July 21, 2011

Thursday 110721

Rest Day


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"This is my buddy (Kyle Andrews) and me at the summit of Mount San Jacinto (10,800 ft) at the end of a 22 mile trail. We are active-duty Marines stationed in Twentynine Palms, Ca. We are not avid hikers/climbers, but never miss a CrossFit WOD. We attributed our success to the CrossFit website."
- Chris Young, Palm Springs, CA

"Number 1 and Number 2: A Day of Training" with Graham Holmberg and Rich Froning Jr., CrossFit Journal preview video [wmv] [mov]

"We're Buddies" with Larry Myers Jr., CrossFit Journal preview video [wmv] [mov]

The Games Update IV - video [wmv] [mov] [HD mov Download Only]

"Pat Sherwood is Ready" - video [wmv] [mov]

"All Over The Map: Tovar and Kniep" by Again Faster Equipment - video [wmv] [mov]

Edward Elgar, Salut d'Amour.

Hector Hugh Munro - The Boar-Pig.

"Ernest Hemingway, The Art of Fiction No. 21" interview by George Plimpton, The Paris Review.

Post thoughts to comments.

Posted by Pukie at July 21, 2011 5:00 PM

sick pervstache!

Comment #1 - Posted by: Chrissy 30/F/4'11"/105 at July 20, 2011 5:29 PM

Hey guys,
I wonder if anyone could give me some advice wrt jump rope. I've been struggling with DU for a while now, but I am getting better. I purchased a Buddy Lee speedrope last fall, and since then, my DU seemed to have improved somewhat. I watched Buddy Lee's video and I cut my rope so that the tip of both handles are equal with the top of my shoulders, as Buddy explains for beginners I guess. Now, I can pretty much string about 20 DU's, and once in a while, the rope whips me in the back of the head!...It's very frustrating. Also, I found that to be able to get a good rope swing, my hands have to be way out away from my body, like at least a foot out, if not a bit more. I am wondering if perhaps now would be time to shorten my rope a bit, say tip of the handles flush with my armpit maybe...Any thoughts?

Comment #2 - Posted by: Harry at July 20, 2011 5:48 PM

Currently working on an Ode to Sherwood's Stache...someone else should write a song about it. I think Matt Chan might have some stachpetition????

Comment #3 - Posted by: scott andrews at July 20, 2011 5:51 PM

Quickest way to rid oneself of hotness…grow one of those things on your face.

Comment #4 - Posted by: Rebecca at July 20, 2011 6:05 PM


Comment #5 - Posted by: Pat Barber at July 20, 2011 6:13 PM

Oh Pat - good times.

Comment #6 - Posted by: Denise. T at July 20, 2011 6:15 PM


Comment #7 - Posted by: Ben at July 20, 2011 7:22 PM

29 Stumps!! Semper Fi!
...stay away from those Yucca Valley girls.

Comment #8 - Posted by: Josh at July 20, 2011 7:36 PM

Wow, just took a peek at the CF store. What a pile of cookie cutter crap! Old Navy or the Gap removed and a cliche Cf logo. Neat. I hope our wkouts don't fall into the high priced lame Reebok mold that the store has..... Part of community is identity, expressed in many ways but, not on my back with 50 dollar cheesy shirts....

Comment #9 - Posted by: Frank at July 20, 2011 7:39 PM


OMG that's classic!

Comment #10 - Posted by: james.patrick [M/49/66"/135] at July 20, 2011 8:01 PM

The value of my orig "I <3 Fran" just jumped dramatically. I believe I'll only wear it on Fran days and other special occasions since it is starting to show heavy signs of wear.

Comment #11 - Posted by: CTU at July 20, 2011 8:32 PM

just watched the Holmberg/Froning video.

I gotta say that it's the first of Sevan's films which has annoyed me. Really didn't enjoy his line of questioning towards Graham.

it was interesting to see Graham though....the man looks tired and stressed. I'm sure Sevan's snippy questions would have contributed but it does look like he's not coping well with the pressure.

he seems like a good guy though so I hope he does well

Comment #12 - Posted by: nick in sydney at July 20, 2011 9:07 PM


How many minutes every day to practice double unders? The only real way to get better at double unders is to do an a** load of double unders.

My suggestion: every day do max DUs in 4 mins. Write the number you get down every day. Every day, try to beat the number you had before. In a month, I bet you can string together 80 double unders, and it won't make a huge difference what length your rope is, so long as it is in the right ballpark.


Comment #13 - Posted by: Mike at July 20, 2011 10:21 PM

Yay!It's good to see someone do crossfit in 29!!

