May 7, 2013

Tuesday 130507

Rest Day


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"While on a hike, our 130-pound English Mastiff, Louis, went down more than two miles from our car. My husband, an Army medic and avid CrossFitter, began our trek over rocky terrain. Had it not been for CrossFit, he would not have had the strength and endurance to carry our Louis to safety."
- Ashley Shanklin

Friday's Individual Events for 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games Regionals Released!

Posted by Pukie at May 7, 2013 5:00 PM

Is Louis OK?

Comment #1 - Posted by: Bill M. m/48/5'3"/135 at May 6, 2013 5:23 PM

Now that is love.

Comment #2 - Posted by: JJM at May 6, 2013 5:24 PM

New Wod Walking Grace. Hope the dog is ok.

Comment #3 - Posted by: Peter at May 6, 2013 5:30 PM

Great photo and story. Functional fitness. Meanwhile, I have to decide whether or not to attack Nancy tonight or tomorrow. Did Elizabeth last night and the front squats this morning.

Comment #4 - Posted by: G at May 6, 2013 5:30 PM

Once we know Louis is okay, we can make jokes about him needing to join the hubby in the CF workouts.

Comment #5 - Posted by: Max at May 6, 2013 5:33 PM

I hope he's okay! <3

Comment #6 - Posted by: Chelsea at May 6, 2013 5:37 PM

Great story and photo. I hope he is ok

Comment #7 - Posted by: Chris at May 6, 2013 5:39 PM

That is awesome! Hope everyone is doing OK.

Comment #8 - Posted by: Gregory Gianakis at May 6, 2013 5:42 PM

Your awesome. Thanks for your service. I hope Louis is doing well.

Comment #9 - Posted by: Jeff at May 6, 2013 5:43 PM

Emerging consensus: We really need to know that Louis is okay.

Comment #10 - Posted by: Dal at May 6, 2013 5:44 PM

Is he okay???

Comment #11 - Posted by: Sam at May 6, 2013 5:46 PM

I concur!!! Louis is a BIG deal!!! Please let us know! Hope he has recovered!!!

Comment #12 - Posted by: Kirstine at May 6, 2013 6:15 PM

I'm assuming (knocking on wood) he's okay based on her last sentence...she said he was carried "to safety." :)

Comment #13 - Posted by: GBelle at May 6, 2013 6:25 PM

nothing like a man helping his best friend in a time of need. Great Job!!!

Comment #14 - Posted by: Robert at May 6, 2013 6:36 PM

According to Ashley, "Louis is still on the mend, but doing well!"

Comment #15 - Posted by: Pukie at May 6, 2013 6:51 PM

That is so sad, I'm glad he is doing ok though!

Comment #16 - Posted by: Rocky at May 6, 2013 7:10 PM

Louis is doing great! After I got him home I got him hooked up with an IV and ran two bags of fluid into him. 2 days later he was good as new. Just so everyone knows, since there has been a lot of negative comments on FB, we had over 3L of water for the our 2 dogs. We gave them all of that plus our own supplies. I also want to clarify that we exercise our dogs regularly with walks and runs. This one was a little more intense since we went further than usual and Louis followed me on my run up the mnt. I love my dogs more than anything and would never intentionally hurt them.

Comment #17 - Posted by: Harley at May 6, 2013 7:40 PM

Who take an English Mastiff on a hike?! Poor guy. :(

Comment #18 - Posted by: Steve at May 6, 2013 7:44 PM

New WOD:

130# Farmer Carry
2 miles for time

Comment #19 - Posted by: Jacob at May 6, 2013 8:03 PM

No negativity here!!! Things happen!!! Thanks for the update!!! Glad all ended well. :)

Comment #20 - Posted by: Kirstine at May 6, 2013 8:07 PM

How about- WOD: "Louis"

130# sandbag or duffle bag carried for:

400M Walk/Run
5 Squats
10 Walking Lunges (5 each leg)

x 8 rounds (two miles) for time


Comment #21 - Posted by: Victor at May 6, 2013 8:10 PM

Now that is Friend's best man!!!

Comment #22 - Posted by: Dean at May 6, 2013 8:11 PM

Glad your dog is ok and it all turned out well. Stay off Facebook and away from haters.

Comment #23 - Posted by: Glenn at May 6, 2013 8:21 PM

Happy to hear about the dog.
Tonight did
20 double unders
20 burpees
20 kettleswings @35lb

my cardio sucks major

Comment #24 - Posted by: Charlie at May 6, 2013 8:35 PM

Glad to hear Louis is ok@! I wish my old lab could still hike, but those days are gone.

Comment #25 - Posted by: Mike A M/25/73"/198 at May 6, 2013 8:56 PM

Thanks for sharing that awesome story. Glad things are good with Louis. CrossFit saves lives ;)

Comment #26 - Posted by: ampz at May 6, 2013 9:04 PM

I have a 140 lb English Mastiff that has crapped out on a hike in the TX heat before too. I never thought of carrying him back to the truck. Ill have to try that if it happens again. Glad the big guy is ok.

