October 30, 2010

Saturday 101030

Rest Day


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Samuel Whittemore, Arlington, MA.

"Combative Practical Shooting: Part 3" with Dave Re and Dave Castro, CrossFit Journal preview video [wmv] [mov]

"We Didn't Plan This" with Greg Glassman at the Team Rogue Vs. Team Again Faster Tahoe Throwdown - video [wmv] [mov]

Miranda Oldroyd does "Amazing Grace" for Barbells for Boobs - video [wmv] [mov]

Event 8 at the Team Rogue Vs. Team Again Faster Tahoe Throwdown - video [wmv] [mov]

Sergei Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No. 3 Mov. 1, Mov. 2, Mov. 3.

Raymond Carver - So Much Water So Close To Home.

"Foreclosure Fraud For Dummies" by Mike Konczal, Rortybomb.

Post thoughts to comments.

Posted by lauren at October 30, 2010 5:00 PM

I guess ole Sammy was a tough sumbitch....

Comment #1 - Posted by: MDMelissa 46/5'4"/116? at October 29, 2010 5:08 PM

WOW!!!! awesome pic!!!! badass? i think so

semper fidelis

Comment #2 - Posted by: Ben Lunak at October 29, 2010 5:14 PM

The Samuel Whittemore House is 1 mile down the road from me....definitely motivated me to head over to that section of town and run some hill sprints tomorrow morning!

Comment #3 - Posted by: Dans at October 29, 2010 5:14 PM

Now that's a Throwdown!

Comment #4 - Posted by: kent at October 29, 2010 5:22 PM

Samuel Whittemore = BA

kent's right, what a throwdown.

Comment #5 - Posted by: Zach at October 29, 2010 5:26 PM

Wow. Thanks, Sam.

Comment #6 - Posted by: Benjamin at October 29, 2010 5:36 PM

i really like the tips they give in the videos now

Comment #7 - Posted by: amir at October 29, 2010 5:37 PM

I love reading this! It's right down the street from where I live!

Comment #8 - Posted by: Rich B at October 29, 2010 5:42 PM

The original Tea Party member

Comment #9 - Posted by: John at October 29, 2010 5:45 PM

anybody want to take a stab at explaining the short story?

Comment #10 - Posted by: Phil at October 29, 2010 5:45 PM

In the same boat as you Phil. Not real sure what went on with that story.

Comment #11 - Posted by: Danny at October 29, 2010 6:27 PM

he wasn't even poisoned? whats 98 y/o in 1793 equivalent in todays age? like 214? samuel is a beast...

Comment #12 - Posted by: riptorn at October 29, 2010 6:27 PM

Sam would have been a CrossFitter. Probably would have beaten Dave Lipson on DL's, and Speal on walking handstands, and maybe even Fran.

Comment #13 - Posted by: james.patrick [M/48/66"/135] at October 29, 2010 6:50 PM


Official state hero of Massachusettes. And honorary Crossfitter.

Comment #14 - Posted by: Jim at October 29, 2010 7:12 PM

Freakin' AWESOME video's!

The suspense on Rogue vs. AF is killing me!

Comment #15 - Posted by: james.patrick [M/48/66"/135] at October 29, 2010 7:20 PM

Regarding the foreclosure mills, it's the same story as issuing the mortgages. They get a profit for volume so they do a inefficient job and even commit fraud. With mortgages, it was liar loans and bogus ratings. Now it's affidavits. Either way, the investors who purchased these securitized mortgages are getting cheated again. Won't be surprsised if some kind of bail out doesn't happen within the next year since the investors are not small players in the political scene. It's many of the same people who were bailed out after purchasing credit default swaps from AIG.

Comment #16 - Posted by: paulo at October 29, 2010 7:20 PM

When neighbors, family members, and the prominent patriots of the area rushed to his bedside, Whittemore's eyes fluttered open to address the assembly: 'Fran is worse,' he rasped, before promptly nodding off to sleep once more.

Comment #17 - Posted by: TRN III at October 29, 2010 7:21 PM


I know we've never met, but will you marry me?

Comment #18 - Posted by: Tom R. at October 29, 2010 7:22 PM

Tom R:

Get in line.

