May 4, 2014

Sunday 140504

2014 Regional Event 5

10 rounds for time of:
1 legless 14-foot rope climb
200-foot sprint

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Posted by Pukie at May 4, 2014 5:00 PM

is the climb an actual 14',or is the rope simply mounted 14' above the ground and the athlete may only actually climb about 7' or so after reaching up to start?

Comment #1 - Posted by: BB m/53/170/5'10" at May 3, 2014 6:17 PM

1) Skullduggery. Underhanded sneaky business. Too good to be neglected, a word that needs a comeback.

2) Bamboozled. How you feel when you are on the receiving end of skullduggery. Particularly painful if perpetrated by someone you think of as a friend (see below).

3) Starlets. Julia Roberts graces the cover of WSJ magazine today. Emma Stone graces, well, pretty much every page of USA Today Weekend. While I don't find Julia Roberts to be all that terribly attractive, certainly not as much so as Emma Roberts, I DO find her to be quite interesting. Julia Roberts, that is. Very interesting, actually. Here is a woman in full bloom, a complete individual who is rather totally balanced from a life standpoint, at least at the moment. She works enough, exercises and thinks about her health enough, and has a healthy over-weight position on the family integer in the equation.

Emma Roberts, for all of the ink and electrons that have been spilled on her behalf this past month, seems rather the opposite. Might be that she's relatively young, but I recall the younger Julia Roberts being more 3-D, too. Emma's pretty, but it all seems so, I dunno, packaged. Julia seems more 'free-range', Emma more 'farmed.'

Admit it, though. What you're really interested in is seeing how Jennifer Lawrence turns out, aren't you...

4) Friendship. Every couple or three years comes a slew of articles on friendship, specifically friendships in adults. Thus it is that I find myself returning to the topic for the first time in awhile, having been bombarded of late with articles, books, and movies on the subject ("Of Mice and Men" is being staged on Broadway). That, and my brother's rather humorous story of having bumped into a fellow Eph with whom I was friendly in college (more on that in a bit). Much has been written on the subject, almost all of it a re-hash except one little gem, a tiny bit of research that suggests that friendship in mid-life is the strongest predictor of longevity of all.

Weird, huh? And not too positive a finding either, what with my oft-told and hard-earned experiences with how difficult it is for men to create new friendships after the age of 30. The magic number is 3. 3 close friends predicts a longer life for men. Sadly this usually does NOT include your spouse; the overwhelming percentage of spousal units drifted AWAY from the men in favor of younger women, usually daughters, as they moved through adulthood. As an aside I'm now desperately hoping that Mrs. bingo will have some room left over from "Lovely Daughter". (Actually, getting Mrs. bingo hooked on CrossFit might be my ace in the hole)

Interesting, huh? 3 close friends and you live longer. Very few folks had more than 4 or 5, an incredibly tight range when you think about it.

It's become a kind of psychological dogma that men and women make friends in very different ways. Women, it is said, make friends through the sharing of feelings. In person two women who are friends are said to be most often facing one another, talking. Maintaining this kind of friendship is structurally rather easy in our modern age of communication. Feelings can be shared in any number of ways that do not require the friends to actually be in the same room together. Phone, text, Facebook and Twitter are but a few of the tactical and mechanical advantages to a friendship built on an exchange of feelings, and the currency required for the ongoing investment is simply time.

Men on the other hand make friendship a much more arduous affair. Many women would opine that this could actually describe many, if not most things that men do, but that's a topic for a different Sunday. The picture most often used to illustrate men in the company of friends has them standing shoulder to shoulder, in the act of sharing an experience but not necessarily sharing any internal reaction to that experience. It makes me chuckle to think that a video of the same scene would probably also look like a portrait, nothing moving, certainly not their lips. For men the basis of friendship is the experience and the fact that both were physically present for it. Whether sitting at a Bulls game in Row J seats 11 and 12 , or working up a sweat at the Loyola Prep gym playing pick-up hoops, the friendship blooms only from the seed of the experience which is fertilized by proximity. At some point the memories of those experiences, stories re-told dozens, hundreds of times, fail to prompt growth in the friendship without the Miracle-Gro of presence. Eventually even shared "experiences by proxy", raising similar aged children for example, fails to prevent slack from growing in those friendship ties if you aren't physically there to tighten them.

