Veterans Day

In CrossFit there are Hero workouts to honor fallen service people.  They are a fitting tribute, going beyond a benchmark, and elevating the degree of difficulty to serve as a memorial.  You can read more about them here.  November 11th is Veterans Day.  Take time to thank a veteran for their service, sacrifice, and all they’ve done for our country.

Be sure to bring a long sleeve, and a hat Thursday.  We’re going outside.

November 11th, 2010

Strength: Sumo Deadlift 5-5-5-5-5

WOD: 3 Rounds:
550m Med Ball Run
12 Wall Ball

*Prescribed weight for all movements with the med ball is 20#/14#.  If the ball touches the ground at any point during the workout 5 burpees must be completed before the ball is picked back up, and the workout resumed.

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On April 23, 2010, CrossFitter and Games athlete Amanda Miller passed away after her battle with melanoma. In memory of her life and friendship, Dave Lipson wished to give back. Dave’s tribute to Amanda is simple: He’s backsquatting at least 450 pounds, every day for a year.  Dave is seeking to raise awareness of skin cancer and it’s dangers, and we’re here to help. By purchasing a shirt here, you’re supporting Dave, Amanda, and skin cancer research. 100% of the profits from the sale of the Amanda Miller/365 Days of Squatting T-Shirts will go to the Melanoma Research Foundation, an organization dedicated to finding a cure for melanoma. Please visit 365 Days of Squatting for more information.

22 thoughts on “Veterans Day”

    1. WTF!!! I can’t even regular deadlift 200kg for 1rep – awesome!! someone’s shooting for a podium finish at the next competition!

  1. From the end of October until November 11th Canadians wear a poppy as a symbol of remembrance. There is a moment of silence held at 11:11 today across the country, the anniversary of the signing of the peace treaty ending World War I. Every year schools, offices and businesses takes a moment to pause and reflect. It is not a remembrance of war, but a remembrance of sacrifices that guarantee us peace today.

    In Flanders, where many Canadians fought, poppies didn’t grow prior to the war. The pH of the soil wasn’t appropriate, but as the bombs fell and limey lower soils were thrown to the surface changing the soil chemistry, red poppies began to grow just as bodies began to fall. They seemed to grow out of the spilled blood. As the war ended, the soil returned to its normal acidity and the poppies vanished.

    Prior to the moment of silence we recite In Flanders Field by Lte Cornel John McRae, a medical officer in the Canadian army. He was killed in action weeks before the end of the war:

    In Flander Fields

    In Flanders fields the poppies grow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.

    Thanks CrossFit Fenway and join me in taking a moment at 11:11 to reflect on everyone who works today and has sacrificed in the past so that we might enjoy this peace.

  2. SDL: 80 kgs
    WOD: 11:26 with a 10# wallball.

    Happy Veteran’s Day everyone!

    As the holiday season pretty much starts now and lasts eight dark, boozy, baked-good filled weeks, I was thinking that maybe we should do an additional challenge. A “holiday health challenge” if you will. Given all of the traveling, working long hours, holiday parties, and seasonal -affective-disorder-induced binge drinking that happens in November through January, it might give us all a little more impetus to keep on the straight and narrow if there were a challenge involved.

    Basically, we get measured now with tape measures, calipers, and a scale. In the beginning of January we get measured again. This idea comes from Crossfit South City: http://www.crossfitsouthcity.com

    The stakes are to be determined. We could each chip in 10 bucks and the winner gets the pool, like they are doing over at Crossfit South City. And maybe as an added incentive, the losers will have to do something that is both difficult and embarrassing. Let’s get creative.

    So let me know if anyone else is interested in doing something like this. Without the threat of maybe having to jump into the ocean in January or wear a flesh colored body suit for a WOD, I have no power over regulating my stuffing consumption.

  3. SDL: 100 kg
    WOD: 17:15 Rx with 1 burpee penalty.

    Man… out of the 36 wall balls we had to do for the WOD, I must’ve thrown 66. I missed the target so many stinkin’ times. I guess I have a new skill to work on.

    Quote of the day: “This feels like running with a third boob!” – YY, while running with her wall ball.

    Thanks 5:30 crew for letting me join in on your early morning fun!

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