with a clean dish towel in less time than it took him to hurt himself in the first place, and quickly escort him somewhere it can be properly dealt with.

But wait a minute…I thought you were exhausted. You’ve been up for like 438 hours today. You’ve had a long hard busy day, dealt with traffic, and were completely spent. Where the hell did all that energy come from? It came because it had to. There were emergencies, and the option to remain exhausted and tired simply disappeared; you HAD to act.

In a WOD, most of the time when you stop to take a break, you’re tired and completely unable to continue. Or at least that’s what you’d have me believe. But if you HAD to go faster, you could.

Don’t argue that you’re tired, suck it up and do what needs to be done. of you squeeze hard enough, you’ll find that you CAN get water from a rock.


Power Clean 5×5


AMRAP in 21 min, broken into three 7 minute sections:

First 7 minutes:

  • 7 Wallballs
  • 7 Burpees

Second 7 minutes:

  • 5 Pullups
  • 10 Pushups
  • 15 Squats

Third 7 minutes:

  • 7 Knees To Elbows
  • 7 Kettlebell Swings (53/35)


50 Max Height Squat Jumps

  • Brian

    Do you make these stories up?