Comment #19 - Posted by: james.patrick [M/48/66"/135] at October 29, 2010 7:27 PM

Let's spare a thought for those three poor British soldiers.

Comment #20 - Posted by: Mike at October 29, 2010 7:41 PM

Sounds like an average Marine. Or an exceptional Navy Seal.

Comment #21 - Posted by: Andrew at October 29, 2010 7:45 PM

That pic. is awesome!

Comment #22 - Posted by: The Anaconda at October 29, 2010 7:47 PM

Even though the Brits are our allies, that makes me proud to be an American.

Comment #23 - Posted by: Jack at October 29, 2010 7:54 PM

To comment 10 & 11 about the point of the story. There is probably no greater point to the story than there is to exposing you to Sergei Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No. 3 Mov. 1, Mov. 2, Mov. 3.
Examples of excellence.

But if I were forced to divine a meaning from the story it would be the human capacity to second guess. How many times have you had a tragedy or a set back on your life that you've thought if I had just made one inconsequential decision differently none of this would have happened.

But I've been accused of having a fascile mind here before, so really, what do I know.
Hard bodies, quick minds

Comment #24 - Posted by: jakers at October 29, 2010 8:04 PM

"Life is like a box of CrossFit."

Comment #25 - Posted by: B. Rhaly at October 29, 2010 8:25 PM

Thanks, Crossfit, for posting such Carver's wonderfully bleak and modern short story.

I liked it because
-it presented the mundane evil of ordinary men.
-it demonstrated the detrimental effect of the group on an individual's moral decision-making.
- it touched on the difficulty in dealing with the immoral acts of a spouse.
- it alluded to the female/narrator identifying with the victim (and having a breakdown?).
- the characters used alcohol and sex to avoid the consequences of their decisions.
- it didn't end neatly, thereby more accurately resembling events in most people's lives.

Apologies to English majors, but those were my impressions after 2 quick readings...


Comment #26 - Posted by: mcronin at October 29, 2010 8:41 PM

We don't see much glassman videos up anymore. It's good to see him up there once in a while.

Comment #27 - Posted by: Jordan D. at October 29, 2010 8:47 PM

Nice effort on the Musket/Sword WOD, but movement standards require we only count two British soldiers killed, since on one of them he didn't get his hips all the way open on the sword thrusters.

Comment #28 - Posted by: Nashville Steve 41m/6'4"/206 at October 29, 2010 9:59 PM

These comments are hilarious! I esp liked TRN III's. Well done.

RIP Mr. Whittemore

Comment #29 - Posted by: Zach at October 29, 2010 10:07 PM

Being English & ex-British military,I found today's photo a little offensive (but I'm over it now!). I'm not completely sure as to why it has been posted on this site in the first place and what relevance it has. Anyone care to enlighten me?! Would I get away with posting on this site a photo of the headstone of a British soldier shot dead in Northern Ireland by the PIRA with Irish American funded weapons and ammunition? Probably not. But hey, they're all amateur politicians, playwrights & poets now!

Comment #30 - Posted by: Mark P at October 29, 2010 10:54 PM

Whittemore's actions reminds everyone in the US that they have a second amendment remedy to tyranny.

Comment #31 - Posted by: PIGKILLER at October 30, 2010 12:09 AM

I'm with Mark P #31 on this one. Lets get more photos of current success that we can all aspire to.


Comment #32 - Posted by: Smudge88 at October 30, 2010 1:00 AM

#31 i understand what you say being british and you make a strong point about how close this is to some of us but i think the message is not about nations but the ability of everyman to live and exceed the normal exceptations of human performance, while displaying a great work and recovery capacity..

Comment #33 - Posted by: joe stephens at October 30, 2010 1:13 AM

Just a quick thumbs up to Miranda - love the technique talk you're cutting into these videos. It's really worthwhile and appreciated. The other guys should take note!

Comment #34 - Posted by: carlp at October 30, 2010 1:28 AM

#33 Although not immediately clear for those of us who live outside of 'The World', all has now become apparent, so thanks Joe Stephens for the clarification behind today's photo. There is a vast following of CF outside of the U.S.and what may appear a 'cool' photo to you guys, may mean absolutely nothing to the rest of us & just come across as a random & pointless image!

