April 21, 2010

Wednesday 100421

Rest Day


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Andrew Wright, Red River Gorge, Kentucky

"And Now a Word from Our Trainers" a CrossFit Journal preview video [wmv] [mov]

The Top 3 Men from the Alabama Sectionals by CrossFit Again Faster - video [wmv] [mov]

Ida Heandel performs Violin Sonata 1 Op.78 (1) Vivace ma non troppo by Johannes Brahms.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - The Student's Tale: The Falcon of Ser Federigo

"Hold Your Breath for a Really Long Time" - Wired How-To.

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Posted by lauren at April 21, 2010 5:00 PM

Yeah Red River Gorge! Looking good Andrew!

Comment #1 - Posted by: angstadt at April 20, 2010 5:04 PM

Anyone looking to sell a pair of lifting shoes, size 11-1/2? Funds are tight, so I'll take slightly used. Also looking for a couple kettle bells. Thanks!

Comment #2 - Posted by: Mike Scott M/43/5'10"/210 at April 20, 2010 5:09 PM

Is that climb called "Table of Colors"?

Comment #3 - Posted by: dan at April 20, 2010 5:31 PM

Pat Sherwood is THE MAN!
yosemite level 1 cert ws a blast!

Comment #4 - Posted by: john hitchcock at April 20, 2010 5:52 PM

i'm obsessed with E.C. who ARE you!?! i can't even IMAGINE what it's like to live in your world.

Comment #5 - Posted by: Heather Keenan Bergeron at April 20, 2010 5:53 PM

That Wired article is misguided and dangerous. Hyperventilation reduces the "urge" to breathe, but not the "need." Your blood oxygen levels still drop. You can pass out under water without ever feeling the need to draw a breath. Many people have drowned using this trick.

Comment #6 - Posted by: Doug M at April 20, 2010 6:02 PM

I am pretty sure the route is "To Defy the Laws of Tradition." Good route. I thought I recognized it.

Comment #7 - Posted by: Tim Babcock at April 20, 2010 6:25 PM

is it just me or does that Top 3 Alabama Sectionals vid stop after 15 seconds?

Comment #8 - Posted by: Matty at April 20, 2010 6:26 PM

yup—its To Defy the Laws of Tradition, a nice 5.10a.

Comment #9 - Posted by: Josh at April 20, 2010 6:47 PM

A great 10a! In the "tradition" of redriverclimbing.com its time for a roll call of all the climbing Crossfitters!!

mcdontron here!

Comment #10 - Posted by: mcdontron at April 20, 2010 7:27 PM

Just got a pair of Vibram Five Fingers!

How bout something at the track for thursday.

1/4 mile sprints and burpees anyone?

Comment #11 - Posted by: Greg-NOLA at April 20, 2010 7:46 PM

To Defy the Laws of Tradition gave me nightmares for months until I got it. Love that climb!

Comment #12 - Posted by: Shea Craig at April 20, 2010 8:21 PM

#6-spot on dude. To all who read this crap just try to do it with someone with oxygen acessible and CPR qualified. Dive phases (at least in the military) does see its fair share of shallow under water blackouts, but there are plenty of qualified dudes around. What worked for me was holding my breath around work, while walking around and such. Take care and beware.

Liberalism is a mental disorder-Dr. Michael Savage

Comment #13 - Posted by: Spicoli at April 20, 2010 8:29 PM

#11 - tell me what you think!

I've been thinking about picking up a pair of FiveFingers since last summer when I read Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. Does anyone use them and what do you think of them? Any comments would be appreciated.

Comment #14 - Posted by: gin078 at April 20, 2010 9:04 PM

Your calves will hurt for a few days after your first run but it works well for me.

Comment #15 - Posted by: 11381 at April 20, 2010 10:59 PM

I've had my vff's for about a month and love them. I no longer have any pain in my achilles or knees after running. I've even been doing some bouldering in them, but will stick to my climbing shoes for anything requiring edging.

