A popped bike tire is never fun. A popped tire at mile 6 of and 8 mile ride is really not fun. A popped tire at 9pm after eight hours in the gym, two hours of working out, sore hamstrings, and no chance of being picked up, now that is down right miserable. That’s where I found myself though last Tuesday night, forced into what I have now decided to call my most recent “Reality WOD”.
This scenario is exactly what Crossfit was designed for, not glamorous competition in sunny California, but the mundane task of carrying a 40 lbs. bike home in suburban Maryland. After doing Crossfit for a while you begin to recognize how “constantly varied” real life can be, how essential “functional movement” is, and the difference that a little “intensity” can make.
So as I pulled the offending nail from my back tire and hoisted the frame of my bright yellow Schwinn over my left shoulder and started off at a slow jog I smiled at the prospect of my last workout of the day: 2 mile bike carry (#40/#20) For time. 3…2…1…GO!
For those of you who have not had the distinct pleasure of carrying a bike for any great distance there are a few things to keep in mind.
1) You look ridiculous. It is clear to anyone passing by on the road that you are doing the bike riding thing allllll wrong. Clearly something went bad in your childhood and you are certainly a person to be avoided. This is evident from the wide berth and suspicious glances you receive from anyone else on the sidewalk.
2) Bikes are not meant to be carried. The first bicycles began popping up in Europe in the mid 19th century. The use of gears multiplied the human power of pedaling and made early bikes a futuristic alternative to the horse. Like the horse the bike was
meant to be ridden not carried. Even the super light racing bikes of today are cumbersome with unruly pedals and spinning handle bars.
3) The Front rack position is very useful. Once you start viewing the bike as an a-symmetric Salvidor Dali nightmare interpretation of a barbell, the utility of front rack training becomes a saving grace. Phrases like “External rotation” and “Drive up the elbow” begin circulating through your brain as you huff it, with your Huffy, down the sidewalk.
4) Mentality is more powerful than movement. While being physically able to carry your bike 2 miles is important, the ability to decide that WILL carry your bike 2 miles is essential. Crossfit instills this sense of embracing a challenge. If you look at life as one long WOD you take on the trials of day to day with a different perspective.
Eventually, I got home. Tired, sweaty, but bolstered by a sense of accomplishment, I put my bike away and got next for the next workout life would drop out of the eternal hopper of existence.
Tonight’s WOD: 1 Round of cooking dinner. 3…2…1… GO!
Workout of the Day
15-12-9 for time of:
Back Squat (165/115)
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