Notes: Just a 5k row? That’s it? That’s CrossFit? Yup, and if you’re not lying on the floor once it’s over, gasping at all the air available in the world, cursing your quads, shoulders and that blasted machine, you didn’t do it right. The Concept 2 rower is a pain maker, and if you use it right it will make you supremely fit, we promise. Today’s WOD, while a bit longer, was a grip-it-and-rip-it affair. Maximum taxation on your O2 system as well as a serious power endurance test. Top women’s times in the 22 minute mark, top men finishing around 17 minutes.
“Marathon runners talk about hitting ‘the wall’ at the twenty-third mile of the race. What rowers confront isn’t a wall; it’s a hole – an abyss of pain, which opens up in the second minute of the race. Large needles are being driven into your thigh muscles, while your forearms seem to be splitting. Then the pain becomes confused and disorganized, not like the windedness of the runner or the leg burn of the biker but an all-over, savage unpleasantness…” -Ashleigh Teitel
Don’t fear the reeper, err rower; Worden doing the bacon sizzle after a burner of a 5k. Finishing in just under 17:15, good enough for 38th in the world for this rowing season.