I’m in Orlando now! I’m staying with Ally, another college friend, and her family. They have been uber-gracious to let me not only crash in their guest room but also eat their food and monopolize their dining room table for my workspace. And unfortunately, most of what I’ve been doing here in Orlando has been working and looking for work. I knew that would be the case, not just for this stop but for a lot of the trip, but it’s still taking a bit of getting used to. I read an article about mistakes beginning solopreneurs make on Sean Ogle’s site, Location 180, today, and one of the ones that stood out to me was the tendency to behave like a backpacker rather than an entrepreneur–that is, to treat travel like a vacation rather than a business trip, focusing on short-term fun rather than the long game of building a business. I knew going into this trip that it wasn’t going to be a vacation. But knowing that while still working out a decent work/life balance is a practice for sure, and I’m still figuring it all out. I’m sure I’ll have more to write about this in the future as well.
I did go to my second CrossFit workout yesterday, though! I found a box called CrossFit High Performance a short drive from where I’m staying, and dropped in for a Sunday morning WOD. That was actually the first thing that impressed me about CFHP, that they actually HAD a Sunday morning WOD. Most of the other boxes I’ve been to are closed on Sundays, or else have open gym or at most a late afternoon specialty WOD. CFHP has an 11:30am WOD on Sundays, as well as one at 6:00pm. The owner Tyrone and the class leader Adrian were very welcoming and knowledgeable.
Unfortunately (for me), the WOD was a workout called Fight Gone Bad, which is somewhat notorious in the CrossFit repertoire as being a ballbreaker. Basically you do as many reps as possible (AMRAP) of five different exercises for one minute each, then you get a minute break. That’s one round. The WOD itself is FIVE rounds. I remember round one and most of round two…the rest is pretty much a blur of struggling to do one more rep, then another after that, etc. This WOD was a reminder of one of the lessons I learned from taking cold showers: the first day of doing anything tough is easy. It’s the SECOND day that will kill you. And even scaled way, way down, this second WOD was REALLY hard. This is what my results looked like:
I manged to stay relatively consistent on the first four exercises of each round, but you can see in each rowing round how dead I was by that point. (You can also tell I was exhausted by the mistakes in my arithmetic, as round 2 should have been 47 reps, not 57.) The good news was that despite feeling like death during and after the WOD, I woke up this morning able to move normally, with only minimal pain and soreness. And as noted before, after completing the WOD my main goal at this early point is not to end up so sore I can’t move. So I count this a win.