December 21, 2010

Tuesday 101221

Rest Day


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Tim Smith, Richland, Washington.

"The Sherwood Chronicles: Community Part 1", CrossFit Journal preview video [wmv] [mov]

Preview of the CrossFit Sports Series Downhill Ski and Board Event - video [wmv] [mov]

Ludwig van Beethoven, Sonata No. 3 in A, 2nd mov by Jacqueline du Pre and Daniel Barenboim.

D. H. Lawrence - The Rocking Horse Winner.

"Reason and Free Speech: A Primer and A Call To Arms!" by Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch, Reason.

Post thoughts to comments.

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

I hope he didn't kill that tree just for sport. If he's going to eat it then it's okay.

Comment #1 - Posted by: Some Dude at December 20, 2010 5:03 PM

Damn you beat me to it.
Some poor defenseless tree had to die?

Comment #2 - Posted by: roden at December 20, 2010 5:21 PM

Pardon me for being rude, but...

Post thoughts to comments? Here are my thoughts:


Comment #3 - Posted by: LP at December 20, 2010 5:41 PM

regarding the reason and free speech article: the evolution of liberty has gone so far away from the original intent of the founders. Liberty is not license.

Comment #4 - Posted by: cidlaw at December 20, 2010 5:43 PM

LUCAS!!!! love hearing about how dialed in you are. sherwood...i HATE admitting this, but great idea. nice work, guys.

tried a cool mash-up WOD this morning with sherwood and rich aronson this morning: Randy + Tosh.
3 rounds of
6 power snatches (75#)
200 meter run
*rest equal time*
8 power snatches
400 meter run
*rest equal time*
10 power snatches
600 meter run
*rest equal time*

Comment #5 - Posted by: Heather Keenan Bergeron at December 20, 2010 5:59 PM

If only there was a "like" button for these blog comments.... @ #1 and #2

Comment #6 - Posted by: Samantha at December 20, 2010 6:05 PM

I hope he at least stalked it, that's much more sporting that sitting at a stream and waiting for a tree to walk by.

Comment #7 - Posted by: Some Dude at December 20, 2010 6:05 PM

Big man cutting down trees (two!). I don't see a saw in the picture, but I'm sure he used one.

Maybe if he used his bare hands it would have been more fair and more pertinent to CF.

Comment #8 - Posted by: ksan at December 20, 2010 6:08 PM

He just made two families happy at once for Christmas. Talk about 2 birds with one stone--the CrossFit way.

Comment #9 - Posted by: ChrisK at December 20, 2010 6:11 PM

somewhere in the forest there is a small baby tree wondering what happen to its mom and dad

Comment #10 - Posted by: MB at December 20, 2010 6:13 PM

Holy Crap!!! Two trees??!! Oh my god, if you thought the PETA people were pissed, wait til the tree huggers get a load of this. The horror. I can still the hear muffled screams from those tortured souls.

Comment #11 - Posted by: Brendan at December 20, 2010 6:17 PM

Wow, a "man" cut down a tree. Very impressive.

Comment #12 - Posted by: Elite XFitter at December 20, 2010 6:22 PM

Great pic. I like it.

Comment #13 - Posted by: Nik Nichols 42yo,5'7''165lbs at December 20, 2010 6:26 PM

All of you are liberal tree huggers. Who cares? There are billions of trees in the world.

Comment #14 - Posted by: Big Ryan at December 20, 2010 6:37 PM

Guys you got it wrong.

He used his teeth to cut them down, a very functionnal movement. We already have the Bear, next the Beaver ?

Comment #15 - Posted by: Martin Cloutier at December 20, 2010 6:48 PM

regarding the reason article, instead of focusing on an obscenity trial, they should have focused on the wikileaks situation. it's a tragedy what's going on with these adult websites and the teenage girls who are exploited by the "free market." those kids are making bad choices and will live with those bad decisions until they die. That's a prime example where govt needs to step into the market and regulate more. They do it already with a record keeping requirement to protect minors but that's not enough.

Comment #16 - Posted by: owtwot at December 20, 2010 6:56 PM

I heartily applaud A-list crossfitters for wearing toques in a toque-appropriate environment. Keep it up!

