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Just call me the out-of-town beast

Posted in bench press, burpees, pull-ups on June 1, 2014 by coughingsparks

So, apparently, again, I’m some sort of Crossfit animal when I’m out of Ithaca, because this is the second time that I have rocked a WoD in a box that is not CFP. We started with an interesting bench press(!)/pull-up progression:

-10 bench press (100#)
-1-1-1-1-1 banded pull-up/pahtnah (still in Boston) pull-up/strict pull-up/weighted pull-up, 20 seconds of rest between
-8 bench press (add weight if needed, 105#)
-1-1-1-1-1 pull-up
-6 bench press (110#)
-1-1-1-1-1 pull-up
-4 bench press (110#)
-1-1-1-1-1 pull-up
-2 bench press (115#)

Not only was I the only female doing strict pull-ups, but one of only two people (boys included) doing weighted pull-ups. The coach was going through how to do pahtnah pull-ups with the women and I was like, “um, I can do them strict and do you have, like, a vest or something to make them harder?” He looked a little shocked for a second and then suggested the scaling I ended up doing, with a 15# dumbbell between my ankles.

Finished with 21-15-9


Once again, the only female going Rx’d and got 9:52, which for me is F-L-Y-I-N-G; I really wanted sub-10, even on a body weight WoD like this one. Again, this would put me somewhere in the low-to-middle of the pack in Rx’d CFP, even among the women. So, this leads me to one of several possible reasons. 1.) The box I went to is new, so it hasn’t developed a base of strong athletes. 2.) I’m actually better than I think. 3.) CFP is so frackin’ awesome that even though I am decent, everything is relative and we have a gym full of female beasts. 4.) All of the above.