Today is the 4th of January, 2016… We didn’t get a workout in for the first three days of the new year, but today we got back to Crossfit Continuum to rectify that situation. And I almost wish I had stayed home.
I got to work out with my whole family today, plus a huge group of other folks… Elyse, Brent, Sam, Danielle, Lisa, Andrea, and a few new folks. We had folks everywhere. The class before us was Larry, Mike, and a new gal whose name I didn’t catch – and they all did great.
Though I have been dreading this workout for several days, I honestly just wanted to get it done. Because of the length of the workout (500 reps for time) we didn’t get much of a warm-up, but we Fitzy’s arrived early enough to get some good mobility and stretching in, so I wasn’t too worried about that. We did a 500m row and were pretty much off to the races gathering equipment and finding a place.
If you don’t know about the Filthy Fifty, it’s one of those “named” workouts in Crossfit that lives in infamy.
- 50 Box jump, 24 inch box
- 50 Jumping pull-ups
- 50 Kettlebell swings, 1 pood
- Walking Lunge, 50 steps
- 50 Knees to elbows
- 50 Push press, 45 pounds
- 50 Back extensions
- 50 Wall ball shots, 20 pound ball
- 50 Burpees
- 50 Double unders (or 100 singles)
Essentially this workout is 500 reps for time. It’s insane.
I grabbed Mike’s equipment (53# kettle-bell, 45# bar, box, 20# med ball) from the last class and found a jump rope. Figured out where I would do my jumping pull-ups and was as ready as I was going to be.
My scaled approach changed a couple of things:
- Box jumps and step-ups to a 20″ box
- Single jumps instead of double-unders
- Good Mornings with the 45# bar instead of back extensions on the GHD machine
Everything else I could pretty much do, or so I thought.
I was slow, but chugging forward until I got to the push press, which I did strict (no knee bounce) because of the light bar. By the time I got to the Good Mornings, my arms were complaining. But I think it was the bouncing of the head up and down that really pushed me over the edge.
I got to the wall balls and the room was spinning. I only got through 10 wall balls before I had to sit down. I was done. Standing up is kind of important and if I couldn’t do a wall ball, burpees were going to be impossible.
Coach Bill later told me the color in my face wasn’t right and asked if I’d eaten. I did – had a good breakfast (three eggs with a bit of bacon for an omelet with my cup of coffee). But the day before I really only had one meal – lunch. Sometimes I just forget to eat. I did make a sandwich for dinner, but it was pretty minimal.
So a couple of things…
First, the Filthy Fifty is awful. And we have to do it again at the end of the month. Looking forward to this WOD less than I did for Karen (150 wall balls for time), which is saying something.
Second, I have to remember to eat better before one of these “chipper” workouts. I seem to be good up to about 30 minutes. Past that, my lack of conditioning comes into play and now apparently it also involves my diet which has been a bit wonky over the last month or so.
This month we’re falling back to a more paleo diet and one cheat meal a week. That will help with weight loss for me, but it may come with a cost to my strength due to not eating enough. We’ll see how that works. We may add in a couple of snacks a day like we did with the Zone diet and see if that helps keep us more fueled.
Anyway… Today was a DNF. Everything is up from there, so the next time should be a bit better. Hopefully.
I got through 360 of the 500 reps in about 42 minutes and my body gave up. Or I gave up because my body was reacting poorly. Either way, it was unpleasant and something I’d rather not repeat.
We shall see.
Everybody else did amazing, so great work folks!