Why you can’t take double unders for granted….

So, I’ve been having a fun week being schooled by my own arrogance this week…and it’s only Tuesday.

It seems that the Crossfit universe is trying to tell me that I’ve gotten a bit big for my britches and it’s time to calm the f*ck down.

On Sunday, I knew I was tired. I’d just done the workout..and a full round of pull-up training. I knew my grip was shot and it was time to go home. Did I? No. Why? Because I wanted to be all bad*ss and show off my new ability to kip together 3 pull-ups in a row on a higher bar.  Was there a reason for this? No. I just wanted to see if I could do it. The answer, was No! No, plus a big, giant, oh-so-painful hand tear.

bad technique

So now, every time I shower, I am reminded to listen to my body over my ego – and when it’s time to go..it’s time to go.

Did I learn from this? No.

The very next day, I once again was led astray by my ego in the metcon.

100 double unders
5 rounds of
5 manmakers
20 American kettlebell swings
100 double unders

When the Metcon was posted, my thought sequence went something like this:

“Ok, double unders, no problem, I’ll knock those out….

Manmakers, Ack, well that’s going to suck, I wonder what the Rx weight will be…

American Kettlebell swings…okay, I need to watch my back so I don’t think I’ll go too heavy on these and will focus on technique….

then double unders, easy peesy…”

So here’s the problem. I took the double unders for granted. I pretty much disregarded them as a non-issue. Why? Because, you see, I can do double unders. I learned how to do double-unders over a year and a half ago.  I can knock out 30 consecutive double unders no problem…. Well, I could…six months ago.  I don’t think I’ve picked up a rope to practice double-unders in about six-months. Because I’m a bad*ss veteran crossfitter and I have bigger, more exciting things to work on (like stringing together pull-up and doing heavy deadlifts).

I thought that my double under skills would stay with me, even if I didn’t practice them. Even if I changed to a lighter rope in the meantime. I didn’t practice, I didn’t update my speed or technique. Because I could already do double unders.

Well, it turns out, that I can’t do double unders any more.  The most I could string together during the metcon was 8.  Having to start and stop your way through 100 double unders is frustrating as h*ll.  At one point, I actually had to visualize puppies and kittens so that I didn’t throw my rope across the gym.

Think happy thoughts...it will all be okay....

Both sets of double-unders were awful. It took me 21 minutes to finish this workout – 8 of which were spent on double unders.

The moral of this story is, take nothing for granted in Crossfit. Practice regularly – even if you think you have already mastered a movement. Because, just like in any relationship, chances are, it is not going to be there, not at the same level as it was, if you don’t pay enough attention to it.

Hopefully this time, I will have learned my lesson.



2 Responses to “ Why you can’t take double unders for granted…. ”

  1. Sean says:

    Yes, the CrossFit universe has a funny way of keeping you grounded. Literally and physically sometimes. 😉

    • Rae says:

      That’s so true. There really is no room for pride at my gym. I also wish there was no room for burpees, but hey that’s just me 🙂

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