July 14, 2013
"I promised all of my supporters that I would do one burpee for each dollar I raised. So, after raising $700, I did 700 burpees AFTER Hope for Cures."
-Dave Hudson, Kabul, Afghanistan
"A Mandate and an Opportunity" by Andrea Maria Cecil, CrossFit Journal article [pdf]
Posted by Pukie at July 14, 2013 5:00 PM
My brother, great effort, great example for the rest of us!!
Thank you Dave!!! So glad Bill passed on the HOPE info to you and that you jumped on board. Your support means so much...
no more burpees for a year!
Dave is awesome! Honored to know him and work out with him.
Great effort Dave. 700 burpees!!!
Dave, nice job! I felt dizzy and almost blacked out in the middle of the 30 assigned yesterday. 700 is amazing. $700 is even more amazing.
Regarding the CrossFit Journal two part series on equality between the sexes in sports:
There will not be equality in sports as long as women and men compete separate from each other and under separate rules.
Why is a women's tennis match only 3 sets, rather than 5? Why do the women hit from a different and much closer set of tees, than men, in golf? Why are most of the workouts on the CrossFit main site, at the CrossFit games, and every affiliate around the country, Rx'd differently for men and women?
Also, why aren't men and women competing with/against each other in those sports and others? There can't be equality in sports until they are actually competing equally. Why are men and women not swimming against each other in same races at the Olympics? Why aren't men and women competing against each other in the CrossFit games? Rather than a men and women's basketball team at the same college, how come there isn't a team open to the best players regardless of sex? If men and women are equal, and are to be treated equally, then they should be competing equally.
With regard to disparity in media coverage, the various media outlets are businesses, interested in turning a profit. If they thought spending more time covering women in sports would generate more revenue they would be doing just that. The decision on what to cover and how is based on profits for the business, not bias for or against one of the sexes.
I'll also note that the article highlights King v. Riggs, but neglects Navratilova v. Connors. While a much closer matching, with Navratilova only 5 years younger than Connnors, and rules being changed to favor Navratilova, Connors still beat her in straight sets.
Again, if you want equality in sports then there must be equality in the rules, and essentially the women will need to compete with and against men. There is no such thing as separate but equal.
I say this as a father with two daughters, who encourages them to participate in sports, but who is also a realist about why women's sports are treated differently than men's sports.
@Roger, thanks for your thoughts.
There can't be equality because we aren't equal. The sexes are not equal and as individuals we are not equal.
It's as simple as that.
We waste so much time and effort in our society trying to create an equal environment. Not everybody can be a good artist, and not everybody can make the football team. Not everybody needs to go to college and not everybody is good working with their hands. We should embrace THAT instead of furthering the BS propaganda of equality.
Very interesting two part article. I love the part where Annie Sakamoto recalls that Greg Glassman saw the potential in all human beings. Crossfit provides an awesomely inclusive environment for all who dare step in the box (or the garage) and submit themselves to these crazy-fantastic wods - and keep coming back for more! Thank you Crossfit!!!
Hey, if the military can embrace or invent a "gender neutral" policy so can sports.
Couldnt had said it better Gavin.
Well said, Roger and Gavin. As a woman who participated in school sports, worked in a male dominated field, and is a mom to sons and daughters, I too am a realist. But I can't fault people for their ideals. :)
Change of topic... is anyone else insanely sore from yesterday's wod? I think this is the most sore I've been in the 3-1/2 months since I started back to CF. Was supposed to run 8 miles today, but I think it'd break my body.
Yesterday's workout: staining a deck.
Today's workout: yesterday's WOD, results posted there.
1) Aquisitive. Covetous, with a bonus syllable.
2) House. Downsizing, but upgrading. Mrs. bingo gets it right, again.
3) Festival. The CrossFit world is chock-a-block full of weekend competitions. Some, like "CrossFit for Hope", "Hope for Kenya", and the annual FGB, are a uniquely CrossFitty way to support large, grand charitable goals. We'll have one for the "Hotshots" on August 19th I believe it is, to remember and support the families of the Prescott firefighters who recently died.
