no images were foundReposted from Feb. 1, 2010
This isn’t news – if you’ve done a WOD at any point in history, you know that it’s going to suck. It’s going to test your physical and mental abilities, and push you past your limits. You’re going to have to work hard and suffer, and nothing about it is going to be easy. From the time you hear “3-2-1-GO!” until the time you’re done, it’s going to just plain suck. There, I’ve said it. You already knew it, but I’ve said it again just to be clear. Is there any question about how much it’s going to suck? Does it matter? It’s going to suck – leave it at that and get past it.
Dave Barry once wrote about what would happen if a big asteroid would hit the Earth. He said, “Judging from realistic simulations involving a sledge hammer and a common laboratory frog, we can assume it will be pretty bad.” Yep, if a great big asteroid hit the Earth, it would probably ruin my whole day. But what I DON’T do is spend my days worrying and whining about the whole potential Earth/asteroid collision thing. What good would it do? Would worrying and whining about a celestial object hurtling at hundreds of thousands of miles an hour directly at my head change its destiny? Umm…no. So I leave it at that and I get past it.
When you’re in the middle of a WOD that sucks in a manner particularly offensive to you, I assure you that whining about it will do nothing to alter the level of suck that you have experienced and have yet to experience. My advice would be to quit bitching about how much it hurts and just get through it so that the hurting will stop. Taking the time to wax philosophical about how much the WOD sucks to everyone else currently suffering through the exact same WOD isn’t, perhaps, the most efficient way to end said suffering. It also brings your current level of morale down which makes getting to the end of your declared suffering even more difficult than it was a moment ago.
So in case I’ve missed the opportunity to be clear about this, let me assure you that regardless of the day of the week, the WOD planned for tomorrow, or the WOD that we did yesterday, you can always count on the WOD for today being full of things you may or may not be good at. If you’re bad at them, it’s going to suck. If you’re good at them, it will be structured in such a way that it’s going to suck. Accept it, get past it, and kick the WOD in the teeth. When the timer starts and the WOD is getting hard, let someone else do the whining – you’ve got work to do.
With medium weight*, do 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 reps NOT for time of:
Hang Power Clean
*Stolen directly from Front Range CrossFit (and to be used in future WODs):
Light – you never need to drop the bar to complete your set
Medium – you may have to drop the bar on the last couple of sets
Heavy – you will have to break most sets
Very Heavy – you are doing singles to complete your sets
Please notice that this WOD will not be timed. The focus is on technique. Anyone asking when the clock will start will add 50 burpees to their WOD.