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Wednesday
Jul072010

Perceived Exertion

I'll be honest; I don't always give 100%.  This morning, for example, it was incredibly hot.  I don't recall the exact temperature, but it's currently 96 degrees with a "feels like" temperature of 98.  Our workout at CrossFit Metropolis was a series of four 800 meter sprints separated by three minute rest periods.  As much as I wanted to sprint, I also wanted to make sure that (a) I finished the workout and (b) I didn't make myself sick along the way.  I don't question my logic in wanting to take it a little easy today, but I do wonder how good I am gauging my exertion level.  Could I have worked 10% harder and still been fine? 

In this video, taken not too long ago at CrossFit Metropolis, I'm carrying a 52 lb barbell overhead while walking in a figure eight pattern.  I knew when I was doing it that I could handle heavier weight, but I didn't know how much.  My final attempt was 62 lbs, and it was fine.  I wobbled in a few places, and I'm not sure that I would have been able to smile like I did with 52 lbs, but I did it.  Could I have done more?  I don't know.

  

Later that evening we rowed 100 meters, then did 20 burpee box jumps, ran 800 meters and finished with 20 burpee box jumps for time.  Here I am in my final set of burpee box jumps:

Was I working at capacity?  I know that I felt that I was, or at least 85% or so because I had to pace myself, but in the video I just don't see it.

CrossFit's big on scores.  I love that, and I struggle with it.  I find that I care more about "the numbers" when it comes to weights.  Lifting more is cool.  Getting through a workout faster than I had before, though, doesn't do as much for me.  Still, I like to feel like I'm giving it my all.  I probably just need to start wearing my heart rate monitor more again.

On that note, I leave you with two pictures.  Enjoy.

 one of 250 air squats done in that workout

 muscle up progressions

-Gym Belle-

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Reader Comments (2)

Awesome job! You look great and strong!

July 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

You might be my new workout hero!

July 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFit Chick in the City

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