Loving the site guys & especially loving Miranda! Top hole.

Comment #35 - Posted by: Mark P at October 30, 2010 4:49 AM

Great pic!!

Help please....what is the wod that goes something like this....lunges for a 1/4 mile? is it a 1/4 mile and is it for time and count lunges?

Thank you community! I wanna do this one today with my girlfriend.

Comment #36 - Posted by: Jeff - Bucks County at October 30, 2010 5:06 AM

Must've been a crossfitter...

Comment #37 - Posted by: Andrew at October 30, 2010 5:31 AM

Must've been a crossfitter...

Comment #38 - Posted by: Andrew at October 30, 2010 5:31 AM

thanks for the comments clarifying Carver's story. I really enjoy the food for thought HQ sends on rest days.

@Jeff from Bucks County, yes its 400m walking lunge for time, count steps if you like. Fun one, brutal.

Comment #39 - Posted by: Phil at October 30, 2010 6:07 AM

Maybe the person who posted the picture could explain the significance behind it!? Some of us English crossfitters are possibly going to be offended by this....... but more importantly is it 1 musket 2 pistols and sword lunges for time or a 1 rep max wod!?! Keep up the good work and thanks for Crossfit!

Comment #40 - Posted by: Tom P at October 30, 2010 6:26 AM

#36 Feff - Bucks County wrote:

Help please....what is the wod that goes something like this....lunges for a 1/4 mile? is it a 1/4 mile and is it for time and count lunges?

SUNDAY 100822
400 meter Walking lunge
Compare to 091125



Comment #41 - Posted by: Dave T. at October 30, 2010 7:14 AM

Christy and Miranda...hot

Comment #42 - Posted by: LB at October 30, 2010 7:31 AM

"Every word of God is pure

Comment #43 - Posted by: Proverbs 30:5 at October 30, 2010 7:38 AM

Gotta say, as a British Police Officer and ex-British Army Paratrooper, I really can't see the reason behind such a photo.

Without doubt, Crossfit is fast becoming a global phenomenon, with a huge following here in the UK. The photo is obviously going to sit uncomfortably with us UK Crossfitters.

I know we are supposed to steer clear of politics on the comments (and I'll be honest, I'm the first one to yawn when someone doesn't) but the fact remains, a photo that celebrates the tenacity of a US soldier by highlighting his killing of 3 British soldiers, is bound to offend.

I mean, people got upset by a photo of someone throwing up post workout; so with that in mind, what kind of reaction did the person who posted this photo expect?

Comment #44 - Posted by: Matt Mitchell at October 30, 2010 7:53 AM

Run 5K, details (ugly, ugly details) there.

Comment #45 - Posted by: bingo at October 30, 2010 8:02 AM

...April 19, 1775...
...80 years old...

A little perspective might be in order, eh?

Comment #46 - Posted by: bingo at October 30, 2010 8:06 AM

I think its more about not giving up than anything else......

and I spent my whole life in Mass!

Comment #47 - Posted by: DavisBenDavis at October 30, 2010 8:52 AM

Bingo, Just to reassure you, there is no issue regarding perspective. The event happened almost two and a half centuries ago, I get that.

My point (which I obviously didn't clarify enough, my apologies) is that there are many, many examples, both recent and historic, that highlight just as well, the outstanding personal qualities of US soldiers. (William Evans 1876, Gary Gordon and Randy Shughart 1993, Mike Murphy 2005, Jacob Parrott 1862, the list goes on and on).

Using the killings of 3 British soldiers, I simply believe, is possibly not the best way to highlight that.

Just my opinion, that's all.

Comment #48 - Posted by: Matt Mitchell at October 30, 2010 9:11 AM

Regarding the photo. 2.5 centuries ago is a lot of water under the bridge. 2.5 centuries from now when the world is no longer at war and folks in Iraq and Afghanistan are crossfitting will stories of present day heros be considered offensive to citizens of those countries?
Looking forward to a rest day today and a 10k mud run with obstacles tomorrow. Happy early Halloween. More Rogue vs Again Faster vids please!

