Friday, July 6, 2012

Friday's Workout

My first 5 a.m. class in a week, and yet my Achilles is still acting up.

I didn't notice it at first. For the first half of class, we worked on strict, weighted pull-ups, and in between sets, Tim encouraged us to squeeze in some skills practice. I did a couple of wall walks and then decided to do some double-unders.

Bad idea. Although I managed to complete 50 in a row (a rare feat for me), I realized as soon as I stopped that my left Achilles was on fire.

Tim guided me through a bunch of mobility exercises to help ease some of the tightness in my ankle and calf, but the throbbing didn't go away completely. And unfortunately, today's metcon featured plenty of double-unders:

For time:
  • 50 double-unders
  • 25 overhead kettlebell swings (24kg / 16kg)
  • 40 double-unders
  • 20 overhead kettlebell swings (24kg / 16kg)
  • 30 double-unders
  • 15 overhead kettlebell swings (24kg / 16kg)
  • 20 double-unders
  • 10 overhead kettlebell swings (24kg / 16kg)
  • 10 double-unders
  • 5 overhead kettlebell swings (24kg / 16kg)
"Do single-unders instead," Tim instructed. "Sub three singles for each double." I complied. Although I did the workout with a 24 kilogram kettlebell, I made do with single-unders. It was a bummer -- this workout was right up my alley.

Halfway through the workout, I got to wondering: Would double-unders have been easier on my leg? If I'd done double-unders, I would've jumped 150 times, but by doing singles, I ended up jumping 450 times. Which was worse for my inflamed ankle? After the workout, as a group of us walked over to the coffeehouse, I asked Tim: "Should I have done doubles instead?"

"No," he replied.

Good enough for me.

Result: 7:31.