Intense day, for sure. Mainly because it was a memorial Hero WOD for 9/11.. I really enjoy these, because there’s more too it than just my battling through the workout. They mean more to me, and it honestly gives me something to think about and focus on while I’m knocking out the rounds.
We did Holleyman on September 11th. The story behind the name: Aaron Holleyman was in the US Army, and was killed in action in Iraq on Aug 30th, 2004.
His namesake WOD consists of the following:
30 rounds for time
5 wall balls (20/16lbs)
3 HSPUs (I opted for regular push ups because of my shoulder.. I also can’t go all the way down to the floor yet on regular HSPUs and back up..)
1 Power clean 225/155 (I did 105lbs)
As far as I know, none of the girls can clean 155 yet, so none of the girls at CFTC would have been able to Rx this workout. My 1RM is 140, so far. I wasn’t throwing on another 15lbs and hoping for the best, hah. During the wall balls, around the 15th or 16th round, I remember thinking, my god, I can only imagine the kind of hell some of our men and women go through during wartime, or battles, or even just being in the service by itself. Here I am, ‘suffering’ for a mere 30 minutes or less.. Those sorts of things really help me to push myself that much more. It’s humbling.
So yes.. 30 rounds. Honestly, I like more rounds, less reps. Short bursts of energy for each movement, and then transition to the next. If the WOD was say, 150 wall balls, 90 HSPUs and 30 power cleans, it would’ve been killer. But because it was broken up into 30 rounds, it cuts it up in this more easily measurable, doable way. (at least for me)
I finished first in my class, at 25:26.. the longest anyone took was around 48 minutes. Some of the guys (only 4) were able to Rx it at 225lbs. Insane strength.. especially after the HSPUs and wall balls, good lord.
The fastest time for the full 30 rounds was 23:54, but even his wasn’t Rx! Mine was 2nd fastest time for the full 30 rounds out of EVERYONE in the gym all day. *BEAMING WITH PRIDE* I know my strengths.. this was an amazing workout.