September 11, 2011
Travis Janeway, Bellingham, Washington.
"CrossFit Rowing Trainer Course: Analyzing the Force Curve" with Angela Hart, CrossFit Journal preview video [wmv] [mov]
Patriot CrossFit participates in 31 Heroes fundraiser - video [wmv] [mov]
Franz Schubert, No.9 "The Great" Mvmt 1, Mvmt 2, Mvmt 3, Mvmt 4.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - The Arrow and the Song.
"Winging It: America's Cup Racers Push the Sailboat to Its Limits" by Adam Fisher, Wired.
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Posted by Pukie at September 11, 2011 4:00 PM
I wish I could order that kind of bar from the Rogue site!
This is the best you guys could come up with on the 10th anniversary?
I'm doing a Hero WOD. Who's coming with me?
Thats LEGIT! I wanna try that lol
Sunday musings (10 years on)...
1) GPS. Where were YOU? 9/11/01 is the equivalent of "Where were you when JFK was shot", or "Where were you when Pearl Harbor was bombed?" We chatted about this at dinner chez bingo the other night. I was in the OR with a full schedule when the first plane hit. I came out in time to watch the second one hit, and then was between cases when the second building went down.
2) Plain talk. 9/11 is almost routinely called a tragedy, especially now, 10 years on. This is pretty much the only way I've seen it described in all types of media, mainstream and otherwise. Well, it is, and it isn't.
The killings of nearly 4000 people on U.S. soil was tragic for each one of them, and truly tragic for their friends and families. But a tragedy? I say no. A tragedy implies some element of fate, something about which no single person could have stood up and prevented. Think the Tsunami in Japan. Mudslides in South America. An avalanche or wildfire out of control. THOSE are tragedies resulting in death.
No, 9/11 was filled with a tragic loss of life, but the only fate involved was so banal that if beggars the definition of fate: did you go to work that Tuesday morning? The deaths of 9/11 are the direct result of pure, unadulterated EVIL. They represent nearly 4000 killings. Purposeful killings. Mass murder perpetrated on civilians so far removed from any war zone that to even call them "non-combatants" is a meaningless over-reach. Calling 9/11 a "tragedy" cheapens the word, cheapens the loss, puts the soft glow of unavoidable fate on what was nothing of the sort.
9/11 was EVIL. Call it what is was.
3) Press "up". Funny, after 10 years you'd think we'd have heard all of the "hero" stories by now, huh? Apparently not. Seems there were some folks who did some pretty heroic things who just never got around to telling anyone. Like those 2 Air National Guard pilots who scrambled after the plane that eventually went down in PA with UNARMED JETS. Yup. No missiles or bullets on board. They took off with complete knowledge that they would not only have to face the specter of shooting down fellow citizens, but "shooting down" actually meant using their aircraft as missiles.
It's crazy, even after 10 years, to think of how many heroes stood before life's elevator or stairwell and pushed "up". Safety was "down", out, anywhere but "up", and yet up they went. Cops, firefighters, and two unarmed fighter pilots who just happened to be a little higher when they chose to go "up". These men and women, on the ground floor at several Ground Zeros, have been followed honorably by thousands of other American heroes toiling anonymously, and SUCCESSFULLY, to prevent other evil doers from killing other Americans.
I'm still awestruck, 10 years on.
4) Epilogue. So, what did you take away from 9/11? Did anything change? Anything stay with you? Couple things for me. The first thing, regrettably and to my great embarrassment, is that it took a tragic event like 9/11 for me to really look at a huge swath of Americans I'd never really paid much attention to before. This would be Police Officers, Firefighters, and any variety of men and women in the Armed Forces. This was still 4+ years before I discovered CrossFit mind you, but our collective respect for, and willingness to acknowledge, these men and women is a small positive outcome that I believe persists 10 years on.
I had an epiphany of sorts 10 days after 9/11. The particular trigger (I really disliked a certain golf course) was trivial, but I was primed by 9/11 to be open to the "Aha!" moment. I discovered that the things that make me unhappy make me more unhappy than the things that make me happy, make me happy. Seems kinda simple I guess, but it was like a bolt from the blue. I realized that, once identified as such, things that made me unhappy could be avoided downstream. You don't always get to choose only the stuff that makes you happy (Polyanna doesn't live here anymore), and you don't even necessarily get to always choose to avoid stuff that makes you unhappy, but it's amazing how often you CAN if you try just a little. A life changer that I was able to notice because, well, I was thinking a whole lot about life after watching so many lose theirs.
I'm not saying that anyone else should have had this particular epiphany on or about 9/11, or ANY epiphany for that matter, but I do wonder, is there something that changed, something you've carried with you since that day. Since 9/11/01? 10 years on?
