One of the things I LOVE about Orange Theory is all the awesome events and challenges they have to push you out of your comfort zone. However, I will admit I was very hesitant to sign up for the Orange Theory Fitness Dri Tri. I went to watch the coaches complete the challenge a week ago and watched grown men, in amazing shape, have their own butts handed to them by this work out. At that point I was really torn – half of me was curious and wanted to sign up to see how I would do, but the other half of me saw how miserable those guys looked and wanted nothing to do with it.
After repeated peer pressure from my coaches and the front desk staff I caved and signed up. I knew from watching the guys not to go too crazy on the row machine. If you went all out you only really gained a minute or two and your legs were just toast. I tried to take it easy, but still pushed way too hard at the beginning of the row and paid for it at the end.
Then it was on to the weight room. This is what really slowed me down. Have a mentioned lately that burpees are the devil, because they are. Burpees after a 2000m push row are just cruel and pretty darn impossible. However, the competitive nature in me pulled through and wouldn’t let me quit.
I was the 4th girl out of the weight room, but knew I could make some time up on the run. My legs were tired from the row and all the body weight work, but I knew they could push through. More than anything I needed to catch my breath. I started off conservatively at a 6.0 speed on the treadmill (10:00 minutes per mile) and every 0.1 mile I cranked it up a bit until I hit 9.0 (6:40 minutes per mile). This kept me engaged, kept speeding it up, and gave me a few minutes to catch my breathe before I started to really push it.
I was pretty far away from the other girls who were running as I had grabbed the closest treadmill, so I couldn’t see how they were doing. I could tell by the way they seemed to be running that I would pass two of them for sure, but that things were probably going to be really close between the other girl and I. As I got to the end Coach Keith came by and really cheered me on through those last few minutes which motivated me to crank the pace way up and I ended up running a sub24 minute 5K after rowing and the weight room which I was really proud of. (My actual 5K PR is a 26:36 because I am not counting the treadmill stuff.) I could tell the other girl had a coach right behind her cheering too so I knew we had been a close finish. In the end she beat me by 5 seconds, but I had an amazing time and was really proud of myself.
Overall, I am really glad the boys convinced me to sign up. It is great to push my body and see what I am capable of, usually it is more than I think. We have another Orange Theory Dri Tri in a month and I would love to try that one too just to see how my time compares.
Have you gone in for your free class and checked out Orange Theory Fitness yet?
Would you consider doing a Dri Tri?