Hello, welcome to the last remnants of 2014. Did everyone have a good Christmas? I hope you did! I hope Santa left everyone exactly what they wanted. You know in the movie A Christmas Story when Ralphie opens all his presents, then his dad points out one remaining, hidden present… and it turns out to be the gift Ralphie wanted all along? That sort of happened to me… except I didn’t really want my gift… my gift was Fran.
Ahh yes, my dear friend Fran. Saturday was my third encounter with the lovely lady. This blog began courtesy of my first meeting and the second time she crossed my path I completed her Rx. This 3rd time I wasn’t quite in optimal shape… let’s say days of Christmas feasting was not the best idea before Fran.
You know what would’ve been the best idea for Fran? Bringing these new guys.
Yeah they don’t do much good sitting at home. Oh well.
I also didn’t bring my awesome Christmas sweatshirt either… do you think this thing could inspire PRs?
You’re welcome for that horrible Christmas selfie!
Anyways, back to Fran. This wod was actually “15 Minute ‘Fran'”, as in do Fran, then keep going with any time remaining up to 15 minutes. Which, for me, was simply complete Fran!
**BLOGGER FAIL – There are zero pictures from this workout, I’m sorry!!!**
I didn’t know the wod was Fran walking in, but as soon as I read it on the whiteboard I was eager to see how my supplemental strength training would boost my Fran ability. All my lifts have increased in the three cycles that I have completed to date; surely that would translate to a better Fran performance!
I have been struggling with some wrist pain in my right wrist from a front rack position, but that morning the wrist was feeling ok. I still grabbed my wrist wraps for the added support.
My strategy for Fran was to push my strengths for this workout… the pull-ups. I wanted to spend as little time as possible on those. Aside from that, I wanted to sit the bar down as few times as possible. Easier said than done. (Next time I’ll try and use some of these strategies from WODwell.
With that, let’s give it the old 3… 2… 1… Go!
Just like the previous time I did Fran, I went through 7 thrusters and dropped my bar. That was a mistake this time. I could’ve kept going beyond 7, but I thought if I could do 7-7-7, that would be a strong showing. Instead, I only got 5 more thrusters before I dropped that devil bar again. Ugh. Already, the suck had set in.
I can’t remember if I finished those 21 thrusters in 2 or 3 more sets after that. My game plan had totally gone out the window. I was upset with my performance so far, and I was breathing pretty hard. However, my strength didn’t seem to be wavering on the lifts… it was cardio that was crappy.
After finally finishing those thrusters I knocked out my pull-ups in a broken 21 set of 11 and 10. And then just like that, back to the bar.
Dear god that round of 15 is miserable. It’s awful. It’s literally the worst.
I spent a lot of time here. It took me four sets to get my 15 thrusters. I don’t remember exactly how I partitioned them, I just remember there was a lot of hands-on-my-knees between them. I think I got scared. More on that later.
Pull-ups weren’t great for 15 either. It took three sets, 8-5-2. Yes, I had to drop off that bar and collect myself just to get two measly pull-ups. Fran is so frustrating!
The last round was a welcome sight after that gnarly 15. Nine thrusters… I could do this! I of course had to break them up into sets of 4-3-2. More rest between those but when I got those last two thrusters and glanced at the clock, I knew I had another PR in the bag.
The clock read 9:35 when I made it to the pull-up bar for the last time. I was going to get all 9 of these pull-ups and I was going to break the 10 minute mark.
I got all 9 pull-ups.
I broke the 10 minute mark.
I got a 92-second PR.
9:56 read the clock when I dropped from that pull-up bar for the last time.
(For the record, I got 4 more thrusters with the remaining 5 minutes I had in the wod. I was spent!)
Yeah, I was spent. Yeah, I got a nice PR. I’m still scared of Fran though.
Maybe not just Fran necessarily… I think I’m afraid of the suck. I’m afraid of truly getting uncomfortable. I’m afraid to push into the red.
I crossed from yellow into probably orange on the intensity meter during this wod. And while I maybe thought I was in the red at the time… I’m pretty damn sure I could’ve gone 5-4 on that last set of 9 thrusters. That would’ve saved at least 15 seconds with just one less drop of the bar.
I know I could’ve pushed through. I feel the same with my 531 max sets sometimes… it’s like I get to an arbitrary number and I just stop. I don’t want to cross that threshold into territory where I might fail or I might throw up or I might hurt a little more. I let that fear take over and affect my performance.
I let fear dictate way too much in my life. I always have. That needs to stop. That’s actually a top resolution for the new year. I’ve gotten close to the edge and CrossFit has been the impetus to get me to that precipice. I just need courage to take that leap one time and let the dominoes fall from that triumph. Failing is ok; not getting into position to fail is not. I’ve got to get into that red zone. I’ve got to let go.
Obviously I’m stronger and better conditioned than the last time I did Fran. I’ll take a minute-and-a-half PR any day. Knowing I accomplished that in less than a year feels good, but it also reveals that I have a long way to go to reaching my ultimate goal of sub 5 minutes on Fran. One day… I’ll get there.
I did take a little holiday break from the blog but plan to be back to at least a post per week. Next post will discuss my goals for the new year and some changes here to ifailedfran. Oh, right, thank you to everyone that took the time to respond to my survey! I really appreciated your feedback. And hey Julie Bolton, shoot me an email so I can get you your gift card!
Your Turn -> Do you let fear get in the way of accomplishing something? What did you get for Christmas? Set any new PRs over the holidays?