Week 1 review.
We split the challenges over two sessions.
1. Ladder Climbups - It's been a long while since I've done this many set of climbups one after the other and I'm not as good as I used to be at dealing with the short rest period. I failed on the 9th set, and it seemed to keep getting harder until I was back down to 4. On the plus side, my arms felt great the following session. Still a good exercise, even after all these years
2. Stairs jumping - Couldn't quite make it up 6 steps by this point in the session, so completed it to 5.
5. Crawl - We chose to crawl forwards down a big flight of stairs and then finish on the flat at the bottom. This made the backwards crawl a great exercise as we had to crawl backwards up lots of stairs when our arms were most tired. I'd tested this exercise earlier just on the flat and found it relatively straightforward, so the stairs were a good addition.
6. Balance - The final exercise of the evening took a lot longer to complete than expected. We thought balance would be harder with tired legs but some of the sets lasted a long time and caused the session to over run by about half an hour. For me, keeping my balance was easier than dealing with the pain of being stood on one foot on a rail for that long, and so I chose to step off when the pain reached dangerous levels rather than fell off. An odd exercise, in that respect. Other people found it more of a balance challenge, but ended up doing more sets than needed.
My arms were still tired from Thursday, but even with the ache they felt great. I think it was due to them remembering the joy of multiple climbup sets!
3. Wallruns - We had a few interruptions due to conversations with a number of passers-by, who had varied attitudes to what we were doing. Nevertheless, we finished it eventually. It's quite explosive on the legs, and the consensus was we found our legs were substantially weaker than normal for the rest of the session. Interestingly, I was reaching a similar height taking off from each foot.
4. Traverse (waist position) - This exercise felt nice, but was very short. We all did it on our own stretch of the same wall, and went back and forth rather than continue in one direction to the time limit. I think this probably balanced the directional nature of the exercise better than the original idea. I managed 6.2 times along my section in the minute, and I had to stop a couple of times before I could complete the return journey. A nice exercise, but ripe for making harder.