Wednesday, November 5, 2008 by Daniel

The Mandate

In celebration of Barack Obama's victory, Crossfit Eastbay performed the following exorcism of our long national nightmare:

For time:
In any combination, perform the number of reps of the below exercises equal to the amount of electoral votes won by President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama (364 - we counted North Carolina).

2 Pood/1.5 Pood Kettlebell swings

37:15 @ 1.5 pood

I elected to do this in five rounds of 10 pullups, 20 pushups, and 40 KB swings, plus a handful of pushups at then end to reach 364. Even though I went with the lighter weight kettlebell, this still kicked my ass. I was feeling surprisingly weak from the get-go (too much rest? overestimation of current ability?), and those swings just suck the life right out of you - they're particularly insidious in that they have a delayed hit - you feel bad when you put the bell down, and then after a couple breaths you feel REALLY bad.

Splits were 5:01 | 7:41 | 7:31 | 8:25 | 8:37

Were I to do it again, I would try to balance the number of pushups and swings 30/30. I have lost my kipping pullup, despite feeling like I totally had it nailed a couple weeks ago. I don't know what happened. Gonna feel this one tomorrow, I think.


Evelyn Rodas said...

Ouch. This sounds brutal. This was perhaps one of those wods that looked innocent on paper?

Daniel said...

Definitely. I don't think there are many exercises out there that it wouldn't be difficult to do 364 reps of. I'm really frickin' sore today.

Melissa Byers said...

I need to try this one. I like your split, although I might have to cut my pull-ups down to rounds of 6-7. I get tired of kipping fast, my endurance is lacking. And I, too, find my kip comes and goes, so don't worry about it. Nice work with the heavy swings!

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