The article was neither a "primer" on free speech nor a "call to arms" in defense of free speech.

I think it is a very rare occasion indeed when the "full logic of [anyone's] position" requires them to accept a particular practical outcome. Logic is a machine - you put things in one end and out come other things at the other. What comes out at the end depends on what you put in at the start. If you put a committment to "free speech" (FS) + "obscenity" at the start, you might get a "yeah" at the end. But if you put FS and "child-pornography" or "libel" or a cry of "fire" in a crowded theatre in at the start you might get "nay" at the end. You must carve out sensible, principled exceptions from the "logic of [your] position" that , and once you start carving out sensible and principled exceptions it seems to me you're involved in a type of thinking that is a lot more nuanced than Gillespie and Welch suggest. Ultimately, what happens (and has happened), is that laws curtailing and "guaranteeing" free speech get interpreted so that they consist of a number of principled factors that must be considered in the particular context.

Anyway, if Gillespie and Welch's piece amounts to: "as few carve outs as possible", or "carve out only where the objective is pressing and substantial and the carve-out impairs free speech as minimally as possible", then I give it a "yeah" (just as I give the status quo a "yeah").

Comment #17 - Posted by: Prolix at December 20, 2010 7:11 PM

Nice pic Tim! Not to mention those are both 18ft trees! Griswold Family Christmas!

Comment #18 - Posted by: Ben at December 20, 2010 8:42 PM

There trees folks. Damn democrats! By the way he didn't use a saw.

Comment #19 - Posted by: joey sanchez at December 20, 2010 9:02 PM

Getting ready to buy a 20 lb vest. Anyone have any recommendations on brands?


Comment #20 - Posted by: Castillo m/20/159 at December 20, 2010 9:07 PM

give the tree's an axe and then see who comes out on top!

Comment #21 - Posted by: kent at December 20, 2010 10:29 PM

Shameful! Killing an innocent tree!! Agghhhhhhh the HORROR!!!


Comment #22 - Posted by: Matt at December 21, 2010 2:50 AM

How did some of you guys turn collecting Christmas trees into a political tirade? Tree hungers and Democrats? Seriously? Get a grip. It's a picture.

Comment #23 - Posted by: runpappyrun at December 21, 2010 5:09 AM

How do you not get that's it's a joke? Get a grip yourself.

Comment #24 - Posted by: Some dude at December 21, 2010 5:44 AM

What could cutting a defenseless tree down possibly have to do with Crossfit? I thought this was a fitness site. Isn't he the "real" man now, eh? Probably used a chain saw and contributed to global warming! My holidays have been ruined!

Comment #25 - Posted by: Bill/51/72/210 at December 21, 2010 5:48 AM

My husband just got into Cross fit and he's doing the Paleo diet. He dropped bread (we eat whole wheat bread) from his diet because he says it has gluten in it. I would like to know why gluten is bad for you if it's in a healthy food like wheat?

Comment #26 - Posted by: Alice Summers at December 21, 2010 6:08 AM

We all live in houses that are made of wood. Nuf said..

Comment #27 - Posted by: parastang at December 21, 2010 6:10 AM

y'all need to lighten up... I mean really people like what they like and don't like what they don't like..

Listen guy who shot that animal... I'm a vegitarian, I don't hunt, I don't condone things like that... but if you like to do it.... go ahead.. fine by me... just don't bring the dead rotting corpse to my house. I'm sure in the hunting world that that picture was epic, so be it.

but y'all are going to say 'oh but mister mister, he posted it in a public forum!!' yep, he did. wutcha gonna do about it? if you don't like the picture... don't look at it, plain and simple.

So let me end with this.... can't we all just get along???

Comment #28 - Posted by: vegiemaster at December 21, 2010 6:16 AM

We don't like to call it a "Rest Day". We prefer "Growth Day".

Comment #29 - Posted by: Hoodlm at December 21, 2010 6:26 AM

All joking aside...

pretty wicked-cool picture when you really look at it.

