Monthly Archives: February 2015

15.1 is here

Posted on February 26, 2015

The 15.1 is here. You can watch the Week 1 Announcement here. I love snatches. Loooooove them. Can you hear the sarcasm in my voice? In fact, this is me after a recent snatching session. The athletes battling it out at the live announcement were: Rich Froning and Mat Fraser. For Rich Froning, introduction is

the voice of the snatch spirit and other frustrating things about Olympic lifting

Posted on February 21, 2015

I throw the bar on the ground. Again. It has measly 65 pounds on it, and I cannot bring it over my head in a squat snatch. I can muscle snatch many pounds more. Hell, I can bicep curl more than I can snatch. Practicing 55 pound muscle snatch (easy!) last year shortly before the

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contrast is the best rest

Posted on February 11, 2015

I am back to the Great Canadian North after soaking in the sunshine in Nicaragua for three weeks. And you know what? I am ok. Yes, it’s -10C, and white and grey. No palm trees here. Yet, I feel like I brought a piece of sunshine with me, and I am holding on to it,

BOX SLUT – CrossFit Bologna by Nativa

Posted on November 10, 2014

The question I am often asked is which CrossFit Box I train at. I usually get this question, while at yet another box, and the (erroneous) implication is that I belong somewhere. I am not, however, ready to make that kind of commitment yet. ūüôā I wander in, and waltz out. I date around. My

muscle memory

Posted on October 17, 2014

I wrap my fingers around the bar, and drop my butt down. Back straight. As I straighten my legs, the bar travels across my shins, I pull towards me, as the bar weakly touches my ribs and falls to the ground. No rep. 115-lb squat clean. No rep. Before I have a chance to label

I’m going on a diet!

Posted on December 13, 2013

*This essay was written in January 2013. The New Year is upon us, and I can’t possibly be left behind without a new year’s resolution. Can I? How about going Paleo for a month? Dedicating myself to CrossFit? Or maybe I should do a cleanse. (Nah, just joking.) I thought about it. I considered it.

[…] A few years ago I started coming up with one word at the beginning of the year, that would reflect my mission for that year. Some of my past words were “explore”, “create”, and “trust’. [Read more¬†here.] […]

why you (and I) can’t do double-unders

Posted on May 13, 2013

I’m talking to a friend about visiting his CrossFit box and keeping him company for a workout. “Ok, but promise you won’t make fun of my kips and my double-unders!”, I ask. “Ha. So you have a DUI, eh”, he grins. “A what???” “DUI = double-unders impairment”, ¬†he explains patiently. Indeed. It’s been months, and

[…] my quest to master double-unders, I spent a lot of time with a speed rope. In fact, I used to spend¬†ten […]

pick a race!

Posted on March 18, 2013

I will be returning to Big Apple in no time Рas I have just signed up for the Spartan Sprint at Citi Field stadium! So very excited. Another recent addition is the Olympic distance triathlon in August Рbetter learn to swim until then. My complete racing schedule is here. If you do not have yet

Spartan Race + Reebok – Hobie Call = ?

Posted on March 13, 2013

Someone posted this image on Facebook, and it had me laughing out loud, because it was so true: It’s been a while, since I’ve actually rushed home for a particular time. I haven’t owned a TV for a couple of years, and now you can find everything and anything online. But today, the open workout

changingscottslife at 5:32 pm Mar 15
For the past two years we all have listened to Hobie talk about wanting to get paid to run Obstacle Courses and now that it's finally happened he walks away from Spartan Race? I can't help but feel this is a case of a man who has no real loyalty or passion other than making money. As someone who was on the inside of the conversations when Epic Racing was being batted around as an idea it was clear that Hobie wanted in only if he could be part of the decision making process and receive a cut of the profits. Having talked to Hobie several times in private I can only say that Spartan Race is better off without him and his me first attitude that comes through when there's not a public audience around. He's leaving because he wants to be in Joe's shoes as an owner and decision maker not a professional athlete as he claims. He shares none of the humility or adaptability of top tier athletes in CrossFit yet expects others to bow down to his greatness. I'm sure Spartan Race and its association with Reebok will test the loyalty of purists just as it continues to do in CrossFit but its the best hope for getting cash prizes and lower registration fees to all of us that aren't corporately sponsored. Good luck Hobie but remember when you bite the hand that feeds you, you often end up starving and hungry for the good old days.

S.E.R.E. Urban Challenge – New York City weekend – part 1

Posted on March 11, 2013

I headed out towards Syracuse on Thursday. The plan was to make it to Mike’s house, stay for the night, and then head out towards New York City on Friday morning. Mike has previously starred on this blog, as we did the Goruck Challenge (and Spartan Super, and Spartan Sprint, and Spartan Beast, and Lindsay

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