Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thats No "Bull"

November 26, 2011

We knew after Turkey day that the WOD was going to be a tough one... we also knew when we woke up this morning and K and M had no posted any details about the WOD on the website that it was going to be a doozie... and the third give-a-way was when we got to the gym and KP and T met us at the door saying "we wont tell them you are here, turn around and go home... you wont be sad!"

So, what was it... it was "Bull"... this is a hero WOD named for U.S. Marine Corps Captain Brandon "Bull" Barrett, 27, of Marion, Indiana,  who was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He was killed on May 5, 2010, while supporting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

He must have been one hell of a guy as this was one of the (if the THE) hardest WOD we were about to face. We chatted for a few as we watched some of our fellow CFers face their fears! Soon it was our turn... I had a tough time trying to figure out if I was going to do the OH squats Rx, which was 95lbs. I loaded up the bar and did a few attempts. I didnt think I could do 50 reps (2 times) with that weight so I dropped it down to 85lbs. I knew it was going to be slow, but I wanted to give it my all. I also reduced my pullup band to the small green band, I set up a box in case I needed it to jump off of since I was using the high bar.

We were all set and ready. The clock counted down and DAMN... there was no turning back. I know what kept me going on this WOD was that "I can" attitude I have been working on. My goal was to use the same approach to this that I used for the 5 mile run. I knew the double unders were going to frustrate the hell out of me if I attempted 200 of them, so I didnt even try. I went ahead and did 400 singles both rounds.

The whole WOD was constant hard work and constant suffering. I did my best to stay focused, take short breaks and really think about every move I was making. I tried to keep good form on all 100 OH squats, I achieved that, at least they all felt pretty good. The pullups were tough. I did use the assist and a few of them I did more jumping than others. I did try to fully extend at the bottom of the pullup. Finally both of the mile runs... wouldnt you know it... it wasnt that bad! Maybe its because of the torturous 5 miles on Sunday!

Needless to say (at least I hope its understood by now) that I finished the WOD. My goal, under an hour... my time 57:07!! Mission accomplished!!

3 Rounds
- 250m Row
- 5 Pullups
- 10 GHD Situps
- 15 Med Ball Cleans (20lbs)

WOD: "Bull"
2 Rounds for Time
- 200 Double Unders (400 Singles)
- 50 OH Squats (85lbs)
- 50 Pullups
- 1 Mile Run
(My time 57:07)

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