Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Wednesday's Workout: Charley Horse in the Butt

As soon as Tim wrote that I would "LOVE" this morning's WOD, I knew I was in deep, deep trouble.

Strength Skill:
  • Deadlifts (2 sets of 3, 3 sets of 1)
I love practicing deadlifts. Nothing wakes me up like struggling to pick up a heavy weight off the floor. Although I didn't manage to set a new PR, I matched last week's -- and it felt good and solid. I can't wait to stack on more.

Then, after we put away the barbells and plates, things got interesting.


For time:
  • 100 double-unders
  • 1000-meter row
  • 800-meter run*
* There were more class members than available ergs this morning, so some folks ran before they rowed.

It's no secret that I am not a fan of rowing. And although I recently learned how to string my double-unders together, they're not my favorite, either -- mostly because I haven't yet figured out how to do 'em without killing myself. Instead of hopping softly in order to conserve energy, I'm still leaping a foot off the ground with each rep.

Thanks to my overzealous double-unders, my right glute seized up shortly after I began rowing. (In other words: Charley Horse. In my butt.) Then, after I completed the 1K row and dismounted from the erg, my legs turned to mush, and I almost face-planted before I caught myself and limped off to finish my run.

But strangely enough, I enjoyed this one. It was a ridiculously effective metabolic conditioner, and I ate it all up. Aside from a few long pauses to untangle myself from my jumprope, I kept up a relatively speedy pace. And honestly, I can't think of a better way to keep my heart lodged in my throat for 10+ minutes.

Result: 11:32 as RXed.