I'll see you next week...
@ #6 - I'm with you. I think a Murph would be an absolutely appropriate way to honor the fallen.
I will always remember, and we will never forget...
God Bless our Heros, past, present and future. September 11...Never Forget!
I think it's unbelievable that there isn't a 9-11 memorial Wod for everyone to do so we can remember what happened on that day 10 years ago and what still continues today. I have to say I'm disappointed with hq considering there are numerous veterans who work for hq.
speak freely. post your thoughts. those are the instructions for today's session of forging elite fitness
...maybe they will post a memorial workout for Monday
Do you really need CF HQ to tell you to remember those who died on that day? Find your own way to remember, don't require HQ to remember for you.
I will never forget. God bless America.
I fully agree with #11! Should have broke the rest cycle with a 911 memorial wod. I'll do Murph. God bless our fallen heroes
Will be doing Murph. I challenge everyone to honor our heroes on this anniversary. Especially those who gave their lives as heroically as Lieutenant Michael Murphy.
The cost of freedom is always high,
but Americans have always paid it.
And one path we shall never
choose, and that is the path of
John F. Kennedy
The box I go to is doing this wod in memory of 9/11 in case anyone wanted to try it. Never forget
"10 Years and Still Free"
9 Power cleans 135/95
11 hand release push ups
Com'n HQ.....get a 343 (# of firefighters who sacrificed their lives) or a 72 (# of police/Feds who sacrificed their lives) WOD up on the main page and use Monday as a rest day! A tad disappointing the the cite so many firefighters and law enforcement use doesn't have some type of memorial wod up!
To all the folks up in arms regarding nothing to commemorate 9/11: Check the date beneath your own posts...It's tomorrow!!
I'm not sure what to say here...a training day is a training day and a rest day is a rest day. HQ has made exceptions to their training schedule in the past, I'm very surprised this is not one of them. For this Crossfitter 9/11 is NOT a rest day.
It's not too late to change the page to something significant for Patriot Day, at least for the U.S.; most people are still sleeping.
Change the page for time - 3, 2, 1, Go!
I just watched the Rowing video and was disappointed to hear the instructor saying that "full hip extension" occurs during rowing. I just want to clarify that it's full knee extension, not hip extension. Hip extension happens at the top of a deadlift and squat. If you went into full hip extension on a rower you would fall off the back and lose a lot of power by over doing the range of motion.
HQ, can you please clarify on this so people aren't confused and your instructor is using proper terminology??
That's what it is all about!!!
Maybe...just maybe...CFHQ didnt post anything for 9-11 to incite such madness as it has so people can actually go out and do something to help others remember 9-11. Honor those that have fallen not by a picture on a website but by EVERYONE on this site flying a flag..or lighting a candle. Never forget.
Is there an "Official" Sept. 11th WOD?
I've seen different gyms program different workouts or use an existing Hero WOD, but can't find a 9/11 WOD.
I was thinking of doing this one:
Seven rounds of:
■7 Handstand push-ups
■135 pound Thruster, 7 reps
■7 Knees to elbows
■245 pound Deadlift, 7 reps
■7 Kettlebell swings, 2 pood
Cool. I took that picture!
Great video from Patriot CrossFit.
I've read some of the posts re wanting a 9-11 WOD and debated adding my .02, obviously I've decided to write something.
1. I cannot put a 'value' on the contribution Coach Greg Glassman and his team has made to the world since CrossFit's birth...to ask for more is simply selfish. To ask with a hint of patronization or condescension is simply wrong.
2. With everything CF has given us from the site, the programming, the games, the media, the journal (inspiration, education, rejuvenation and more) isn't it undeniably clear that the team at HQ is beyond uber-dialed in? Given there are multiple hero WOD's and we all know that CrossFit has such a major influence on LE, MIL & Firefighter fitness, I'm thinking, if there isnt a 9-11 WOD there's a reason for it.
I can think of several reasons, but that's me. Focus on the rose not the thorn, remember, its a 'rest day' so rest and remember those that are permanently resting. Create your own WOD if you want. But don't slam CrossFit.
I am very dissapointed there is no WOD today...we should be doing something to honor the fallen...I know I will be...
My .02 for those comments criticizing CFHQ
1. If someone asked me to put a dollar value on the changes CROSSFIT has made to the world...I could not. If someone asked me to out a dollar value to the changes CROSSFIT has inspired in me, my family and countless people who I've turned on to CROSSFIT, I could not.
To ask for 'more' from CROSSFIT is selfish. To ask for more with any note of condescension is out of line.
2. Coach Greg Glassman and his team have brought us so much: inspiration, education, information, rejuvenation, invigoration and more. Most of this available for free online, through osmosis....from the journal, to the affiliate program, from CROSSFIT kids to supporting ISR, the Games and the list goes on.
