WOD March 3 2013 – Stones, Ropes and Earth Downs

Here in Victoria, we are used to warmer weather, and today was no exception.It was a beautiful day, sunny and warm. It was almost like spring was making an attempt at showing itself. We spent most of the day out restocking the kitchen. I’m always surprised how much we end up eating in a week. Between two CrossFitters, two spawn, Cohen (5) and Isla (almost 3) and two dogs, the bills for food every week never cease to amaze me… and totally thrill my wife. “We still have money left for the rest of the week!”

After the outing we ended up at home for some trampoline for the kids and a cheese and bacon post lunch snack for me. All this was just us killing time before the big WOD coming up. Ian filled us in the night before on the ruckus we were about to embark on…

And what an awesome good time it was!

We arrived and Ian had two ropes set up in the oak tree in their front yard. Inside on the whiteboard he had the posted WOD from CrossFit.com:

Complete as many reps as possible in 30 minutes of:
Rope climbs and push-ups
Count the number of trips up the rope and the number of push-ups within the half hour.

But wait,there’s more!

Above the main site WOD, Ian had the following posted:

95lb Stone Cleans

Ian helping Adrian lift the Atlas Stone
Ian helping Adrian lift the Atlas Stone

I have never worked out with a stone before and I have to say, I was pretty intimidated. I have seen a number of videos in the past of Rob Orlando (CrossFit strongman extraordinaire) teaching stone techniques, but this was real life, not YouTube. I’m Adrian, not Rob. I can pick up 95lbs though and I can clean a lot more than that in barbell form. I was pretty confident I could at least heave the stone up pretty high. On the first try, up it went. It was surprisingly easy. Rob Orlando says that it’s built into us as humans to be able to pick up things like stones, and now that I have done it, I believe it.

Lifting the atlas stone
Lifting the atlas stone

If you know me, you know I am horrible at picking up new body movements. Double unders took me forever, and sometimes I embarrass myself with how bad even my push-ups can get when I am tired. But these stones? This I can do. I did four sets; seven in the first set, six in the second, eight in the third and ten in the last set. Go-od times.

Gots to get me some stones!

Until then though, I am thankful I have a good buddy with stones laying in his front yard.

Altogether, the WOD was pretty awesome seeing as rope climbs are something we’ve done only once before. Elizabeth worked hard on the practice ascents but just couldn’t get the feet right. I also did a few practice ascents and then we just jumped right into the WOD.

The rep scheme Ian and I chatted about prior to the start was one rope ascent then ten push ups repeating over and over and over…

Adrian on the rope
Climbing the rope

The first five minutes, I was worried I wouldn’t make it through the entire 30. Then at about minute seven, I felt like I got my rhythm. The last five minutes were the toughest, not cardio-wise, but muscle fatigue wise. This is somewhere I am weak: raw strength. I tend to fatigue much faster than Elizabeth. It just feels like I am three times heavier in that fatigued state.

In the end I was thrilled with my results.
Adrian: 162 push ups, 15 rope ascents
Elizabeth: 138 push ups, 14 rope ascents (Liz totally got the rope in the last 10 minutes)

I am going to be sore tomorrow! What a great wrap up to an awesome weekend.