27-21-15-9 reps for time of:
- Row (calories)
Men use 95 lb.
Women use 65 lb.
I was scared to do this one. I knew I was going to take a long time. I knew it was going to hurt. I knew it was not going to look pretty. I also knew there would be a group of people watching me whilst all of this. At CrossFit Lelystad they only have 1 rower with a working screen, so everyone doing the open had to take turns. I was second on the list and the funny thing is that even though I worried about me looking stupid in front of others beforehand.. during the workout you don’t even think about how you look or if people are watching. Only focus is on getting through the next rep. I started alright on the rower with about a 1000 cal per hour pace. Then came the thrusters and everything quickly went downhill from there. Thrusters are my worst enemy and 65 lbs feels heavy really fast. I had to break the reps in sets of 3 pretty much from the beginning. I kept a steady pace through the first round of 27 though. Going back on the rower is when it started to suck big time. I couldn’t get faster than a 750 cal per hour pace.. and even that took a lot of effort. Going back to the thrusters after.. pfff.. only people that have done this WOD can understand how much it hurts. How much you don’t want to pick up that bar at all, let alone 21 times. It felt like it took forever. But got back to the rower for 15 and managed to keep the 750 cal rate per hour. I think I really started to slow down during the 15 reps thrusters.. Taking longer breaks.. wanting to stop basically. The last 9 cal row was really slow…. I tried to keep it at 750, but think I got stuck around 600.. then back to the thrusters.. I managed 3 reps.. then 2.. then 1 and then.. I got a cramp!! In my foot!!! I was rolling down over the floor in agony with 3 reps to go. It was horrific! After wasting a minute stretching I got back up for 2 more reps on bare feet before the cramp hit me again.. and had to take another pauze before hitting the final rep. Final time 23 min and 19 seconds.
This is a workout that most women do between 10 and 15 minutes (elite athletes do it under 7 minutes!). My time is a joke compared to other Crossfitters. But I’m proud of it anyway! I wanted to quit so badly, I wanted to go slower so badly. But I kept going. And that’s all that matters to me.
Long post. A bit dramatic. But totally worth it.