Comment #14 - Posted by: Marie in 29 at July 20, 2011 10:24 PM

Did not care for the types of questions being asked in the "#1/#2 day of training video." The person asking the questions seemed like he was trying to get athlete #2 to say something derogatory. Poor taste! Poor choice of questions. You only succeeded in making yourself look bad!

Comment #15 - Posted by: Gar at July 20, 2011 11:02 PM

I have to agree with Frank, post #9.

Comment #16 - Posted by: Gar at July 20, 2011 11:07 PM

Hemingway: Finally getting around to reading Hemingway for the first time at the age of 36. What can I say? I had a public education.
Currently about 40% through For Whom the Bell Tolls. It is more contemporary and whittier than I was led to believe (so far) but given the story line and the title I'm getting an ominous feeling.
Anyone a Hemingway fan? Any suggestions on what other works of his I should read?

Comment #17 - Posted by: PXTCody at July 20, 2011 11:42 PM

Dear legs,
I hate you.

Comment #18 - Posted by: 26.2crossfit at July 21, 2011 2:00 AM

Derisive comments about pictures of active marines: ah, the sweet smell of community in the morning. It's almost like some CrossFitters are a***oles or something. Weird.

Oh yeah, for those of us training people who are new to CrossFit, the ability to overhead squat a pair of hiking sticks might be a huge accomplishment for a newbie. A picture of marines doing the same (are you seriously suggesting they should have lugged 135# in weights with them on a 22 mile trail? The height ain't the accomplishment, and reading is FUNdamental, Pappy) in NO way makes the site a joke. Judgmental pricks, on the other hand, while being a staple of the comments section, have ALWAYS lent main site a sort of infantile air. Good to see nothing changes. Crossfit can give you a great body, but it apparently doesn't do diddly-s**t for the brain.

Oh yeah, Pat... creepy, dude!!! ;)

Comment #19 - Posted by: dk at July 21, 2011 5:29 AM

Pat, All those time we watched Anchor Man, I would have never thought you would actually have the opportunity to become Ron Burgundy. What an epic commercial! "Go F#@k yourself Los Angelos!" Ha ha ha ha ha...awesome. Media, PLEASE keep this stuff rolling.

Comment #20 - Posted by: Joe Alexander at July 21, 2011 5:37 AM

What's with all the hate towards the Marines in this photo?
I'm pretty sure they weren't trying to find a 1RM OH squat on their hike.
Seems to me that these guys were out trying to have a good time, which is hard to do in 2-9 (I know, I used to be stationed there).
CrossFit is a community. Try to keep that in mind.

Comment #21 - Posted by: Josh at July 21, 2011 5:46 AM

@ #12 and 16. I agree. I didn't care for the questions being asked. They were all "loaded" questions really. Graham even points that out on one question. I liked how humble Rich Froning was in answering the questions though. Both great guys. Even with the badgering interview, they showed what incredible guys they both are.

Comment #22 - Posted by: Ryan at July 21, 2011 6:16 AM

#19, I used to be stationed in 29 and sounds like they did the "cactus to cloud" hike. Not easy thing to do and I know CF is about all around fitness, doesn't this qualify?

Comment #23 - Posted by: Joe at July 21, 2011 6:26 AM

"...stay away from those Yucca Valley girls."


Comment #24 - Posted by: Yucca Valley Girl at July 21, 2011 6:29 AM

#19, go hike, even walk 22 miles, then talk smack...oh and are you forgetting they probably have to walk 22 miles back to where they started? 44 miles on foot is legit at any elevation. I live at 6,000 feet above sea level and frequently get above 14k, so I understand the 10,000 feet is not impressive to everyone, but to people who may live at sea level it is a feat, especially after 22 miles. By the way what does this picture of two Marines serving our country (and you) have to do with Reebok or any other brands bringing down Crossfit? Quit crying, if you hate it so much don't look at the site. Better yet, try to do something more or equally as impressive as what these guys did and get it posted on this site...flip us all the bird and I will eat my words.

Great picture, great post, thanks for your service Marines.

Comment #25 - Posted by: Nick at July 21, 2011 7:45 AM

I haven't checked out the cf store since the original gear was on clearance. did so just now bc of #11's comments, and....WOW is all I can say. I've never seen such crap for so much money. Wait, that's not completely true: Reebok has always had overpriced crap for sale. I'm not sure who this gear is tailored to, but it's certainly not intended for the cf community. What is Reebok's deal with crossfit? They need to go.

Comment #26 - Posted by: sasser at July 21, 2011 7:52 AM

Tovar looks "relaxed and confident" and STRONG!