Comment #49 - Posted by: Brone at October 30, 2010 9:23 AM

To go along with todays image, has anyone here gone to an appleseed? (appleseed.org) The RWVA holds the events, and teaches about the orginal heros of America. I'm not trying to plug for them, just thought that the crossfit community could check them out and decide for themselves.

Comment #50 - Posted by: jilted at October 30, 2010 9:26 AM

Had to stop the event 8 video to say I LOVE this team AF vs. team rogue footage - so epic.

Comment #51 - Posted by: XFit Rice Owls at October 30, 2010 10:40 AM

Dan, I'm pretty sure the guys from Rogue and Again Faster are superheroes, therefore are required to wear tights. I'm surprised they don't have any capes.

Comment #52 - Posted by: T Holm at October 30, 2010 11:00 AM

Miranda great video thanks for the coaching tip pr'd grace today 3:49 Rx'd.

Comment #53 - Posted by: Ryan W at October 30, 2010 11:05 AM

Mikko, Speal, Graham... just look how those guys carry themselves in Tahoe. No bs, no trashtalk just cool, confident... true champs.

Comment #54 - Posted by: Pete at October 30, 2010 12:31 PM


Amazing Grace, Barbells for Boobs at CrossFit NTX


Thanks for a great time Sparky! You have a great growing community up there!

Comment #55 - Posted by: Scotty T (TX) at October 30, 2010 12:47 PM


still plodding along.

I have shoulder impingement on the left, a partial separation on my right shoulder, a left wrist that I can't put any weight on when it's bent back and a right arm that regularly gets pins and needles due to one heck of a knot in my neck.

But.. it all getting a lot better and I really beleive that my chiropractor and I are working our way through this.

Today I did

3 rounds of
12 kettlebell snatches left 35#
12 kb snatches right 35#
12 pushups (left hand in a fist)
25 double unders (still very poor but I did manage to string 14 in a row)

then I did

3 rounds of
10 wallballs (20# ball, 9' target)
10 GHD situps
10 back extensions.
time: 11:20

There is no way I could ever do 20 minutes of this. After 3 rounds I found the GHD's pretty hard so I called it... I sure don't want to add rhabdo on to my list of problems.
time: 6:30

Now.... the picture.... I think it's all about rising to the occasion in a life and death situation and Mr. Whittemore managed to do just that.

I am sure that every country has similar stories and similar heroes. Crossfit has access to this one as it's american.

Regardless.... 80 years old and living to 98 after that means he was one tough dude.

I would love to hear about other countries' Sam Whittemores.... tell us about your tough b*st*rds.

(Now as a Canadian I should look up some of our own... )

Comment #56 - Posted by: JuliePlatt at October 30, 2010 1:10 PM

Show me a picture with the words, "Hanz Frausen...then 80 years old.......shot and killed three Americans in 1917 .....was shot, beaten....left for dead....then lived another 18 years" and I'll be very impressed and not offended.

Comment #57 - Posted by: Stupid American at October 30, 2010 1:32 PM

The British enlisted men still seem to have it.

When did they stop requiring officers to have a stiff upper lip?

Comment #58 - Posted by: jakers at October 30, 2010 1:56 PM

#59 Stupid,

Funny...and I get it...but frankly your post is a net failure because you did not stand up, did not man up and use your own name as did Matt Mitchell above.

Matt, thanks for offering your viewpoint, both initially and in response, and maintaining a mature and respectful tone in the conversation.


Comment #59 - Posted by: bingo at October 30, 2010 1:58 PM

They don't make them like Samuel anymore.

Comment #60 - Posted by: Eric - CrossFit North County at October 30, 2010 2:10 PM

Bingo = Class act... How have you been brother?

I'm not able to read the posts everyday as I once was, but apparently Coach & Lauren will now have to post Sensitivity Training on the site now... People have obviously missed what was so elequintly explained by Joe Stephens #34. Oh well.

Get some, Go again!

Comment #61 - Posted by: DJ at October 30, 2010 3:27 PM

Bingo, you're not using your real name either unless you're the drummer for the Banana Splits.

