March 24, 2013

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SnoRidge CrossFit, Workout 13.2.

"There's No Stopping Her" with Jacqui Pierce, CrossFit Journal video [wmv] [mov] [HD mov]

"It's the Sugar, Folks" by Mark Bittman, New York Times.

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

Sunday musings...

1) Pistachio. Like Pinocchio, only tastier.

2) Forgiveness. "Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future." Paul Boese.

Forgiveness is an extension of kindness, both outwardly toward another, and inwardly toward yourself. I like the sense of hopefulness, that sense of optimism in the second part of the quote. The obvious part of "enlarging the future" is that forgiveness allows for the possibility that one who may have caused you harm in the past might still be a part of your future. By definition the larger your circle, the greater the number of contacts and connections of every sort, the greater is the possible in your future.

It's what "enlarging the future" does for one within that is more interesting to me, however. Holding on to a slight, however terrible or tiny, creates a little "prison cell" for some part of what lies ahead of you. Forgiveness is a kind of freedom, a liberation of self from the binds that come with the effort to withhold the forgiveness, that withholding forever keeping you enchained to that person, that slight, that wrong. One need not forget; after all, the first part of the quote is that forgiveness "does not change the past." Forgiving and forgetting are not really two sides of a coin.

One can forgive without forgetting, but one cannot forget without forgiving.

3) Normal. There is a certain power in normal in the face of an upheaval. Seeking normal, finding normal, doing whatever it takes to let normal happen in the face of crisis is sometimes all that it takes to prevent that crisis from snowballing into something much bigger, something like a brushfire that becomes a wildfire for want of just a little greenery.

Some normal is drudgery, even in the best of times. You know about that. There are some parts of your normal that require that you literally drag your carcass to or from something, figuratively haul your mind's derriere to get in the game. In the face of some crisis, tragedy or hardship, these parts of normal probably are just as obnoxious as they are on the brightest, sunniest of days.

There are some things you do all the time that are so much a part of your life that you don't even realize how much of an upper they are. How they make your life better. Sunday night phone calls with your folks or your kids. The old farts' hoops game you never miss on Tuesday. 5:00 with your someone, somewhere on a Friday. These are the normals that have power. The power to persevere when it gets tough. The power to bring you just up enough that you don't go all the way down. There's an awful lot of good in your normal. Don't forget it when it gets kinda dark.

There can be enough power in normal to light the way.

4) Open. Wow. Quite a bit of strum un drang, eh? Says here it's really nothing new, the drama and the controversies. Re-runs of stuff from yesteryears, just playing on more screens and viewed by more people who have more time on their hands than sense in their heads.

Yah...I just went there.

Everyone who has a great score must be a cheater. Of if they didn't cheat they surely must be using PED's of some sort. This canard took flight in Games 3 when a qualifier was first put into play. Funny, though, that you never hear this coming from any of the athletes who are likely to rock the Regionals. Seems there are a whole lotta folks shooting off their fingertips before they shoot off any neurons; if the mere possibility has somehow crept into THEIR head, well then, it must be a dead-on FACT. Because they just know. Never mind that year after year it all just seems to work out even though year after year the Games grow, change, and improve. Anybody think someone who should have been in the top 15 in any Regional got bumped out by a cheater last year? Really?

It's not fair. Somehow, somewhere, someone at HQ is just out their doing stuff that's...that's...unfair. There's a conspiracy here. Really. Gotta be. Just because someone has a limited (no?) frame of reference regarding what it takes to pull off something as audacious as an Open competition with >150,000 entrants, surely they know all the better anyway. And the newer they are to CrossFit the better they know. Naturally. To be fair there are some folks who sincerely try to follow all the rules, do their very best in that effort, and for whatever reason they mess up. That's truly a bummer. I really mean that. But how do you do anything other than invoke a strict enforcement of the rules for everyone, regardless of sincerity, in the mess-up? How do you measure fairness if you allow even a bit of color into a black and white process? Fair tends to be hard.

Which brings me to the most important part of this whole harangue: there are real, live people involved here. Just like you. Just like him. And her. People who are trying their best on all sides of every issue. Doing the workout. Judging the workout. Administering the Open. Watching literally thousands of videos. And not for nuthin', reading all of the vitriol being vomited through cyberspace and befouling our little corner of the planet. Listen, I'm no pollyanna. I know there really are a tiny few people who are trying to get over. They really deserve all the venom you can dispense. But it's rare. There really aren't that many of them, and they always seem to do something to draw attention to themselves. Have at 'em. My pleasure.

For everyone else, though, let's have a little perspective. Expand your frame of reference to include the notion that it really IS fair. That almost no one is trying to cheat. That even the very best athletes are approaching this in almost the same way as you and I, as a challenge to be met. An opportunity to participate in the collective, the community of our CrossFit. That every PERSON is doing his or her best to put forth something that they can be proud of. Something that will put a smile on the face of a Brother or Sister CrossFitter. Every athlete. Every judge. Every HQ staff member. YOU.

