My Trans-America Bicycle ride was probably the biggest challenge I have ever been a part of and even though it ended with be getting pretty beat up, and only 1800 miles completed, it was such a life-changing experience. I saw so many places, met a ton of great people, and pushed myself each and every day a good bit farther than I imagined being pushed. It was fun, even though I did end up busting up my hand and neck in the crash in Colorado.
My move to California would also be way up there in the biggest challenges I have faced, but my excitement for this new life, with my wonderful girlfriend Lindsey, and the promise of the lifestyle I have always dreamed of made it all seem so logical and simple. When I sit back and look at where I am headed, I can do nothing but smile. I know I am following my heart and my passion, and good things come when life is approached in that manner. I can not wait for what's to come, and I am going to enjoy every second of it, good and bad!
So, a few days back I visited Albany CrossFit to get my physical and metal abilities majorly challenged along side CrossFit studs Austin Malleolo and James Hobart. Along with head coach Jay, and fellow athlete Matt, we all prepared for this:
2 rounds for time of:
200 double unders
50 overhead squats 135#
50 pull ups
1 mile run
Oh. Hell. Yes! This sort of thing is just fun. I personally would have issues with this sort of workout being programmed in on any sort of a regular basis, but for competitors, for fun, to pay homage to our fallen hero's, yeah, let's all get after it! This style of workout can do nothing but put a smile on my face, it's over the top and ridiculous. It's so crazy that there really is nothing anyone can do but to just go hard and keep going until you finish. And luckily for me, I was able to share the torture with a couple super-athletes.
We all got started and I was feeling very smooth, getting all 200 double unders unbroken in about 1:38. The overhead squats felt more like 185#, but I was able to string together 3 sets of 10, then got the rest mixed in with 3 or more reps. Austin and I got to the pull up bar around the same time, and he pulled a little away from me there and into the first run. The run was tougher than I would have expected. I guess I really have adapted to the warmer California weather. It was in the upper 20's and I was never able to really get a comfortable breath going. But with Austin not too far in front of me, I just kept pace. The second round was just a test of everything in my body. The double unders went fine enough, I actually got 100 unbroken right off the run. The overhead squats were about as brutal a test as I have ever been faced with. At around 20 I began to feel total muscle break-down in my hips and shoulders, and I was beginning to feel a bit nauseous. But, we all just chipped away. I ended up crossing back into the gym at 45:10 and was very happy with that time. I put every ounce of energy into that workout, and I know that that was the best time I would get on that day, given my programming and travel schedule leading up to it. It was fun!
Tomorrow I head over to Northampton for a family gathering, and will be hoping for another group workout, we'll see!
Never Stop, GET FIT.