15.3: Progress & Humility

CrossFit Games Open Story, 15.3: Warfel vs. McCloud

Almost every single day I get dealt a handful of progress and humility. CrossFit is amazing at delivering both. It provides an easy way to measure your progress, and just when you think you’re getting fitter, your coach serves up a big slice of humble pie. Next thing you know, you’re over in the corner creating sweat angels, trying to figure out who just injected Fireball into your lungs (when in doubt, blame Castro).

That’s CrossFit. Every day you get fitter, stronger, faster, better. And everyday you’re presented with a new challenge that reminds you how much more you’re capable of.

Last week I told you how I was Chasing McCloud. He got me by a few reps in each of the first two weeks, but I proclaimed that I was coming for him this week. I’ll save the suspense for another time. I got him. But the workout definitely played to my strengths. Which leads me right into my first topic…

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15.2: Chasing McCloud

Warfel smirks at McCloud

A few months ago, I wrote a post about one of the most notorious CrossFit ladies out there: Fran. It was titled Dancing with Fran, and there’s an excerpt from it that sets this article up nicely:

We all love seeing our names at the top of the Leaderboard, whether that Leaderboard is displaying our Fran time on Wodify or “World’s Greatest Dad” on our coffee mug. But when I post my times, whether I’m near the top, or all the way at the bottom, the most important Leaderboard to me only has one name on it. And that’s mine.

15.2’s Leaderboard

I may have just added a second name to my leaderboard… for this year, at least. His name is Matt McCloud, and he’s beat me by a total of 11 reps on 15.1 and 15.2.

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15.1: The Personal Side of The Open

Warfel smirks at McCloud

I just finished writing about two incredible performances that I witnessed at our gym Thursday night. I love watching others improve, fight, grind, try, fail & succeed. With that being said, I enjoy all the same for myself. So this one is a little reflection on my personal CrossFit journey, and how it manifested itself during tonight’s Open workout 15.1.

Last Year

In last year’s Open, I only posted scores for 3 of the 5 workouts. One called for 135# cleans, which a year ago, I couldn’t do. And another called for overhead squats, which, at any weight, I couldn’t do.

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15.1: The Open is About Individual Performances

Individual performances… surrounded by a community.

Our CrossFit community gathered Thursday night to watch The Open announcement of 15.1. 50+ people. Food. Drinks. Paleo chairs. And couches made out of 20x24x30-inch boxes.

I’ll admit, I haven’t been that excited leading up to it. I competed last  year, so I know what we’re all getting into. But it didn’t take long for “just another Open” to turn into something special.

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My Purposeful Expression of Intention

Tiny House Village - Boneyard Studios

As I try to do every year around the 1st, it’s time to write. I’ve been consistently inconsistent with that over the past few years, but I have managed to use the new year as a time to reflect. Last year I talked about the things that inspired me in …

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Off The Grid

Keswick Farm panorama

It’s been 5+ years since I took an entire week’s vacation. I mean a true vacation, not thinking about or doing any work the entire time. I’m doing something a little unconventional (but if you know me, you shouldn’t be that surprised).

Started with 2 Things

Two things that I haven’t done in a   l o n g   t i m e:

  • stopped at a McDonald’s
  • went through the drive thru

I almost forgot how those things worked. Both of them.

I wanted a coffee for my drive to Wintergreen. I wanted it fast so I could get on with my vacation. McDonalds happened to be right there (seems like they’re everywhere, doesn’t it?!).

As much as I despise McDonalds for — well, almost everything, really — I’m actually glad I chose this one. Before your head flies off in sheer amazement, let me explain.

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CrossFit: No Rep Yourself

I’ve been CrossFitting for almost a year now, and until last week, I could probably count on one hand the number of times I no-repped myself in a workout.

Obviously, my mechanics, technique & depth are always perfect. [insert laughter]

We see “no reps” all the time from elite athletes in Regionals & The CrossFit Games. We see them regularly at local competitions. If you’ve ever judged a CrossFit competition at any level, you’ve certainly awarded your fair share of “no reps.”

But when was the last time you no-repped yourself?

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CrossFit: Moving Up, Just To Get Knocked Down Again

I’ve been at this CrossFit thing for about 8 months now, and I’m still improving every day.

My biggest focus lately has been on my biggest weakness: strength. That probably sounds ironic so let me re-phrase that: lifting heavy s***.

Moving On Up

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still one of the weakest guys in the gym (in terms of sheer weight numbers). But I’ve been taking steps in the right direction, and I’m definitely getting stronger.

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Moonlight Yoga on the Beach

Moonlight Yoga on the Beach

I’ll be the first to admit it. I’m not a beach guy. At all. I don’t like the sand, the non-stop sun that you can never get away from, carrying chairs/coolers/etc. back and forth every day, the mysterious sea creatures… And while a pescatarian might have a field day down …

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CrossFit: Dancing With Fran

Dear Fran,

I’m still learning how to do thrusters (and hold on to a pull-up bar)… but I’m comin’ for ya, sweetheart. Brace yourself.

You have been warned,

Last week was a particularly rough one for me. The thruster & burpee box jump workout we did almost made me hurl (and I LOVE box jumps), and I was ejected from the rig while doing a set of 10 pull-ups, landing flat on my back & knocking the wind out of myself.

That’ll wake ya up at 6am on a Friday.

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