|WOD in pink, warm-up is the black chicken scratch on the side|
On Saturday I went to one of my favorite places - CrossFit Central LI. I didn't get there in time to do a full warm-up (actually, I probably did but I take a lot of time going to the bathroom and wandering around, and putting my hair clips in), but I did some stretching and a few squats. Not warming up definitely came back to bite me when the first 800m run felt like garbage. Lesson learned.
The other day I was watching Mark Rippetoe's video on grip and I realized I have been making the exact same mistake he describes. I've been practicing on any bar I can get my hands on and I paid special attention to it during the WOD. My callouses feel much better and they're pretty much inline with the rest of my hands.
CrossFit Central LI has a 10 AM rowing class and I was psyched to stay for it after the WOD. We rowed 2,000m followed by 3 minutes rest for a total of 6,000m.
That shit is seriously hard but I loved it. We were to row as hard as we could for the first 20 strokes and then row at around 30 strokes a minute every 500m. So we rowed as hard as we could at 2,000m then 1,500m then 1,000m and 500m and at about 250m, we would sprint it in.
My Concept 2 was next to Jason's and he really pushed me because I was looking at his screen and trying to keep up. After our last 2,000m he told me that I was motivating him because I started after him in the second round but finished before him and he wanted to keep up. That's what I love about CrossFit - we challenge and push each other but we're not really competing against each other. Not to sound cheesy, but Jason and I both win when we bust our asses trying to keep up with the person that we think is beating us. And who doesn't love a community where a stranger is giving you fist pumps after 10 minutes because you've bonded over sweat and a shared action? (I majored in sociology. I am fascinated by social groups, their norms, and what binds them together.)