Comment #30 - Posted by: Barberic at December 21, 2010 6:54 AM

I have to say, from seeing your comments most of you don't celebrate Christmas or havn't done CrossFit! This is a family thing we have done for years and if you have any clue, climbing a Mt. full of chest deep snow and dragging two huge trees out just to see my children smile with excitement is more than any "Double Fran" or Fight Gone Bad work out. Most of you must think of your WODs as getting in your car and driving down to the local Christmas Tree lot and shelling out $$....nice! Or maybe climbing in the storage unit and getting out the old plastic tree..even better!
And Bill/51/72/210, pretty pathetic you would throw out the "Real Man" comment...your FGB score must be under 150 still and you CF total isn't over 500lbs...too bad!! Try Sealfit..dragging those trees out kills a SF WOD. And for the record, they were cut down with a bow saw that was my grandfather's and about 40 years old, its called tradition!!! Too bad you'll spend you Xmas outside in the cold with your arms wrapped around a forest of trees. Next time remember, CrossFit is for improving your way of life not ruining everyone else's with your highly intelligent comments. - Thanks!!

Comment #31 - Posted by: Tim at December 21, 2010 7:16 AM

Awesome picture. Even on rest days someone finds time to do something active. Great tradition. Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Comment #32 - Posted by: Matt at December 21, 2010 7:21 AM

Tim @ No.30.

Great picture and very fit you may well be but your obviously not the sharpest tool in the box.
re. most comments and Bill's display what is commonly known as irony?........(Well most of them made me laugh)

Comment #33 - Posted by: Seb at December 21, 2010 7:59 AM

wow.. every day! You people can argue about ANYTHING! I know, I know... what do I mean by "you people"!

Comment #34 - Posted by: nixon at December 21, 2010 8:00 AM

Great pic and some funny comments...Tim, you gotta hit a comedy show or two

Comment #35 - Posted by: Kevin at December 21, 2010 8:34 AM

Wow, I am impressed with the inability of some people on here to grasp sarcasm... Looks like the meatheads have arrived..

On a different note, I really enjoyed watching the skiing video, nice to see there is something athletic that I am better at than all the firebreathers!! I have not skied since I started doing Crossfit, can't wait to see how much stronger I am this winter!

Comment #36 - Posted by: dan m at December 21, 2010 8:41 AM

Think of how many birds and squirels are homeless now.

Comment #37 - Posted by: Jeff W at December 21, 2010 8:57 AM

Merry Xmas to all CrossFitters!
Be merry and safe :)
Peace on earth, even if its thru superior firepower and fitness!

Comment #38 - Posted by: danlau at December 21, 2010 9:06 AM

If you can make paper out of that tree, I'd like to write a stern article about how bad it is to cut down trees.

And if you're wondering, yes, I live in a cave and burn envirologs for heat.

Comment #39 - Posted by: Jose Carnish at December 21, 2010 9:09 AM

My New Year's Resolution - NOT to read the thoughts and comments on rest days.

My New Year's suggestion - post some exercise/physiology/anatomy articles/research etc.

Just a "thought"

Comment #40 - Posted by: MDMelissa 46/5'4"/120 at December 21, 2010 9:13 AM

My New Year's Resolution - NOT to read the thoughts and comments on rest days.

My New Year's suggestion - post some articles or research on exercise/physiology/anatomy etc. on rest days

Just a "thought"

Comment #41 - Posted by: MDMelissa 46/5'4"/120 at December 21, 2010 9:15 AM

From reading these comments, most, if not all, are said in jest. In response to comments made about the bear and goat pictures that were recently posted.

But you shouldn't let the comments work you up that much anyways.

I go Christmas tree hunting myself... Not through that much snow,however. But deep in the woods none-the-less!! Its been a tradition since I could walk!

Comment #42 - Posted by: wyatt22 at December 21, 2010 9:25 AM

Awesome pic. Great tradition. Lucky kids for having a dad that carries home a couple trees.

Comment #43 - Posted by: Amykr F/38/5'9"/143 at December 21, 2010 9:55 AM

I think there was only one serious comment on here from someone offended by the picture and about 35 responses defending it. I think we can all rest easy that most of us still find joy in this world.

On another note my right shoulder hurts.