Comment #16 - Posted by: skimore17 at April 20, 2010 11:25 PM

Happy rest day. nice article about holding the breath. Under water drills are fun to try with qualify personnel too, Safety first while doing it, you get a lot out of it that you might be able to use for your workouts optimizing oxygen and learning how to control your oxygen intake to your body.

Have a nice rest day.


Comment #17 - Posted by: SANTI at April 21, 2010 1:40 AM

Wow, that article scared the crap out of me!

I've always had a fear of drowning, even as a kid competing on the swim team. The underwater lap drills our coaches put us through were always my least favorite part of practice. That pounding in your head and the panicked need to draw a breath are the stuff of my nightmares, yikes!

I don't think I'll be trying this "trick" anytime soon.

Happy rest day!

Comment #18 - Posted by: Playoff Beard at April 21, 2010 2:51 AM

I've got Vibram's...had em for about a year and a half...still holding up. Get the KSOs...I'll never workout or run in anything else again...unless in AF PT Uniform...not allowed...Thanks PACAF.

Comment #19 - Posted by: Jon at April 21, 2010 3:21 AM

More of Rich Froning Jr. please! He is HOT!

Comment #20 - Posted by: canadian chick at April 21, 2010 4:57 AM

I should make it to the gorges this memorial day. Been there once, and loved it. I am much better this time around, so I am hoping to pull at least a few 5.10s. Haven't seen that particular route, but when I saw the picture, the first thing I thought was "that has to be red river gorge."
Another VFF user here- check out the threads in the forums for plenty of info.

Comment #21 - Posted by: Allen T at April 21, 2010 5:31 AM

I've been thinking about getting VFF's too. Do the straps on the KSO's annoy anybody? I just want to be sure there isn't any rubbing or anything from them

Comment #22 - Posted by: Asa at April 21, 2010 5:55 AM

What is with the need to take off t-shirts. I just don't get that part. look at me I'm working out time to take the T off. Lie down and take a picture.
New slogan only real real men workout with a t-shirt.

Comment #23 - Posted by: PaulyO at April 21, 2010 6:29 AM

Love my Vibrams - I've got the Sprints, and wear them for every CF workout I do.

And yes, the mov file of the "top 3 men" is only 4.5mb... the wmv version seems to be good, though.

Comment #24 - Posted by: Adam K at April 21, 2010 6:39 AM


Today was a good day. I decided to work my goats today and had pretty good results. Managed to string together 22 double unders, learned how to do Turkish get-ups, did some OHS pratice, and best of all... got my first muscle-up, then two in a row, then THREE in a row! Yep, definately a good day.

Comment #25 - Posted by: Mike at April 21, 2010 6:52 AM

Are you supposed to wear toe socks or something? What about blisters between the toes? I am very interested in getting some, just a little hesitant. Any feedback?

Comment #26 - Posted by: Tom fr/ OK at April 21, 2010 7:05 AM

I think i tore my left bicep!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment #27 - Posted by: Kevin Walls at April 21, 2010 7:19 AM

Refering to VFFs that is. Sorry.

Comment #28 - Posted by: Tom fr/ OK at April 21, 2010 7:28 AM

A quote that made me think of the "old school" theory of weightlifting:

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
Albert Einstein 1921

Do you think Einstein was a crossfitter?

Comment #29 - Posted by: Jeff VB at April 21, 2010 7:41 AM

Get the vff's. They are awesome. Go easy to start and learn how to move efficiently on the balls of your feet. Dr. Romanov's POSE method running cert would be the perfect place. Had an amazing and life changing weekend in Singapore. Learned principles that can be applied to everything you do.

Comment #30 - Posted by: James in Vietnam at April 21, 2010 7:52 AM

5'6 155lbs m

just did the 2009 crossfit games chipper

as rx'd 29.21

my respect for mikko and the top 16 has tripled! those guys are insanely fit.

Comment #31 - Posted by: izzet at April 21, 2010 8:00 AM

I did the 100m lunge 50 squat 25 low back ext wo yesterday ( 10:00) and my thighs are blown! I could barely walk up stairs when I was done. When I read it I thougt,"This is an easy one", I guess I was wrong.

