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Posted by on Nov 10, 2013 in Crossfit, Lifting and Crossfit, Master, Mobility, Music and Rants, Product Reviews, Rant, WOD

Grizzly Way 131109 (Kind of Boring)

Grizzly Way 131109 (Kind of Boring)

More often than not lately, I find myself wondering… “What is Mike thinking?” Not because what he’s prescribing for me is odd, no nothing like that, but the volume is so low, and the movement are so strange. I find myself wondering if I’m really getting better from this. I don’t feel like I’m working hard enough, sometimes I feel like I’m just moving for the sake of moving, and I’m not even really working. When I was doing a large volume of barbell work, and metcon’s filled with KBS, Burpee’s, box jumps, lunges, rope climbs, etc. I was beat up, day in, and day out. I loved that. I loved that feeling that I was working hard, and getting somewhere, finding new gears, and increased capacities. The last 8 weeks, I feel like I’ve lost a lot. I don’t know if it’s true, because I haven’t really tested anything, but I’m just speaking from the gut right now. I don’t feel stronger, or faster, better conditioned or more skillful at anything. I understand in the coach/athlete relationship, there needs to be a little faith, in both directions; as Mike’s often said, if you don’t trust the programming, it doesn’t matter what you follow. I could just use a little reassurance. I look at my programming spreadsheet these days, and there’s no excitement, no thrill of “Oh god that’s going to be awful”, just a cynical asshole (me) thinking “great, another week of dull, weird, gymnastics.”


10 Rounds:
8 GHD Situps
200m Run
4 Glute Ham Raise – Be strict here
8 Ring Rows

“Flight Simulator”

Saturday is a funny day. I have the most time of any day during the week, and yet Mike fills it with the shortest amount of work. If I hadn’t added “Flight Simulator” I would’ve been in and out of the gym in under an hour…unheard of for me. Because I had so much time to spare, I added a ton of mobility, if my shoulder is going to be hurt, every other joint is going to be supple as shit. I’m not about to take a step backwards there too! I really don’t know what I accomplished Saturday, I suppose the glute ham raises felt a bit tough, I could probably use more of those. Nothing else through this workout really even got difficult. Just moving around for 25 or so minutes. It’s this kind of work I’m talking about, I just don’t get it. I don’t see it. When I think of 30 minute workouts, this is not what I had in mind. It’s just time consuming, but not really hard. Is there a secret energy system that I’m not familiar with?


I got my third, and hopefully final “Crossfit” jump rope today. After spending a lot of time with the RxRope, which I like, I can finally feel the rhythm of a double under without needing the “weight” of a big rope. RxRope’s sells a thinner cable, and I could’ve just bought that, and might still, but their sizing frustrates me. They pre-cut all the cables, so you have no freedom, you’re simply guessing at the size you want, without any opportunity to test and experiment. The RPM rope comes with 12′ of true cable, uncoated, light as a feather. I spent a solid 20 minutes moving the cable around, doing a few double unders, moving it again, etc. Until I got the rope perfectly sized. I popped out a set of 50 like nothing, and then I snipped the end, fastened down the end and I was done. That’s the kind of consumer friendly thinking I like. Obviously there’s still a lot of practicing that needs to be done, double unders fresh vs. double unders fatigued,and larger sets working towards that 100 range are always going to be challenging. I still feel like this was a good step in a good direction. I’m excited to give it a run as part of a bigger workout, as much fun as “5-10-15…50…15-10-5” can be.

MFS | 5 – 2 – 2

1 Comment

  1. Hey Dan…first off, I’m going to look into the RPM rope per your recommendation. I’m right there with you when it comes to the “Operation: Double Under Mastery”. Being 6’3 myself, it’s hard to get dialed in on a rope length that feel’s “like butter.”

    I think what I like most about your blog and your writing style is your brutal honesty…with yourself and to your audience. Your no BS approach comes off as authentic and with nothing to hide and no sugarcoating needed. This to me is exactly what life is like in the trenches day in and day out. It’s tough, it’s unpredictable, and the obstacles are endless and IMO there are too many people who focus on the BS, make excuses and sugarcoat the sh!* out of everything.

    As far as your last 8 weeks of training and the programming you’ve been receiving from Mike, (who by the way seems to be a great coach/mentor to have) I can also understand your thoughts and the psychology that is involved with submitting and whole heart-ed-ly trusting programs that are for lack of a better term, “easy” compared to the normal ass-kicking wod’s. From an outside perspective (mine) you probably have already considered this, however, it sounds like Mike has taken a window of time (your last 8 weeks) especially with your shoulder injury, to methodically scale back and give your skeleto-muscular and nervous system a chance to de-load & re-load, ultimately to give you faster results and to prevent plateauing to a point. You, better than most understand the physiological process and interrelated neuromuscular processes that the body occur’s during both good trauma (exercise etc.) and bad trauma (injury) as well as the tactical and smart approach in making the two synergistic.

    Anyways, there’s my rant…take it with a grain of salt. Again, keep the great posts coming bro and wishing you the best in your daily mission of bettering yourself in health, wellness and BEAST MODE mentality, amongst other things.

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