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Ridin’ Satan’s Tricycle
I swear on my favorite black boots from France, during one of my 30-second intervals on the Airdyne this morning, I looked to my right, and I saw this:
There is nothing quite so terrifying as the demons that come along for the ride when sprinting on Satan’s Tricycle.
Skill: snatch progression
5 OH squats
5 hip snatch
5 lift off
10:00 snatch practice @ 50-60%, 40#
:30 kettlebell swings, 16 kg
:30 row @ 100%
1. Rowing: Before I joined CrossFit Austin, rowing meant I plopped down on the seat and starting pulling the handle. Done! I’m rowing! But thanks to kickass cues from my coaches and my classmates, I now actually have a C2 “technique.” This morning, I hit my lowest ever 500m split time – 1:49. I have no idea if that’s objectively good, but it’s great for me.
2. Toes-To-Bar: Sometimes when I wake up in the middle of the night, I peek at my iPhone to see the workout I’ll be doing in the morning. Today, in my half-awake-half-asleep state just before the alarm went off, I dreamt that I was executing perfect toes-to-bar, inspired by our WOD, I’m sure. When I was fully awake, I was convinced that today would be the day I’d realize some latent toes-to-bar talent that I’d previously missed.
At the gym, I told Dave that story, and while we were getting set up for the WOD, he did a beautiful toes-to-bar. Just like that! (Way to go, handsome!)
So naturally, I said, “I’m gonna try it.” I’m a little ashamed to admit I’ve never tried before. As I type those words, it seems unreal. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE? I NEVER EVEN TRIED?! I got a grip on the bar, and I sswwuuuuuuuuung my legs and got thisclose. Like, my feet were over my head but not quite touching the bar. Three more attempts; same result. But for me, that’s a check in the win column.
No matter how hard I tried, the best I could do this morning was 10 KB swings during each 30-second interval. I’m blaming it on my slow (huff! puff! wheeze!) transitions. I always had that experience in triathlons, too –I’m just a little Pokey McPokerson in the transitions.
I’m declaring my knees-to-elbows the most unattractive, ungainly, uninspired movement in Austin, perhaps all of Texas, and maybe, just maybe, in the world. I’d even make a small wager that my KTEs would be competitive in a Universe’s Ugliest Movements™ Contest.
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