Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Grace...

February 27, 2012

When most people think of "Grace" they have an image in their head of something sweet and soft... perhaps a new baby (since Grace is a super popular baby name now)... or even Grace Kelley... beautiful, graceful...


BUT, ask any CrossFit athlete to tell you what they think of when they hear "Grace" and I guarantee you will hear a different answer. There is nothing soft and sweet that comes to mind at all! "Grace" is another benchmark WOD in the crossfit world. I happen to love the workout... right up my alley and I am able to challenge myself every time I do it. Its simple, its clear and its hard work for the entire WOD; 30 clean and jerks. Nothing fancy... no transition time, just 30 clean and jerks (womens weight is 95lbs).


Amazing "Grace" (aka "Barbells for Boobs") is an extremely popular charity event in the CrossFit community. The money raised is donated to "Mammograms In Action (MIA) which is a 501(c)3 non-profit breast cancer organization with the mission to provide funding for qualified low-income and uninsured women and men who need screening and/or diagnostic procedures in the prevention of breast cancer." <--- how AWESOME is that!

So anyway, the last time I had a meeting with the lovely "Grace" my time was 5:41. When I saw that this was the WOD for today I knew I was going to crush it. At least that was the plan!! My lifts have gotten much stronger, much faster and my form has improved as well. This was going to be a good one. I was ready!

I felt stronger, I felt faster and I felt great... and at the end of just 3 minutes and 19 seconds... 2:22 less than my previous time I had completed all 30 reps!! I was pumped!!

This is one of the wonderful things about CrossFit. See... there are workouts that I dont enjoy (mostly because they include exercises that I am not really that good at) and there are workouts that I really enjoy a lot (something like today). Whatever the case, I always put my 100% on the line. I am always pushing my limit to get better at the things that need work. Its hard sometimes to put your ego aside and scale something to your ability or take a little longer because you dont really "have" to scale, but you just arent as fast without it. I cant imagine looking at a workout and thinking that I just dont want to do it... just because I dont like it. Challenge is my favorite part of the day.

I dont have to PR, I dont have to beat my score/time/weight... I know its not going to happen every time. I know the next time I meet Grace I wont drop 2:22 off my time, but I do know that I will give it everything I possibly can, just as I did today. Thats how you get better. Thats CrossFit.

WARMUP:
500m Row
3 Rounds
- 5 Pushups
- 10 Back Extensions
- 15 Hollow Rocks
2 X 9 Fundamentals
Shoulder Openers on Wall (2 Min)

WOD: "Grace"
30 Clean and Jerks for Time (95lbs)
(My Time 3:19 Rx) PR

SKILL/STRENGTH
Pullups 5-5-3-3-1-1
(Worked on linking kipping pullups)

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