Mobility WOD

Ten rounds for time of:
2 Muscle Ups
2 Handstand Pushups
2 Power Cleans (Body weight)
2 Box Jumps (24″ Box + 2 red plates)

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by Jon Gilson of Again Faster

There’s always something.

The bright lights. The Top 20 pop. Someone wanting to talk to you about the something about the time you did the thing.

Ignore them. Not nasty. Not with distain. Because now is the time, the moment when you concentrate on the task ahead, on the never-ending belief that what’s about to go down will go down, that you can’t be beaten.

Every ounce of psychic energy you’re about to bring to bear; it’s easy to disrupt, easy to kill. You have to protect it, feet on the ground, head down, focusing on the simple mental images of success.

Your next personal record, better than last time, better than ever, it’s right here in front of you, ready for the taking.There is great power in the singular sight, the sole goal, the only reason you came here. Your next personal record, better than last time, better than ever, it’s right here in front of you, ready for the taking.

And now, you have to take it. Two words, three words run through your head, a tight, concise, pithy description of the end state, the moment right before the chest bumps and high fives and screams like a fifteen-year-old’s cracking voice.

When they try to distract you, jump in on your bar, talk about the suck, borrow your 5s, cure your stress, just stop. Look up, make eye contact, not angry but ready, and look back down. This isn’t about Community. Not now. This is about winning, succeeding, making yourself believe that what’s about to happen will happen, must happen, that nothing else can happen, the intellectual certitude followed by physical reality.

And then, get ready to go. Grip the bar. Chalk up, and remember that your momentary lapse in social nicety will be rewarded with what you wanted, the moment of apex. Your short, pithy phrase repeats until there is nothing else, no sound, no Top 20, no mats, no platforms, no nothing except a bar and a goal, the universe bent around you in a cocoon of now.

Don’t think heels down, chest up. Don’t think at all, because you don’t need to. You already did it, and miracle of miracles, what was supposed to happen happened. It’s over your head. It’s locked out.

And now, they fade back in. The sound of volume slow marching to full blast, clapping, screaming, backslapping rah.

You can give in, or you can go back. Sit down, shut your eyes, and bring pithy back. Because it’s not over, and you can shut it out again. Accept that this is just a step and not the end, and it will happen all over again. Another record, not a defining moment, but an ephemeral glimpse at where you were, the shallow footprint of an athlete who’s moving forward faster.

Ignore them, and bring it. Because there’s always something more.

(Recent CF7 PRs…)

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Friday WOD, October 15, 2010

18 thoughts on “Friday WOD, October 15, 2010

  • October 14, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    I’m getting really good at elevation and icing, haha….PR in that (though I’d rather not). I learned a great icing technique this week from Coach B. You take a bottle of rubbing alcohol and pour it into a baggie. Then use that same empty bottle, fill it with water and dump that in (do that twice so you have two parts warter to one part alcohol). Zip up the baggie, put it inside of another baggie, then freeze. It makes this slushi ice that is sooooooo great! It’s also really cold, great for injury. 🙂 If you do the alcohol/water ice, be sure to use a dish towel with it – it gets REALLY cold (alcohol freezes at a lower temperature than water) and check every 15 minutes to prevent frostbite.

    I learned yesterday rowing with one leg is really hard, but I’d rather row with one than none at all….see you guys tomorrow!

  • October 14, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    I’m excited and will bring my game face and flexed muscles!!!

  • October 15, 2010 at 6:53 am

    11:53* did C2B pull ups instead of MU

    David and Mark missing this morning. Probably sore from their hip hop class.

    Awesome job on the MUs Brent!

  • October 15, 2010 at 7:58 am

    too sore today and a tennis match this afternoon.

    Eric – when you dance i will dance

  • October 15, 2010 at 8:13 am

    First WOD with MUs. 18:00 RX

  • October 15, 2010 at 8:57 am

    I think this WOD is too good to pass up. Dutch will just have to understand.

  • October 15, 2010 at 9:51 am

    I hate missing this wod, looks right up my alley. However, I heard the ballpark is open tonight for nachos and beers, so I figured I’d head out there for dinner. Go Rangers . . . .

  • October 15, 2010 at 10:42 am

    I guess I need to don the latex sweatsuit over lunch to cut some weight. Those cleans are going to get heavy.

    Great WOD though, Ryan. Good combo.

  • October 15, 2010 at 10:52 am

    For those who asked, here’s the link again for the “Friends of the River” 5K!

    I did a mixture of 8 pull ups, 8 modified handstand push ups, 2 power cleans, 2 RX box jumps, 10 rounds, 17:09

    Nice work Brent!

    Ryan.. why were you wearing your swimsuit this morning??

  • October 15, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Also, today is the last day of the early entry fee for the run ($25), then it will be $35.

    Brent, you’re right! I looks like we cross 7th.. weird.

  • October 15, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    I did the same wod as Eric….I think I finished in 13:25…was moving pretty slow. Have a good weekend and go rangers.

  • October 15, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Way to go on the MU’s Dike!! Even after all that
    beer you had lastnight?!
    Hated to miss this am, but husband is killing
    meat for the family. At least that’s what he says.

  • October 15, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    10:04 @ 195.

    Andrew and Mark tore it up.

    Really fun WOD.

  • October 15, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    DNF. . . I won’t be lifting for awhile, currently icing my shoulder *sigh* 🙁

  • October 15, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    C2B scale and also 135 on PC (back still bothering me)

  • October 16, 2010 at 5:13 am

    Feel good story..

    In 1986, Peter Davies was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from Northwestern University. On a hike through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air. The elephant seemed distressed, so Peter approached it very carefully.

    He got down on one knee and inspected the elephant’s foot and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it. As carefully and as gently as he could, Peter worked the wood out with his hunting knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot. The elephant turned to face the man, and with a rather curious look on its face, stared at him for several tense moments. Peter stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away. Peter never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.

    Twenty years later, Peter was walking through the Chicago Zoo with his teenage son. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over to near where Peter and his son Cameron were standing. The large bull elephant stared at Peter, lifted its front foot off the ground, then put it down. The elephant did that several times then trumpeted loudly, all the while staring at the man.

    Remembering the encounter in 1986, Peter couldn’t help wondering if this was the same elephant. Peter summoned up his courage, climbed over the railing and made his way into the enclosure. He walked right up to the elephant and stared back in wonder. The elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one of Peter legs and slammed him against the railing, killing him instantly. Probably wasn’t the same elephant.

  • October 17, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Oh Eric, thanks ~ ???

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