Today we have a special guest blogger. It’s none other than everyone’s favorite spider monkey, Talayna Fortunato. Last Sunday I asked her what WOD she wanted to repeat from “the early days” and she told me, “The 7 round one I started crying on—I owe it something.” I asked her to write something about her experience, here it is…
In every sport there’s a term for what happens to your body when the bottom drops out, all goes to hell in a hand basket, and you’re left in a heap of sweat and self pity that was once an athlete before the event started. For marathon runners it’s called “bonking”, track athletes say, “the monkey jumped on my back”, professional sports players “choke”, professional drinkers get “FUBAR”, and the “real” professional athletes (exercisers) “hit the wall”. This past weekend I witnessed a few of my fellow firebreathers being extinguished sometime during round 2 of the wall ball/hang snatch WOD as their bodies ran full speed into the proverbial wall. I was overcome with empathy for my fallen comrades, as I too have been the victim of many a WOD gone awry. The worst perhaps was at Regionals after I came off the 100 pull-ups in under 3min and proceeded to turn the rest of the workout into a bloody debacle pieced together with sets of 3 reps that felt like they’d never reach 100. Since then I’ve made it a point to try and reach this state more in practice so it can be avoided on game day. Rudy’s programming does not disappoint in making this goal a reality!
My first couple months I hit the ground crying about 3 times! It was usually on the harmless looking workouts with the perfect combination of my “weak links” that it happened. The one I remember most was a 7 round, light weight, shoulder dominate wod with OHS’s. Somewhere around round 5 I could no longer feel my thumbs or bend forward to pick up the bar, so I took a tearful pity party in the fetal position before recomposing to finish—but no matter how slow, I’ve ALWAYS finished! That’s what WODs like this are about. No matter how badly things fall apart (barring actual injury) or how long you spend staring at the implement that should be in motion, you get through them and punch another hole in your HTFU card. In honor of this idea and my own personal embarrassment, we are repeating the said WOD now deemed, “Tears of a Spider Monkey”. I’m hoping for a little redemption this time, but no matter what muscle cramps, neuralgia, or tears ensue I know I’ll get it done. As will the rest of you Outlaws who don’t want to risk being called a _____!
(Ummm… I know it’s pointless to say this, but try to keep it moderately constructive. Also, the opinions expressed here are not the opinions of management—although if they’re good we’ll steal them.)
1) 3 attempts to establish a 1RM Snatch – rest as needed.
2) 3 attempts to establish a 1RM Clean & Jerk – rest as needed.
Notes: Take as long as you’d like to warm up for these lifts, but limit yourself to ONLY 3 legit attempts. You may use any style of each lift, but try to stick to a near USAW standard.
“The Tears of a Spider Monkey”
7 rounds for time of:
20 Push Press @ 75/55lbs
20 OHS @ 75/55lbs