So, I survived yesterday’s Thurster WOD at the gym. And I didn’t even cry! As a reminder, here is the special hell that was Saturday’s WOD.
I had decided before I got there, that my strategy was to pick a spot in the back corner and just cry my way through this WOD where no one would see me. That was my plan…but that’s not how it worked out.
I picked my spot and did the strength part of the workout (5-5-3-3-2-2 thrusters) as planned. In the corner, not loving any of it, and trying to figure out what weights I would use for the WOD. I sort of had it all figured out and then Alli, one of the girls who is in class with me a couple of times a week, came over, told me I wasn’t staying here in the corner, picked up my bar and moved me over to the main area right beside her. She knew I was dreading this workout and she said there was no way I was staying in the corner.
I figured out the weights I was going to use for the 6 rounds: 60-55-50-45-35-25 and when it was 3-2-1…Go, I picked up the bar and just tried to keep moving. The first round was okay since it was only 5. The second wasn’t that fun but it wasn’t too bad. The round of 15 at 50# was tough, but I broke it up into sets of 5. It felt good to take weight off each round and I think that’s the only reason I was able to get through it. Each time the number of thrusters went uo, the weight went down. Thank god!
Throughout the WOD, every once in a while Alli would give me an encouraging word, telling me “you got this” or “keep moving”. It was just what I needed, and it worked. I wasn’t that fast and I hated every thruster, but I kept going. And every time I took weight off the bar my thrusters got better. It still sucked but once I got down to 45# I knew I could do it.
As the WOD went on my bar ended up moving a bit when I dropped it and eventually I was facing away from Alli. So, for her last round she picked up her bar and brought it over in front of me so she could see me and I could see her. She finished ahead of me and sat there and counted me down for my last round of 30.
I survived that hellish WOD and finished in 17:48 I think. Definitely not the fastest. I may have actually been the last one in class to finish, but I don’t care! I survived 105 thrusters!
I thanked Alli for getting me through it, but I feel like I may owe her more than a thanks. She had more faith in me than I did. She is one of the best parts of CrossFit. The encouragement. The shared suffering. The community. I only hope that one day I will get to repay her and be there when she needs a bit of encouragement in class.
I’m feeling all those thrusters today, but I’m looking forward to getting back to it tomorrow. There are some good WODs coming up. No thrusters and a few of them have double unders and I rock the double unders!
Now I’m off to watch tonight’s Walking Dead on PVR. I’m hoping we get to find out what happened to Glenn. Here’s hoping this pic I saw earlier on Instagram comes true.
Here’s to a good week ahead!