It finally happened...I popped my Crossfit WOD cherry with this bitch of a workout called "Christine".
It sucked. No two ways around it, it was miserable. The workout is a CF Benchmark workout, meaning it's a workout that people can always go back to and test their time or compare against other lifters. The workout consists of 3 rounds of a 500 meter row, 12 deadlifts with your bodyweight on the bar (I went a little heavy with 205 bar weight, at 196 bodyweight) and then 21 box jumps with a 20" box.
I was dreading the row. It's something that I have little experience with, thus I am piss poor at it. The deadlifts were going to be easy, it's one of my stronger exercises and 205 isn't a big deal to me. I thought the box jumps were going to be a breeze, being that I am a jumping athlete. I wasn't wrong, but I wasn't right either. The whole thing sucked the big D.
But you know what? The fact that it was so miserable and metabolically challenging for me means that I need to do more of it. Anything that sucks that bad is a good thing. I'm not suggesting that I'm going to stop reading T-Nation and get some Zensah calf sleeves and board shorts, but I am starting to see how Crossfit can fit into traditional strength training programs. The metabolic effect was amazing, and I can only imagine how long my metabolism was elevated post-workout.
I didn't meet Pukey the Clown, but I did meet "lay on the floor until the world stops spinning and you can breathe again". Good shit, good shit.
Please, go lift something heavy, get out of your comfort zone!