March 23, 2014

Sunday 140323

Rest Day


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Workout 14.4, CrossFit 516.

Fit for the Fittest by Hilary Achauer - CrossFit Journal article [pdf]

Study Questions Fat and Heart Disease Link by Anahad O'Connor, The New York Times.

Posted by Pukie at March 23, 2014 5:00 PM

Looks like a Hard workout.

Comment #1 - Posted by: kenneth schaffle at March 22, 2014 6:17 PM

Hey Crossfit HQ
Thank you for the article about fat and heart disease
yet another article I can have my students read about the danger of sugar
and bacon is ok!
and the 5 min amrap video from yesterday is awesome
awesome work from both fire breathers!
Thank you for everything you do.

Comment #2 - Posted by: Mike Andridge/44/5'8"/175 at March 22, 2014 7:47 PM

forgot to add the most important part
the athlete in the pic is doing awesome
keep up the great work.

Comment #3 - Posted by: Mike Andridge/44/5'8"/175 at March 22, 2014 7:57 PM

Push jerks results posted there
10 minutes handstand hold practice with band
50 Ghd sit ups unbroken timer didn't start
30 ring dips
15 muscle ups red band
30 pull ups
50 push ups

Comment #4 - Posted by: D.S. F 52/5'6/117 at March 23, 2014 5:55 AM

@ D.S way to go! no rest for the wicked.

Comment #5 - Posted by: JBR M/38/5'9"/170# at March 23, 2014 6:46 AM

Sunday musingsā€¦

1) Il neige. Yesterday a lake, today tundra. It's snowing today and I can walk to Canada. Again.

I think I'll blame the French.

2) Dog. Dog years, dog beers. Whatever.

3) O2. Approximately 1:00 into the row every corpuscle in my body abdicated its core responsibility and I was left gasping as I watched my power output plummet on the rower.

But I was in, wasn't I? I'm a part of the Open, aren't I? Even without a MU I had the opportunity to prove conclusively the importance of oxygen transfer from the air to my muscles.

The Open appears to be inclusive to everything about me save for my red blood cells.

4) Madness. I, like some 6 or 7 million like souls, spent a ridiculous amount of time yesterday in front of a screen watching college basketball. Unlike, oh, 6.9995 million or so, I spent a couple of hours NOT watching semi-professional basketball players because I tuned in to the DIII finals between Williams College and Wisconsin-Whitewater. A thriller, W-W won with a Danny Ainge-like coast-to-coast lay-up after a Williams bucket with 4.8 seconds remaining. Every senior on both senior-laden teams played his last meaningful basketball game; no pro sports for the DIII stars.

It would have been fitting if the mid-court circle had been filled with the empty sneakers of the just-retired.

What does this have to do with CrossFit? Heck, what does this have to do with anything? By and large NCAA Division III athletes play for nothing other than a love for their game. It's no different in any sport than it is in basketball. There are no athletic scholarships in DIII (although being an athlete may help get you in to school), and with a couple of unique situations (squash?), the DIII athlete is competing right where he or she belongs. The biggest fish in the DIII pond is no more than a minnow in the Division I sea.

Yet they play. It matters. Each athlete in each sport cares just as much as any of the semi-pros in Div. I. You don't read or hear heartwarming stories about extraordinary academic outliers (Aaron Craft, OSU) at the DIII level because that's the norm. It's play, though it matters while playing. There's a team to be on and teammates to depend on, who depend on you. Shared suffering toward a common goal is no different at Williams or W-W as it would be at Washington or Wisconsin. The lessons are the same and ring as true whether played out in front of 30,000 strangers or 300 people on a first-name basis.

I used to miss being on a team. Used to miss the locker room. Even missed teammates I didn't particularly care for on a personal level because, well, we were teammates and we had common foes and a common goal. Ask Mrs. bingo: nothing really filled that hole, nothing really replaced what it was and who I was when I last walked off the field, my spikes figuratively laying empty on the 50 yard line. I accomplished all that I reasonably could--there is no market for a short, light, slow cornerback who is a slave to gravity.

Time and distance have pushed the memories and the longing to the margins. Since discovering CrossFit once again I have a sense of shared suffering in the pursuit of a goal. Do I have a team? Sort of. It's kinda big and the locker room is different, for sure. I do have a sense of team, though, especially during our own CrossFit version of March Madness. For all the Sturm und Drang surrounding the Open it really is the one time we all come together on our particular fields of play. Like any group of men or women on any NCAA team, drawn far and wide from circumstances vastly different or eerily similar, for 5 weeks that which we share is more powerful than any of our differences.

32 years removed from my last game, that has been enough.

I'll see you next week...

Comment #6 - Posted by: bingo at March 23, 2014 7:21 AM

Bingo, sunday musings?

Comment #7 - Posted by: Tonny at March 23, 2014 8:28 AM

@JBR Thanks!
Makes me feel better most days, right?

Comment #8 - Posted by: D.S. F 52/5'6/117 at March 23, 2014 9:27 AM

D.S. look at you go. Great job!

Hilary Achauer, regarding the jeans issue, I wish I could justify a pair of $189 jeans! I've found the Jennifer Lopez brand at Kohl's have a good fit for the CF booty. After all, she's got quite the booty herself. And they're about a quarter of the price.

Comment #9 - Posted by: Glorybelle 5'5/135/44/F at March 23, 2014 9:39 AM

Musings stuck in the filter @Tonny. Kinda like going through Customs.

Comment #10 - Posted by: bingo at March 23, 2014 11:18 AM

Made up yesterdays workout, worked up to 235 felt solid. Then hit a 7 mile trail ride on the bike.

Comment #11 - Posted by: Tye at March 23, 2014 4:59 PM

Loved the article! It's always an issue for me, one of the burdens of crossfit! Paige Denim all the way.

Comment #12 - Posted by: Deidre at March 23, 2014 5:24 PM

@ Bingo
Nice, for all of us...

Comment #13 - Posted by: Tonny at March 24, 2014 5:35 AM

Yet another great photo. The caption should read "Determination."

Comment #14 - Posted by: Martin L at March 24, 2014 3:47 PM

7 rounds + 1 box jump
35kg push press
16kg kettle bell

Comment #15 - Posted by: DanNZ M/25/177cm/62.5kg at March 24, 2014 10:07 PM
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