It took a little over 4 months, but I finally had my rematch with Fran. The first time I met her, I was very ill prepared. This time, I was armed to the teeth. I had weapons. I had armor. I had experience. I knew I could make it through the workout at the prescribed weight. Yes… I may have failed Fran again, but this time it was Fran Rx.
By now, you all surely have read my very first post about my very first foray into the CrossFit WOD known as Fran. I had avoided her for about 120 days, but I knew she remained – lurking, whispering, taunting. I could feel Fran’s hot breath on my shoulders every time a WOD called for thrusters. When I found out a day or two before my Monday showdown that the WOD was indeed Fran, I knew she would be front and center in my thoughts and contemplations. And she was.
For this time, I was going to load my bar up with 95 pounds and pull my body up as prescribed for the entire workout. This time, I was finishing Fran Rx style baby.
Whether it was by divine intervention or cosmic coincidence, I received a shirt from LatitudeGearRx less than 100 hours before my attempt to complete Fran Rx. The shirt fit perfectly and was soft and comfortable. The colors couldn’t have been better (orange has a special place in my heart) and having a constant reminder of #Fran with every glance in the mirror was great motivation to stay pumped.
(But really, did I need help getting psyched up for this WOD? Come on… it’s MOTHERFUCKING FRAN!!!)
The first time I met Fran, I had no CrossFit gear. I had no Nanos. I had no wrist wraps or Natural Grips. I definitely didn’t have any sweet CrossFit t-shirts. Remember – look good, feel good, do good. It’s science. Don’t even try to tell me you only wear Lulu because of how it feels and performs…
So there I was, looking good and feeling good and ready to rage hardcore on some thrusters and pull-ups. I knew from that horrid CrossFit Open 14.5 workout that I could definitely do Fran Rx this time. I just wasn’t sure how my time would be. I wanted to finish under 10 minutes.
3… 2… 1… Go!
I did 7 thrusters before setting the bar down. That’s exactly what I wanted to do. Unfortunately, that’s not the level of CrossFit that I’m at right now. Seven unbroken thrusters was too much out of the gate. I don’t recall how I broke up the remaining reps but I know I never did more than 4 at a time. Boo! So much for taking it to Fran this time.
I made it through thrusters and discovered that I had totally forgotten how to kip my pull-ups. I don’t know what happened but they were extremely wonky. I think I ended up doing the majority of them as just semi-strict pull-ups. Oh well!
By the round of 15s I was already gassed and 5 minutes into Fran. I broke my thrusters into sets of 3 and each time I had a fairly significant pause before picking the bar up again. Pull-ups were about the same with my kipping ability on hiatus. In a last ditch effort to crank the beast mode and get me through the WOD… my shirt also went missing.
Three sets of three thrusters with some pausing between them. Then I got through my pull-ups, breaking up the last few into fast singles. Finally I dropped from my 45th pull-up and glanced at the clock, stumbled a few wobbly steps over to a fan and collapsed into an ugly mess of sweat and pain.
Fran. Fran Rx. 11:28. Which, unrelated, was one second faster than my Helen time two days before.
I may not have felt wiped out the first time I did Fran, but I sure felt her in all her metabolic and muscular wretchedness this time.
You know, that LatitudeGearRx shirt still looks pretty good doesn’t it?
One thing I’ve noticed changing about my workout attire since starting CrossFit is that I don’t care as much about the big name clothing companies. I love the real people with their own brands, making a living doing what they love to do. LatitudeGearRx is exactly that.
Would you like a LatitudeGearRx shirt? You know you do! Well you’re in luck because my friend Lindsay was gracious enough to sponsor this post with my Fran shirt AND a giveaway for another shirt! That’s right, ifailedfran’s inaugural giveaway is… now!
I’m using Rafflecopter, so just complete the steps below for a chance to win! The more items you complete, the more entries you get and the better your odds are of landing a shirt. I know not everyone has an obsession with Fran like me, so rather than offering my same Fran shirt, LatitudeGearRx is going to let one lucky winner pick whatever shirt they want! How awesome is that?
To enter, you need to complete at least Item 1. The contest will run for a week, ending at 11:59 PM on June 20. (Yes, this originally was for two weeks, but no need to drag it out that long. I made the executive decision to make it one week. It’s 3:30 PM on 6/13, so you still have plenty of time.) I’ll announce the winner and then we will get in touch and get your order information. Easy enough, right? Yeah!
I didn’t obtain my goal of a sub-ten Fran. But now I have a tangible near-term goal. I want to be sub-ten by October, which gives me another four months. Think I can do it? I do.
I’m glad to have finally finished Fran Rx. It was an important milestone for me, much like my first Fran. I know how far I have come on my CrossFit journey in four months (wow, only four months??) so I am confident I can continue to grow for the next four.
Thanks LatitudeGearRx for the awesome, comfortable, motivating shirt and for sponsoring the giveaway! Be sure to check them out. Good luck with the contest!