Comment #27 - Posted by: Vince at May 6, 2013 9:10 PM

Wow!! Now that's a beast!! The dog's pretty big too

Comment #28 - Posted by: Gene at May 6, 2013 9:58 PM

Glad to hear Louis is doing well!! Seeing as most CrossFit gyms have a dog or two running around, this could be an easy WOD to replicate - "WOD for today - 2 mile shoulder carry (note - please bring dog)". Also, interesting to see how the dog gets his name in the description provided by Ashley, but the guy who carried him two miles to safety is just "husband" (being married, I know how that goes...). And don't name the WOD after Louis, he DNF'd, name it after the poor schlub who had to carry him back. Lastly, something tells me that Louis just learned a great new trick - "hmmm, if I get tired, that dude will carry me back and the woman will give me all the attention, interesting...may need to test this out again..."

Comment #29 - Posted by: Chris at May 7, 2013 5:34 AM

I'm with Kirstine #20 - no negativity, sometimes the day is just warmer than you expected. They have more trouble with extended exercise in heat than we humans do. Nice job getting him back to the car and treating him afterwards. Glad to hear he's doing fine.

Comment #30 - Posted by: Baba at May 7, 2013 6:40 AM

Glad to hear everybody is doing well!
You guys rock!

Comment #31 - Posted by: JUAN at May 7, 2013 6:50 AM

@21 - that is a great workout! I hope Pukie picks up on it.

Comment #32 - Posted by: Max at May 7, 2013 7:06 AM

I have an English bulldog and she goes on epic hikes and even water rafting with us. We have always tried to include her in all of our outdoor activities. She is in amazing shape and can swim like a tank for hours. Just because it is a certain kind of bread, doesn't mean you can let them be lazy and out of shape. Things happen. I would do anything for my pooch... good thing mine doesn't weigh THAT much!

Comment #33 - Posted by: Camille at May 7, 2013 7:16 AM

I just read the programmed workouts for the first day of Regionals. I actually like that both women and men will be using the same equipment so we'll be able to compare everyone to each other directly. I think that seconds will separate a lot of people on this WOD.
After reading the second/ double WOD, I would only say that the main problem I have is with the fixed height of the rings. I think that as long as they are at least say, 2" above your max reach then it's fair and you should be able to adjsut them. If Aja Barto (6'-5") and Josh Bridges(5'-5") have to jump to the same height rings, then I would say that just by his stature, Josh would have an incredible disadvantage in this workout, especially since it's a timed 30 rep. event. EVERY second will count and when you jump up high compared to someone barely jumping up, your grip will get desimated much faster as well.
Why not make it more fair and say it has to be a minimum or a certain height above yoru reach. There are not 130,000 people here at Regionals. They can adjust the height of the rings, have the competitors do a couple sample reps and get it going in a timely fasion. I always hate these type of one size fits all mentality. I mean you are allowed to change the damper setting while on the row, that also has been a point of contention in if it's up to the athlete's control or if it's fixed. Again, I would say that this should be up to the athlete, until CF sets a certain standard, then that could become the standard damper setting for competitions, but wouldn't still make sense, since we all row a bit differently, stroke rate, body positioning due to our different body types, etc.
Looking forward to seeing some incredible performances. I think that the OHS WOD will be very fun to watch, and WILL effect the press outs of the burpee MUs, but since it's only 30 MUs that will be fast and furious as well.

Comment #34 - Posted by: Anton at May 7, 2013 7:25 AM

Great story and great workout!

Comment #35 - Posted by: Ricardo Santos at May 7, 2013 8:22 AM

Dogs are smart - they know when to "quit".

Glad you were able to get him to safety.

Comment #36 - Posted by: mikeyb m/52/184 at May 7, 2013 8:39 AM

Now that is an awesome pic and story!!! I would do the same for my dogs. Get well soon Louis. Grat job Sir! Go Army!

Comment #37 - Posted by: RT2713 at May 7, 2013 8:43 AM

I had to do the same thing with my 100lb golden retriever on a trail in Boulder, CO two weeks ago. I tell you this, Crossfit or not,--he was not heavy, he's my best friend. :-)

Comment #38 - Posted by: Michael Warren at May 7, 2013 9:01 AM

If I ever get in trouble, I hope a military medic--don't care which branch--is around to help! Awesome dudes.

Comment #39 - Posted by: Tod at May 7, 2013 9:14 AM

i dont comment to much on here, but to see that people are being so negative to you is just disrespectful, Come on people, he is an army medic first off so i think he knows a bit about what an human, and even an animal can handle, second off, if any of you have ever owned a dog, you f-in know that that love is so strong that you would never allow that dog any harm....i had to put my dog down recently and it was ok, because like your dog Ashley, my dog lived a fantastic life and came with me all the places i went.