In my mind the universe is divided into a very few groups of varying sizes. Think of your life as kind of like a bulls-eye floating through a vast space. The center of that bulls-eye comprises that small group of true friends, men and women who would drop everything should you have need, and for whom you would do the same. Friends are people you miss if you haven't had contact for a matter of days, people whose company you actively seek. These are people you go out of your way to see and never try to avoid. Man or woman, they know how you feel. Again, an aside, happy is the couple who have overlap in this innermost circle of the bulls-eye.

The next circle is filled with friendly acquaintances, people who make you smile. When you have an opportunity to be with them in person or in spirit it makes you happy. There's no limit on these, and a reasonably friendly character could have dozens of friendly acquaintances scattered throughout a life. This is the group from which most friends are created, and if you are fortunate someone who is no longer really in that bulls-eye drifts no further out from center than this inner ring. Just outside the circle of friendly acquaintances is the ring containing acquaintances, people you've met and remember but either don't ever really spend time with or never have the chance to explore a move toward the center. My brother met a someone who has always been here, the humor in wistful remembrance notwithstanding. Your circles of friends and acquaintances drifts through a vast space filled with folks yet unmet, a (hopefully) few enemies orbiting in there somewhere as well.

We float through the universe in our circles, people drifting in toward the center (perhaps my Brother's encounter will drive my acquaintance inward) and sadly on occasion out and away. In CrossFit we know both a definition of fitness and a way to measure it. Indeed, Coach has opined that not only is fitness the most important part of health, but in his opinion it is a precise measurement of the same. He and I disagree around the margins of that position, at least in part because of friendship and what it does for us. We may not be able to define friendship in quite as absolute terms as those we use for fitness, but I'm reasonably sure we all know what it means to be and to have a real friend. Read or watch "Of Mice and Men" if you are unsure. It's likely that friendship itself, unlike fitness, does not have a precise metric, a measurement of volume or degree. No "friendship across broad time and modal domains" if you will. Though I continue to hold this truth, that you can never have enough friends, there is apparently a number that does have some significance. Three. Three friends, real friends, lead to a longer life. Side by side or face to face, the tipping point is 3.

No amount of time spent or distance traveled is too much for them.

I'll see you next week...

Comment #2 - Posted by: bingo at May 3, 2014 7:15 PM

4:44 with 15' climb

Comment #3 - Posted by: GLK at May 3, 2014 9:12 PM

@bingo, nice and interesting

Comment #4 - Posted by: Tonny at May 4, 2014 1:00 AM


Comment #5 - Posted by: dima at May 4, 2014 1:39 AM

Time: 9:42 (4x50ft cone2cone gaser style sprints each rnd)

Comment #6 - Posted by: CB at May 4, 2014 4:09 AM

One day behind did yesterday's. Details posted there.

Comment #7 - Posted by: D.S. F 52/5'6/117 at May 4, 2014 5:11 AM

Nice pic! Where can I get the details on that new CrossFit Keg Stealing specialty course. Looks tough. :)

Comment #8 - Posted by: Mike H. at May 4, 2014 5:58 AM

@ Bingo
nice as usual
thank you

combined and modified two wods
7 rnds
5 hspu
7 fs 100#
7 burpees
7 pull ups
200' sprint
well, run as fast as I can
did not time
just needed to do something

Comment #9 - Posted by: Mike Andridge/44/5'8"/175 at May 4, 2014 6:47 AM


The world is a funny place, my friends. Musings was long posted when I learned that a friendly acquaintance took his life a couple of days ago. My age. Kids went to school together. I was never at risk to be in the middle of his bulls-eye, but one wonders: how many friends did he have. I did not know until this morning, did not know when I sat down to write.

Find your three. Hold them close.


Comment #10 - Posted by: bingo at May 4, 2014 7:03 AM

10:33 @ rx

Comment #11 - Posted by: Mart Eykman (M/23/177cm/71kg) at May 4, 2014 7:32 AM

Misc warmup. Heavy on getting the legs going, they're feeling yesterday's squats.
Subbed 3 deadhang pullups for each rope climb. 5:58.

Comment #12 - Posted by: J.Wood at May 4, 2014 8:11 AM

5:09 rx'd

Comment #13 - Posted by: Mike B. at May 4, 2014 8:14 AM

That Avery sure is cute!

Comment #14 - Posted by: Martin L at May 4, 2014 9:26 AM

12:36 Rx'd

The runs were probably closer to 250 ft. Spent a lot of time staring up at the rope.

Started my 7th round on the 6:00 time cap. One day...