Comment #44 - Posted by: DavisBenDavis (27/155) at December 21, 2010 10:16 AM

Ok, I take it back, no one was offended, I'm over it. Going for a nice 20lb vest run with my dog. Everyone enjoy their day!

Comment #45 - Posted by: DavisBenDavis at December 21, 2010 10:22 AM

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Thanks in advance,
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Comment #46 - Posted by: Jason Pichie at December 21, 2010 11:04 AM

lovely sonata

Comment #47 - Posted by: Joe Grimes at December 21, 2010 11:28 AM

Tim, very cool. Great tradition and great workout too! Merry Christmas :)

Comment #48 - Posted by: Nicci at December 21, 2010 12:26 PM

I just assumed everyone's posts are sarcastic. If someone can feign mock indignation at the cutting down of a tree, isn't the natural response to feign mock outrage at the mock "liberal, tree-hugger indignation"? Tim, please tell me I'm right! :)

Comment #49 - Posted by: Todd at December 21, 2010 1:25 PM

Everyone's talking about tree stalking, but maybe this was some new perverse WOD.

Go to forest. Cut down two big trees. Then ...

5 Rounds for time:
100m Hill Sprint with Christmas Trees
10 Snow Angel Burpees
100m down hill Christmas Tree drag
10 Snow Angel Burpees

If possible arrange for blizzard.
Post time to comments.
3, 2, 1, Go!

Comment #50 - Posted by: ags at December 21, 2010 1:27 PM

Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:
Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
For the custom of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.

Jeremiah 10: 1-5 KJV

Comment #51 - Posted by: Espinosa m/25/5'11"/165 at December 21, 2010 2:11 PM

I enjoyed reading the sarcastic responses to the absolutely awesome picture......nice camera and even better job at carrying on your family tradition. Merry Christmas to all.

Comment #52 - Posted by: JParker at December 21, 2010 3:35 PM

8 minute AMRAP
5 30lb db thrusters right hand
5 burpees
5 30lb db thrusters left hand
5 burpees

8 rounds

Comment #53 - Posted by: Chris B. 18/150/5'7" at December 21, 2010 4:40 PM

@ 20 Castillo

A vest is not something you want to go cheap on, but you dont need to get that expensive, either.

My preference is vest that use sandbangs, the vest that use weights tend to rip at the seams and fall apart. If you go heavier than 20#, your not going to find many that use sand, so I use MiR, expensvie, but its hardcore.

To the people who call themselves crossfit but sleep in "totes" slipper socks...remember

vegetarians only eat life forms that can't run, hide, or defend themselves

Comment #54 - Posted by: KnSTL at December 21, 2010 4:50 PM

"Nutts", details there.

Comment #55 - Posted by: bingo at December 21, 2010 7:59 PM

Isn't this it, where all men are really training for..!? : )

Comment #56 - Posted by: Kristian at December 22, 2010 10:58 AM

Great job Tim and awesome picture. To all of you that are claiming irony and sarcasm, you missed the boat there. What you have offered up is criticism and for what? There is nothing ironic about the picture or your comments and sarcasm, nope only plain negativity. Is that your purpose? Just allow people to enjoy the great picture and season!! Go Tri-Cities Crossfit!!

Comment #57 - Posted by: Stacey at December 23, 2010 9:04 AM

The picture is beautiful. Tradition is a great thing. Washington State has plenty of trees. Many people own tree farms and sell trees to earn a living. The Forest Service encourages people to buy a permit and cut their own trees, as Tim and his family did. I don't understand many of the derogatory comments. The negative comments sure don't seem to be a reflection of the CF attitude or mind set that I have experienced.

Comment #58 - Posted by: Carrie at December 23, 2010 12:46 PM

@Prolix very nice comments. I don't have as many eloquent words. I would like to say that there are always limits and boundaries to our free speech rights. And at those fences there will always be angry defenders of each side of the fence. I for one prefer the boundaries be defined by decency and morals. Keep out the perverts, pedophiles, and pornographers. –corey

Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness. - George Washington

Comment #59 - Posted by: Corey at December 30, 2010 3:28 PM

Rest - Travel day for Christmas

Comment #60 - Posted by: MNinKC at January 12, 2011 9:48 AM
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