HQ iis comprised of some of the smarest people I've met. They are a very focused, committed and dialed in group, savvy in ways most of us can't fathom, cumulatively inventive and creative in ways we can't predict.
If there is no 9-11 WOD, there's a reason for it. And if CFHQ wanted that reason to be public, there'd be a letter or video.
I can think of several reasons not to have a WOD...Like over 2900 people died on 9-11... If 31Heroes ruins some and Murph crushes others, how do you even contemplate a 9-11 WOD?
Sunday happens to be the anniversary of 9-11 and a designated rest day. So rest if you can or want to, and take a moment to remember those that are permanently resting. And if you want to WOD, do it, but don't criticize CROSSFIT, don't stare at a thorn and forget the rose.
Here is what I will be doing...9 rounds, 11 reps each, 10 different movements.
9 rounds for time, 11 reps each exercise:
90# Clean and jerk
2 pood Kettlebell swings
Box jumps 36" box
Has anyone considered that a rest day, a day to recover and contemplate, can be just as honoring to the fallen. It all depends on your attitude. You can either make it about yourself complaining that you don't like something, or make it about them and go and remember.
I, too, thought of the rest day as time to contemplate. But I can't blame them who work out instead (will perhaps do that myself..)
Another ingeniously simple yet challenging hero wod to consider is "Hansen": 5 rounds of 30 swings 2 pood/30 burpees/30 GHD-situps. I consider it a match for Murph.
We are doing Murph as well!
HQ... Very disappointed with you today. NEVER FORGET!
GOD BLESS AMERICA! AND GOD BLESS EVERYONE WHO HAS SERVED THERE FELLOW MAN IN THE PERSUT OF FREEDOM!
Never forgotten...343 of the bravest
Never forgotten...343 of the bravest
Ten years ago today, nineteen men with intense hatred towards America got really, REALLY lucky.
Or, they didn't. It's either one or the other.
HQ really dropped the ball. No wod, no photo honoring the fallen. Fail.
Good to see Bellingham represented! Today's WOD: Playing in the pipe and drum corps to honor the fallen....KTF-RFB
Ten years ago today, American civilians were murdered by a few cowardly muslims following the dictates of their holy book, the koran. Afterwards muslims around the world celebrated by dancing in their streets. May we never forget!
I don't need CFHQ to remind me of what today means. They gave me a rest day to do what I choose with. I choose to spend this beautiful day with my family and reflect in my own way.
Never forget and never stand down from evil!
A good day to reflect, be with the people you love and that love you and use the moment to re-affirm how you are going to make a difference in the world
God Bless America
CFSB Shoulder Press 3 Rep sets
85 x 3
95 x 3
100 x 3
105 x 1 Fail
9 Burpee Straddel Jump
15 Box Jump 24"
Resting. Remembering Pete Carroll, NYFD, who died on 9/11/01, but who also saved my life when we first started riding motorcycles the summer of '79. Even then the guy was looking out for others. Thanks, Pete.
I'm not even ffrom the US, nor do I support any kind of military, but no mention of 9/11?...
I'm not from the US nor do I support the troops and all that, but no mention of 9/11?
I am a career firefighter with the 2nd biggest dept in the state, living in Richmond VA.
Today I'm off duty but I decided to do the 110 story, 9/11 memorial stairclimb with C-shift.
I will be honest dude, 110 stories is a beast and a half that almost broke many.
I did it in Full bunker gear, with SCBA, not on air (for obvious reasons), and it took a lil over an hour.
I've been crossfiting and boxing and powerlifting for YEARS and I have state records in boxing and powerlifting. Let me tell you-
-NOTHING in crossfit has ever come close to that damn 110 story, full gear w/ SCBA stairclimb today. It is a monster in gear because it's hot as hell and your gear bakes you.
Maybe that's one of the things HQ was thinking, who knows. I don't care, because I'm thankful to be alive, climbing in memory of FF Steve Mercado and FF Robert McPadden.
What I do I know is, no one tapped out. Some people rested in landings but we had FF's from depts' all over the fine state of VA, many of whom were near retirement age, many of whom were rookies, all climbing together today, as one giant fire department.
@#50: it's racist and inflammatory to stereotype an entire group based on the actions of a small handful of them and their supporters.
Here's a quote from an article on muslim victims of 9/11 (google it):
"Indeed, among the many victims of 9/11 were several dozen innocent Muslims, ranging in age from their late 60s to a couple’s unborn child. Six of these victims were Muslim women, including one who was 7 months pregnant. Many were stockbrokers or restaurant workers, earning a living to care of their families. There were converts and immigrants, hailing from over a dozen different countries and the U.S. There were heroes: an NYPD cadet and a Marriott hotel worker, who sacrificed their lives attempting to rescue others. The Muslim victims were parents to over 30 children, who were left orphaned without one or both of their parents."
