D11: Intensity


Today’s workout at CrossFit 808 felt like a first.  The WOD consisted of 100 Push Presses for time.  Every minute, on the minute, you had to perform five Toes-to-Bar.  If you make it to the 10th minute, you begin alternating between Air Squats and the Toes-to-Bars.  That told me you were supposed to be finished in 10 minutes or less.  The weights were 115 lbs for guys and 95 lbs for girls.  100 times.  I asked the coach if I should scale, and he suggested 75 lbs.  Terrified of the WOD, I quickly complied.

  • Start to 1:00: I completed 33 push presses, then five toes-to-bar
  • 1:15 to 2:18: My total was up to 53, then another five toes-to-bar
  • 2:18 to 3:20: My total was up to 66, then another five toes-to-bar
  • 3:20 to 4:20: My total was up to 78, then another fives toes-to-bar
  • 4:20 to 5:20: My total was up to 90, then another five toes-to-bar
  • 5:20 to 5:48: Finished the last 10. 100 complete.  I certainly didn’t want to do any more toes-to-bar… my hands hurt.

I actually was accused of cheating I finished so fast.  It seemed obvious to me that the weight was too light, but Coach Josh assured me the scale was right and that was the appropriate speed.

So what is the significance of this?  This is the first WOD I can remember that I didn’t take long, unnecessary breaks.  I kept up a blistering pace.  There were times that I wanted to drop the bar and just wait for the minute to be up to do my Toes-to-Bar.  But I kept going.  I would squeeze out two, three, or four more reps before the minute was up.  The source of this new found intensity?

  1. The CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course.  I want to belong to the group that is there for this.
  2. A much larger goal that I may expound upon later.
  3. This post from CrossFit Mean Streets in Los Angeles, CA: crossfitmeanstreets.com/2011/04/27/the-crossfit-games-open-and-the-cheaters/  My favorite part: “The “magic” of the WOD happens not when you finish, but in those final moments when you are in a territory you have never been in. You know this because you might barely be able to stand, or breath, or keep your food down,…. You might be faced with putting a barbell over your head that you are barely holding on your shoulders. It is in these situations that you don’t know,… and… against all other wishes your body may have: you keep going. You gather all the strength you have, both physically and mentally. You might think back to a time you were strong to get you through this current dilemma. You might take a second to tighten up every rep,… Whatever it is, and however it plays out you get through it,… you were in a place you have never been before,… and you push through it. You gained access to that territory. You got your 4 min Fran, or you climbed the rope with no feet all the way to the ceiling, or you got 400 reps on Fight Gone Bad…. Whatever it is… it’s yours.”

I am sure my experienced CrossFit friends already knew this part.  But I had been missing the magic.  I had been taking breaks.  Pacing myself and not really achieving the MAGIC of CrossFit.  CrossFit demands a certain intensity.  In the back of my mind, I knew that, but I wasn’t “digging deeper” as Jaime likes to tell me.  I was proud.  I felt strong.  I know to achieve my goals, ALL of my goals, if I can continually find this level of intensity, I will be able to meet and/or exceed them.   Thoughts?

 

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2 comments on “D11: Intensity

  1. The big “I” is a hard thing for coaches to describe to new members but once they have found it….their lives begin to change. It’s no longer just a workout, it’s a misson. Congrats for coming over to the dark side!

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