What a week. Hell Week is always a kick in the pants, but this year was definitely the hardest we’ve ever done.
The beauty of the week hopefully lies not in any one singular aspect of the challenge – not in the volume of output, nor in the sheer amount of weight that was lifted – but in the overall experience and what we take away from it.
For most of us, the actual workouts were ancillary, what was a challenge was fitting our regular lives around them. Anna said it well, “Hell Week is a full time job.” Breakfast is spent contemplating the night before and speculating on the night ahead, lunchtime becomes mobility and stretching, dinner gets turned into a pre workout snack, and sleep goes right out the window due to the raised cortisol levels and body temperature increases.
What we each walk away with is something personal. For some people, their concept of what they thought they were capable of has been completely shattered. For others what they know they were capable of has been reconfirmed. For all of us though, the experience of going through a week like this and having to do it together as a team is what we’ll remember.
I’ve said this before, and many of you know that Eric and I were college water polo teammates back before cell phones and the interweb. I don’t remember how many goals Eric scored (significantly more than I did), I don’t remember how many steals he had (it was a team record though), and I certainly don’t remember BC Water Polo’s win/loss record. I do however know that he was there beside me both when there were wins and when we got our asses handed to us and that’s all that I really care about my college career.
It’s doubtful we’re going to remember each other’s times and reps and weights from this past week, but hopefully looking back on it some years from now, we’ll all remember that we were here for five grueling nights – and we were here together.
Congratulations to everyone that stepped up to the plate and challenged themselves last week, we’re extremely proud of every single one of you.
Have a favorite moment from the week? Please share below.
Hang Squat Clean
5 Rounds for total reps:
1 Min to complete
2 wall climbs
Max 5 meter lengths of burpee broad jump
(1 Min rest between sets to be performed without shoes)