Comment #15 - Posted by: buffedout at May 4, 2014 9:54 AM

Run 6k + core strenght excercises.

Comment #16 - Posted by: Tomas (Sweden) 40yo/177cm/71kg at May 4, 2014 10:12 AM

Rx'd wod, gassed after 6 for 8:08. Didn't spend enough time pulling my legs out from those squats yesterday. Regionals have me on DNC list real hard.

Comment #17 - Posted by: Matt von L (27/m/6'0"/200) at May 4, 2014 10:17 AM

Modified CFWU:
3 Rounds:
Samson Stretch (20 seconds each leg)
10 OH Squats with wooden dowel
15 GHD Sit-ups
5 Power Pull-ups
25 Push-ups

10 RFT:
14 Hammer Grip Pull-ups
200' Sprint


Subbed Hammer Grip Pull-ups for Rope Climbs. Measured 100 feet from the mail box, down the street and put a piece of duct tape there. Ran to the tape and back.

Comment #18 - Posted by: Trent M. 34/5/10"/185 at May 4, 2014 10:19 AM

11 minutes mostly as rx'd. no rep on the final rope climb and switched to with legs to finish it out.

Nothing left in my arms and back

Comment #19 - Posted by: NickR at May 4, 2014 11:13 AM

Substituted 4:1 towel pull-ups
200-foot sprint @ RX

Total time - 16:17

Comment #20 - Posted by: Travis G at May 4, 2014 11:37 AM

@bingo Amen brother.

No rope . 10 rounds strict towel pull, 200 ft sprint. 14:00. Forearms went early. Wished the runs were longer to allow for arms to recover. Peace to you all.

Comment #21 - Posted by: Jim K m/143/5'6"/38 at May 4, 2014 11:52 AM


Comment #22 - Posted by: elove1 m/37/6'2/220 at May 4, 2014 11:55 AM

Think the top of the rope is actually 13'9" from the ground though

Comment #23 - Posted by: Adam at May 4, 2014 12:26 PM



14 pull ups per ascent
200 ft shuttle sprint (50 foot segments)

Comment #24 - Posted by: Miles Forks at May 4, 2014 1:07 PM

9:27 rx - obstacle course run through the junk in my back yard.

Comment #25 - Posted by: aermio m/35/67/164 at May 4, 2014 2:00 PM

6:05 50m sprint 2 full dismount muscleups

Comment #26 - Posted by: Tormod at May 4, 2014 2:26 PM

7:20 (15' climb)

Comment #27 - Posted by: B. Rhaly at May 4, 2014 3:39 PM

10 rounds for time of:
Two 11-foot rope climbs
200-foot sprint


Comment #28 - Posted by: Joe Northside m/35/70"/195 at May 4, 2014 4:10 PM

10 rounds for time of:
Two 11-foot rope climbs
200-foot sprint


Comment #29 - Posted by: Joe Northside m/35/70"/195 at May 4, 2014 4:10 PM

10 rounds:
10 pull-ups
150 meter run

Comment #30 - Posted by: Brad H at May 4, 2014 4:32 PM

Team practice wods 4,5 and 6

Comment #31 - Posted by: Kri$ at May 4, 2014 5:10 PM

as rx'd

Comment #32 - Posted by: Sebastian 45/6'2"/180 at May 4, 2014 6:08 PM

6:48 rope almost 14ft

Comment #33 - Posted by: Jake Kiddoo at May 4, 2014 8:06 PM

Used legs.

Comment #34 - Posted by: Cyndee K at May 4, 2014 8:09 PM

7:20 Rx'd

Comment #35 - Posted by: phill 37°21'41"N 118°23'43"W at May 4, 2014 8:47 PM

4:53 Rx

Each sprint was down and back 3 times and was actually closer to 225 ft. each round.

Comment #36 - Posted by: Robert - 30/m/5'10"/153# at May 5, 2014 7:04 AM

Ran a Helen instead (no rope)


Comment #37 - Posted by: Silas (M/28/6'/175) at May 5, 2014 7:15 AM


As Rx 8:40


Comment #38 - Posted by: mike ford at May 5, 2014 8:22 AM


But, only 12 feet to the ceiling, on the legless rope climb.

