And then there was rest…
As much as I hate skipping a training session, I stayed home yesterday – for a few different reasons: (1) I was very worn from a hard Mon & Wed training session. (2) My second toe on my right foot is still a little bruised and swollen from getting caught between the mats. (3) Most importantly, I just wanted to sit around in my PJs and drink coffee.
Ok, I did end up doing a P90X workout Saturday afternoon (chest & back…one of my favorite P90X workouts), but that 45-50 mins is no where near the level of intensity of a good hour and fifteen min BJJ class. Or an hour Krav Maga class, for that matter. It is good for me, however…my long arms have always hindered my pushups. Even in ROTC back in 1990-1994, I was always ‘just ok’ at pushups. In ROTC, we were regularly tested on the Physical Fitness Test…the PFT. This consisted of: as many pull-ups in 2 mins, as many situps in 2 mins, as many pushups in 2 mins, a standing broad jump, and a 660 yard run. Five events, one after the other, with 100 points possible in each event. Then we did a 1.5 mile run for time. Your total PFT score, as well as your 1.5 mile time, was the measure of your fitness. As I type it out, it looks like the precursor to an AMRRAP CrossFit workout? Who knew Air Force ROTC was so progressive! HA.
Anyway, I was always a 375-400 kind of guy and my 1.5 mi time always hovered around 9-9:30. I broke 400 maybe once in my whole college career, but I NEVER got below 9 mins. Matter of fact, I remember 9:02 being my 1.5 PR that still stands today.
My strategy was always knowing how many comfortable reps I could do for each exercise, and stopping at that point. (So NOT the CrossFit way, eh?) I always stopped at ~10 pull-ups. I always stopped at 70 pushup. This left me with energy to max the sit-ups (88?) and max the broad jump (6′-something). Don’t ask me to recall my 660 time – I just remember it being a horribly awkward distance. You had to sprint…but it was too long for a traditional sprint, so you wanted to die at the end.
So that’s more than you ever wanted to know about the Air Force PFT. I wonder if it’s still the same today, 20+ years later? Does anyone still do the standing broad jump?
I was watching a YouTube workout video of Rich Froning – who is the 2011 and 2012 CrossFit champ. He used the word ‘athletes’ when referring to the students in his class. And I wondered – am I an athlete right now? The dictionary says an athlete is, “a person trained in exercises or contests involving physical agility, stamina, or strength; a participant in a sport or game requiring physical skill.”
The internet has spoken: I am an athlete. And if you read it on the internet, it MUST be true!
So, this 40-yr old athlete is going to enjoy another day of rest. And tomorrow, I’ll tape up my cry-baby toe, and get out on the mats for some Krav Maga and BJJ.
And hopefully, I’ll be a better person for it.
Take care of each other. Cheers!