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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.
 
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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.

2 Habits to Start Today

A lot of you guys have been asking me about 2 of my recent nutrition habits. So, here’s the scoop.

First:
I drink a green smoothie Every. Single. Day. Every day. And I feel fantastic. It happens in one of two ways.

Best Option: 6-10 Oz Spinach, 2-3 Oz Kale, 8 Strawberries, 2 Tbsp Orange Juice Concentrate, 1 Scoop vanilla Whey Protein powder, and a banana, all blended. I freeze everything but the banana, and the protein. And I drink it throughout the day. (Usually at night, I share a little. Just ask Robin Berry) Also, ever so slowly, I’m planning on removing the sweets from it.

Alternative Option: Powder green supplement. Currently, I’m using Athletic Greens, but in years past have just gone with Amazing Grass.

I started the powders about 5 years ago when Moira C Fauth gave me a baggy filled with green powder (sketch…). My allergies are almost completely gone, and I’ve been legitimately sick only 2 times. I just added the smoothies within the last 8 months, and it’s upgraded my morning energy levels, and ability to focus.

Second:
I still struggle with eating right. I can totally relate to the struggle that many of you deal with on a daily basis. Sometimes, it feels like my self control button is broken. So I have been experimenting with purchasing pre-made meals. Still getting the timing down so that I don’t ever run out, but it’s working, and relatively affordable.

I’m using a service called www.Bitemeals.com.

The meals are yummy, have a constant variety (just like CrossFitters like), and fit nicely into a solid nutrition program. I’ll have some for sale here at the gym for $10 bucks if you want to give one a try.

Do this. Experiment with stuff. Report back.