You know the moment when you are trying to accomplish something and all of a sudden you realize that you are almost done... just a few more steps, minutes, reps.... whatever it may be (in our out of the gym)... in that moment whether you know it or not, you make a decision. The decision to go on, push yourself to stay up for just a few more hours to finish the paper due tomorrow, work a few more hours to meet the deadline you promised a client, run the last quarter of a mile without walking a step, struggle through the last rep of a 10 minute AMRAP of an exercise that might not be your "favorite", or even spend time thinking about whether a relationship is worth saving when it is on the rocks... you either decide to push to go on, or you decide to give up. The choice is yours. In that moment its determination that comes into play. If you want it, you can have it... Sometimes you have to learn to push yourself for the smaller things first... but eventually you will see that if you just go for it, you might surprise yourself.
I had this running through my head over and over during a portion of this morning WOD. When I looked at it on paper it seemed pretty daunting, but I was hoping the TABATA style timing would help get me through the hardest part (the 50 pullups). TABATA timing means that you work for 20 seconds and rest for 10, its typically done in a 8 minute round... but this morning we had a set number of reps to complete in however many 20 on 10 off it takes to complete it. Seemed pretty simple...
All was well when I plowed through the 1K Row... I actually row TABATA a lot faster than I do without a break, we were all off the rower before the 5 minute mark... my goal was to stay right behind T (or as close to him as possible) because he is a strong rower, and be ahead of everyone else, because I knew I would slow down at the pullups, not trying to "beat" anyone... just trying to push my limits. I was able to get in 2 abmat situps before the rest of the crew joined in. At that point KP and I had each other in our peripheral vision... we were right on time with each other. Fifty abmat situps later and I was onto the pullups...
This is where the determination came into play. Pullups are hard enough for me as it is... and the thought 50 of them in a row is enough to give me hives!! However, I have been working on them and I knew I could do it. It might take me a little longer, I might need breaks, but I CAN do it ! The TABATA timing helped a lot, so I did my best to only rest during the allotted rest times. Everyone was done with pullups before me, some even done the 50 box jumps that followed before I was done the pullups, but again, I did every single one of them! Just a few weeks ago I couldnt do 1 kipping pullup... let alone 50 of them!!
The box jumps seemed like a "rest" after all those pullups... and with the cheering from KP, T, and K I was on a roll... it was a great morning for mind over matter at CF Wachusett!!
Jump Rope Circuit 2X- 10 Singles
- 10 Each Leg
- 10 Side to Side
- 10 Front to Back
- 10 Crossover
- 10 Double Unders
- 10 Spiderman
- 10 Air Squats
- 10 Shoulder Dislocates
WOD: "Tabata Something Strange"
For Time, Working for 20s Rest for 10s
- Row 1K
- 50 Abmat Situps
- 50 Pullups
- 50 Box Jumps (20")
(My Time 16:40 Rx)
Ring Dips 10-10-10 (small blue band)