Balance Beam

Last night’s workout was done in teams. We had two teams of five and went for three rounds of this:
Row 500 meters (second and third rounds, 300 and 100 meters)
30 thrusters (45 pounds for women, 65 for men)
10 pull-ups
30 wall-ball
30 sit-ups
I think everybody was shocked at how hard this was. Whenever I looked around I saw everyone gasping and sweating profusely. First of all you don’t want to be the slowest one on your team, not because anyone’s impatient, but just because. So you do your first drills as fast as you can and you’re tired all of a sudden, with a long way yet to go. Then you survive the 30 thrusters, only to face a relatively brief set of 10 pull-ups and on to 30 wall-ball—basically the same thing as thrusters, rising out of a squat to hoist or fling something overhead. Then start over with the next round.
Dave pointed out later that this is a rare workout where the pull-ups constitute a break (although not long enough)—how often is that the case?
Since last week when someone told me to lean back as I pull the final few inches on the rower with my arms, I’ve made a point of doing that. Last night my 500 meters only took me 1:49, which was I think 10 seconds slower faster than my previous fastest one. I liked that!
For gymnastics, we dragged out an old wood balance beam from the back room, and Dave’s gymnast daughter showed us some basic drills. The first one was to walk forward and backward with your eyes closed. I could get that one with a few practice sessions. The others, though—little hops along the beam (called typewriter jumps) and pivots and kicks—were barely doable with eyes open. I’m glad she didn’t tell us to close our eyes for those. She said the best way to balance is to look at the end of the beam, where you’re headed.