May 22, 2011

Sunday 110522

Rest Day


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Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia.

"I Am CrossFit Challenge" at Atlas CrossFit, CrossFit Journal preview video [wmv] [mov]

"No Rep" with Dan Bailey and Oscar Bailey - video [wmv] [mov]

Richard Strauss, French Horn concerto no.1.

Stephen Crane - The Open Boat.

"Ron Gutman: The hidden power of smiling", TED Talks.

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Posted by lauren at May 22, 2011 5:00 PM

Surfers Paradise, more like Crossfitter Paradise.

Comment #1 - Posted by: jason at May 21, 2011 5:14 PM

Great video on smiling. Thanks CF for posting this! :)

"Smiling can make you look good in the eyes of others, and it can make you live longer"!

Its also interesting that in the video, Ron Gutman says even babies smile in the womb of their mothers. WOW, that is awesome! Let us keep these babies smiling!

Comment #2 - Posted by: Gar at May 21, 2011 5:31 PM

That dog is great!! Great video.

Comment #3 - Posted by: RTC at May 21, 2011 5:51 PM

"No rep" best video ever.

Comment #4 - Posted by: ScottMacArthur at May 21, 2011 6:09 PM

Great to see my home on the main page. Yes it is like this. We live and workout in one of the best places in the world - Crossfit Gold Coast!

Comment #5 - Posted by: Rookie at May 21, 2011 6:19 PM

Rings post-rapture.

Comment #6 - Posted by: NotJustYet at May 21, 2011 7:03 PM

Dan Bailey - you are a cruel b@astard. ;-)
I was laughing out loud at Oscar when he started growling. That is an awesome, awesome video. Don't know who shot it, but nice job. And congratulations, Dan.

Comment #7 - Posted by: Dale_Saran at May 21, 2011 7:08 PM

No Rep video was great, neat dog! Music was good too!

Comment #8 - Posted by: Mark F at May 21, 2011 10:43 PM

Wow! I loved the "No rep" video. Thanks for that!

Comment #9 - Posted by: Nik W. (M/32/6'6"/205) -A Canadian in Gyeongju Korea at May 22, 2011 12:53 AM

Sunday musings (thinking about Crossfit)...

1) The weatha. Raining in Cleveland. Again. I've come to wonder which creature will be late as the next arc departs.

You know, like the unicorns last time.

2) Florsheim. "Every aspiring clown has big shoes to fill." -Steve Rushin. Whoa. Think about that. Not only is that one of the best sentences--almost poetry--ever written, but it evokes literally volumes of imagery and text.

I'll be pondering that all day.

3) One man band. For whom do you play your music? Whatever it is you do, whatever it is you have to offer, it's really no different from the street corner musician, is it? You may be part of a little band of musicians, but let's just say it's your music for the moment. For whom do you play and why?

Do you play for an audience of passersby, each there but for a moment, only to hear the smallest dose of what it is you have to sing? If you're to get a coin in your case you'd best be at the top of your game for that moment, and you'd best be playing your very tip top stuff. Indeed, you are likely to play a very limited repertoire in that scenario, eh? Kind of like the salesperson in a big commercial gym, armed with a stress-tested script with little opportunity to ad lib, but capable of successfully performing that script better than others and thereby achieving a measure of success. Some coinage.

Or do you rather play for a much smaller audience, one that lingers to hear the greater range of your catalog? The person who represents that tiny percentage of aficionados who not only UNDERSTAND your music, but have actually been trying find it, whether they knew that or not. This kind of music can be kinda messy, an experiment in expression, and it may not prompt all that many people to pause at your corner as they stroll through the iTunes of their lives. Indeed, even those who DO pause may find your music too difficult, too much of a challenge, too long in the 'sinking in' to appreciate. You get excited to have an audience only to be brought down when they walk on.

This sounds a bit more like Crossfit. The music of Crossfit.

(N.B. I read something that mentioned the metaphor here; sadly, I cannot remember where in order to give attribution.)

4) Discipline vs. habit. Have you had those days when you trudge into the gym, the Box, with little to no desire to be there? Beaten down and on the verge of defeat, you simply show up, punch in, go through the motions, punch out. Had some of those?, too. It happens elsewhere in your life, too, in other places and at other times when you don't really 'have to' be there, doesn't it?

Well then, why did you show up?

There's a continuum, I think, along a line that includes discipline, motivation, and habit. It might be a circle or a feedback loop--I'm not sure yet. The end result is something like consistency. Was it some sort of discipline that prompted you to go to the gym and do that workout when you didn't really have any too much desire to be there? Some sort of force of will, a conscious imposition of rational to overpower emotion? Or were you simply motivated by some end-goal long before chosen, a milepost toward which you travel no matter what because the destination is so compelling? Subtle, I know, and I confess that the subtle difference between discipline and motivation escapes my vocabulary at this stage.

What I DO understand, though, is the concept of habit, and habit formation, and the consistency that arises from positive habits. You know, just like the Crossfit prescription of Form before Consistency before Intensity. Whether it's the PULL of motivation to arrive at some wonderful destination, or the PUSH of discipline driving you there, it is the creation of habit, of consistency, that ultimately gets the job done.

