December 4, 2011

Sunday 111204

Rest Day


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"People in distress depend on the readiness of the United States Coast Guard. CrossFit keeps me mentally and physically prepared to respond to those in need."
- Cameron Cullen

"The Joy of Coaching: CrossFit Atlanta's Story" with Dan MacDougald, CrossFit Journal preview video [wmv] [mov]

"Facing Your Fears" at the WOD-SUP Queens Event by Again Faster Equipment - video [wmv] [mov]

Felix Mendelssohn, Piano Concerto Op. 25.

W. W. Jacobs - The Castaway.

"Grading the Teachers" by Bill and Melinda Gates, The Wall Street Journal.

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Posted by Pukie at December 4, 2011 5:00 PM

What an awesome photo.

Comment #1 - Posted by: James at December 3, 2011 5:16 PM

Great job Ben! You faced your fear, and spit in its face.

Comment #2 - Posted by: MikeyJ at December 3, 2011 5:50 PM


Awesome picture!!...Props to you for doing what you do brother!..I'm a diver myself and Crossfit helps me in my diving as well. My bottom times are longer, I don't get tired as fast wearing all that gear, and I'm not as beat after a long day underwater...

I just did saturday's WOD earlier tonight, first WOD in two weeks, gotta get back into it...

9 Rds in 20:10.

Comment #3 - Posted by: Harry at December 3, 2011 6:31 PM

Great video. Having someone there with you to face you fears is a great Blessing. Crossfit changes you life. I got choked up.

Comment #4 - Posted by: john at December 3, 2011 6:32 PM

Respect to Ben for facing his fears, really motivated me.

Comment #5 - Posted by: zoet at December 3, 2011 7:00 PM

I love Crossfit!!

Comment #6 - Posted by: Verlana Laraway at December 3, 2011 9:17 PM

Badass photo!

Comment #7 - Posted by: SickOne_84 at December 3, 2011 9:55 PM

fantastic picture

Comment #8 - Posted by: james d at December 3, 2011 11:08 PM

Love that pic. and love my local CF box. "The results, though mixed, are dispiriting proof that money alone can’t repair the desperate state of urban education."
I currently work at a high school in a large, urban district that has teachers submit evidence (on a year-to-year basis) to show that they deserve to get a contract the next school year. We have some of the best teachers in the state, but our test scores are nothing to overly celebrate. I have been in urban education for years.
Here's the reality, people: you can't fix the problem of jacked up, inner city families and the societal problem of inner city families not placing an emphasis on education with the Gates' money (literally billions of dollars at this point) or policy, which is backed with a good heart but a lack of educational background in education and, clearly, common sense.

Comment #9 - Posted by: Andy at December 4, 2011 3:58 AM

"If you do any exercise TOO HARD your losing muscle ... NOT Body Fat."
... you got 10 years of against that...

Comment #10 - Posted by: kevin at December 4, 2011 4:32 AM


Great video. Must have been reassuring to have SLewis next to you.

Congrats, brother.
Rob O

Comment #11 - Posted by: Rob Orlando at December 4, 2011 5:15 AM

Would you be willing to adhere to speed limits NOW, to the digit, wherever a speed limit sign is posted while driving in order to have inexpensive petrol until the year 2020?

Comment #12 - Posted by: J.T. at December 4, 2011 5:36 AM

Sunday musings...

Everyone should have a friend who will tell them the truth, specifically the truth about themselves. At least the truth about how the world views them. It's impossible to accurately observe our own footprints; we need someone to show them to us.

This is not to say that one should form an opinion of one's self or one's self-worth solely on the basis of some external view. Hopefully our friend speaks kindly to us out of love and caring in the hope that the truth will lead us to a better version of ourselves, or allow us to feel better about the present version.

I have such a friend, and we recently had such a talk. It turns out that my doubts about the man I am now are unfounded, that I have grown into the type of man with whom others genuinely wish to gather, despite my fears to the contrary. It can be hard to sit still for such a compliment, uncomfortable to hear it no matter how lovingly it is offered, the urge to demure nearly overpowering.

How I have arrived here is quite another story, and a painful truth that my friend offered as well. In my younger years, a time filled with the external measurable trappings of success, I thought I'd already reached a place where people of all shapes and sizes were comfortable and happy in my company, and I in theirs. Hmm..turns out, not so much. No, it turns out that I was much too pleased with myself, too pleased myself with having achieved that visible success. I held myself apart, above. I was liked, but mostly because those to whom I would be compared were less likable. Ouch.

Would I have heard my friend if she told me this back in the day? I don't know. I doubt it. A massive dose of humble pie was probably necessary, not only to hear and listen, to be ready to hear and listen, but certainly to have become who I am today. The details of my humbling are not really relevant, it was the lessons taught by humility that matter. Chicken? Egg? Does it matter? I do wish that she, someone, had told me then, though.

Why does it matter now? Why is this not simply a case of a friend congratulating me on growing up to be a better adult than I once was? Some times we get a mulligan. A do-over or a re-start. I may once again achieve a kind of success with all of the visible trappings, and the truth my friend shared is not just a pat on the back but a kick in the pants. A warning that I should do a better job this time around.

Everyone should have a friend who will tell them the truth. Each of us should care enough to listen.

I'll see you next week...

Comment #13 - Posted by: bingo at December 4, 2011 6:15 AM

Active rest day, 8 rounds on the 100# heavy bag, 3:00 min work and :30 sec rest.

Thank you Bingo, I wish we all had that honest friend and we too were good enough friends to be honest with others.

Comment #14 - Posted by: Halvy51 at December 4, 2011 11:33 AM

LOVE that photo!

Comment #15 - Posted by: Pottsie at December 4, 2011 1:06 PM

Made up yesterday's row/push-ups workout today. Results posted there.

Comment #16 - Posted by: Kevin C.(M/52/5'11"/172) at December 4, 2011 1:42 PM

Everyone does have a friend that tells the truth. It is JC, and His words are clearly written down for all to see and know.

Comment #17 - Posted by: Gar at December 4, 2011 2:46 PM

Thanks to those who said kind things about the video. It was a great experience. Like I said in the vid, it feels good to have folks support you in doing challenging things. Thanks Crossfit for providing me with a gigantic community of brothers and sisters.

Comment #18 - Posted by: Ben at December 4, 2011 6:07 PM

Nice job Ben!! Now, are you taking swim lesson?????

Comment #19 - Posted by: Maria aka Jonze at December 4, 2011 7:03 PM

Best photo ever! Wind the clock back to 1983 I'd sign up for Rescue Swimmer School! I wonder if there's a fantasy camp?

Comment #20 - Posted by: Stuart at December 5, 2011 6:44 AM

That was a great WOD. I really needed it after this week!

Comment #21 - Posted by: Kris at December 5, 2011 7:52 AM

What up USCG

Comment #22 - Posted by: Caleb at December 5, 2011 2:42 PM

Congrats Ben. What a way to face for fear of the open water

Comment #23 - Posted by: peter at December 6, 2011 7:20 AM

I really liked the "Facing Your Fear" video and was touched by the honesty and emotion. I think Crossfit transcends mere physical exercise.

Comment #24 - Posted by: ErieDan at December 18, 2011 8:30 PM
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