August 10, 2014

Sunday 140810

Rest Day

Richard Hernandez, Queens Bath, Kauai.

Building Burgess: Part 5 - CrossFit Journal - [video]

Posted by Pukie at August 10, 2014 5:00 PM

I don't think so "rest day".

Comment #1 - Posted by: Tyler (Richey) Holley at August 9, 2014 6:12 PM

Sunday musings…

1) Blondetourage. Should be a word.

2) Donovan. Landon Donovan has announced that he will retire at the end of this MSL season.

In other news, Johnny Manziel.

3) Burpee. "Talk Burpee to Me", a full length article in today's NYT on CrossFit and CrossFitters socializing. All in all very positive.

End of the beginning, or beginning of the end?

4) Rank. In a similar vein, Sports Illustrated and Men's Health magazines published Top 50 lists of the fittest athletes in the world. Kinda funny that they would publish them in the same week. Perhaps this whole CrossFit Games thing really is breaking through into the main stream.

Neither list is as outrageous as the Outside list of a couple years ago that ranked only endurance athletes; both lists include our own Rich Froning at 19 (SI) and 4 (MH). As with all such lists (50 greatest MLB players, etc) one should never discuss these lists without proper preparation.

Start with beer.

5) Villain. While I'm thinking about magazine articles, SI posited that MLB is less interesting and less compelling because it is without a single villain in its ranks. No A-Rod orRoger Clemmens, not even a Reggie Jackson to love/hate. It's an interesting proposition, and one which naturally prompts me to turn to our CrossFit world (shocking, I know). Try as I might, at least in the competitive arena we, too, are notably lacking for a villain. Heck, we barely even have any intramural enmity among the competitors. What passes for anything like this is a single couple of Games athletes who ignored each other on the field, and the only reason this was evident at all is because everybody else was so busy cheering for each other.

What do you think? Is Sports Illustrated correct? Is it necessary to have someone to cheer AGAINST in order to have competition that maintains its interest?

6) Mission. As we exit our Games Season and enter the 8 months between the Games and the Open, this is a good time to remember the true mission of CrossFit, the program. Now is the time that we quietly go about the work of making ourselves, and others, better. Even for the 250,000 or so of us who signed up for the Open and made neither The Games nor Regionals, it's not about 8 months to prep for Open 15.1, it's 8 months to quietly go about the business of mechanics, then consistency, and then intensity. These are the months when those of us who coach do our most important work, helping people become better versions of themselves for no reason other than that, to become better.

The CrossFit Games are a spectacle, one meant to show the world that a wholly different level of physical and mental fitness is possible. They are an advertising vehicle meant to let the world at large know that it is CrossFit, the program, that best allows the creation and expression of this level of fitness. The Games and their run-up, like other fitness competitions in which CrossFitters participate, are also ways for us to commune with like-minded souls, to foster our rather uniquely positive community on a scale much larger than that to be found in a Box or a garage or the corner of a commercial gym.

For almost all of us, though, the competitive aspect of the Games season is not what CrossFit is about at all. The Sport of Fitness is our spectator sport, and for some it is our weekend warrior pursuit, but these 8 months of the "Quiet Season" are what CrossFit "the program" is really all about. Now, without the siren song of The Games or The Open, we quietly and not so quietly go about the business of the core, essential competition that speaks to the mission of CrossFit laid out so eloquently so many years ago in "What is Fitness?": you vs. you. The daily effort to move along the health/wellness/fitness curve as we strive to become a better version of ourselves tomorrow than we were yesterday through the toil and effort we endure today.

The Games are over for 2014, but you and I are still in season. We are always in season, always competing. It's you vs. you. Still. The most important mission for CrossFit, the program, is to help you win.

I'll see you next week...

Comment #2 - Posted by: bingo at August 10, 2014 6:06 AM

Ride 41km 1hr 28min
Oh was today rest day?

Comment #3 - Posted by: JBR 38/5'9"/172# at August 10, 2014 6:48 AM

Ride 41km 1hr 28min
Oh was today rest day?

Comment #4 - Posted by: JBR 38/5'9"/172# at August 10, 2014 6:49 AM

Musings banging around somewhere...

Comment #5 - Posted by: bingo at August 10, 2014 9:06 AM

@bingo, excellent musings. Thanks.

Comment #6 - Posted by: Gavin at August 10, 2014 10:00 AM

Just got back in town from camping and playing catch up. Just did Fridays WOD:

Ran 1 mile 6:44


Ran 1 mile 7:22

Nothing like working off the campfire goodness!

Comment #7 - Posted by: James L. M/38/5'10"/175 at August 10, 2014 11:21 AM

@Kevin C: Thanks from yesterdagy (post got stuck in filter yesterday).

Wasn´t supposed to workout today, but because of good weather and no kids for an hour I couldn´t resist to do some squat cleans and jerks, since it was a long time ago. Hit a PR and was so close to break one of this year`s goal, a 200Ibs clean. Next time maybe, just have to get the guts to dive under the bar...

Comment #8 - Posted by: Tomas (Sweden) 40yo/5´10/157 at August 10, 2014 12:03 PM

@bingo, as always great.
We need no villains to cheer against because we have our own, every day, every hour, every picosecond, telling us that we can't finish that WOD, can't go faster, etc. Our own bad guys live in our respective heads. Why would we need to make a physical manifestation of said bad guys? We cheer against them constantly.

Comment #9 - Posted by: N. Becker 30/M/5'11''/205 at August 10, 2014 12:13 PM

@N. Becker,

That, Brother, was perfect. Thank you.

Comment #10 - Posted by: bingo at August 10, 2014 12:44 PM

hey Queens Bath thats my neck of the woods. FYI, dont go down there in the winter time (or Hurricane Warnings) people die down there every year. The ocean in Kauai is no joke. You can be better prepared and do CrossFit though!! at Kilauea CrossFit of course. we are 5 minutes from where this pic was taken.

Comment #11 - Posted by: Sam at August 10, 2014 1:17 PM

Well said Bingo and N. Becker. On an aside SI Swimsuit also published 50 years of sexy which pretty much hit the nail on the head.

Fight Gone Bad @ 40kg
264 reps

Comment #12 - Posted by: JBR 38/5'9"/172# at August 10, 2014 1:20 PM

Oly lifting session today at CF Royalty with Jon Zayak.
Awesomely helpful.
Thanks Jon

Comment #13 - Posted by: D.S. F 52/5'6/117 at August 10, 2014 1:27 PM

Well done bingo.


Comment #14 - Posted by: Kevin C. (M/55/5'11"/172) at August 10, 2014 2:56 PM

you v you indeed -- and for some of us, you v aging ;)

thanks bingo for the reset

was reminded today, when reading js @ gnolls, of value of everyday sprinting, so to The Hill I went:

5 x 80-100m uphill sprints (walked it off, hence the range), 90 secs rest


nearly passed out during final 30m of #5. Seem to have found my limit for today.

Comment #15 - Posted by: matt h 3.9.11 at August 10, 2014 3:18 PM

Lunge/SU/HipExt/MU WOD, details there.

Comment #16 - Posted by: bingo at August 10, 2014 5:06 PM


@Bingo, thanks again
@n. Becker I agree...the volume of my bad guys gets pretty loud sometimes

Caught up with 4x500m row for time today, results there. Seriously thinking about the deadlift/shuttle run/burpee mash-up. . . Results might be there too.

Comment #17 - Posted by: Chris Luka at August 10, 2014 5:51 PM
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