The “Janet” WOD

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My neighbor, who lived immediately to my right, was found dead in her apartment yesterday. She was an annoying sweetheart who suffered from alcoholism and, in the later months, a pill addiction that dragged her willingly to an early death. She was five years older than me. She weighed about 80lbs when she died, incapacitated for the better part of last year, and it had become increasingly difficult to understand her ramblings and mumbling.

Her death was not a surprise. Over the years, the police and fights and ambulances and help and fires and every drama an addict attracts had spewed in and out of her door not twenty feet from mine. But still… But still, it hurts to think that she suffered so much she drowned her capacity to feel, function, live. Mina took it hard, too, lamenting Janet’s gut-wrenching loneliness.

I don’t have to tell you that life is precious. We know this intellectually at least, right? But when illness and death happen near us — even to a neighbor I often avoided — the reminder is sobering.

When I retested “Nancy” today, in my head I renamed the workout “Janet”. During the runs, I wished her well; I wished her relief. When both the overhead squats and runs became oppressive in the later rounds, I reflected on the fact that my ability to lift and move is an honor and a privilege. My health and fitness are not guaranteed. The heaviness of my stride lessened. The physical pain did not– will never — supersede my overwhelming gratitude for my life nor my drive to live it fully.


Friday’s Workout

6 Inverted burpees
12 Toes to bar
24 Box jumps (24/20)

Saturday’s Workout

5 Rounds for Time

11 Pull Ups
21 Goblet Squats (32/24)
15 RKB Swings
200 M Run
1 Min Rest

30 Min cap
Sunday’s Workout
(EMOM, 4 Burpess)
Complete as many Hang Power Cleans (95/65) as possible
2 minute rest
(EMOM, 4 Burpess)
Complete as many Thrusters (95/65) as possible.
Monday’s Workout
Thanksgiving Break WODs
–Run 1 block–
–Walk 1 block w/ egg on spoon–
–Alternate run/walk after each block–B) FT
Rope Pull down and back (45/70/90/135)



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