Tuesday, March 29, 2016


30:00 easy pace of:
10 assault bike calories
3 wall walks
50m light reverse sled drag
10 ski erg calories
3 dead hang to inverted
100 50 single unders with heavy super heavy rope 

70# on sled

I knew training was going to be rough today, I was feeling extremely heavy after all the pizza and ice cream I consumed over the weekend. HASHTAG NO REGRETS. 

Jump ropes with the super heavy rope got pretty tough, Heather and Jenn had a good laugh while they were watching me do it. I'm definitely looking forward to a few days of chill recovery. 

And now, a segment I like to call "Why So Serious?" It's the part of my blog where I start to talk about my thoughts and feelings. Please enjoy.

While I was coaching the Monday evening classes, Duprie was redoing 16.5. He knew he needed to shave of some time from his previous score to put himself in a better spot for the Master's Qualifier. Whenever it was time for Duprie to do burpees, Conner would hop off the assault bike and do the burpees with him to keep him on pace. I'll be honest, I actually got a bit choked up watching this. I was watching one teammate helping out another teammate because he wanted him to succeed. Conner was not doing the burpees with Duprie for selfish reasons, he didn't refuse to help him because he was afraid his score would be beaten. He did it because he's a good teammate and a good friend. While this whole thing was happening I wanted to just yell, "THIS is what sportsmanship looks like. This is what it means to be on a team"

I'm going to be honest here, because this is my blog and these are my feelings. Over the past five weeks I witnessed some really disappointing and borderline infuriating behavior from one individual directed towards our most humble and hard-working male athletes. It was actually hard to watch. People don't seem to realize that just because you contribute every single week or even get the top score on a workout, it doesn't mean you'll crush the regionals workouts. People who smash the Open don't necessarily make great Regionals athletes(not always, but sometimes) and people who destroy regionals workouts might not always perform well in the Open. This isn't true 100% of the time but it definitely happens. The workouts at regionals could be very different from the workouts in the Open. 

Also, WE'RE ALL ON THE SAME TEAM. All of us. Every single person from CSC that signs up for the Open is part of the team. Every single person has the ability to contribute, depending on the workout. The Open is not a "me against them" situation, it's a "CSC against the region" situation. So the fact that I kept hearing someone tell our nicest, best athletes that they should plan on having the second and third best scores, and that calculations were being done to ensure they would be beaten by one rep, that's just insane to me. These are your teammates, your training partners, your friends. I can't imagine walking up to Emily or Megan and telling them I was going to redo the workout just to beat them by one rep or one second. I can't picture those words even coming out of my mouth. They are my teammates and best friends, and I want them to succeed. I want them to do better than me! If I'm contributing on a 20 minute workout then I would be scared for our team. I know when I'm going to do well and when I won't. We're all in this together and it's crazy to me that someone would actually hope people do worse just so they have a better chance at a top score. Regionals is a TEAM event and from what I saw, that was just completely lost. 

If you've gone up to one of your fellow athletes and told them you're going to redo the workout to try and beat them by one rep, you're doing it wrong. A good teammate will ask you your score not because they want to try and beat it, but because they hope you did well. A good teammate will support you and encourage you. A good teammate will do 84 burpees with you when you ask them if it means it will help you. At the end of the day, we're all just a group of friends working out together, and I really hope everyone remembers that. 

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