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The Good Old Days

I’m sitting here thinking back to when I first started CrossFit, and I’m getting all nostalgic…
 
Things are different now. Not bad, just different.
 
Early on, my buddies and I just built our own equipment. We had homemade wall balls, and homemade kettlebells, and our own pullup bars made out of galvanized pipe and hung from the rafters of Caleb’s garage.
 
I remember when we finally had a box to jump on. Three of them to be exact. We had 2 that were pretty short that we glued carpet squares to the top so that they could grip our shoes better and wouldn’t hurt as much if we missed and busted our shin on it. But we made a pretty tall one out of the crappiest wood we could find. I think it was because a 4×8 sheet of it was only $11 bucks, and we didn’t know any different.
 
But one day, we had the bright idea of seeing what our max height box jump was… We had to move out of the garage into Caleb’s driveway just so that we wouldn’t hit the ceiling.
 
I was getting pretty high when my left foot slid off the side of the stack of bumper plates we had loaded on top of the box. I ended up crash-landing on the hood of Caleb’s car, and then sliding onto the asphalt… It was pretty scary until I landed.
 
Everyone had a good laugh, myself included.
 
Don’t get me wrong, I love how far CrossFit has come, especially here at CrossFit Regeneration, but there’s something about those early days that make it super special to me. Sometimes, I miss the old days of CrossFit where we would open up the garage door, divvy out the equipment, make up a wod on the spot, and then use our shirt to slap away all the leaves and dog-hair off the mats before ruining ourselves with something that thought would be fun.
 
My friends and I here at Regen all have “the good old days” to one degree or another, and there are things we miss about them, but today promises to be just as special to our future selves if we allow it.
 
Live out the nostalgia today on purpose.

That was Terrible. That was Awesome.

12.1 was my first ever workout in the CrossFit Open. This was before Project Teamwork, and there were all of 6 of us participating that year.

I can remember the fear and apprehension that I felt as we sat there around our little computer waiting for Dave Castro to give us our task. We had built it up into something horrible like a “Triple-Fran” or something like that. The butterfly’s were fluttering in my stomach, and the minutes felt like hours.

I’d been doing CrossFit for a little over 2 years at that point, and was absolutely terrified.

“Just get to it!”

8:00pm hit, and the CrossFit Games live feed came on, super grainy and pixelated. We’ve come a long way since 2012…

Dave Castro walks out, and welcomes everyone to the 2012 CrossFit Open. He was wearing some outrageous T-shirt, and had a Devil’ish grin on his face.

“Open workout 12.1 is…..”

An enormous pregnant pause where I immediately realized how bad I had to pee..

“7 minute AMRAP of….”

Another pause

“Burpees”

Then that turd smiled!

….

What?!

I remember thinking, I can do this!

Then I did it.

I think I got 25 burpees in the first minute. After that, well…

I got 99 reps. Never has such a simple task provided for me quite so much misery.

It was terrible.

It was awesome.

This is what makes the Open such a magical thing. Just a simple workout that you’re willing to put yourself into a very uncomfortable place. I love it.

By the way, if you don’t sign up, you can never truly understand what I’m talking about. And it’s very likely that you’ll never really know what you’re capable of.

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My Favorite Picture

This is one of my favorite pictures ever taken at my gym. It’s from 2013 and Open workout 13.1. It’s my friend Melvin TheMaverick Hubbard achieving something that was previously impossible to him. And the moment stopped the world from turning for a brief moment in time. Korey, Travis, Matt, Tyler, and myself couldn’t help but take notice and honor him for his effort.
 
* * * * * *
 
I’m doing the CrossFit Games Open this year for the 6th time.
 
Why?
 
Because I do CrossFit.
 
My wrist is jacked up and I’m out of shape, but I’m still doing the Open. If I were still a runner, I’d do the Derby Triple Crown. But I’m a CrossFitter, so I’m doing the Open.
 
I do it because this is the one time every year, that the entire CrossFit world is united around the same thing. All across the globe, we all do these 5 workouts with the same expectations and standards. We all experience the high’s and low’s of anticipation when Dave Castro drops the announcement every Thursday night. We all tend to do better than we should have and yet never seem to do as good as we wanted.
 
After 7 years of doing it, I’m convinced that CrossFit is the best fitness routine in the world, and the Open is my opportunity to participate in the annual celebration of that reality.
 
You should join me.