Yesterday was Fran Day at CFWN. To the true (nutso) CrossFitter, that means all day was Fran Day – alternating feelings of self-doubt and confidence; nausea and lightness; increased heart rate and deep breathing. It’s coming and it’s too late to improve. I mean, technically, it’s just a WOD. But it’s not. It’s Fran.
It’s suspenseful, dramatic. There’s action and conflict. It’s…a Freytag Pyramid. No one ever tells you to pull out your high school English book before doing Fran. But you should, because you’re about to get schooled.
Freytag’s Terms Demonstrated – According to Fran
Yeah, Fran. Fran is the Complication.
When I walked into the box, Coach was adding an 8 minute time cap to the whiteboard. When he saw my face, he erased the 8 and wrote a 10. “You can put a time cap on it, but I’m not going to stop until I finish,” I told him. It’s good to know your coach and your teammates think you’re better than you are. But Fran Day is not the time to get crazy.
The last time I did Fran was in January. I used 55 lbs for my thrusters and I used a band for my pull ups. This time I was going Rx with 65 lbs and no band.
3 – 2 – 1 – Go! With the fourth beep of the clock, you enter the world of Fran.
The first 15 thrusters are easy. You have a good rhythm. You feel comfortable with the weight. Oh yeah, you’re definitely qualifying for Regionals this year. Wow. How did you get so good so fast?
The 16th Thruster: Well, shit.
The 18th Thruster: It’s okay. You still have five years to qualify for the Masters.
The 21st Thruster: Thank God for pull ups.
The first 5 Pull Ups: You’re a little behind everyone else. You can catch up.
The 9th Pull Up: How’s that bastard finished already?
The 15th Pull Up: Nope. Not catching up.
The 21st Pull Up: Thank God for thrusters.
The 1st Thruster: Sets of five. Sets of five.
The 5th Thruster: Sets of three. Sets of three.
The 15th Thruster: I hate pull ups.
The 3rd Pull Up: Will anyone notice if I quit after this round?
The 4th Pull Up: Why do you ask yourself that in every WOD?
The 9th Pull Up: Uh oh. Starting to draw an audience.
The 11th Pull Up: Seriously? All of you are done?
The 15th Pull Up: I hate thrusters.
The 1st Thruster: Last round. Sets of three. Sets of three.
The 2nd Thruster: Sets of three-ish.
The 5th Thruster: I’ve done five, right? Five, not four. Yeah, I’ve definitely done five.
The 6th Thruster: Should I do an extra one? Just in case?
The 7th Thruster: No.
The 8th Thruster: Yes.
The 9th Thruster: No.
The 10th? Thruster: Whatever.
Pull Ups 1-3: I’m not going to hit the time cap.
Pull Up 4: Someone is giving me good advice right now, and it pisses me off, but if I followed it, I might hit the time cap.
Pull Up 6: Just get back on the bar, idiot.
Pull Up 8: This is stupid.
Pull Up 9: 10:16
When I landed from the final pull up, I hurt. I had disappointed myself.
I decided to quit CrossFit. Immediately. I was not going to finish the rest of the class. The whole thing was pointless.
Trying to hold back tears, I walked over to my bag and pulled out my WOD log. I wrote down my Fran time and started to pack up. Then, I reopened my WOD log. I wanted to look up my previous Fran time – just to see. 9:14 Scaled. In a little over six months, I had added ten pounds to my thrusters and did unassisted pull ups, and my time only went up a minute.
Then I flipped to the back of my notebook and looked at my 2014 goals. At the beginning of the year, Coach and I had set my Rx Fran time goal for 10 minutes. I was almost at that goal, and would most likely surpass it by the end of the year. I mean, if I hadn’t decided to quit.
But while I had my notebook out, I figured I might as well write down tomorrow’s WOD off the whiteboard. Just to show there is life after Fran. And I added a few notes. I obviously needed to get faster, so if I started doing light, fast thrusters regularly, would I see improvement? And if moving fast in general was a weakness, was it time to start reducing my weights and striving for faster WOD times instead of Rx?
Dammit. I’m a CrossFitter. And I changed into my oly shoes to do some cleans.