Done Fifty Unbroken Double Unders

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The subtitle for this post should be “persistence pays off... and a friendly push doesn’t hurt either.”

CrossFit, we sometimes get workouts that have this movement.  A double-under is a jump rope movement that for every jump, the rope passes under you twice.  I first learned how to do them about a year and a half ago.  I could do one at a time.  Then I could do one, followed by two or three singles, and then another one.  It took awhile before I could string them together and even longer to get a long string of them together.

Before today, the most I have ever recorded doing was 28 in a row.  This morning I set out to do 50 double unders in a row.  That was my goal.  I tried eight times, getting 44 on the final attempt.  Because I was short on time and also because this was way more than my previous best, this post was almost called “Done Over 40 Unbroken Double-Unders”.

I told my cubemate
Ricky about my attempts.  He said I should give it another shot because 44 is so close to 50.  He thought I could do it.

So, a few hours later, I decided to try again.  This time I ended up trying 16 more times.  I felt that doing the first 25 reps was not too bad, but when I got to about 30-35, my arms would get tired, and I’d be out of breath.  In fact, I got to 41 twice, only to have my body fail me.  Then, finally, on the last attempt of the day, I was able to get 52 unbroken double unders.  It was a very gratifying feeling because I had to fight for it.  Thanks to Ricky for giving me the encouragement.

Final stats:
Number of attempts: 24
Total number of double unders: 525
Best attempts: 52, 44, 41, 41, 39

... and I wanted to say happy birthday to my mom!

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