“…make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt… once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.” ― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

Today was one of those WOD’s that you think about all day. You’re at work and the WOD just won’t let you be, it’s there lurking in the back of your mind as you start to do the math. Two rounds of 50 Burpees, well that’s 100 Burpees total. 20 Frontsquats at 70%, cleaned from the ground. I think my last front squat 1RM is 125. Or was it lighter. Probably lighter. It is 100 burpees.

Then rationalization: I’m tired today. Sore from yesterday. I should take a rest day. Work is really busy today. Not sure I’ll get out in time. I should take a rest day.

When I text the word ‘burpees’ my phone auto-corrects it to all caps, ‘BURPEES.’ Seems appropriate.

While Strongman is on Wednesday nights at 7 I was of a mind frame today to mix up the routine. Plus, as scared I was of today’s WOD, I wanted it that much more.

Then Acceptance: Just show up, I told myself. The rest will take care of itself.

So while I watched my Strongman peeps across the hall completing feats of incredible human strength, I relaxed into my own fate as it was laid out before me during the 7pm WOD, 100 burpees and 20 front squats at 75lbs. But first… back squats:

I. Strength:

High Bar Back Squat

1X5 @ 70%, 1X5 @ 75%, 1X3 @ 80%, 1X3 @ 85%, 3X2 @ 90%

* Rest  2 Minutes Between Sets

Completed: at 85lbs., 105lbs., 125lbs., 135lbs., and 145lbs.

 II. Conditioning:

For Time:

50 Burpees

20 Front Squat @ 70% 1RM

50 Burpees

* 12 Minute Time Cap

** Fronts Must Be Cleaned From The Floor.

Completed: at 75lbs., with my last burpee no. 100 just around the 12 minute time cap mark. Done. And Done!

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