Do you think the family members of these people were "dancing in the streets"? Also, look up 'muslim condemnation of 9/11'.
Had planned on resting today, but our son made up a 9/11 memorial workout and e-mailed it home from college. Hard to say no to that.
Ground to overhead, 2740 lbs.
9 rounds of
Ground to overhead, 2740 lbs.
(2740 is one pound for each person who died on 9/11)
23:01, using 65#
22:05, using 135#
This morning I put on my uniform and went to the cenotaph to pay my respects. I did not need my HQ to tell me to do this.
3min rest between sets no rest on the ground during.
Dang do people really need to be reminded of the anniversary of 9 11?
Thank you for the props on Friday bingo. Trying to work hard CrossFit every day, so it works hard for me someday. Your comments and presents on the board are always greatly apprecciated.
"Small" Rx: 50:20. Terrible.
10 RFT of:
9 power cleans, 95lbs
11 pull ups
followed immediately by 220 double unders
20:39 rxd (13:33,7:06)
Caught up with Sat tabata squat/1 mile
True Heros are people who rise to the occasion and slip away quietly.
Tabata "Bottom to Bottom" Squat/1 mile run WOD as Rx'ed
Tony Blauer-Well said, Sir. All you whiners-feel free to create your own FREE fitness website and do whatever you want...
Thats a very appropriate workout for 9/11 #30. Outstanding idea.
@ Bingo - beautifully written. Thank you.
It's not whining Tony and Scott just expected a little more. But your right it's your business and your site. God bless those who sacrificed soo much for us!
Great post brother. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and reflections with an eloquence that eludes me.
I trust I'll see a similarly beautiful post from you in 2021.
I guess being an independent country doesn't really teach the people how to be independent. It's not that hard to make up your own WOD if you would like to do one today.
It's obvious that some of you have not caught on to the fact that not everyone likes or does the same thing. Grieve how you want to grieve, remember how you want to remember, and honor the past, present, and future heros in any way in which you want to honor them. It's time to become independent (to the people who are upset) and not rely on others to tell you how to do certain things in your life.
For those of you who are rolling your eyes at this post, I'm sorry for wasting precious minutes of your time expressing my opinion.
In conclusion, I'll speak for cfhq to remind you to brush your teeth tonight so there's no confusion or upset crossfitters in tomorrow's blog.
110 flights of stairs! Sactown did it right today 343 we will never forget !
I am, indeed, your friend. Count on it. Count on me.
Had to play catch up because of an incredibly busy week at work.
Did the WODs from 09.08.11 & 09.10.11.
09.08.11 WOD = 17:43
*Tuck Jumps for Double Unders
*2 x 35# DB Swings for 2 Pood KB Swings
*105# Good Mornings for Back Extensions
*15 Towel Pull Ups
09.10.11 WOD =
As Rx'd: 126 Squats & 4:38 1 Mile Run
One hour of ultimate frisbee, marymoor park, redmond, wa, mix of levels and ages, probably 16-50. kept up physically; some mental lapses late in the game. 88 degrees. weather or age or both, yeah probably...early one, caught a score, made a good d-play to deny a score; later, let a score happen and missed an obvious cut that would have led to a score. It's all good and fodder to improve.
Schubert!!! YES! 8 & 9 are amazing.
Can't wait to hit the run/thruster/pullup combo tomorrow.
I was in a taxi, voice on the radio said a plane hit the world trade centre, thought of something silly like a Cessna in the Kremlin. Wasn't.
Evil has a metaphysical connotation; like the notion of G-d it tends to toward personification (e.g., S-t-n), a totalizing effect. I prefer "immoral" (begs the question: according to what standard? The answer is a reaffirmation, or a challenge, things we need as often as we can get them).
Thank you for running to help the helpless
Thank you for running to be my hero
Thank you for running into the unknown
Thank you for running home to watch my games
Thank you for running back home to play catch
Thank you for teaching me to honest
Thank you for teaching me to do what’s right
Thank you for teaching me to give my all
Thank you for teaching me to love my wife
Thank you for teaching me how to serve God
Thank you for letting me make my mistakes
Thank you for letting me fix my mistakes
Thank you for letting me use what you’ve taught
Thank you for letting me become a man
Thank you for letting me ride in the truck
Thank you for being there when it counts most
Thank you for being the one to turn to
Thank you for being around for it all
Thank you for being the strength I’ve needed
Thank you for being FDNY Dad.
Comment 71. TE. In the words of the great bard Meatloaf, "You took the words right outa' my mouth."