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360: First Injury

Hooray!!!

Today was my first injury!

I took a little spill during the WOD, which was:
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 reps
Burpee pull-ups
Handstand push-ups
Box jumps (24/20)

At first I wasn’t going to go, because I really struggle with handstand push-ups. Backing off of challenges is no way to train for an Ironman or for that matter, live life. Curiously enough, my injury did not occur while doing an exercise I suck at. Instead, it happened on a movement that highlights one my strong cardio: box jumps.

Often times, I think too much. Whether it be performing music or a WOD, I tend to hone in on the micro, which can make me lose sight of the big picture. My folly today was attempting to think my way to speed and efficiency on box jumps. Like most others, my natural inclination is to slightly pause at the bottom of box jumps. However, doing so makes me lose momentum and requires me to regenerate energy for each rep. My plan was to slightly pause at the top of the box, and let my momentum for the jump down carry me back up.

Solid in theory, horrendous in execution. I’m not quite sure how I did it I lost my timing and managed to not jump ONTO the box, but instead INTO the box. Holy mother of Hell did that hurt. I thought I could take 10 seconds and walk it off but it quickly become apparent that I needed ice, as my leg quickly started turning various shades of purple.

After 20 minutes of icing and elevation, I gingerly finished the WOD with my bruised leg (and pride). The giant swelling on my shin surely will spend the next two weeks reminding me to take my time.

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