My Warrior Update #6

27 Feb

This is where my army or marine training would come in handy… if I had been an armed forces soldier. But I’m a writer. So I have to rely on my sad push-up regiment to help me conquer these Warrior Dash obstacles. You would think that the push-up would be easier by now and that I’d be doing five sets of twenty-five and be on the cover of Muscle and Fitness Magazine … but for some reason my weak left wrist begs to differ.

It’s got a kink. According to WebMD I could have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or Psoriatic Arthritis. But apparently some of my friends feel WebMD isn’t the most trustful, so I will need to get it checked out by a regular-in-office-white-coat MD. Until then I’ll probably rely on BenGay, a wrap of some sort. and ibuprofen.

What about climbing?

Don’t you need wrist action for the Deadman’s Drop and Giant Cliffhanger?

Not really. I’ll most likely need biceps and quads. With all my merengue and cumbia dancing my quads are awesome. They’ll be fine. It’s only when I’m doing push-ups that my wrist is not happy. So as long as I don’t have to drop down and give someone twenty, I think my wrist will survive. Maybe I’ll start lifting some barbells to ease my wrist push-up problem. Regardless, I’m sure I’ll need some wrist strength on these climbing escapades.

The Giant Cliffhanger allows me the opportunity to “trek to the top of a massive slope” using rope as my guide. So I am basically hoisting my entire body weight up, over, and down this man-made slope … something you would see in army training, I imagine. But as long as it’s not a timed event, I’m sure I can haul my butt awkwardly over this challenge.

In the Deadman’s Drop I will “climb to the top and over an unhandy hurdle.” Safely… safely is the key word here. However, as you reach the top and climb over to the other side, the second part of this obstacle gives you two options: 1) go down a make-shift wooden slide where you may or may not get splinters on your ass or 2) jump the distance becoming the deadman that drops because you’re so tired, possibly twisting your ankle in the process.

Awesome choices … I know. I haven’t decided what I’ll do yet. Any suggestions?

I’m sure once I get up there my athlete instincts will kick in and I’ll make my decision on the spot, with confidence and without fear. Regular Guat Warrior, if you will.

Giddy up!

 

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3 Responses to “My Warrior Update #6”

  1. adinparadise February 28, 2012 at 9:12 AM #

    I was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome a couple of years ago and the specialist wanted to operate. i play piano, so as you can imagine i was less than keen, not to mention the fact that I wouldn’t be able to blog or dry my hair. 😉 My General Practitioner gave me a cortisone injection in my wrist and put me on Neurobion tabs which I think are very strong Vitamin B’s. I haven’t had any more problems, for which I’m very grateful. Good luck.

  2. keith March 1, 2012 at 1:28 PM #

    My wife has very weak wrists and I have her doing wrist curls to help strengthen them. She and I are doing the Dash in June here in Ohio. She is worried she can’t do it, and I’m worried she will pass me…haha Keep up the good work and don’t fret to much.

    • The Guat March 1, 2012 at 1:49 PM #

      I’ll try those wrist curls. Worried she’ll pass you…ha! Crack me up! Thanks for your support.

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