Always Right Side Up

There was (additional) challenge for me today…I had to try and get upside down again.  My recent attempts with this made me feel (and look) silly.  I remember doing cartwheels as a kid, but I never did any flips or handstands — I was always afraid of falling flat on my back.

Warm Up:
5 mins skip rope and 2 rounds of 10 walking lunges (each leg), 5 push ups, 10 back extensions, 10 arm circles (front and back)

WOD:
4 rounds of —
5 Handstand Push Ups (modified version using a box)
10 KB swings (16kgs)
20 Double Unders / 60 singles

Followed by: 30 burpees

Skill:
“Skin the Cat”

Jody said I was “being a wuss” and I have to agree.  Most of the people at the box were comfortable getting upside down, but for some reason, I wasn’t.  There was something about being upside down that gets to me — I think I have a mental photo of myself crashing down on my head and breaking my neck in the process.  I did try though, and was taking baby steps.  First, I had to be comfortable with the idea of my hands supporting my body weight.  I would add in “then it would be off to kicking off from the floor until you’re inverted”…but I couldn’t really get myself to invert.  Liv was nice enough to help me twice, just so I could get a feel for it.  But I couldn’t do more than two today.  It was partly embarrassment and partly shame (for being a wuss) so I didn’t want to draw too much attention to the fact that I couldnt do it properly.

Anyway, I managed to finish the WOD in 12:50, scaling the handstand push up definitely helped make that faster.

As for “Skin the Cat”, well, I can’t really do toes to bar, so that automatically means I won’t get my feet high enough for me to flip over on the rings.  The only flip I did was, again, assisted.  Did feel a bit dizzy afterwards though — I’m really not an “inverted move” type of person am I?

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