Those are all examples of CrossFit and CrossFitters playing "long ball", going for the home run, the big hit. Just as CrossFit is growing in what seems to be inexorably exponential on the grand scale, so too are smaller, more intimate, local gatherings becoming the norm. Every weekend there's a place in your town where one or two or twelve boxes are doing something that involves a competition
In my neighborhood this weekend it was the "Team Williams Showdown" at CrossFit NFT. Way out in the country, not in the least bit suburban, no fewer than 20 gyms sent athletes to compete and members to cheer. A get-together for the fun of feeling butterflies flip (no prize money), meet some new folks, and provide a little bit of financial support for Kim Williams as she travels to Carson. I knew almost no one there, and yet it felt like what Aromas 1 must have been like. I felt like I'd known everyone forever.
All we needed was a little Coors Light.
4) Amateur. The last amateur to win the U.S. Open in golf was Bobby Jones, Jr. in 1930. Indeed, the last true amateur, someone who doesn't play golf full time, who won the U.S. Amateur did it more than 20 years ago, perhaps longer. Track and Field, swimming, ski racing, you name it. The days of championships being won by amateurs, especially part-time amateurs, are over. As extinct as your favorite Dodo or Rhino or what have you. Survival of the fittest is a full-time gig, now with a paycheck.
Willy B. Sutton could have been quoting Darwin.
As I look around at the CrossFit Games I find much the same. Mind you, this is neither good nor bad on its face; it just is. The athletes who have a truly legit chance at a podium spot simply cannot be described as part-time. There are no hobbyists. There are hardly any we could describe as amateur. We had our Roger Bannister moment last year as we watched Julie Foucher take Silver. That may have been it.
Did anyone know this would occur? Was this all carefully planned, the result of some CrossFit "Star Chamber" years and years ago? Well, you'd certainly have to ask the people at the very center of the Games (Dave, Tony, Co@ch, etc), but I think they all expressed very honest surprise that two entire teams of sponsored (paid) CrossFit athletes (Pioneer awards to Rogue and Again Faster) could be assembled for the Tahoe Throwdown; Co@ch said as much on film. CrossFit as a sport should certainly be credited to HQ, but I think CrossFit as a PROFESSIONAL sport was a bit of a surprise, at least the speed at which it has become so.
Is it good? Is it bad? Does it even matter? Well, it's certainly not for me to say. Personally, I am enjoying watching that tiny group of men and women who do the CrossFit that I do and do it for a living. Just like I enjoy a Sunday in front of the tube watching Tiger and Phil and Rory, or Natalie and Sun Re and Patty make a living playing golf so much better than I ever did. I pretend to see myself in Rich and Dan and Speal just like I did in college as a very average DB watching Ronnie Lott and Michael Haynes and Lester Hayes play my position. Lester even wore my number.
I still root for the amateur, though. Still harbor a secret little desire to see some Justin Rose win that British Open as a 17 year old, or some 32 year old stockbroker who plays on the weekend steal a U.S. Amateur from one of the Flatbellies one win away from turning pro. There's a little catch in my throat when I think of Roger Bannister, the medical student, breaking the 4:00 barrier during a study break. SIR Roger Bannister.
Yeah...that was pretty cool. I still root for the amateur.
I'll see you next week...
Excellent and an important journal article series. Nice work Andrea!
Musings in the filter around 1030 PDT...
1 mile run warm up
21 squat cleans 65#
5 dead hang pullups
15 squat cleans 65#
5 dead hang pullups
9 squat cleans 65#
5 dead hang pullups
First time doing cleans in 3 weeks. They felt fine.. nice andlight but they did gas me. Pullups good too... just can't do too many in a row (like 2 or 3)
Pushups... OOOWWW and any kind of pressing for that matter.
I can also do static handstand holds and plank position.
It's interesting when coming out of an injury finding out what your body can tolerate... it also allows you to start to pin point what might actually be injured.
Active rest day for me. Rowed 5k at a slow pace (25 minutes total), and then 30 pull-ups.
CrossFit needs a MegaLike button!
Gavin, very well put . I am amazed with how many issues that our society are ones of "this isn't fair" type of issues. I love reading these post as most are very positive and every one is celebrated for their individual effort.
Inspiring brother, good work!
I love Bingo's musings...
Nice work Dave. All of us at Iron Major CrossFit are proud to know you.
25-20-15-10-5 55lb kettlebell swings, sit ups = 7:48. 1k run wu 4:44.