Less abulous

I was once again wide awake at a very early hour. I worked out at 6, coached at 7, and at 8 then took Luke to the vet for his scheduled surgery. I’ve since heard the from vet, and all went well. It’s unlikely that I’ll sleep well tonight nonetheless, even after having consumed a beer.

I’ve very pleased with Nick’s performance as a coach, and enjoy his sessions. Today was no exception.

Barbara (Time)

Five Rounds for time:
20 Pull-ups
30 Push-ups
40 Sit-ups
50 Squats
*3-minute rest after each round*

No PR today, so let’s get that out of the way. I set a goal to complete all rounds of pull-ups, sit-ups, and air squats unbroken, knowing that It’d be very unlikely that I’d be able to complete 30 unbroken pushups after having just completed 20 unbroken pull-ups. I felt out of sorts this morning, and not only because of my worrying about Luke. I had loudly claimed a Speal bar, set my protein drink beside my station, set-up my pumice stone and chalk on J-hooks, and then went to the bathroom to put on Bodyglide. When I returned all of the Speal bars had been claimed. I’m not going to mention any names Steve Dodge as to who the guilty party was who, you know, was a Steve Dodge squatter. Both Laurie and another individual Steve Dodge offered to share a Speal bar, but my reach is so wide that this is very difficult to do. I don’t like high five or fist bumps let alone holding hands whilst doing pull-ups. And as clients always come first, I set up my station to the left of Laurie, reasoning that I had a good chance that I could use the Speal bar if she wasn’t doing pull-ups at the same time. I was indeed able to use the Speal bar the 2nd, 3rd, and final rounds.

But not the 4th round. Or the first.

I completed 20 unbroken pull-ups the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and final rounds. But not the 4th. The grip felt so weird that I was only able to complete 12 unbroken reps before dropping from the bar. And then I had to finish the round in reps of 5 & 3. Steve Dodge Dammit.

I completed 1st round of pushups in reps of 20 & 10, and the remaining rounds in reps of 15, 10, & 5. All rounds of Abmat sit-ups and air squats were completed in unbroken reps. Sit-ups were laborious. Have I lost some of my abulousness? Upon completion of all rounds I had to stretch my abs. I also ran my fingers down my abs and, as always, was reminded that I needed to do laundry.

I’m usually to self conscious, but I was today and on more than one occasion. For example, I had completed 1st round and had begun 2nd round as most people were resting between 1st and 2nd rounds. Okay, while all people were resting. And I felt all eyes upon me. The music had temporarily stopped playing and I knew I was breathing loudly. I asked Nick to turn up the music and he obligingly did so. (Thanks, Nick!) On another occasion and as often happens, the liner of my lululemon shorts had ridden up my ass after sit-ups and I had to dig all up in there to pull the liner down. As people were watching. And yet another time occurred when Laurie and I were working out beside each other and Nick said, “Keep up with him, Laurie.” And she laughed, saying, “There’s no way I’m going to keep up with him.”

I lapped quite a few people and felt bad for doing so. I was on my final round whilst most people were on their 4th round. I even apologized to Laurie afterwards and she said, “Don’t worry about it. It feels good to lap someone. I always enjoy lapping someone during a race!” And she’s right.

Rnd 1 | 3:18
Rnd 2 | 3:25
Rnd 3 | 3:42 (damned sit-ups)
Rnd 4 | 3:59 (I had really slowed down)
Rnd 5 | 3: 42

I was somewhat disappointed in my time, as it was almost a minute slower than my PR. I am still elated, however, with yesterday’s performance on “Elizabeth.” Imma gonna be tryin’ that one again real soon.


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