Success is about building those habits, the ones that produce good outcomes. You went to the gym that day because going to the Box at that time is the habit you've developed; punching that clock on that day provides the consistency that will bring a giant forward leap on the next day when you show up with a spring in your step and fire in your belly. Any kind of habit that consistently moves you forward along a road to success is a habit worth creating. For example, I'm in the habit of assuming that every day in the office is gonna be a good day, unless it's a great day, and I've noticed that this kind of habit is contagious.

Whether pushed by discipline or pulled by motivation, give yourself permission to create habits that move you.

I'll see you next week...

Comment #10 - Posted by: bingo at May 22, 2011 7:03 AM

Australia truly is the lucky country, but then again with a little work one can find beauty whereever you are regardless.

Interesting commencement speech from JCS Admiral Mullens to West Point grads. Can't find the full text but excerpts are included below.

Comment #11 - Posted by: grumpy old man at May 22, 2011 7:40 AM

Australia truly is a lucky country, however regardless of where one is with a little work beauty and a WOD can be found any where.

Interesting commencement speech given by JCS Admiral Mullens to West Point grads this past week.

Comment #12 - Posted by: grumpy old man at May 22, 2011 7:45 AM

Australia truly is a lucky country, however regardless of where one is with a little work beauty and a WOD can be found any where.

Interesting commencement speech given by JCS Admiral Mullens to West Point grads this past week.

Comment #13 - Posted by: grumpy old man at May 22, 2011 7:46 AM

love Australia, can't wait to go back someday. Awesome video

Comment #14 - Posted by: Christin Diana at May 22, 2011 8:02 AM

I wonder if the Queen plays that game with her corgis?

Comment #15 - Posted by: DanK at May 22, 2011 8:37 AM

Took yesterday off, made up a WOD today... I remember modifying a recent WOD to make this one up, but don't remember which, it's been on my "to do" board for a while..

For Time:

Row 1k
50 52lb KB Swings
25 Pullups
12 225lb Deadlift
Row 500m
25 52lb KB Swings
12 Pullups
25 225lb Deadlift
Row 250
12 52lb KB Swings
7 Pullups
50 225lb Deadlift

My splits were 11:56, 26:33, 42:56.

80 and Sunny in VB--Enjoy the day folks!


Comment #16 - Posted by: Derek at May 22, 2011 8:46 AM

i was told this one the other day and thought this was a perfect place to share it..

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."
-Theodore Roosevelt

Comment #17 - Posted by: Randy B. at May 22, 2011 9:02 AM

Caught up with the 5RFT OHS/TTB/DB HSC/DU. Details there.

Comment #18 - Posted by: bingo at May 22, 2011 9:26 AM

Oscar Bailey makes me happy.

Comment #19 - Posted by: Jordan D. at May 22, 2011 12:15 PM

"The common man marvels at uncommon things, the wise man marvels at the commonplace." Confucius

Comment #20 - Posted by: Stan K at May 22, 2011 12:27 PM

Made up yesterday's mile run.


Comment #21 - Posted by: Carole F/52/5'6"/133 at May 22, 2011 1:09 PM

Hahaha, no rep.

Comment #22 - Posted by: Steve Mac at May 22, 2011 2:16 PM

I also made up yesterday's run.


Laura f/48/5/7/150

Comment #23 - Posted by: power-girl at May 22, 2011 2:37 PM

1 mile (on a track)


Climbed The Nose car to car in 5 hours yesterday with my fiancee

(Looking Glass not El Cap)

Comment #24 - Posted by: Quinn McCutchen M/41/149/5'10" at May 22, 2011 4:39 PM

Really enjoyed "The Open Boat".

"When it occurs to a man that nature does not regard him as important, and that she feels she would not maim the universe by disposing of him, he at first wishes to throw bricks at the temple, and he hates deeply the fact that there are no brick and no temples. Any visible expression of nature would surely be pelleted with his jeers.

Then, if there be no tangible thing to hoot he feels, perhaps, the desire to confront a personification and indulge in pleas, bowed to one knee, and with hands supplicant, saying: "Yes, but I love myself.""

Good stuff.

Comment #25 - Posted by: MVE m/62/5'8"/157 at May 22, 2011 5:02 PM

Thanks guys for putting up my photo!! Was blown away to see my new home & beach place for training up on the Main Site.. Awesome stuff, Hamish C.

Comment #26 - Posted by: Hamish Cameron at May 22, 2011 7:39 PM

Cheers fellas for all the complimentary photos of Australia - yes indeed, we are a damn lucky country and a solid proud lot! Awesome of CrossFit to bring us folk online....

Comment #27 - Posted by: Hamish Cameron at May 23, 2011 10:13 AM

Umm... The fact that you featured Crane's "The Open Boat" completely made my day.

Comment #28 - Posted by: Carmen at May 23, 2011 3:15 PM

4.2 mi run w/ wife around Lake Temescal 47:35

Comment #29 - Posted by: kevin o at May 23, 2011 4:44 PM
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