I Think Carey Tried To Kill Me

I’m really enjoying the challenge of CrossFit Women. The indoor workouts are tough in an entirely different way than Bootcamp — and I love having the best of both worlds. I still get to hang out with my Bootcamp peeps twice a week and get my dose of outdoor socialization time. And I’ve added the “get tough” vibe and energy of the CrossFit gym to my week.


Unfortunately, I think Carey was trying to kill us today.

And I mean that in the most positive way imaginable.

I’m guessing that when you see the workout in writing, it won’t look that bad. It didn’t seem bad when I read it on the whiteboard this morning. But it was a monster.

The workout
5 rounds for time

  • 10 renegade rows (2 pulls for each pushup), 20-lb. dumbbells
  • 20 box steps, 10 R/10 L, one foot on the box the whole time
  • 10 power cleans, 20-lb. dumbbells
  • run, 250m

*Note: We were originally supposed to do to seven rounds, but when Carey saw how long it took us all to bang out one, she reduced the number to five. I was both relieved and sad.

OK. The renegade rows were, like, impossible. Alroght, not impossible but really, really, really, ridiculously hard. They brought me to my knees a few times — but only to rest. Sadly, I had to scale a bit and do my pushups with hands on the floor, then the pulls with the weights. But I stayed on my toes the whole time, and got pretty low.

The box steps were like my old Reebok step workouts times a million. The power cleans actually felt really good, but the running intervals… Oh, the run. Poor, poor running intervals. They must suffer from low self-esteem because everyone hates them.

My enthusiasm and pace during that tiny, little, unassuming 250m run dwindled during the five rounds. But I did my best to hustle.

Time: 27:28

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