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Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Crossfit, Food Porn, Lifting and Crossfit, Master, Mobility, Music and Rants, Olympic Lifts, Paleo Lifestyle, Rant, Recovery, Strength Training, WOD

Fail Higher

Fail Higher

Last week I wrote a bit about being fortunate, but mostly about acknowledging how fortunate I am. I still think its worth mentioning, people get caught up on the skills they don’t have, their strengths and their weaknesses, forgetting completely that they have the time and ability to even expend on Crossfit. Or worse, competitive exercise. Yes exercising competitively is worse than just trying to be fit, you all know it.

This week I want to take it a step further. Let’s talk about goals. Recently it’s come up a few times, what are my goals, why do I do this, what’s the purpose? Originally I hid behind The Open, and then I hid behind wanting to “be the best version of myself”. But those are both fairly broad statements that don’t really say much about me. That’s no fun. Last year our gym sent a team to Regionals, with 3 male slots, I wasn’t one of them. This year my goal is to be one of them, if we send another team. While this means doing well at The Open, it also means maintaining enough “Regional Level” skills and strength to do well in that area as well. I’ve always set my goals high, because its what drives me to improve. Attainable goals in the short term are great I suppose, but lofty ones keep my head above water, as long as I can keep them both in perspective. That’s where being fortunate comes back around, you need to surround yourself with people that can pull you back, remind you of both your short and long term goals, especially when you totally lose sight of them.

If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.

So it may seem like an aggressive goal to try to do what I’m doing, but it’s the only way I know how, and it drives me forward.

A. Pause Below-the-Kneee Power Snatch; 2, 2, 2, 1, 1, 1; rest 2:30
165, 185, 195, 205, 215 (miss), 215 (miss), 205


A. Seated Legless L-Sit Rope Climbs – accumulate 10 reps to 12ft

Part II
“Open 14.2″
Every 3 minutes for as long as possible:
Complete 2 rounds of:
10 Overhead Squats @ 95#
10 CTB Pull-ups
(every 3 minutes, add 2 reps to each round)

A. Squat Snatch – Build to a moderate effort single

For time:
150 Wall Balls @ 20# to 12ft

A. Push Jerk; 3, 3, 3, 1, 1, 1; rest 2 minutes
225, 235, 245, 255, 265, 275 (miss)

Part II
For time:
50 Strict Handstand Push-ups
Immediately following For time:
50 Kipping Handstand Push-ups

5 rounds for time:
1K Row
15 Overhead Squats @ 95#

4 Mile Run

Training this last week looks more like what you’d expect, no longer considering myself injured. Though my hips are still a bit tight from the sprain, strength and volume wise I’m picking things up right where I left them. Improved drastically at 14.2 retest. 12′ Karen was an interesting experience, it’s actually kind of humorous to do those then go back to a 10′ target. Pretty sure 265 was a PR on my power jerk, though they come up so rarely I’m sure there’s room to improve there. More than anything I was happy to be moving decent weight on my olympic work again, I was very worried about how the back sprain would affect those movements specifically.

Outside of regular training, this weekend is the Heart of America 6, if you’ve been around for awhile you’ll remember I competed in the scaled division of HOA 4 and that I was injured for HOA 5 last year, but thankfully I’ll be returning this year, healthy and hungry.


Pumpkin bars, tasted like cookies, best kind of paleo baking.



One day of shakers…I wish I had a dish washer.


Brisket is my new favorite meat.


Curry brisket and gluten free bread.

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