“The Day After…”

Posted: September 12, 2017 in Uncategorized

That Was… Exactly How I Expected It To Be…

Controlled Chaos…

A Lot Of Crazy Things Going On @ The Same Time…

But… You Were In The Safety Of The Box…

It Was A Rough One… No Matter What “Division” You Performed…

I Had To Go “Sx’d”… But I Treated Every Movement… Every Lift… Like I Was “There” That Day…

I Thought Of That Row Like I Was Climbing The Stairs In The Towers… I Thought Of The Barbell As Bodies I Had To Save Or Recover… All The Burpees And Other Annoying Movements I Thought Of As Obstacles/Debris I Had To Get Over Or Around In Order To Reach My Destination… And The Running… Well… Just Thought To Myself… “You Got One Person Out Safe… Now Go Back In & Get Another One…”

I Love To Work Out… It’s Fun… You Get To Hang Out With Friends… Get Stronger… Get Healthier… Get Fitter… Look Good Naked!!!

I Go Into Every WOD With A Plan… How That Plan UnFolds Once The Timer Starts… That’s Another Story…

But Hero WODs… Remembrance WODs…

I Don’t Know… I Go To Another Place… Something Turns On… Or Off I Should Say… And All I Can Feel Is The Pain Of So Many Who Lost A Loved One Or Loved Ones…

Will They Ever Know What I Did/Do In The Box For Them? Nope…

But I Will…

Will They Ever Know What You Did/Do In The Box For Them? Nope…

But You Will…

Go To Bed Peacefully Tonight… Tomorrow’s Another Day…

From The Vault… Originally Posted September 12th, 2014…

The Horror Story didn’t end on September 11th… Think about the state of shock everyone was in The Day After…

Most of you know that I served in The United States Marine Corps. What some of you may not know is that my M.O.S. (Military Occupational Specialty) while in The Marine Corps was an AirCraft Rescue FireFighter, aka, Crash Fire Rescue, aka Crash Crew… And yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like… And so much more…

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As a United States Marine, as a FireFighter and as an American… I feel that September 11th, 2001 was the most horrific day in American history… And the start of my life and what it was supposed to become…

ALRIGHT… HERE WE GO!!!

Strength/MetCon…

As Many Rounds As Possible in 20 Mins:

9 Deadlifts (ADV: M-275lbs/F-185lbs… Rx’d: M-225lbs/F-155lbs… Sx’d: M-185lbs/F-115lbs…)

12 Triple Unders WITH NO PENALTY (ADV: M&F… Rx’d: Double Unders With A 100 Meter Run Penalty… Sx’d: Rolling Burpees + 100 Meter Run…)

01 Rope Climb (ADV: M&F- LegLess… Rx’d & Sx’d: With Legs… MOD: 100 Meter Run…)

16 Cal Row

3…2…1…GO!!!

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The point is… It’s supposed to SUCK… Pick the HARDEST variation that you can perform… Be smart, but make it hurt…

The Love/Hate Relationship I have with Hero WODs or Memorial WODs is confusing.  They hurt, BAD. But then, at least for me, I think about how good I have it… At that point when I’m dropping down to do another Burpee, or Jumping Up (or Stepping Up) to do another Box Jump or Box Over, or setting up for another Deadlift, or Clean, or Shoulder To OverHead, or grabbing on to that Pull Up Bar… I can look to the left and right of me and see that I have so many wonderful people in my life suffering along me… But we are living life!

I heard/saw something yesterday that made me think… Someone said, “If you’re in CrossFit, it probably means you don’t have the drive or self motivation to work out by yourself…”

My response… Nothing…

The Drive and Self Motivation can be PROVEN on our WhiteBoard… Look at the Personal Records that have been achieved, not only this week, but throughout your “CrossFit” career… Look at the Strength Gains… Look how your MetCon Times have changed…Try on your clothes… LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND SEE HOW YOU HAVE CHANGED… Wanna take it even further? I’ve heard so many stories of just Family Life improving! Whether it’s with you and your wife or you and your husband or you and your kids or Grand-kids…

NO DRIVE OR SELF MOTIVATION???

I don’t personally drive to each and everyone of your homes and make you breakfast and coffee and hold your hand to get into The Box! It’s you as an INDIVIDUAL who get your ASS outta bed and comes in at the butt crack of dawn… Only to get your ASS kicked then have to go on with the rest of your day… Or, it’s you as an INDIVIDUAL who goes to work all day and make the choice to stop by at The Box and workout when you can easily just drive home… The fact that you have other people around you who share the same passion doesn’t mean you lack Self Drive or Self Motivation…

If you want to stare at yourself in the mirror while performing Bicep Curls or moving a Pin in and out from different Weighs on a machine, grunting and screaming, I get it! Do it! Better than sitting on your ASS at home! You wanna do Smith Machine Half Squats, DO ‘EM! I respect that! Better than sitting on your ASS! There’s a lot of people who would consider Power Walking around a park their workout… I respect that! Some people do Zumba, Spin Class, Boxing, etc etc. Good for you!

But don’t you dare for one minute question my Athlete’s Character, Drive or Motivation… This is what I do and I have changed many lives…

Alright… Back to what’s really important… Coming together as a COMMUNITY and honoring these Heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice… Their motivation was keeping us safe during a State Of Emergency and worked as a team…

9.11.2017 WOD & Scores…

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