How many of you guys have run a marathon?
If you answered in the affirmative to the above question, go ahead and take your left shoe off, do some mobility work, then kick yourself squarely in the nuts. It’s not that I hate running, it’s that I hate YOU for running 26 miles. You wanna know something funny? I ran a marathon once. You wanna know how I did? Who gives a fuck. I got arthritis in my big toe while doing it—not kidding. ARTH-fucking-RITIS.
I also got weaker, skinnier (weak is the new skinny, right?), and mostly hated every second of my life while I was training. The weird thing is that every year MILLIONS of people sign up for marathons thinking that if they self-flagellate for FOUR FUCKING HOURS (that’s if you’re as fit as Oprah of course) they’ll achieve some higher level of fitness conscience. The reality is that all they’ll receive is some sort of a long term injury, a flatter ass, and a medal that says you finished… ‘Cause evidently FINISHING something as stupid as running for an entire day is good.
The irony is that a large portion of the people who are currently competing in the Open are people who have also run until they almost shit themselves (look, I have no idea what irony actually is, but it sounded like it fit right there). Amongst the Open competitors are also another group who have done nothing but bitch about the first two WODs. The main argument we’ve seen is that we’ve only done two movements so far, and that can’t possibly be a good test of fitness. I mean I can see their point. It’s super boring and pointless to do one movement a bunch of times, right? Seven minutes of Burpees? Holy shit, that’s like 2 minutes longer than it takes me to microwave my bacon every morning. Ten minutes of Snatches?! I’m surprised that the earth didn’t run out of coconuts from all the coconut water that was needed to replace the global loss of electrolytes during that grueling endurance test.
Guess what? As bad as the first 2 WODs supposedly were, and as horrible of a test of fitness as they were purported to be, look who’s winning. The fittest man in the world and the second fittest woman in the world.
Yep, the naysayers are right. You can’t possibly test fitness with 2 movements. Anyone wanna go for a jog?
Talayna jerked 225 today. TWO-TWENTY-FIVE.
Today I got this email from Rryan Kingsbury:
I just wanted to write you guys to say thanks for having such a great site. I’ve been following the Outlaw Way for the past few months and I only wish I had found it sooner. I can honestly say that I’ve progressed more in the last couple months than I have in the last few years of CrossFit. Unfortunately I broke my hand last week the day before 12.2 was announced. I was sitting number 1 in So. California after event one and tied for fifth overall. Snatches are something that I had been working a lot on and now I’ll never know how I could have done on that workout. Thanks to all the snatch work we had been doing recently, I was able to get 30 reps done with my left arm though and still keep my score going.
Here’s Rryan performing 12.2 one handed…
1) 10 minutes Hang Snatch technique work.
Notes: All reps should be caught in a squat and the loading should be light. DO NOT attempt anything heavy.
2a) 4X3 Snatch Balance – medium/light, rest 60 sec.
2b) 4X3 Tempo Snatch Grip Deadlift – medium, rest 60 sec.
Notes: 3 counts (seconds) to the knees, quick to the hips and back to the knees, 3 counts (seconds) past the knees to the floor.
5 rounds for time of:
15 OHS 95/65#
1a) 3X15 UB T2B – rest 60 sec.
1b) 3X10 Banded GH Raises – medium/heavy, rest 60 sec.