Stop. Think. There's a CrossFitter on the other end of your post.

I'll see you next week...

Comment #1 - Posted by: bingo at March 23, 2013 5:38 PM

Absolutely amazing story...

I'm looking forward to raising my kids in this Crossfit lifestyle too. Jacqui, you are an inspiration!

Comment #2 - Posted by: Baxter at March 23, 2013 5:59 PM

Jacqui, you are a truly amazing person and inspiration. Thank you hq for sharing her story.

Comment #3 - Posted by: hollyhog at March 23, 2013 6:03 PM

SnoRidge CF! Great photo!

Comment #4 - Posted by: James E. at March 23, 2013 6:17 PM

I don't need to hear about sniveling professional athletes and entertainment celebrities. What I do love hearing about are people who despite personal tragedy continue fighting and living life to the fullest. So the next time I feel sorry for myself and don't want to do a wod or complain about it, I will remember jacqui pierce, a TRUE inspiration.

Comment #5 - Posted by: Mark at March 23, 2013 6:21 PM

I don't know Jacqui, but went to school and played tennis with her husband RJ. He's a great guy and it sounds like he has a great wife. Humbling and inspirational story!

Comment #6 - Posted by: Blake at March 23, 2013 11:15 PM

The first half of Pierce's article isn't surprising. Anyone who who is concerned about nutrition knows that sugar is indeed not healthy for you.

What is lacking from the second half of Pierce's article is any mention of personal responsibility. Individuals will only change their nutrition when they decide to do so. Pierce only argues for government action (regulation, regulation, regulation). This is doomed to failure.

Comment #7 - Posted by: Justin at March 23, 2013 11:38 PM

Wonderful story! Great way to start my day. Keep going Mrs. Pierce!

Comment #8 - Posted by: RTC at March 24, 2013 5:28 AM

Never give up !!!

Comment #9 - Posted by: Antoinne at March 24, 2013 5:59 AM

@Bingo--very well said.
@Justin--it does have to be a combination of both personal responsibility and some regulations. Definitely not a simple fix--we need to make sure to start the nutritional education very early in our children and show them the dangers associated with bad habits, yet we can do better as a society to make healthy choices easier/cheaper to obtain. Just my 2 cents.

Comment #10 - Posted by: Mike Andridge at March 24, 2013 6:06 AM

Jacqui story was truly inspiring and uplifting, thanks HQ for letting us see it.

Comment #11 - Posted by: Kevin McClellan at March 24, 2013 6:13 AM

Excellent musings post today, b!ngo. Organizing one's thoughts and writing them down in just the right way can be a difficult and time-consuming task, and I appreciate the effort you obviously put in each week.

Comment #12 - Posted by: Bill M. m/48/5'3"/135 at March 24, 2013 6:46 AM

Do we not have enough government regulations... On that note let us all keep politics out of our crossfit lives, we get enough of that BS on a day to day basis...

Comment #13 - Posted by: Mark at March 24, 2013 7:54 AM

4 mile run.


Comment #14 - Posted by: Mazz at March 24, 2013 8:09 AM

Yeah that's all we need is some form of government telling us what we can and cannot consume. I'm glad the soda ban blew up in Mayor Bloomberg's face. Fascist ideologies, such as New York Times articles infiltrating crossfit forums is pathetic.

Comment #15 - Posted by: Slugo at March 24, 2013 8:20 AM

Bingo knows I have nothing but love for him. But - and they say you should only listen to the words after the but - the cheating is inevitable. It's a byproduct of rational (no pun intended) game theory. There is a way, however, to get the cheating stopped: don't give massive cash rewards for winning. CrossFit is a beautiful thing when pursued for the love of the suffering. It teaches self-control which, in the immortal words of Henry Morton Stanley, is more indispensible than gunpowder.
I will follow the games from now till I decease, but it was so much cooler when the goal was simply being the best? How much fun would it be to have a one and done NCAA style elimination tourney? 6 workouts. 2 competitors at a time trying to survive...
As a final note, since we cannot agree on a definition of fitness we cannot hope to have any strict measurement of the same. But one and done? That's drama. That's action. That is what nature gave us for millions of years.
3 2 1 go: Froning v. Spealler. Is it the 50 or is it heavy Fran? Wouldn't you be on the edge of your seat for the mere announcement of the WOD?

Comment #16 - Posted by: djz at March 24, 2013 8:51 AM

I am embarrassed. ashamed. I've spent 7 months depressed and angry about an injury that has sidelined my ability to exercise. I watched Jacqui's story and just cried and cried... I have NOTHING to complain about. I needed a healthy dose of perspective to shake off the "poor-me-itis" and remind me of how attitude and heart come first, and the rest will fall into place.
What an inspiration she is! It is people like Jacqui who remind us of the power of the human spirit. Thank you Jacqui- Thank you so very much.