Sam Whittemore was an anti-colonialist. He wasn't from Kenya though. The anti-colonialists from Kenya were chained up at the time.

Comment #62 - Posted by: Seth at October 30, 2010 3:29 PM

A while back, The Dickies did an awesome remake of the Banana Splits theme song. It's perfect for a WOD but a bit short unless you're a firebreather...might need to follow the song with covers of "Kids in America" and "Whisper to a Scream" to get through...

Comment #63 - Posted by: J.T. at October 30, 2010 3:40 PM

Good to see you in the video Coach. Miss you brother

Seth... Darrell, I mean Bingo, has posted his name on the site many times. You can even go and watch a video of my man being interviewed on this site w/his name. Lol...

Comment #64 - Posted by: DJ at October 30, 2010 3:52 PM

Two and half sets of 8 Tabata rounds of 1 pood KB:
One-arm swing
High pull
Military press

Not sure I've got the form right on halos.

Comment #65 - Posted by: Jim at October 30, 2010 3:55 PM

I love Appleseed. This year alone the story of Samuel Whittemore will be told almost 1,000 times to attendees across the country.

I've only met one other Crossfitter at an event... hard to miss the clown t-shirt.

Comment #66 - Posted by: Chainsaw at October 30, 2010 4:24 PM

To the Brits (Matt et al)

I find the comments from the Brits very interesting. I am a Canadian. I do not think I am alone among Canadians in feeling that the revolt of the American colonies against and undemocratic British Empire to establish a representational constitutional republic is a part of my own heritage as a citizen of a democratic society (on the Westminster Parliamentary model, yes - but that is a tomAWto to the American Republican tomAto - the important pieces are democracy and liberty). I would have thought (perhaps stupidly) that modern freedom-loving Brits would also claim the American revolution as part of their own heritage (many Brits supported it at the time), and...even identify more with Old Man Whittimore than soldiers in an Imperial Army.

Arlington is about 16km (10 miles for our non-commonwealth crossfitters) from Concord, the location of the first shots of the American Revolution. Additionally, April 19, 1775 (the day on the Whittemore's gravestone) was the day on which those shots were fired. It seems plausible that the two were not unconnected.

I don't think it is ridiculous to say that the shots in Concord and the battle at Yorktown contributed to the passing of the various franchise-related British reform bills of the 19th C - and even if it is ridiculous, the ideas and rhetoric of the American revolution were adopted by your 19th C reformer forefathers who won you the vote (those of you not descended from the upper class).

Comment #67 - Posted by: Prolix at October 30, 2010 8:01 PM


Appreciate your comment on the story. The thing that struck me about the story was what it had to say about gender (or what I read into it as saying about gender) - the gendering of "decent...family men", and their wives. I think the fishing trip was a stylistic contrivance to get us to pay astute attention to every word that followed (this is not a criticism). I think the husband hasn't the faintest clue what the narrator needs, and the narrator has resigned herself to not getting it.

Comment #68 - Posted by: Prolix at October 30, 2010 8:18 PM

Agree with the others that it is great to see Coach again. What has he been up to that he has been MIA for so long?

Comment #69 - Posted by: sam at October 30, 2010 10:12 PM

rx'd 8:02

Comment #70 - Posted by: Troy at October 31, 2010 12:16 PM


thanks. No Criticism taken.

As soon as Comment #27 - Posted by: mcronin at October 29, 2010 8:41 PM posted I knew I had opened my keyboard pie hole just enough to switch my feet for the day.

I thought his first 3 points missed the mark. At least they did for me. I didn't consider what he had done evil. Callous? Yes. Evil no.

I think the group under-reacted and his wife over-reacted.

I thought his last 3 points were dead on, as is the last sentence in your review.

Comment #71 - Posted by: jakers at October 31, 2010 7:34 PM

4.18 mi run w/ wife 54:00

Comment #72 - Posted by: kevin o at November 1, 2010 5:15 PM

Coach Glassman is a badass.

Comment #73 - Posted by: Scott at November 5, 2010 11:42 PM

KCPD CrossFit Halloween Throwdown!

Comment #74 - Posted by: MNinKC at November 16, 2010 4:07 PM
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