And we're off!
On June first I came back from 24hours in Calais full of French coffee and a little too worked up for my own good. I love coffee and gave it up once for a whole 19 days. Those were the dullest sleepiest 19 days of my life. But one can have too much of a good thing, as I I did that Wednesday morning. When I got home, Tom looked at me with wide eyes as I ran around the apartment yapping, much like an over excited puppy till I collapsed in bed. After a a nap I still was buzzing as I headed off to the 5:30pm class at Crossfit Blackfriars class.
I walked in and looked at the whiteboard and read the work out of the day in the secret Crossfit code. Crossfit has it's own language. Similar to how Yiddish is a cross between Hebrew and German; Crossfit is a mixture regular fitness vocabulary and acronyms. The most basic of Crossfit speech is the WOD, or Workout of the Day. The WOD is posted daily on a white board. So you can read whats in store for you in the hour class. When I first started at Crossfit Blackfriars the board meant nothing to me because I understood none of it. People would come, read it, and bemoan our fitness fate, but to me it just looked like alphabet soup. I didn't care.
Cut to now, I can read it and I care. It was a fun work out involving heavy lifting (my favorite) but then fucking Tabata Burpees. Why's it have to be burpees? Tabata is a technique where you do a task (ie jump rope, run, squats, burpees) for 20 seconds as fast as you can then take a ten second rest. You repeat the for a total of four minutes or more. Burpees are where you jump up and down till you puke.
That's not exactly what they are. To be honest I've never puked doing them. But once when I was explaining the movement to a friend she asked why they were called, Burpees. I said I believe it's because of the upset stomach they leave you with at the end. I mean maybe it's all the coffee I drank that day but I'm pretty sure it's the Burpees that made me burpee for the rest of the evening. I don't like them, I can't wait till a study reveals they are bad for us or useless and they are tossed aside along with bread and those weight-loss jiggle belts from the 50's. By the end of the prescribed time I managed to do 41. Since I had it in my mind I'd only get 40, I was pretty ok with that. I still don't know if that's a good amount to do or just a pathetic attempt. But it's done now and my caffeine filled tummy was not happy, but the rest of my body was so we'll call that day a win.