Wall Ball WoD with a Concept 2 Rowing Fool

Monday’s 26.2 CrossFit Endurance WoD was rough for me. It was a MetCon 50-40-30-20-10 Wall Ball with a 200 meter run after each round. Modifying the WoD is normal for me and due to my limited range of motion on the squat I use a bench and a 10# ball. Due an Achilles Tendon issue, I row but after an extended period of recovery and the previous Friday’s 100 meter runs, I chose to give the 200 a shot.

Only rolling my eyes twice, it was hot and muggy that morning in the Box, I got through the WoD rather quickly for me. My legs were janky-leg-wobbly by the time I was done. While smiling big on the inside, I cooled down with a 500 meter easy row.

Then came Tuesday morning. How sore was I? Like my first days, weeks, months of CrossFit sore! Barely able to walk, my body tottered like a sickly Penguin. Slowly and gently stretching just trying to get out of the bed I thought about using the Trigger Point Hand Roller but that was out of the question. Using the large foam roller was totally out as I could not even, with light pressure from my hands, touch the trigger points on my legs. (Can you hear me Wah!?)

Wednesday I woke up at 2:30, 3:30 and 4:30 a.m. At 5:30 I tried to get up and get ready to go to my 6:30 a.m. Endurance class. Instead, I reset my alarm for the 7:30 Personal Training class only to waken and reset the time thinking maybe I could make it to the 9 a.m. CrossFit class. However, finally waking up at 10 a.m. because my Retriever was telling me it was time to get up for real, I thought a little more recover time was need therefore if I a make it to the 5:30 p.m. class……

At 4 p.m. I just gave up on pushing myself to get to the Box after trying to loosen up throughout the day with light jumping on my Rebounder and stretching. There was no getting past an overall sick-to-my-stomach soreness so finally giving myself permission to take the day off was the right thing to do. But I was determined to make it Thursday to, you know, row-baby-row!

2015-080-20 C2 MetersThursday morning. Though somewhat difficult to tryna-wanna get going, I got to the Box, got that rower set up and then the best motivation wave kicked in. Coach Allie saw my lifetime meters pop up on the C2 screen. His face lit up in joyful amazement at how many meters I have rowed since he put me on the tracking card. That surprised look of happiness was enough to push myself into gear with a stretching and rowing warm up. My head was back in the game to 15 Rounds of Rowing for 1:40 minutes at 26 spm with 20 second rests and the damper set at five.

What I truly appreciated learning about CrossFit this week was a reinforced lesson about how important it is to push through pain at a reasonable pace. Recovery is essential to a healthy workout regimen. And rowing is a fabulous recovery workout for any killer Wall Ball WoD.

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