Today's WOD: Helen
3 rounds for time of:
run 400 m
21 kettlebell swings 16 kg
12 pull-ups (1-band)
My time: 14:15. This was a bit worse than my previous Helen time of 13:39, but I felt like it went well. It might be that I did regular swings and not CrossFit (over-the-head) swings last time. Oh well, it was a tough week, and I'll get a PR next time I do Helen. It was still really fun, especially with the big crowd that showed up. Now I'm relaxing with some bad TV and a beer.
I had a great time last night at FCF ladies' night. Hope we do it again soon and even more can make it! I only stayed an hour because I also had tickets to see B.B. King at the Boulder Theater - he didn't disappoint. Not only is he a great musician, he surrounds himself with great musicians. And he's a wonderful storyteller. It was just a great evening and I hope I'm lucky enough to see him in concert again.
So...I have a topic I want to discuss, and I want to be careful about it. It's about virtuosity in CrossFit workouts. I have noticed on several occasions someone taking a shortcut, either with form or omitting reps. It's rare that I've noticed or heard about it - we're all hurting too bad to look around during workouts. But it does become obvious sometimes. This article describes the issue in detail better than I can. I would never name names, but it disappoints me.
Everyone who comes to CrossFit works so hard and we all support each other and root each other on. It feels like a breach of trust when someone takes a shortcut. I try to never ever cheat, to never falsely represent my performance. It's the most important thing to me, more important than my time, more important than going hard or heavy, more important even than finishing. If I'm not sure I counted right, I do an extra rep. I can't imagine deliberately omitting reps. I find it hard to understand how someone, whether they are mediocre or elite, could short themselves in that way. If you take a little longer to get those last few reps or to get full range of motion, even if you come in last (and I usually do), everyone will be there helping you finish.
Don't do it. Someone will eventually notice, and it's not worth losing the respect of your friends.