Tim suggested that I ditch the barbell cleans and work instead on bottoms-up kettlebell cleans to help rehab my wrist. I kept the weights light -- this was the first time I'd attempted bottoms-up cleans, and the last thing I wanted was to exacerbate my mysterious injury. It was a bummer that I wasn't able to practice touch-and-go barbell cleans, but on the plus side: New skill!
Next up: The metcon.
- 1 minute max effort calorie row
- 1 minute max effort toes through rings
- 1 minute max effort wall balls (20lbs / 14lbs)
- 1 minute rest
The wall balls, on the other hand, were murder. I plodded along slowly, relying on my left (weaker) arm to toss and catch the medicine ball. Note to self: One-armed wall balls are not a good idea. Each minute yielded fewer than 10 wall ball shots.
Result: 123 as RXed.
I was hoping a weekend of R&R (and a mind-blowing meal) would fix what ails me, but alas: No dice. My wrist isn't any better. When my alarm clock started buzzing at 4:20 a.m., I briefly considered turning over and going back to sleep. But I thought better of it: There would be something I could do at the gym that involves no wrist flexion. And after a sedentary weekend, I was ready to get off my butt again.
The strength skill was front squats. To save my wrists, I did back squats (five sets of three, one set every three minutes) instead. Again, I took it easy, going only up to 185 pounds. I focused instead on maintaining proper form -- in particular, keeping my knees from collapsing inward during my ascent from the bottom.
More good news: The metcon didn't involve a whole lotta wrist action.
- 10 dumbbell burpees (45lbs / 30lbs)
- Run 240 meters
- 20 dumbbell burpees (45lbs / 30lbs)
- Run 400 meters
- 30 dumbbell burpees (45lbs / 30lbs)
- Run 800 meters
Even all that running felt good in the cool, misty darkness.