May 23, 2010

Sunday 100523

Rest Day


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Patrick Morrissey, US Coast Guard, Boston, MA.

"Firebreathers' Forum" by CrossFit Again Faster, a CrossFit Journal preview video [wmv] [mov]

"Revealing the WOD" with Adrian Bozman - video [wmv] [mov]

Antonio Vivaldi, Two Cello Concerto.

John Cheever - "Of Love: A Testimony"

"The El Paso Miracle" by Radley Balko.

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Posted by lauren at May 23, 2010 5:00 PM

Semper Paratus, Coastie!

Comment #1 - Posted by: CBP Tom at May 22, 2010 5:22 PM

on the Firebreather video and concerning rest during the how exactly do u try and figure how much to rest..i just watched the video from this past wekend when i competed in the NW regionals and my rest looked like they were forever..i remember in the moment it didn't seem that long but i was also leary of jumping back in to soon because i didn't want any wasted effort and wanted to make sure every rep i guess what i am asking is is it better to take a longer rest and knock out 5 reps or shorter rest and say 1-2 reps ??

Comment #2 - Posted by: karla at May 22, 2010 5:49 PM

"J.T." Rx'ed 14:46

Comment #3 - Posted by: quinn McCutchen M/40/150/5'10" at May 22, 2010 6:38 PM

As someone who lives in El Paso, I have to agree with much of the "El Paso Miracle". However, the article leaves out a very important point. We have Ft. Bliss, a very large army base, located in the city, along with a large Police and Sheriffs department. Much of the drug violence stays in Juarez becuase the criminals know they don't have the men or fire power to compete with the good guys on the U.S. side.

Comment #4 - Posted by: Nick at May 22, 2010 7:30 PM


Don't forget about us Border Patrol Agents who are on the frontline here.

Comment #5 - Posted by: TP at May 22, 2010 8:31 PM

Comparing Juarez and El Paso is like comparing the violence in Iraq to Iran. There is so much more to the equation than simply saying immigrants cause a decrease in violence. #5 if you remember El Paso prior to 1996 it was one of the worst cities in the US because of the cross border crime. 1996 is also the same year the Border Patrol start "Operation Hold the Line."

Frankly the cartels have no fear of Ft Bliss or all the nearly 10,000 Law Enforcement Officials that live and work in El Paso. It's simple economics. If the violence spills over = Bad for business. At the end of the day sadly the cartels run a for profit business that is extremely successful. El Paso is a HUGE transportation hub for illegal people and drugs. If violence were to escalate on the US side of the river law enforcement efforts would increase halting the flow of revenue. Just ask the Bario Aztecas gang, after shooting 3 people associated with the State Department in various ways, what business has been like since the law enforcement crack down.

Cute and flowery article about the importance of immigrants in the country but beyond misguided and extremely insulting to the true men and women who keep the peace in this dusty little border town.

Comment #6 - Posted by: mannyc 28/5'11"/185 at May 22, 2010 9:38 PM

I grew up in El Paso back in the 80's and left in the early 90's. The city has changed dramatically through the decades.
A few random comments on the article, the above posters made some valid points:
- those who fled Juarez, fled the violence. Get it? No mas. It is in their best interest to get along.
- the drug cartels/gangs/seller,, eat, sleep and spend money in El Paso. Good for the economy and business.
- take a look at Eagle Pass/Piedras Negras/Nuevo Laredo. The violence is also on our side of the border. Google it baby.

The article "briefs well" but far, far, far from the truth. I still have family back in El Paso for which I visit all the time. Our family has no desire to go close to the border and OUR family is from Mexico!

Comment #7 - Posted by: Mike in Austin at May 22, 2010 9:58 PM

The El Paso article left out a HUGE reason why it is one of the safest cities: Paul Smith!! (You might recognize him from the May 16th vid). Haha!

Comment #8 - Posted by: shazam at May 22, 2010 11:33 PM

Boz, what happens in terms of people eating the right thing before a WOD? If they don't know a puke-in-your-shoes metcon is coming up, and they had too much food before hand, that would adversely affect their performance. Or if they didn't eat for hours before dreading a harsh metcon, then it was a strength day and they lacked energy, what happens? I see your logic, but at the same time, I think some predictability (posting the WOD on your site 1 day in advance) can also be useful. Thoughts?

Comment #9 - Posted by: Bradley at May 23, 2010 3:08 AM

Hey there fellow crossfiters, I just attended Kelly Starrett's seminar yesterday, this dude is AWSOME, great presentation and information, we are all stronger, fitter, and faster than what we actually think and he will show you how to dig out up to 20% or more work capacity, I encourage everyone to GO SEE KELLY STARRETT. Good job HQ for picking this guy up.
Kelly Starrett ROCKS!!!!! I see you :)

Comment #10 - Posted by: Paul Araujo at May 23, 2010 6:08 AM

So the whole article becomes "cute and flowery" because it uses a few sentences to talk about the differences between El Paso and a city directly across the border?

