28 days of me

Day 17

Sunday park session

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Anything interesting happen?

Today’s training was an outdoor session. These are my least favourite but are possibly the most beneficial for me because they focus on general fitness.

I’m fairly weak in comparison to most other people at CrossFit AKA, but my form is good (and general coordiation and flexibility) so I can get by with modified exercises. But, the park sessions own me every time!

It is a bit like bootcamp  – using different exercises to get your heart rate up and keep it there. I’m convinced I have an abnormally small heart and lungs because I struggle SO much with both high intensity and cardio, but it of course it is more likely because I’m not as fit as I think I am ;-)

But, having said that today our group won! We worked in groups of 3 to complete the WOD listed below. Our ‘win’ was a bit bittersweet because we were not 100% sure we counted correctly! You focus so much on getting through the exercises it can be hard to keep track of where you are! I assume this is a skill that comes with time.

Now, this is slightly off topic for this challenge but the other great thing about the session today was that it was in Dutch. I’m an expat living in Amsterdam and my Dutch is poor. Actually it is beyond poor considering how long I have lived here. Learning languages are a bit of a sore point for me – I have tried quite a few times in my life and the words just don’t stick. However, I understood over 50% of the instructions today and it got me thinking that it would (for me at least) be possibly one of the best ways to learn a language. I really cant pick up much sitting in a class room, but when a fitness instructor is speaking very clearly and slowly and using some words and numbers I recognise (Eg: push ups, V Sit ups) and, it is important I really try to pick up as much as I can before the WOD starts, then it is amazing how much I could understand. People learn things differently and I am keen to explore this further in a future 28 Days challenge.

WOD results

8 Push Ups
10 V Sit Ups
12 Squat Jumps (I was given the easier version which was just to do squats)
Short run (300m-ish)

Two people start and get through one set all the way to the end of the run, one of those two people rest and the other person tags in. As a team we needed to complete 15 rounds.

Now, it might sound like you are getting a nice rest break here every few minutes but let me tell you – I was only starting to get my breath back by the time I needed to start again.

How are you feeling?

I think my body is getting a bit more used to it because my muscles are not as sore now. However, during training today I was regretting my late boozy night Friday night!