September 20, 2013
That's my boy! Jacob Sawyer another Crossfit Junction athlete.
Tried to watch it, but the Starbucks coffee and the self absorption (in regards to her open score) on the way to Haiti kinda turned me off. They act as if nobody in Canada has been to Detroit!
That there is CF Games material in a decade.
Keep pulling Jacob.
I don't mean to be a jerk, and I'm sure that my comments will come off that way, but I mean this series so far is kind of silly. Yes, it's easy to get a little consumed with the workouts sometimes and your performance, especially during the CF Open, but I feel like these silly terms like post tramatic open, etc. are ridiculous to say the least. You can help people in your own backyard. It's great to go to Haiti and help those in dire need of assistance of course, but there are poor and needy people in everyone's community. I think it's a great use of your time and energy to stop thinking about something that you're already spending too much time one, to regain some perspective and balance in your life.. I GET THAT... Maybe this should just get on with that more than the 'poor me" syndrome accompanying this piece about someone who is overstressed about EXERCISE and FITNESS... come on... I get people who are stressed about an actual competitive event, but the act of physical fitness should not stress you out. CF is for many reasons a good thing... do your best and move on.. there's always room for improvement, there's always tomorrow, and there's another WOD and another chance to push yourself waiting around the corner. All you can do is go out there and give it your all. Commit to the moment and let the chips lay where they may. If you laid it all out there, you'll never have this regret and sorrow and stress. Of course you have to be dilligent in preparation like eating and sleeping and stretching, etc. for the performance and for each and every day of practice/ training, but regarding competition, the battle is for the most part won and lost before the competition starts. You win and lose in the practice room. You win and lose based on how you treat each rep and how you treat each workout.. mentally and physically.. THAT will carry over and make the competition more automatic and jsut go out and perform.
I think we are missing the point here. We ourselves go to Crossfit to workout to de-stress. Emily is full time coach and journalist for Crossfit. Where do people who work for Crossfit go to de-stress? She just chose to go to Haiti but she could have just gone to Cancun and laid on the beach. Pat Sherwood is taking a trip down to Chile to de-stress. Emily, I hope you come back from your trip re-energized. Thank you for taking us on your trip to Haiti.
Anton, I don't agree with your synopsis above. Every year it becomes more and more difficult to qualify for a spot to the Games. If you're a serious competitor and hungry to get to Carson, stress is totally understandable.
I have a ton of respect and admiration for Emily putting it out there in this video series. Not only is it courageous going to Haiti to do humanitarian volunteer work, it also requires a lot of courage to conduct a personal video series like this for the world to see. She's allowing us a glimpse into her daily life, her challenges, her insecurities. I wouldn't have the guts to do it. I have nothing but respect and admiration for her. Looking forward to the next installment.
Anton (#7, above)
Everything you say is true, arguably, but it might reflect more upon you and the perspective you've gained in life than it does Ms. Beers.
Clearly, Emily Beers did need to make this departure, and to her credit it was she who recognized that of all things a fitness - and presumably, health - competition was wrecking her life.
She's hardly the first person to join the Peace Corps or head off on a church mission to clear her head in the wake of difficulties in a career, life, or relationship. This is just her version of it.
We might not approve of the mess she got herself into, but I, for one, applaud the effort to seek some new answers, if not some deeper questions about life, as well as the courage and honesty in sharing the process.
The article from yesterday was interesting I read it this morning before class/work. What I got out of it was that the organizational structure, of whatever crossfit is, is a dynamic adaptive system.
The fact that the organization as a whole is a dynamic adaptive system has allowed crossfit to tap into the emergent power of networks. Value is created not just reallocated.
The community of CF'ers would have stayed physically fit one way or another, less so than with CF but exercised nonetheless. The creation of the network or community of CF'ers has lead to more than just a switching of "fitness" expenditures from one "fitness" supplying firm to crossfit. It has lead to exceedingly more utility/value creation.
The beauty of this is that networks produce increasing returns to scale. The more affiliates and practitioners the more marginal value will be created. The whole is more than the sum of the parts, and that is the beauty of networks.
Three rounds for time of:
Knees to elbows, 21 reps. Scaled down to 15 Reps
1 1/2 pood Kettlebell swing, 21 reps. scaled to 40# DB
Push-ups, 21 reps
Rope climb, 3 trips, subbed 21 towel pullups
20 inch Box jump, 21 reps
Back extension, 21 reps
Walking lunge, 150 ft
Strength WOD: power cleans 5x3 @ 150#. Worked up to 177 (PR by 5#). Before CFFB, my clean PR was 155.
DWOD: 12 mins AMRAP of 10 45# plate slams and 5 ring pull-ups. 8 full rounds.
I think it's great that Emily has the opportunity to see, maybe experience, and perhaps help lessen the impact of third world problems, as opposed to dwelling on our first world problems, such as how stressful the Open was for her. I hope she takes what she's learned and pays it forward, to anyone who needs it. Doesn't matter where. I predict she will. Looking forward to the next episode.