January 27, 2013
Dig the letter from Maddie. Very inspiring.
Right on Maddie! We all know the feeling, keep it up and NEVER QUIT!
Looks like you crushed that WOD. Awesome job Maddie!
Go Maddie!!! Wait a minute isn't this child abuse?
A new named workout?
7 rounds for time of:
5 Kettlebell swings, 1.5 poods
10 Burpees (Berpys)
15 Chest to bar pull-ups
I think that makes it basically official
Go Maddie! The question mark is what makes the letter so much more awesome! "Working out is fun?"
I am a high school principal in Illinois. I have been crossfitting for about 6 years. I would live to see Crossfit programming incorporated into the PE curriculum. When I was coaching football I would incorporate a metcon WOD into the training. I definitely saw results from my players. Crossfit isn't very big in west central Illinois though.
Great job, Maddie!! And great job Dad for taking her.
Best part of the letter IMO - "I just wanted to go home, lay on the couch, and watch TV, but I couldn't do that. I had a volleyball game." Priceless!!
Totally agree with comment #11 - this should be a new official named "Girl" WOD. Only change I would make is to up the weight on the KBS.
Maddie, you go girl!!! Keep up that positive attitude and you can go anywhere :)
1) End of Watch. Whoa.
2) Barriers? "Brick walls are put in front of us to help us learn how much we want something." Randy Pausch.
3) Serendipity. Meet new people without having an agenda. You don't need to "accomplish" something with each new person you meet. It's not a waste of time if every now and again you just, you know, meet.
Be open to wonder. Be open to being surprised.
4) Pride. "Pride goeth before the fall." Hubris. "Check your ego at the door." Yup. Sure. All true.
But so is pride as in "proud." It's OK to be proud of the accomplishments one makes. In the Box or your garage as you complete some horribly difficult WOD, or indeed elsewhere in your life.
And it's much more than OK to be proud of other's accomplishments. Out loud.
5) Small world. CrossFit continues to shrink the world, at least for CrossFitters. The big things, the grand themes are really obvious. Today we hear more about the CrossFit Kenya initiative. Admit it, you had some inkling of the Third World poverty and privations in Kenya, and you probably had a sense that both were worse for kids. The distance between you and a village in Kenya just shrunk, didn't it?
It's OK if you don't have room in any of your "spaces" for the Kenya initiative, Hope for Kenya, but if you had a little spare room in your life to help out in some way, that village in Kenya seems more like it's, I dunno, a couple states over rather than 4 flights and a Land Rover away. That's the big way CrossFit is making it a small world.
CrossFit shrinks your own everyday world, too. How many times have you worn a CrossFit shirt or hoodie and met a fellow CrossFitter? Or had someone who was curious just strike up a conversation? There is an enormous distance between people as they traverse their day-to-day, a distance measured by the silence we maintain, the way we avoid interaction.
A tee shirt with "CrossFit" on it sure shrinks that, too, doesn't it...
6) Ownership. Who owns your past? Well, obviously you own your past, whether you own up to it or not. But who owns the documentation of your past? The proof, the provenance?
"It's a funny thing, people trying to sell you back bits of your own past." This is how a musician described the experience of being offered for sale tapes from performances long ago. They had little value to anyone other than the musician. There's a certain lack of grace, a type of ethical poverty in such a seller. but I digress...
The physical proof of our past used to be just that: physical. Tapes, photos, negatives. A panting. Notes or a diary. You could touch it, touch your past. You could also end it, at least the provenance. A tiny fire, a trip to the landfill, and 'poof', it's gone. No issue about ownership when there's nothing there to own, except of course ownership of the ephemeral, the memories.
It's a rather quaint story in this day of immortal electronic memory, isn't it? A box of reel-to-reel memories for sale, a physical totem to tag you in a life past.
I'll see you next week...
Musings in the filter.
Rest Day for Newbies. And Newbie Chronicles!
Way to go Maddie.
You are awesome! I hope you played well in your volleyball game.
Well done Maddie! Hittin' it as Rx'd with a volleyball game kicker!
Make-up yesterdays thrusters/runs:
135 thrusters scaled to 115
All rows (no runs) at same distances
Had to take rest day yesterday so made up today
Great job Maddie!!! We all know the feeling.
Made up yesterday's workout this morning. Results posted there.
As January comes to a close, I want to thank bingo for doing an outstanding job with the Newbie Chronicles again this year.
great post and picture. had to get a WOD in after reading ...
5 mile run, 45:15
Made up yesterday's workout
As rx'd for girls weight
Runs were slow.
Thrusters were not as slow.
Hmm come to think of it everything seemed slow.
Old and busted.
Awesome explanation of berpys.
What a great note.
My kid will write the same type of letter
This life...this existence...it's so fleeting, so brief. So you make the best of it, you do what you can. You Crossfit, you Paleo, you Zone. You learn to snatch, you tweak your Fran time. What does it matter? Everything? Nothing? We're all gonna die, no getting around it right? Guess we'll find out.
Whatever. Do the best you can and make your mother proud. I lost my Mom in October to POS cancer and still I try to make her proud. Guess that's just in my DNA. I'm a Dad, a husband, a brother, a son...a friend...a Crossfitter.
Suck it up buttercup. 3,2,1 go.
For the love of God, free Bingo's musings from the filter.
Awesome picture. Thank you for the musings, Bingo, always enjoyable. Playoff Beard, very well stated post, and my condolences on the passing of your Mom. Have a great week, CrossFitters!
My son is 8 and he loves to work out with me...
Isn't CrossFit FUN!!!!
Strange how I came to crossfit to start writing my progress and I come to find this post. Wow, that was cool. She's like a young writer. Go Maddie!