Monday, August 15, 2011

Whitten...aka, "That totally sucked!"

As CrossFitters, we all know that hero wod's are intended to be longer, harder, and full of even more suck than our usual wods.  But after doing this with the 0800 class, and then staying around to hang out for the 0900 class, I have to say, I heard this phrase come out of the mouth of everyone who finished this wod....."That totally sucked!"

Whitten is for all intensive purposes, one of the worst wods I have ever done.  I have never come so close to completely DNF'ing a hero wod in my life.  By a round and a half in, I had convinced myself that at three rounds, I was stopping.  I was not going to go any further than that.  I had worked a double the day before, had eaten at the wrong times, and had slept fitfully.  I was not really in any place to get in a hero wod, but I needed another wod this week and honestly, it's a hero.  I can't back down from that.  If you've never done "Whitten" it looks like this:

22 KB swings 53lbs
22 box jumps 24"
400M run
22 burpees
22 wall ball 14lbs

Total time: 64:24

By the time I was at round 2, I wanted to just write it off and call it a day.  Honestly, there is only one thing that made me finish this wod.  I shut the clock off and said that if the guys at the MATC don't quit then I can't either.  For those of you who have never been on Walter Reed's campus, the MATC is where wounded warriors learn to walk, run, row, bike, climb, and do all sorts of other things with their new arms and legs.  Those guys have a lot more to complain about than I do, and for all intensive purposes, I could not in good faith quit that wod. I wanted to, lord did I ever, but I didn't.  I dug in as far as I could, took it one rep at a time, and finished the wod. 

I wasn't pleased with the time, but I knew that the effort I gave was all I had on that day.  Now, had I done this on another day, I may have had more to give, but I didn't, so, it is what it is.  It's a hero wod.  It kicked my ass significantly.  Rest in peace soldier.  Your brothers in arms will take it from here.

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