Comment #40 - Posted by: brad at May 7, 2013 9:39 AM

Subbed Outlaw Crossfit WOD:
7X1 3-Position Snatch – heaviest possible, rest 60 sec. (2 @ 95, 5 @ 115)


10 minute AMRAP of:
30 (steps) BB Walking Lunges (front rack) 75/55#
60 Double-Unders

2 rds. + 11 lunge steps

Comment #41 - Posted by: SB at May 7, 2013 10:51 AM

Made up the 10-10-10-10-10 front squat workout this morning, details there.

Comment #42 - Posted by: Playoff Beard at May 7, 2013 12:29 PM

Glad everyone is ok. This excellent picture belongs on a calendar or CrossFit HQ walls!

Comment #43 - Posted by: Medoragirl at May 7, 2013 12:41 PM

Dog wins.

Comment #44 - Posted by: Tom at May 7, 2013 12:49 PM

anything over 85 degrees without water to cool off in is a little too hot for dogs and hiking deserts, esp the biggg guys. glad everyone's ok, and thanks for not prescribing the farmer carry with that boy!

Comment #45 - Posted by: mtvet at May 7, 2013 12:50 PM

@ Comment # 28I see what you did there! Good one!
@ # 28! I'm going to attempt that workout this weekend! Glad to know everyone came out all right!

Comment #46 - Posted by: Kenny Lima at May 7, 2013 1:47 PM

Too awesome for words.

Comment #47 - Posted by: VI at May 7, 2013 2:35 PM

Sorry, as I dog owner I can't say this is a demonstration of the greatness of crossfit. I've had extra large breed dogs and can't imagine why anyone would bring such an animal on a hike in a desert. Mine suffered on long hikes in the Northwoods. You're lucky you had the strength to get him out, but the dog would have suffered much less at home in the first place.

Comment #48 - Posted by: scrally mo dee at May 7, 2013 3:11 PM

Brought back a old sweet memory skiing with my Golden Retriever. Skied over his leg and had to carry him down 2k vert. Tough on the arms and back. Felt terrible but there was NO WAY he would stay in the car on a powder day. Hope Louis has a quick and complete recovery and that he enjoys many more days out there with you!

Comment #49 - Posted by: Doug at May 7, 2013 4:07 PM

That is the true relationship between a man and his dog.

Comment #50 - Posted by: Ian Flynn at May 7, 2013 4:19 PM

35 yrs of bodybuilding: I can incline bench more than I can front squat. How messed up is that?

Comment #51 - Posted by: bobr at May 7, 2013 4:52 PM

3 mile run after a long day. @ 8:45/mile


Comment #52 - Posted by: Mazz at May 7, 2013 5:31 PM

Thanks for all the amazing, kind words! You can always count on the crossfit community for support! My husbad actually sent this in for me (from my point of view- he's better with words!) so he forgot his own name! Haha (His name is Harley, by the way!) it was actually a pretty cool day. I think it was the elevation and climb at the end that got him. He was panting too hard to get any water down for a while :/ The rest of the hike is pretty flat, we go every week and he LOVES it! Lesson learned, no more mountain climbing lol but we'll be back out there soon, he waits for it every Sunday! :)

Comment #53 - Posted by: Ashley at May 7, 2013 5:33 PM

on my wonderful rest day i went for a 4.2 miles run ;)

Comment #54 - Posted by: Andrew T at May 7, 2013 8:03 PM

Glad everything turned out fine. Extra large dogs are fine on long hikes if trained to do them, my dogue de Bordeaux was 75kg (shredded) and used to trot along when I jogged 10km (55mins) most mornings with me.

Comment #55 - Posted by: Tommy at May 8, 2013 3:30 AM

Beautiful Crazy!!!

Comment #56 - Posted by: Marcelo Brum at May 8, 2013 4:11 AM

If you can't be smart, be strong

Comment #57 - Posted by: Brown at May 8, 2013 10:24 AM

Looks like Joshua Tree...

Comment #58 - Posted by: NickO at May 8, 2013 12:05 PM

The real buddy carry. Amazing. Hope louis is ok!

Comment #59 - Posted by: Alan at May 9, 2013 10:11 AM

That dog will remember that forever.

Comment #60 - Posted by: Gabe at May 9, 2013 10:22 AM

That's awesome. I'm a mastiff owner myself great dogs. Hate heat and long walks. Hope he's good.

Comment #61 - Posted by: Barch36 at May 9, 2013 4:31 PM

You guys are the best parent's ! Sooo glad Louis is doing we'll! Going to do Cross Fit now so I am ready when I get my doggie or doggies! :P glad I saw this story today too, made my Friday!

Comment #62 - Posted by: Trina at May 10, 2013 12:45 PM

Looks eerily similar to a hike I did about a month ago...Rusty (75 lb retriever) cut his pads up on the sharp Yuma desert rocks and refused to continue. Had to carry him a mile back to the truck.

Comment #63 - Posted by: Don at May 13, 2013 2:47 PM

This made me cry, so incredibly sweet!Humanity is at its best when they're caring for animals. So glad you love your dogs so much! Give Louis a big kiss and hug from me!

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