Sunday, January 3, 2010


  1. Mrs. Finkenstadt | January 3, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Hit the 5K this morning- 31:05. Have I mentioned there are lots of hills in my neighborhood? 🙂
    Ivy F.

  2. ashacooper | January 3, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Just finished the 100 burpee challenge (17:27).

    During my first workout with Mel and John, I couldn’t do even one burpee. They modified it for me. Several months later, I had a meltdown one day at Globo while during pullups and burpees. While I still find them difficult, it’s good to know that I can do 100 of them in a row.

    Although I’m happy about my burpee accomplishment, I do approach it with a little regret because I should have been finished weeks ago. But for all sorts of “unacceptable reasons,” I didn’t. Nevertheless, the guilt of not completing this task weighed heavily upon me, and I finally finished it…minutes ago.

    Today was the first day I actually did all 100 burpees in a row. Another unacceptable excuse I created for myself was that I couldn’t possibly complete 100 burpees in a row. Well, it wasn’t that I couldn’t. I just didn’t really want to. Once I realized I could do 50 burpees that became my resting point. So I would do 50 in a row, then get the next amount in over a span of time. Bad idea.

    I managed to do 100 burpees today in 17:27. This was a little longer than I had anticipated. My goal was to do them in less than 15 minutes. I really struggled through the last 30.

    All in all, I’m happy that I finished the challenge. But, I’m not going to stop here. I now want to improve my pullups and pushups. However, knowing how much I dislike (fear) burpees, I intend to keep practicing.

    In re-reading Coah Main’s article “Survival of the Fittest,” I came across these words:

    “The more we train, and, in particular, the more we train what we least favor, the better athletic and emotional development we will experience. Practice leads to reduction in fear. There is a clear difference between what we really want versus what we fear, and everyone knows what they least desire to see come up in a workout. Learn to want that which you enjoy the least in order to make it your strength.”

    I intend to follow the advice given above and look forward to the day when I can consider burpees a strength. In addition to improving in other areas, I will spend the next 8 weeks continuing on my burpee challenge. To hold myself accountable, once a week, I will post my score. I will aim for Sunday’s, but my schedule sometimes gets a little crazy. But Sunday will be the target. By the end of the 8 week period, I want my time to be below 15 min. I’m soliticing your help in holding me accountable.

    I also want to strongly encourage others to do a “challenge” of some sort. For me, it’s burpees, but for you it might be something else. I’d be happy to partner and support you through that effort.


    • tubameat | January 3, 2010 at 4:49 pm

      fabulous Michelle, and congrats! this is inspiring. this is what its all about. sounds like you had an “ah-ha” wod.
      i had a similar wod today, in my backyard in the cold. i tried the 15-1 HSPU, 1-15 L-chinup wod from yesterday. after 2.75 years of crossfit, I am just now able to eek out a few HSPU’s touching my melon to the deck . i got my first two two weeks ago. last week i did 10 (not consecutive). this wod calls for 64 of them. the wod took me well over an hour to complete, and i demoted myself to a scaled HSPU with a 3/4″ pad after having done 22 melon-to-deck. i soooooo wanted to quit- it hurt, i was busting blood vessels around my eyes, my hands kept slipping outward on the slick frozen wood of my patio, and i was freezing, but i stuck it out to the bitter end.
      and so did you.
      these are the wods that count the most, and judging by the time of your post, we were going through it simultaneously. nice job, partner!

      keep squattin’

      steve d

  3. StuLu | January 3, 2010 at 3:47 pm


    Beautiful! That is a wonderful little ditty. And it is fitting that you did this today, on your birthday, which should always have some moment to remember.

    Congrats and looking forward to attacking 2010 with ya…



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