Saturday, January 8, 2011

A Sort of Homecoming

I have been really wanting to get over to CrossFit New England for a long while and today was the day. It was a perfect storm - a hero wod and a nice dusting of snow. Walking thru the door was like going home -all kinds of memories racing through your mind but an overall warm feeling of comfort.   I named this a sort of homecoming because CFNE is home for me even though most of my training now is at either Crossfit Craic or some non descript hotel gym.

CFNE continues to draw all kinds of amazing athletes and I could see the 7:30 class was going to be no different.   Adding the homecoming was the old guard (Dennis, Maura, Julie, Craig and so many others) ready to test their metal against a hero WOD.   It was at that point that I was reminded of what makes crossfit so special.   A group of amazing athletes ready to go at it at early on a Saturday morning for nothing more than to honor U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant John Rankel - a true model of Courage, Commitment and Heroism.  As at any Crossfit box that was everyone's first mission, the second mission is not competition or winning but encouragement and support.   With that the count was given 3, 2, 1 go..... and we began  “Rankel”

Complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:
6 Deadlifts (225, 155)
7 Burpee pull-ups
10 Kettlebell swings (70, 53)
Run 200 meters
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U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant John Rankel, 23, of Speedway, Indiana, assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1 Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Pendleton, California,  was killed on June 7, 2010, while supporting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan

I really enjoyed this workout,  the biggest difficulty I had was with the burpee pullups.  I wasnt able to get any rhythm going and ended up doing deadhang pullups.  Score -  6 rounds plus 11 reps.  Just short of the goal that Mel had put out there for us at the beginning of class. 

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