Just one rep, but I’ll take it.

I coached the 8:30 session and then attended the 9:45 session, led by Coach Nick. ‘Twas fun yet exhausting.

Lynne (AMRAP – Reps)

5 Rounds for Max Reps of:
Bodyweight Bench Press

I last completed this metcon June 6, 2014 with a score of 174 reps. I remember how difficult it was, so I tried to mentally prepare myself. My only goal was to get a PR, even if that meant by a mere rep. I jotted down last year’s results and set my goal to increase reps for both BP and PU each round.

BP: 14, 12, 10, 8, 7
PU: 30, 27, 23, 22, 21

My bodyweight is 143 and I bench pressed 145.

Things did not start off well, as I only completed 12 BP the 1st round. Dammit. I also completed pull-ups on a non-Speal bar the first round. Dammit. I was nonetheless able to complete 34 reps, so I was up by 2.

I completed just 10 BP and 27 PU the 2nd round, so I was now even with previous score. My mistake was taping my hands, and I should know better than to do so. I did, however, use the Speal bar for this and remaining rounds. I also removed the tape from my hands. Unlike last year, I did not tear my hands today. Yay!

By the of the 2nd round my forearms were swolt, I tell you, swolt! I said, “Everything is swolt.” Karen asked, “Everything?” I said, “Yes, and I haven’t been this swolt since my honeymoon.”

Nine BP and 24 PU 3rd round. Still even with previous record. I was getting very nervous.

I was able to complete 8 BP the 4th round, and this gave me confidence. I was able to only complete 23 PU, though, failing at last attempted rep. Uhm, I heard a “No rep!” Uhm, like I knew it was a no rep. I was up a mere rep.

I was very anxious and just wanted to get through the last round. I had convinced myself that a PR may not be in the cards.

I completed 8 BP the final round, 1 more rep than anticipated. I knew that I had to complete just 20 PU for a PR.

And that’s what I did! Whilst I did attempt a 21st rep, my chin most certainly did not go above the bar. If I knew that I hadn’t achieved a PR I would’ve stayed on the bar for as long as it took me to do so.

Score = 175 reps

I don’t want to do this workout again anytime soon.


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