Not at all like Chelsea

Ardha Matsyendrasana
Ardha Matsyendrasana

I rested yesterday. While not planned, but my mind and body insisted that I do so.

And it was good.

I worked out at 9:45, completing today’s programmed WOD.

And it was tough.

Every other minute for 32 minutes (16 rounds)
4 chest to bar pull-ups

8 ring dips
12 medicine ball cleans (20)
24 double unders

I set up the equipment and then made a numbered list from 1 to 16. My goal was to complete all chest to bar pull-ups and medicine ball cleans unbroken, thinking that I wouldn’t be able to complete ring dips unbroken and knowing that it was highly unlikely that I’d complete 16 rounds of 24 double unders unbroken.

My times fluctuated wildly, as my fastest round (round 7) was 1:11 and my slowest round (round 9) was 1:30.

I completed all rounds of chest to bar pull-ups, ring dips, and medicine ball cleans unbroken, and 4 rounds of double unders unbroken as well.

There were quite a few times when I was convinced that, while I knew I’d be able to complete all rounds within 2 minutes, I would have to take a 2-minute rest. This workout was as much psychological as it was physical.

Of all of the activities, medicine ball cleans were by far the most awful. Completing double unders after so many freaking medicine ball cleans wasn’t much fun either. My slowest rounds, obviously, were those in which I stumbled — literally — with double unders. If I was able to get into a rhythm by the 3rd double under all was good. If I found it difficult to settle into a rhythm, well, things didn’t go so well.

Back to medicine ball cleans. Twelve reps seemed like an ungodly amount. Who programs this shit? During the last rounds I would count up to 6 and then down from 6. I don’t know why. Also during one of the last rounds I thought, “Puppies dogs and unicorns.” I did indeed think of frolicking puppies and that made me smile.

I don’t much care for unicorns.

I completed all 16 rounds with an accumulated time of 21:32.

I wonder what this would be like as a 16-round AFAP?

Oh, and for those of you keeping score at home, that’s 64 chest to bar pull-ups, 128 ring dips (!), 192 (!!) medicine ball cleans, and 384 double unders.

I was going to put 3 exclamation marks after “384”, but it hurt my brain to think of “3” before “double”.

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