What I Learned from 19.5

Not too much to say about this beast.  Overall, I thought this workout was a great test.  It did its job. It separated people into very different tiers: The elite, the extremely fit, and everyone else :-). I’ll tell you what I learned:

I learned I’m more confident than ever in my thrusters. I’ve struggled with thrusters forever.  Being long and not extremely strong or fit doesn’t help. But I made a decision a few months ago to focus on this movement when it popped up class: bigger sets, pulling my knees back coming out of the bottom, bar resting on the shoulders, not in the hands.  It paid off. I’m not great but I’m better. My new found confidence, actually bit me in the ass as I dug a little too deep on a few sets which led to sucking a lot of wind and resting for a while,hahaha.

I learned I have ignored chest to bar pull ups forever and they’re not getting better.  See my 19.3 recap about strict HSPU for further explanation.

I learned thinking too far ahead in the workout can make you hyperventilate.  I had a moment after the round of the 15 thrusters when I looked at the clock, did the math and figured I had the chance to finish if I pushed.  The thought of pushing at that point actually scared me and I started hyperventilating and thought about quitting the workout. It was a weird moment.  It was real. I had to make myself do 1 pull up to snap out of it.

I learned self talk is a big deal.  This dovetails with the last statement.  Feeling defeated when I saw the time slipping away the voices in my head started chiming in with their thoughts about this performance.  This only lead to more rest between sets. Something that needs work, for sure

I learned that I thought 84 thrusters and 84 bar facing burpees would be the longest, most terrible open workout ever.  But there’s a new champ in town: This was way tougher.


- Dr. Jeremy Todd