February 24, 2013

Sunday 130224

Rest Day


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Rachel Femenella.

"Meet Nicole Gordon" CrossFit Journal video [wmv] [mov] [HD mov]

"Most of What You Think You Know About Grammar Is Wrong" by Patricia T. O'Conner and Stewart Kellarman, Smithsonian.com.

Posted by Pukie at February 24, 2013 5:00 PM

great rebuttal to grammar article here:


Comment #1 - Posted by: Mel/39m/5'10"/175 at February 23, 2013 5:54 PM

Passion, the video shows passion. Thanks Nicole for showing it. And to coach for helping so many find it.

Comment #2 - Posted by: pittrugger at February 23, 2013 6:54 PM

Sleeping in and watching the Daytona 500 tomorrow with my boys. That's my kind of rest day!

Comment #3 - Posted by: Playoff Beard at February 23, 2013 8:06 PM

Nicole was awesome at my level 1. Great video. Thanks.

Comment #4 - Posted by: Amber at February 23, 2013 8:30 PM

Is it strange that all Nicoles in Crossfit are hot???

Meet Nicole Carroll please!!!!

And what ever happened to Jamie from OG Crossfit videos??

Comment #5 - Posted by: RT2713 at February 23, 2013 9:28 PM

Great video on Nicole it great to see what life is like outside the box, thanks for posting!

Comment #6 - Posted by: Jody at February 24, 2013 5:49 AM

Sunday musings (Passages)...

A door opens. A door closes. A family grows, as it inevitably shrinks. Desperation or desire to halt the ebb while preserving the flow, both are eventually denied. One comes as one goes. Life's passages are irresistible.

Ever so.

My dad, Grampbingo, stands at the precipice. Not a one of us in Clan bingo is ready for his last, fateful step. His ebb is now greater than his flow. Never a large man physically, he was once larger than life. Time and gravity have conspired to shrink him; he seems so much smaller in all ways. And yet what we have of him, both his physical self and our outsized memories of his outsized younger self...well...we put ourselves between him and the precipice, hold both him and his memory close lest he stumble.

At the same time our family grows in wonderful ways, our flow is strong as the next generation enters a new Passage. "The Heir" is engaged! Our firstborn, he of the outsized everything, possessed of a "presence" so huge he fills a building all by himself, "The Heir" is now part of a lovely couple. Clan bingo grows by one as we welcome "The Heiress", and by extension her family. Flow, at least for the moment, exceeds ebb.

In all honesty I'm not really ready for EITHER Passage! This change stuff is hard, even when it's a welcome change, like welcoming "The Heiress". The young couple are like sine waves that multiply all that is good about each, and flatten out to zero all that is less than good. Passage through this door portends happiness. Mrs. bingo and I, "Lovely Daughter" and Lil'bingo are thrilled.

One stands on the on-ramp, poised to travel through many Passages to come. The other stands at the precipice, a final Passage looms just beyond. A door opens. A door closes. Tears of joy. Tears of sorrow.

Ever so.

I'll see you next week...

Comment #7 - Posted by: bingo at February 24, 2013 7:38 AM

Bingo- your take on life, how amazing. You don't say it directly but it rings loud and clear- carpe diem! ...and may CrossFit always help to provide each of us with more flow than ebb.

That aside, I read the article about grammar. My English was never that great in high school but now that I am diligently trying to learn a second language, it has forced me to become much more knowledgeable about my native tongue. Funny how that happens.

Comment #8 - Posted by: Sid at February 24, 2013 8:23 AM

There are prob a ton of ways to say it but this is the real life crossfit. Nicole is a great level one coach and I got to have her and the team she was with at my level one. I would not have asked for anyone else after seeing the video with her giving us an open book to her life. So what I'm tring to say is that we all have our own dream life and if it is realistic than what's holding u back. Crossfit is more than a gym or a workout program it's my life and I love to see others push through the crap and hold there head up bc we challenge ourself everyday . And we love it if we make it or end up back down on the ground sucking air . Thanks Nicole your the Shiz and I know what u mean when your athletes tell u about there hurdles in real life too it touches the heart

Comment #9 - Posted by: Andrew at February 24, 2013 8:37 AM

So awesome to see Nicole, the beautiful, inspiring, and holy strong as crap Nicole out here! She is living the dream and living it well!

Comment #10 - Posted by: Christy B at February 24, 2013 10:17 AM

Bingo, excellent musing and eloquent as always. Your mastery of expression through the written word is a art that fewer and fewer people posses. My sympathy is with you and the bingo clan.

Comment #11 - Posted by: hollyhog at February 24, 2013 10:42 AM

Excellent post Bingo.

My sympathies and my congratulations are offered in harmony.

I have lost, this past year, much more than I have gained...as you know. I can relate.

In life, much like with any Crossfit workout, you choose either to rise to, or succumb to the challenge you face. I've known you long enough to guess which path you will choose.

3,2,1...go my brother.

Comment #12 - Posted by: Playoff Beard at February 24, 2013 1:14 PM

Love rest day

Comment #13 - Posted by: Garrett at February 24, 2013 3:25 PM

The fewer the rules, the lower the standards: the fewer the drop-outs, the larger the pool of qualified teachers, the greater the equality achieved, the fewer the number challenged, the greater the diversity, the greater the check from the government, the happier the teachers' union.

California has just dropped eighth grade algebra. Now it seems to be dropping reading for videos. Long ago, US schools stopped distinguishing between objective and subjective pronouns. See Wikipedia on "Dumbing down".

Colleges used to be at least remedial high school. They're now converting to student loan mills.

Comment #14 - Posted by: Jeff Glassman at February 24, 2013 3:43 PM

I know it's just the way the silhouette ended up, but the neck to bicep ratio is creepy. Just saying.

Comment #15 - Posted by: Java frog at February 24, 2013 6:03 PM

No rest day here, 5K row 20:32.

Comment #16 - Posted by: Kurt M/39/185 at February 24, 2013 6:27 PM

Ran 7 miles 1 hour time.

Comment #17 - Posted by: Majord at February 24, 2013 7:08 PM

5k trail run 35:48. First trail run since November.

Comment #18 - Posted by: kevin o at February 25, 2013 5:48 AM

Wow Bingo those are some amazing musings and very elegantly put! You've definitely outdone yourself this week

Comment #19 - Posted by: Boo Boo F/24/5'8/148 at February 25, 2013 8:55 AM

days 3 & 5 of biceps repair rehab:

- 3 (friday) = tabata squats, 13. then mobility

- 5 (sunday) tabata squats, 14. then mobility, pain free e-cises

time to add lunges and then core

Comment #20 - Posted by: matt h at February 25, 2013 1:27 PM

This is a great video of Nicole. I took my level one cert with her (she was getting her cert at the same time). She was an inspiration then and is still an inspiration. Keep up the great work Nicole! So proud to see you accomplish your dreams!

Comment #21 - Posted by: Jody H at February 27, 2013 8:32 AM
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