This week I visited San Francisco CrossFit. What a great affiliate. I was afraid that it would be seriously cold, because they are located outside in the Presidio, but it really wasn’t so bad. Working out in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge is just an experience that should not be missed. On Tuesday Kelly led us through two 4-person 2000m row relay sessions and some suitcase deadlifts. The row was good, as I have never really done a 500m piece by itself– I had always rowed within another wod so I never pushed 100% on the row. I managed to keep a good 1:40 pace through the beginning but slowed a bit to about 1:50, but it still felt good. I didn’t record my split time but our team ran the full 2000m in about 7:30 or so, and we beat our first time by a few seconds when we tried it again, which was good.
The suitcase deadlifts were fun. It took me a while to get used to it and balancing the barbell was pretty tough so I only went up to about 95lbs. 95lbs still felt pretty heavy. Kelly gave me some good tips on my neck angle, pointing out that I was not keeping a neutral neck angle properly, so I can focus some more on that going forward.
On New Years Day there was a huge crowd for the noon workout. I was surprised so many people showed up, but I suppose given that everyone had the day off and there was only one wod class that day, you pretty much had every diehard CrossFitter in the city coming to that one calss. So it was a great deal of fun. Boz had us do a team workout, starting with a run, then clean and jerks, then pullups, then weighted lunges (same weight as the c/j), burpees, and then another run. My partner and I did 50 reps of each and 95 lbs (3 person teams did 75 reps, rx’d weight was 135) and finished in a bit over 20 minutes. I should have pushed harder on the final run but I was feeling really dead.. pushing hard to run is really hard. I did manage to put in a good sprint for the last 100m or so though. . . I find i easier to sprint when I am within view of the finish. Before rounding that last corner it is really hard, because the end is not in sight. I hadn’t realized that the literal application of that phrase really made that much of a difference.
Tomorrow there are classes at 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30. My SF friends who claim they want to try CrossFit are upset with the early times, suggested that I am still on NY time. Hm. 9:30 is not early! Excuse-making is not part of the CrossFit playbook. We will see if they manage to show up.