For the past couple of days, I was working out at 6am and then gone from 8-8. So not much time to do anything really.
Anyway, today, I had the privilege to partake in the 31 Heros WOD at CFS! The wod was:
AMRAP 31 minutes (As Many Reps As Possible)
8 Thrusters (155/105#)
6 Rope Climbs (15 ft. ascent)
11 Box Jumps (30/24″)
This is a Partner WOD – Partner #1 will perform the work listed above. Partner #2 will run 400m with a sandbag (45/25). We will carry bumper plates, medicine balls, or slam balls. Once Partner #2 returns from the run, Partner #1 will grab the sandbag and begin their 400m, while Partner #2 continues work wherever #1 left off. Score is your total # of reps.
This WOD was created specifically to honor the 30 men and one dog that gave their lives for our country on August 6, 2011. It is 31 minutes long—one minute in remembrance of each hero. The rep scheme is 8-6-11—the date of their ultimate sacrifice. Finally, this is a partner WOD. The men who gave their lives were from multiple branches of our military, working together as a team. In the workout you and your team member will constantly be taking the load from each other providing much needed support and relief. We realize that no physical sacrifice made during a workout can come close to the sacrifice our brave heroes made, but we consider this WOD a CrossFitters “moment of silence.” This is how we can honor those that gave all in the name of freedom. This was made to give a small taste of the huge sacrifice those heros made. And believe me, the experience was like no other.
First off, thrusters are just bad, so bad. As prescribed was 155 lbs……. no, I did not do as prescribed. Instead I did 75lb which sounded just right. I don’t even think I could get one 155lb thruster in. However, after those demonic things were finished were done, it was rope climb time! I was excited to see just how well the nano 3.0s did against the rope, since I know that was an improvement from the nano 2.0s. It was pretty good, I found the long Hylete socks I had on, a must for that. So after the six rope climbs came 11 box jumps at 30′. No big deal at all. I jumped many 30′ boxes in my time and nothing was going to change, right? Well, kind of. After a couple of rounds done and about 20 minutes in, I am absolutely killed and am hanging on with the box jump “breaks”. Everything else was so difficult that the box jumps were almost a relief. As this was progressing I wasn’t thinking anymore and Bam! I failed a rep and busted both of my shins at once. I have not ever failed an attempt this badly before. As it happened, I was in so much pain that I had to stop for about 3 minutes before I worked up the strength to continue. I had to switch to a 20′ box afterwards.
After the Wod, Coach Jeff knew what happened and proceeded to help me. I had not pulled my sock off before to see it. After I did, I saw a hurt shin. ‘Sigh’ maybe I should wear shin guards. On the bright side, more of my favorite Oakley socks came in! Whoo Hoo!