We came. We saw. We conquered. (Or maybe we got conquered, work with me here…) The Open is over, and probably for everyone that’s reading this, you won’t be participating in Regionals. So, what now? Do we leave it at well that was a fun month of competition or can we carry the momentum of the Open with us for the next 11 months? Do we even want to continue with the same sort of competition-laced mindset we have carried these past five weeks? Yes… and no. But mostly yes. [Read more…]
It’s Thursday. Are you excited about the 14.6 announcement tonight? What’s that? There isn’t a 14.6?? What’s that? The Open is over?!? …….. Nnnnoooooooooo!!!!!!!
What am I going to do with myself now? How will I do CrossFit if I don’t have a leaderboard to look at every week? Wait, what did I even do the past month? Oh I know, I did the same 5 workouts that tons of other CrossFitters around the globe did. Yes… but I did so much more than that.
[Warning, this is a longer post, so make sure you grab your coffee before starting to read…]
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a little green fellow named Yoda was trying to teach his student Luke how to be more elite. Yoda had Luke lift heavy objects off the ground, jump high and far, and do handstands while attempting other activities… all in an effort to thwart the evil Darth Castro. One day, Luke’s vehicle started sinking into a swamp. Yoda instructed Luke to use his newly acquired powers to lift the massive spaceship up out of the muck. Luke tried; he strained all his muscles attempting to make his ship rise, but Luke couldn’t do it. When, even against all his strength, Luke’s ship started to sink further into the swamp he gave up and deemed his ship a lost cause. He turned around and walked off, only to turn back around as he heard his ship rising back out of the murkiness. When the ship finally came to rest on solid ground, Luke turned to Yoda and said, “I don’t believe it.” Yoda’s response was, “That is why you fail.”
I lifted just shy of 4 tons over my head during 14.5. That took every muscle cell in my body. It also took every brain cell in my body. [Read more…]
Here we are, the final workout of the 2014 CrossFit Open. And wow, what a way to go out! I had a few thoughts I wanted to share while watching tonight. Maybe some of you thought similar things? [Read more…]
Relativity is a funny thing sometimes, isn’t it? Sometimes a 10 minute AMRAP seems like 20 minutes. With 14.4, that was the shortest 14 minute workout I’ve ever done. Was it brutal? Yes. Oh hell yes it was brutal. But my mind was so preoccupied with talking to myself and struggling to stay alive that all concept of time just went out the window. I don’t think I knew what time was until about 10 seconds to go. [Read more…]
If I had a dollar for every person that journeyed to the altar of change, I’d have lots of dollars. New Year’s resolutions. Spring cleaning. Giving up something for Lent. Why, when so many of us embark on the pilgrimage to change, do we remain so stagnate? Is it a lack of effort? Perhaps you simply can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Or do we just have majorly crappy goal setting skills?
There’s no other way to say it – I was excited from the moment Dave announced the 14.3 workout. Deadlifts and box jumps. Two movements I could do! This challenge was going to be getting AMRAP, not merely trying to squeeze out one repetition. I set a goal, I prepared myself, I performed the workout, and I was generally pleased with the result. I was happy – this felt like success. But why did this feel more successful than last week’s win? [Read more…]
As CrossFitters, we are generally proud of our injuries. Not major ones of course, but the small stuff. Like hand tears from pull-ups or shin scrapes from deadlifts. We wear these boo-boos like badges of honor. We Instagram our wounds like a sorority girl does selfies. But there is one powerful plight that remains taboo, one malevolent maiming that misses social media. Monkey butt, the silent ASSassin. [Read more…]
At the time my last post was published, I was certain that I couldn’t do an overhead squat. I was sure my score would be zero. I was down about the Open, wondering why the heck I joined and already looking ahead to 14.3 to maybe be able to do a movement there. I was feeling pretty low about myself. But then… the miracle of CrossFit happened. [Read more…]