This months challenge at the box is wall balls. In particular, a Crossfit workout called Karen which is 150 wall balls for time.
I had a PT for 2 years before starting Crossfit and I could negotiate my way out of wall balls. He’d make me do thrusters instead thinking it was a punishment, the joke was on him 😉
As a kid, I was always dancing. Other than one season of netball I never played ball sports. I feel like a fish out of water when it comes to catching a ball. I loved playing soccer, I could do anything with my powerful legs, but please don’t ask me to catch balls.
I have become much better at wall balls, but my downfall is coordination. I have the stamina to keep going, but how long it actually takes me depends on whether or not I get a rhythm going or if I keep throwing it differently. I don’t know if it’s just my lack of coordination, but for a while, I developed wall ball chin, a graze under my chin where the handle bit kept grazing me while it wildly spun to its next destination.
Prior to this monthly challenge, I’d thought I’d managed to get my time down to 7 minutes and 8 seconds. That is pretty fast. The first go of the challenge this month I had an off day and couldn’t catch and my time was something like 8.20. That was fine, it just meant I had plenty of room to improve. A week later I knocked 20 seconds off it, and finally yesterday I did 7.07, PB by one second.
WELL… I went to log it in Beyond the Whiteboard, which I hadn’t for ages because we’ve been using a new program. It turns out my previous PB was 8 minutes and 4 seconds. I’ve actually knocked a minute off it. But because my brain had told me I could do it in nearly 7 minutes and I believed it, I did it. Holy Moly. What the mind conceives it can achieve.
There will be at least one or two more attempts this month. The goal is to break 6 minutes something…
Come on coordination! We can do it.