Another week has passed by since my last post. I have been consistent with my daily challenge of 100 burpees. Today is day 13 (I think) and I’ve already made some good progress.
When I started this challenge I had to rest after every 10 burpees to catch my breath, take sips of water and had to take a full minute of resting half way through. My time at the start was close to 14 minutes.
At the start of the week I was under 12 mins. On Wednesday I was at 11mins 12 seconds. So on Thursday when my coach Michele told me we had to do 5 rounds of 20 burpees plus 20 kettle bell swings in under 15 minutes, (after I’d already done 100 for the day!) I thought I wasn’t going to finish the WOD. I told her so, telling her it takes me about 12 mins to do 100 burpees and she said “bullshit!” Love her. Lol.
I did my first 20 burpees in 58 seconds – what?? Michele told me this as I pick up my kettlebell and tells me to just keep moving and that I’ve got this. So that’s what I did. I didn’t stop moving until I finished the WOD in 13 mins 40 seconds.
I couldn’t believe I actually finished it and so started to question my method of doing burpees at home. Questioning all those little “breathing” breaks – the sips of water (I only took one during the WOD) – was I resting too much? Obviously I was.
So the next day I made sure I warmed up good, made sure I was well hydrated and just got to work. I knocked out 100 burpees in 9 minutes 30 seconds!!! I couldn’t believe it. I felt like Rocky when he scaled those steps with ease in the movie. I may have even done a little victory dance and a few air punches.
Today, again I made sure I warmed up good using the same movements we had used at Crossfit that day and set at being under 10 minutes. Surely I can’t do it two days in a row right? Wrong! Today I did it in 8 minutes 58 seconds.
This to me is incredible. I am feeling so good about this challenge and proud of the work I have put in so far. Now I can do 30 burpees without taking a 2 deep breaths break – last week I couldn’t wait to get to 10! Burpee number 35 to around 70 are where the mental battle comes in.
I can’t think about what I’m doing other than telling myself “just put your hands on the ground!!” Sometimes I have to tell myself to jump up too. My quads start to burn, my legs start feeling heavy and I start to feel it in my arms too.
At around the 70 mark I know I’m on the home stretch and just push through the burn, at this point I start smiling a little despite the discomfort because I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m sure my smile looks kind of twisted like the Jokers smile and then disappears into a grimace as I push back up – and then the smile again.
Here is a pic after I just finished yesterday – sweaty and catching my breath – complete with my wild hair and my mascara running 🙂 hey if you can look cute after a workout you aren’t working hard enough, right?
I think I’m actually starting to enjoy this! But then that was the whole idea wasn’t it? For me to not hate the burpees. Sure I’m still uncomfortable when I do them, but I’m enjoying the process of the whole thing. Finding that inner strength to push through, to get going doing them in the first place! Also challenging myself to get faster doing them rather than just go through the motion.
I’ve done 1480 burpees so far in 13 days. Prior to this challenge I don’t think I had done that many in my life!