My oh my! This cold front came at the most inopportune time. Just when we thought the winter was behind us, the coldest off all cold fronts stops by for a visit. Its supposed to snow in San Antonio tonight… like actual snow! This type of weather makes me want to curl up on my couch with some hot cocoa and have the fireplace burning. But that’s not possible…. no chocolate in paleo!
Yesterday we embraced the cold by a challenge that coach Rick posted on the Alamo CF Blog. We ran…. We ran outside… and we ran in 18 degree weather…Yup we sucked it up! I didn’t want to punk out simply because I knew that piece of our WOD coming in to the gym. Little did I know that we were having a 2 parter. Part 1 was Back Squat Max (12 minutes, work in teams) and Part 2 was “Backpack”: 20 DB Thrusters and 200m run outside AMRAP in 12 minutes.
Part 1: I know my previous PR for Back Squat was 135lbs. Since I’ve been out in a while, I was not trying to beat it. I did however want to match my old record. We started the first 3 reps at 65, the next 3 reps at 85, then the next reps at 105. Once we started our 1 rep max we tried 115, which I accomplished. Erica, Amy and Monica were in my group. We started running out of time for our max rep so we decided to up the weight to our possible 1 max rep. My attempt at 135 was unsuccessful the first time And sadly, I ran out of time before I could try again. So I ended with a 115lb max for the day… but I’m pretty darn sure I could’ve met my 135 goal. Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda, yea I know.. I sound like a brat :p
The second part of the WOD was “Back Pack”, as I mentioned earlier this WOD was for 20 DumbBell Thrusters and a 20 meter run outside. All ! can say, is thank god Frank let me borrow his wife’s gloves….. he saved my little hands from freezing. That run was brutal. I think i struggled more with that than the thrusters. I finished the WOD with 4 rounds completed.
The best part of this workout was seeing the Crossfit 101 class coming in. I must clarify and mention that by “best’ I am being incredibly sarcastic…. you know why? I had 4 of my fellow Rackers attending this class and they got to see me snot covered, running out of breath and sweaty HAHA. I will say though, I am SOOOO proud of them for taking the initiative and going to class. I feel in part they motivated me to go that day.
Here are some pics of Nathan, Levi, Christine and Michael doing Squats Holds with their class.