Comment #32 - Posted by: TLE at April 21, 2010 8:02 AM

Yesterdays wod- 115/200
Then did 100 lbs fran for fun. Legs are shot

Comment #33 - Posted by: tim at April 21, 2010 8:13 AM

Just got the VFF KSO's...a big fan. No blisters or anything else thats uncomfortable. The only thing is that my calves and toes are seriously sore. Very comfortable though.

Comment #34 - Posted by: Jeff S. at April 21, 2010 8:56 AM


Did clean WOD today, results there.

Comment #35 - Posted by: Kevin C. at April 21, 2010 9:23 AM

Why did he come up out of the water dry?

Comment #36 - Posted by: -=Gar=- at April 21, 2010 10:08 AM

Thanks Jeff and James. Very useful info.

Comment #37 - Posted by: Tom fr/ OK at April 21, 2010 10:11 AM

Time to go practice muscle ups

Comment #38 - Posted by: lil bos at April 21, 2010 11:48 AM

I would recommend everyone who is asking about Five Fingers try on a pair. Sizing between styles is a bit different, and the size of everyones feet are different. They won't always work for everyone. I've got two pair of KSO, that fit and feel fantastic, and I would recommend them to everyone, but I'd also say people should try to get a pair on before spending the money

Comment #39 - Posted by: Allen T at April 21, 2010 11:57 AM

david blaine is one of the most impressive/interesting human beings ever.

Comment #40 - Posted by: mr. galt at April 21, 2010 2:17 PM

Tested my 1RM push press today, got to 185, a new PR. Then worked on some DU, which I think I've finally gotten the hang of.

Comment #41 - Posted by: Brian m/19/6'3"/225 at April 21, 2010 3:23 PM

Does Blaine train? He looks bigger than I remember

Comment #42 - Posted by: tiburon at April 21, 2010 3:49 PM


First 5K since M (4 mos) was born:


Lots of room for improvement!

Comment #43 - Posted by: mom to five at April 21, 2010 3:49 PM

David Blaine's speech was awesome. His dedication to his art/goals is inspiring.

Comment #44 - Posted by: greg/38m/6'3"/217 at April 21, 2010 4:53 PM

Thanks a lot for all who shared about their VFF's. I'm giving serious thought to getting them.. One of the only issues is that I wear a US size 14.

Comment #45 - Posted by: gin078 at April 21, 2010 5:11 PM

Breath hold tape was top notch. INcredible lesson in being unwilling to accept a limitation. WOW

Comment #46 - Posted by: Apolloswabbie 72.5 209 46 yoa at April 21, 2010 7:07 PM

16:24 @ 205

Comment #47 - Posted by: MessDog at April 21, 2010 11:32 PM

Al Udeid

15 x Turkish Get Ups 30#, 15 each side)

AMRAP 30min:
15 x Thruster (65#), 15 x Pull-up, 20 Double Unders or 80 singles

Adam-12 rounds 65#
Tommy-9 rounds 65#
Danielle-11 rounds 18#
Julia-9~11 rounds 35# (Lost count)
Nate-9~ rounds

Abs class 250

Comment #48 - Posted by: AdamL at April 22, 2010 2:52 AM

Great Poem! I was lost to the world there for a while.

Careful with the breath holding. I lost my best friend in two feet of water while he was practicing. His girlfriend and buddy were right there next to him and only noticed something was wrong at about eight minutes. It was too late. People will often black out after they come up for air and then sink down again, while everyone thinks that all is well. This is not a sport for hero's. Its mostly the young competitive guys that end up dead here.

Comment #49 - Posted by: KevinW at April 22, 2010 2:57 PM

a little late, but I was shocked to see Tradition when flipping through crossfit.com. This was my fav climb at the gorge for years. Right up there with "The Return Of Chris Snyder" - best routs at RRG!

Comment #50 - Posted by: Samuel at June 11, 2010 11:32 AM
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