For benchmark week, we did Helen. One thing that you probably know about me if you’re reading this (1) I don’t love distance runs (or WoDs that contain them) and (2) Pull-Ups are my biggest goat. I want to do one so badly, but understand it takes time. Without further adieu, I will not introduce you to Helen:
3 rounds for time
21 Kettlebell Swings
I modified the pull-ups and did what I thought were 6 jumping pull-ups. I stood on a 45# weight plate, jumped up and pulled my chin to the bar. Jumping pull-ups always seem to take me forever compared to other people. And today was no exception. My friend Brendan was also doing jumping pull-ups and flew threw them. I didn’t know why…until after the WoD and Jarrod pulled me aside and informed me that I was doing some weird jump up, pull up, negative pull up hybrid. Jumping pull-ups are exactly what they sound like. You jump and pull yourself over the bar and drop immediately. Very eye opening. Now I know why the scaled “BEG” version was jumping pull-ups and not band assisted (which were intermediate). Blech.
The run, albeit slow, felt really good. I am definitely feeling stronger and more endurance when I run. When I first started Crossfit, the runs were brutal. Half the time, I wanted to walk. I was sooooo slow. It’s getting better, which I’m really happy to say!
When we were figuring out our KB weights, I was feeling wimpy and went with 26#. But I knew that was the easy path. Instead, I went with the Rx 35# KB for the WoD and did all three KB sets unbroken!
Not sure how much I really liked Helen. I definitely know where I can improve in my next meeting with her. My final time was 13:03. Going into it, I knew my goal was to finish sub 15, so I was happy with the time. Next time, sub-12 and band-assisted pull-ups!