Many many moons ago I took a trip to Montreal. I had heard that Montreal was the “Europe of North America”. Due to the fact that I, along with my travel companions, were way too broke to go to the “Europe of Europe”, we decided we’d vacation in the significantly easier to get to Great White North.
Some of you who know me well, know that I am quite possibly the most organized gentlemen on earth (that last sentence should be read as if it were written in the “sarcasm font”). You’ll imagine my shock when, to get into a whole other country (that’s debatable), the border guard asked me for my drivers license and I found nothing but an empty slot in my wallet. We had already driven approximately a metric shit-ton of miles, and turning around would have meant the end of the “European vacation” (see what I did there?).
The border guard asked me if I had any other picture ID. He clearly meant something along the lines of a passport, but the only thing I could produce, which featured my scowling mug, was…wait for it…a Costco card. I pulled it out of my wallet, sheepishly handed it to the border guard, and immediately got a, “We’re gonna need to see you inside.” As we sat and waited for them to call me back for questioning, I remember thinking, “It sure would be cool if we could just go to the real Europe.”
After 10 or 15 minutes of scary bright lights, questions about the nature of my travel, and many looks of disdain for forgetting my license: the border guards begrudgingly let us in to their lovely “country”. I guess the idea that a group of beer drinking Americans would drop a ton of cash in their socialist money pool (I actually have no idea what that means) won out over actually being able to prove you are a citizen of a country with more than a discount warehouse procurement card. Just goes to show, the 51st state doesn’t really take this whole “being a country” thing very seriously (no offense Jay Rhodes).
Tomorrow, after almost 10 years with Montreal being the closest I’ve ever come, I finally get to journey to the real Europe for the first time. Needless to say, I’m pretty fucking psyched. Not just because of the trip, but because of the way the trip came about. Let me give you a little timeline…
August: I start sending a basic daily template to about 20 athletes who I personally coach.
September: Talayna says, “I wish I knew what everyone else was doing so I could compare.” I decide to use my personal blog, The Outlaw Way, as a site to post the daily template and realize it will also be an easy way to collect data for a CF Journal article which I had begun planning. Near the end of the month BP and Talayna win both the men’s and women’s titles at Integrity’s Revenge.
October: The 20 originals keep following and haphazardly post their results to comments.
November: The Outlaw CrossFit team wins their 2nd straight MAHC title, while T and Josh Courage take 2nd overall in the women’s and men’s division. The Games site features a video on Talayna’s training, which includes me talking about drinking High Life. For some reason views of the site begin to slowly rise (I mean VERY slowly). This is also the first time we realize there are other “followers” of the site.
December: Laura says to me that we should probably start a Facebook page for The Outlaw Way: I promptly laugh my ass off. Dis mufucka publishes this article. Views of the site begin to quickly rise. We decide to do a Training Camp at CrossFit Rutherford for the competitors who are following both there, and at CrossFit Murfreesboro. By the end of the month we have 5 or 6 more training camps scheduled.
January: We begin to see followers popping up from all around the world. Views of the site begin to go absolutely apeshit. We begin to average over 100 comments a day.
February: I get the crazy idea that there are enough people following in the UK to possibly do a training camp there. On February 9th I “float stuff out there” to see if there’s any interest. Within a week we have two training camps booked in London, and Manchester. This will forever stand out as one of coolest and most surreal moments of my life.
There are no words to describe how grateful I am for the opportunity to take The Outlaw Way to her majesty’s Outlaws. I know it’s a cliche, but this is an absolute dream come true. Thank you all.
Today Brandon Phillips did a 4:13 Elizabeth. This is the fastest Elizabeth I’ve ever seen, and most certainly is the fastest by a 5’10” 220 pounder. Preposterous.
1) Snatch: 3X1 @ 80% – rest 60 sec.
2) Clean & Jerk: 3X1 @ 80% – rest 60 sec.
3) Snatch Pull: 3X2 @ 90% – rest 60 sec.
Conditioning (pain threshold training)
5 rounds for total time of:
10 Squat Clean to Thrusters 95/65#
-Rest 3 minutes.
Notes: This entire WOD should be performed with a 20/10# vest.
Strength (time permitting)
1a) 3XME Bench Press @ 70% – rest 45 sec.
1b) 3X10 Reverse Hypers – heavy, rest 45 sec.
*The recommendation is to rest at least 2-4 hours after the day’s normal conditioning before performing this work. If you cannot rest this long, test your resting heart rate before beginning the normal conditioning work and rest long enough for it to return to within 5 BPMs of that number.
Group 1 Conditioning
3 rounds for time of:
7 Stones to Shoulder @ 150/100# (or as close as possible)
14 C2B Pullups
21 Box Jumps 24″
Group 2 Conditioning
7 minute AMRAP of:
5 Power Snatches 135/95#
15 HR Pushups