Comment #39 - Posted by: Kevin C. (M/55/5'11"/174) at May 5, 2014 9:58 AM

9:23 used legs

Comment #40 - Posted by: lucio1928/42/182/98 at May 5, 2014 5:08 PM

Subbed rope climb with 10 pull-ups:


Comment #41 - Posted by: porffenton M/30/5'8"/150 at May 6, 2014 3:39 AM

subbed 5 towel pullups
time: 7:53

Comment #42 - Posted by: Dave H (M/38/5'8"/143) at May 6, 2014 5:58 AM


Comment #43 - Posted by: myles456 at May 6, 2014 7:43 AM

2015-05-06: 20min amrap with 400m runand 9' L-climb. 9rnds.

Comment #44 - Posted by: gs at May 6, 2014 10:33 AM

Scaled to regular rope climbs. Time - 6:35.

Had to swallow my pride on this one - last time I did legless rope climbs they really aggravated my elbow tendonitis. Did my usual rope climbs, which are a sub for 15' (12.5'; start with hands at eye level, no jump). These were not too bad - hardest part was just getting on the rope again after the sprint. Fastest round was 27 seconds (first); slowest was about a minute, where I lost the wrap and had to re-start the climb.

Comment #45 - Posted by: Mel 41m/5'10"/180 at May 6, 2014 11:40 AM

11:23 scaled. Only two legless. 15' rope

Comment #46 - Posted by: Rowan M/5'5"/150/49 at May 6, 2014 3:36 PM

First four rounds were legless
Last six using foot lock

Comment #47 - Posted by: ChuckB M/56/5'11"/165 at May 7, 2014 4:20 AM

10:44. Rope Climbs as rxd with 100 meter runs.

Comment #48 - Posted by: Kurt at May 7, 2014 4:30 AM

RX 7:42

Comment #49 - Posted by: Mark Salzman at May 7, 2014 7:23 AM

Rx 4:27

Comment #50 - Posted by: Kri$ at May 7, 2014 1:17 PM


6:22 rx'd

Comment #51 - Posted by: david at May 7, 2014 4:29 PM

12' rope no jump

Comment #52 - Posted by: Bells at May 9, 2014 3:12 AM

10 rounds of:
1 regular rope climb w/ foot lock
run 200m

didn't read the instructions well enough and ended up running 200m per round instead of 200ft.

finished in 22:50

Comment #53 - Posted by: ananda f/32/6'1"/170 at May 9, 2014 5:07 AM

1st 3 legless, last 7 w/legs.

Comment #54 - Posted by: ART/M45/5'5"/150 at May 10, 2014 6:25 AM

8TPs for rope climb. Runs were in a 50ft room.

Comment #55 - Posted by: MAGNUS 28/5'8"/155 at May 10, 2014 7:41 AM


Comment #56 - Posted by: RAD at May 12, 2014 5:00 PM


Comment #57 - Posted by: Marty/160/5'7"/34/m at May 13, 2014 5:49 PM

- Subbed 14 alternating towel pull-ups for legless rope climbs
- Subbed 20 double unders for 200 ft sprint


Comment #58 - Posted by: Artur G at May 14, 2014 10:42 AM

no rope so decided to go with 7 1 man football sled pushes. No leg drive full arm extension.


Comment #59 - Posted by: Josh/21/176/5'6" at May 15, 2014 1:55 PM

5 L-pullups
6 one-armed pushups


Comment #60 - Posted by: Manchild at May 20, 2014 5:01 PM

Ten rounds for time of:
Run Dumpster-and-back
10 Box jumps
1 Rope climb

Aly 12:54 (20/7)
Mama V 16:13 (20/7)
Pryde 16:13 (20/10)
Jacob 13:59 (20/7)
Jesse 16:23 (24/10)
ErinKav 19:33 (20/9)
Jay 15:38 (24/10)
Mrs. Pip 11:07 (row/c)
Jason 10:04 (24/7)
Bubs 11:24 (20/7)
Ricky 11:33 (24/7)
Katie - Warm Up Only
Anita 17:44 (20/10)
Mrs. Carey 13:05 (15/7)
Jacqueline - Warm Up Only
Elizabeth - Warm Up Only
Collin 4:17 (24/2)
Crystal 6:33 (20/3)
Aaron S 7:15 (24/4)
Erika 11:04 (20/7)
Marianne 14:14 (20/7)
Lauren 15:44 (24/7)
Kyle 17:08 (15/7)
Mr. Carey 17:07 (20/7)
Wendy 19:35 (15/7)
Megan Kav 20:26 (20/9)

Comment #61 - Posted by: Champions Club at June 24, 2014 9:28 AM
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