The article directly attacks the links between illegal immigration and violent crime. How does "cute and flowery" and illogical comparisons of Iraq and Afghanistan explain the comparisons of Baltimore and El Paso or the exposure of the severe flaws in studies being touted by GOP congressmen?

Forest for all the trees...

Comment #11 - Posted by: JR at May 23, 2010 6:47 AM

I have become addicted to crossfit. However, I am going through dt's. I'm trying to recover from a bulging disc seriously pinched sciatic nerve. I'm getting there. Getting in and out of the patrol car is still iffy but I can breathe and walk. Hoping to get back into some wods this week. Don't take your health for granted. Hey it's 85 in Michigan. Summer is here folks. Have a great week everyone. Semper Fi.

Comment #12 - Posted by: Chris at May 23, 2010 7:43 AM


I've lived in El Paso for 40 of my 44 years. Its always been a poor town, but never violent. We had more violence in the Northeast part of town when the Crips and Bloods started moving in looking for new territory in the early '90's than directly on the border, and most of that was more posturing than actual violent crime. I agree with your bad for business comment, but again, that goes back to my point of not being to compete with the large law enforcement presence, along with the military. Believe me, if they thought they could, the violence would spread over here very quickly.

Comment #13 - Posted by: Nick at May 23, 2010 7:47 AM

Crossfit Sri Ram Ashram, India
Make up workouts

Rajpal 14 years
JT 15:57
(one ab mat HSPU, bar dips)

4 rounds
400m run
50 squats

Bachendra 11:03
Vijai Pal 13:23

Vijai Raj m/5'7"/61kg/
repeated the 20 shoulder to overhead/40 burpee workout. The first time he used 80kg. It was a slow strength WOD. Today he used 50kg for a faster WOD
Time - 2:30

Comment #14 - Posted by: rashmi at May 23, 2010 8:10 AM

Love the name of the US Coast Guard!

Comment #15 - Posted by: Brad Morrissey at May 23, 2010 10:35 AM

#12. Get yourself to a good accupuncturist! I dealt with sciatica for a long time from my belt and getting needled helped a TON.

Comment #16 - Posted by: John at May 23, 2010 11:44 AM


I did Cindy Rx'd today for the first time since I started crossfit a year ago.

AMRAP of 5 pullups, 10 pushups, 15 squats

11 rounds + 4 pullups.

This means I did 59 pullups today... That's a new PR. Still not kipping but I am randomly swinging and kicking. I'm not sure if it's helping but I'm hoping the rythm will come soon. Hubby is thinking of putting up a new bar that's farther from the wall. I'm hoping that will help.

When I started a year ago, Cindy was done with bent over rows instead of pullups and my hands on the second or third stair for pushups. It's nice to see improvement...

That was Cindy, wasn't it?

Comment #17 - Posted by: JuliePlatt at May 23, 2010 12:01 PM

Vivaldi is the man!!!

Comment #18 - Posted by: caleb (CFG) at May 23, 2010 2:16 PM


Nursing various ticky-tack injuries. "Cindy" in the park, strict PU.

14 Rounds (PR in park is 19+5+10+10)

Pretty quiet in the CF neighborhood today.

Comment #19 - Posted by: bingo at May 23, 2010 2:30 PM

JuliePlatt: Congrats on your improvement over the past year, keep up the strong work sister!

That is a LOT of pull-ups, I don't care what anybody says :-)

~Never Quit!

Comment #20 - Posted by: Playoff Beard at May 23, 2010 3:36 PM

Hey there Bingo, long time no see my brother :-)

Comment #21 - Posted by: Playoff Beard at May 23, 2010 3:38 PM

By the way...14 + rounds with strict pull-ups is legit. Are you not kipping cause of injuries?

Comment #22 - Posted by: Playoff Beard at May 23, 2010 3:40 PM

sunny and 80 in buffalo
ran 6 miles- 48:00

Comment #23 - Posted by: mike/40/6'3"/210 at May 23, 2010 3:45 PM

Hey PB! Nice to "see you". The playground only has a horizontal ladder; no room to kip between rungs. So, PU are close grip, palms facing.

Hope all is well with you and yours.

Comment #24 - Posted by: bingo at May 23, 2010 6:15 PM

I have stopped in El Paso many times (en route to NM). I agree with the author's comments about the feeling of general safety. Watch for highway safety though (think big trucks driving fast).

Juarez is visible as you drive through the city - not a pretty site: Barb wire border fences, a cement ravine separating the two counties, factories (some might consider factories a pretty site :)), shack houses on the other side.

Comment #25 - Posted by: Collard at May 24, 2010 2:58 PM


Comment #26 - Posted by: Repto M/39/5'11''/235 at May 26, 2010 5:40 AM

Damn, Rob. Imagine what he could do if he actually squat cleaned the bar. Dude was actually POWER CLEANING 300LBS!

Comment #27 - Posted by: BAFH at May 26, 2010 6:41 AM

great make up workout..4rounds 400m run n 50squats

Comment #28 - Posted by: liz at June 24, 2013 2:59 PM
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