Comment #17 - Posted by: cutter23 at March 24, 2013 9:47 AM

bingo's Sunday musings first in line.
Thanks to the CF filter gurus.
Another like for you bingo.


Comment #18 - Posted by: power-girl at March 24, 2013 10:01 AM

Cindy -

5 Chin up (2" diameter bar)
10 push up
15 Squat

20 rds + 10 push ups


Comment #19 - Posted by: Alec at March 24, 2013 10:45 AM

I had a couple of reactions to Mr. Bittman's article.
The first one was "Duh." Really, excessive sugar (and he should ave expanded that to include carbohydrates more generally) is bad for you? Really? This is somehow shocking and surprising to him. Okay, whatever, I've been doing CrossFit for over 7 years, so maybe I got the inside track on him, but glad he's seen the light.
Second - ahhhh, yes, of course, what we need is a government agency to enforce the "no sugar because we've now declared it 'toxic' to human beings as a result of this study." Mr. Bittman seems to have missed the fact that the gubmint is responsible for the "obesity/diabetes epidemic" in the first place with the food pyramid and other nonsense in the first instance. Bittman needs to read Gary Taubes on the origins of the food pyramid and the government intervention to curb the 'cholesterol/heart disease epidemic.'
Third - then he needs to read Hazlitt, Friedman, et al. and understand the Law of Unintended Consequences. Particularly as it applies to governmental actions. If I'm too stupid to understand the limitations of my own knowledge and foresight, it affects a very limited circle of people. Maybe my immediate family and a few friends, at worst. When government is too stupid (or too arrogant) to recognize this, it can cost hundreds of thousands of lives.

Welcome to the bright light of the sunshine, Mark Bittman; But you've reached exactly the same conclusion your predecessors did about how to solve the/a problem - and it's the wrong one. The answer is almost NEVER more government regulation.

Bingo - one of your best posts. Thanks, Brother, sorry I missed your call. I'll hit you up.

Comment #20 - Posted by: Dale_Saran at March 24, 2013 10:51 AM


Row 2000/1500/1000/500, ~4:00 rests.

Comment #21 - Posted by: bingo at March 24, 2013 11:14 AM

Made up yesterday's this morning:





Comment #22 - Posted by: Kevin C. (M/54/5'11"/175) at March 24, 2013 11:15 AM

Jacqui-incredible! Keep it up.

Comment #23 - Posted by: Kevin C. (M/54/5'11"/175) at March 24, 2013 11:22 AM

On the minute:
Complete 5 burpees and perform max rep 135 lbs thrusters on the minute.

Junior - 29:24 @95#
Taco - 20:48 @95#
KP - 17:28 95#x15 reps(15 burpees) 65#x85reps

Comment #24 - Posted by: Taco at March 24, 2013 1:36 PM

13.3/161 Reps/10:20

Once again, an ass-kicking telling me that I'm not in as good as shape as I think.

Comment #25 - Posted by: Moonshine(M/41/5'10"/190) at March 24, 2013 2:43 PM

Helen for today-

23:29:10 w/ assisted pull-ups

2nd time doing it, done in half the time. progress...


Comment #26 - Posted by: Adrienne at March 24, 2013 4:15 PM

Row 1000-800-600-400-200m
Active rest, so stayed below HR 140 bpm

Comment #27 - Posted by: AndyMH 48M/5'7"/80kg at March 24, 2013 4:30 PM

Jacqui Pierce sits in 2271st place right now in the Worldwide Open.

She got a 54 on 13.3.
And I am in awe of that.

Ma'am, you are amazing.
Thank you for being a part of the CrossFit Community.

Comment #28 - Posted by: Dale_Saran at March 24, 2013 4:41 PM

@Dale_Saran re: Jacqui Pierce.

Ditto. I am hopeful that I will one day have the honor of shaking your hand.

Comment #29 - Posted by: bingo at March 24, 2013 4:56 PM

Dead lift 95lbs
Kb swing 30 lbs
Toe to bar

27 min

Comment #30 - Posted by: Angiestone 51 yr 115 5'3 at March 24, 2013 5:06 PM

13.3 241Reps

100 thrusters (95 pd) for time. 3 burpees on the minute every minute until thrusters are done.

Comment #31 - Posted by: hollyhog at March 24, 2013 5:32 PM

yes, sugar is toxic. does it not take a genius to determine sugar influences insulin, too much of one affects the other, if chronically abused, yes something in the system will break down?? of course, i accept true science needs to prove this--not that it will help any obese person 'control' their intake anymore. pretty sure we all know obesity is bad by now, yet, like smoking, people don't stop.

water is toxic in excess too. as is alcohol, exercise, protein, calcium, etc., etc.

Comment #32 - Posted by: mtvet at March 25, 2013 10:25 AM
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