Thursday, July 5, 2012

Wednesday's Workout: "Daniel"

It's strange, but I have no recollection of doing the "Daniel" Hero WOD before yesterday. But according to my blog, we did Daniel at CrossFit Palo Alto on July 4th of last year, and finished in 20:22. I must've either: (1) blocked it out because it was so traumatic, or (2) forgotten about it because I'm getting absent-minded in my old age.

Here's what the workout looks like:
  • 50 pull-ups
  • 400-meter run
  • 21 thrusters (95 lbs / 65 lbs)
  • 800-meter run
  • 21 thrusters (95 lbs / 65 lbs)
  • 400-meter run
  • 50 pull-ups
I didn't make it to the gym at 5 a.m., but showed up for the noon class, where I was joined by two other hearty souls with no July 4th lunch plans. After warming up, we set up our barbells and got to work.

My first 50 pull-ups went fine. I did 30 in a row, and then broke up the remaining reps into sets of 10 and 10. And the first 400-meter run wasn't too bad, either. I finished the first set of thrusters without much trouble.

But as I finished the 800-meter run and started cranking out my second set of thrusters, the fatigue hit me like a ton of bricks. My quads and hammies were burning, and I had difficulty ripping out more than 4 or 5 thrusters at a time. And when I headed out for the final 400-meter run, I was reduced to shuffling slowly out the roll-up door. Yeesh.

The 50 final pull-ups at the end were a sight to see. I think I did the last twelve as singles; not surprisingly, it took forever to get through them.

Result: 21:11 as RXed -- 49 seconds slower than last year.