Comment #27 - Posted by: sevan at July 21, 2011 8:10 AM

So much awesome in the Hemingway interview.

#17 PTXCody

I recommend A Farewell to Arms, but I believe it'd be hard to go wrong with anything of his.

Comment #28 - Posted by: rb (M/34/5'8"/150) at July 21, 2011 8:37 AM

Thanks for the Hemingway link. I saw an article somewhere, maybe Huffington Post, that argued that men don't read fiction anymore because no real men write fiction anymore. Does a man really want to read someone whose nose he could break in a bar fight? Interesting thesis.

Comment #29 - Posted by: DC at July 21, 2011 9:44 AM

For time:

Push mow .49 acres.

90 degrees is HOT for upstate NY!

Comment #30 - Posted by: james.patrick [M/49/66"/135] at July 21, 2011 9:45 AM

Why couldn't they just stand next to the sign with the scenery in the background to celebrate the long trek up the mountain? I just don't get the purpose of squatting with anything up there... or handstand push up pics... or the new lame CF/ Reebok store. We want the classic "Infidel" shirts back.

Comment #31 - Posted by: Mike at July 21, 2011 10:36 AM

Just watched the 1-2 video and was in awe of the volume of work those guys put into one day! One question though: the food they ate and the food they spoke about eating was not in the least bit paleo, what's with that? (each to their own I know but peanut butter and jam????)

Also, as I live in the UK I was going to order some CF clothing but looked at the store yesterday and I totally agree with previous comments. What a load of BOLLOCKS!!

Comment #32 - Posted by: Rich UK at July 21, 2011 10:47 AM

#30 Mike


Comment #33 - Posted by: Karl at July 21, 2011 11:01 AM

Made up the weighted push-ups WOD today. Results posted there.

Comment #34 - Posted by: Kevin C. (M/52/5'11"/172) at July 21, 2011 11:06 AM

Always nice to see pics of our troops doing CF and not naming a workout after them.

Comment #35 - Posted by: TLB at July 21, 2011 1:08 PM

Rest as Rx'd.

Hams on fire from Manion still. Wow.

Beginning ice-massage (wrist to shoulder) rehab on right elbow tendonitis. No pullups for a while...

Comment #36 - Posted by: matt h - m49 | 5;11" | 186bwt at July 21, 2011 1:17 PM

24 / M / 5'9" / 135lbs

Weighted push-up 1-1-1-1-1-1-1 reps


I did the best I could alone and with a backpack that was about to fall apart.

Comment #37 - Posted by: BC at July 21, 2011 1:17 PM

If you write at all, read the Hemingway interview. PXTCody, read all of Hemingway. Start with "Big Two Hearted River", "A Farewell to Arms," and "For Whom the Bell Tolls".

It is great thing that those soldiers are out getting some quality outdoor time. How many people do we know, crossfitter or not, that don't get out there? Get out and get some.

Comment #38 - Posted by: Scott Dyer at July 21, 2011 2:31 PM

@ #17

I'd suggest "The Sun Also Rises" and "The Old Man and the Sea".

Comment #39 - Posted by: Chrissy 30/F/4'11"/105 at July 21, 2011 3:06 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. I own a couple of those titles. Sounds like the consensus is that I can't miss.

That Hemingway interview was awesome! I clipped a ton of good quotes out of that!

Comment #40 - Posted by: PXTCody at July 21, 2011 4:36 PM


5K: 30:09

Comment #41 - Posted by: mom to five at July 21, 2011 6:26 PM

Really rooting for Rich Froning Jr. at this year's games. Like everything about Holmberg and I certainly wouldn't mind seeing him repeat, but Froning's got my support. Mostly because I'm partial to ex-baseball players (the only thing Rich and I have in common), but especially after that yutz Travis Bagent said he didn't have the heart to win. Who says that?! This guys was second last year, missed the top of the podium by an eyelash and this nobody says he hasn't got the heart? It's a good thing for Bagent that Rich is a quality guy, otherwise Bagent might end up with a first place medal in a very uncomfortable place!

Good luck to all the competitors!

Comment #42 - Posted by: Pat Overton at July 21, 2011 7:39 PM

#42, Pat, not if they arm wrestle with Travis.


Comment #43 - Posted by: DW at July 22, 2011 8:31 AM

I'll take your word for that DW. Fair enough. Still a lousy thing to say about someone who has accomplished as much as Froning has. Also a real mark against his credibility to say that someone who puts up his numbers and who finished second the first time he went to the games "doesn't have the heart".

Comment #44 - Posted by: Pat Overton at July 22, 2011 6:10 PM
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