Nearly a month ago I posted in the original 100 burpee thread about my first attempt. Almost immediately after that the discussion blew up into an argument about breathing technique. I’m posting a new topic in order to refocus onto the original topic.
For the record, I suffer from hay fever, especially this time of year, and am often quite congested. When I have to choose between mouth-breathing or suffocating, I opt to continue breathing. Therefore, my burpees have been performed while mouth-breathing and gasping for air. My focus has been simply on completing all 100 chest-to-the-ground burpees, and on the total time that it takes.
So, after my first attempt last month took an underwhelming 13:43, I was determined to improve this month. Today marked the second time in my entire life that I have done 100 burpees in one workout (or even in a full day!) My conditioning is improving, but I still have a long way to go before I turn in a fast time for this. I still need to lose some weight and improve my leg strength and endurance. However, doing this challenge monthly provides a good indicator of how I’m progressing.
This time I was able to maintain a better pace throughout, with fewer breathers, but it still seriously kicked my butt. When I hit 95 my quads were in agony and I was on the verge of stopping for a quick rest before completing the final five. Then I glanced up at the clock and saw it hit 9:30. At that point I had to suck it up and complete the challenge before the ten minute mark! Those last five burpees felt like I was mired in thick mud. It took me a whopping 24 seconds to complete them. However, that gave me a final time of 9:54, which made the agony all worth it. I’ll take that time for my second attempt!
In the coming months I expect to make quite a bit more improvement. I’ll see how it goes, but I think that eventually I should at least be able to shave off two or three more minutes. Look for regular updates…