The Travel WOD – My First Experience

Well…it has been a week since my last post…and it has been a long week.  As most of you know I have a toddler at home.  He is getting in a few molars…yes…at once…and has been a chore to get to bed for a nap or even for the night.  I’m not complaining…he sleeps for 11 to 12 hours a night…which is awesome…but it took me an hour and a half on Saturday and Sunday night to get him down.  It is a little draining on the energy level.  Anyway…after the morning CFP WOD on Monday morning I was off on my first work trip since starting crossfit.  Since I started on-ramp in the second week of June I had not missed a session.  I was off for three days in Baltimore.  Before I left I mention to Spider that I was going to be traveling and he gratefully passed along a document of travel WODs that can be done anywhere.  Awesome!

After a four and a half hour train ride from Bridgeport, CT to Baltimore I was pretty crushed.  Sure…it is sitting down the entire time…but any travel is draining on the energy level.  Getting into Baltimore around 4 pm I took a cab straight to the hotel, dropped my stuff, and headed to the eTail East opening reception.  After schmoozing with other marketers and retailers for a couple of hours the Zeta Interactive team decided to take in an Orioles game.  We didn’t even have to buy tickets.  Check out these seats:

Camden Yards

The picture is from my Father’s suite (For those who don’t know, I work for my Father).  It was a gorgeous evening and getting to see a few innings of the game was awesome.   But it was late and I was hungry.  The rest of the group ordered room service.  After a few wings…trying to stay away from the carbs…I decided to call it an evening.  Getting back to the room…I spent a few minutes with the travel WODs and made a selection for the next morning.

Waking up at 5:30 am on Tuesday morning was tough but I wanted to get up and workout at the same time as my regular crew back at the CFP box.  I headed down to the gym at the Hilton Baltimore.  Needless to say that upon getting there…it left a little bit to be desired.  With no barbells or other free weights I decided to head outside.  Luckily I had purchased a jump rope before heading down to Baltimore so I was able to warm-up with some jump rope and time on the treadmill.  The nice thing about the gym was the terrace…where I spent my time working out:

Camden Yards

Not a bad view for the workout.  I decided to do the following for Tuesday’s WOD:

Invisible Fran – 21 – 15 – 9 reps of push-ups and air squats for time.

10 push-ups/10 air squats – 10 rounds – 30 seconds between rounds.

In the heat of the outdoors…even outside…this was a killer…but I felt great.  After a day of standing on my feet at the eTail conference…Wednesday was a different story.  The few drinks at dinner caught up with me.  Wednesday’s WOD was:

10 – 9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 Push-ups and Sit-ups UNBROKEN, for time

I made it through in 9:45 but was struggling.  Definitely spent from the travel and the late evenings at the conference.  All in all however I found that travel WODs can be just as taxing as the WODs back in the box.  It is all about staying focus and having the discipline to get things done.  The drive shouldn’t come from the box…it should come from inside yourself.  Just going to the box or gym doesn’t get you into shape.  It is all about the heart…that beating in your chest that drives you to get up and get out the door to get your workout in.  Can’t wait to get back into the box tomorrow.  Bring the hurt.


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