Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday's Workout

Strength Skill:
  • Turkish Get-Ups
I've worked my way up to doing get-ups with a 20kg (44 pound) kettlebell, but it's murder on my wrists.

  • Row 2000 meters.

Sounds simple enough, but this is my all-time least favorite metcon. I did this once before -- it was the final task I had to complete for my Level One test back in July. And the aftermath was ugly:
My legs were so cramped up that I couldn't do anything but rock back and forth on the erg, moaning and punching my thighs. After a few minutes, I tried to stand up, but my left knee buckled and I stumbled to the ground. I crawled a few steps into the gym, and lay on the floor.
But that day, despite the cramping legs, I completed the 2000-meter row in 7:45.

Not today. I pulled 8:04 -- almost 20 seconds slower than my previous effort. But it was just as painful -- as soon as I was done, I doubled over on the Concept2, my feet still locked in the stirrups. It took me a couple of minutes to get off the erg and totter over to a chair, where I kneaded my legs and tried to catch my breath. Even when I managed to get up and into my car, I couldn't even think about driving until I'd spent a few minutes reclining back in the driver's seat, waiting for my quads to unclench.

(She looks like how I felt.)

Rowing and me don't get along.

On the plus side, we probably won't be doing this workout again anytime soon.