“The attacks of Septemper 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom.” Rudolph W. Giuliani, Dec. 31, 2001.
19 years ago, we underwent a tragic loss. 19 years ago, we became stronger than ever before.
We recognize that adversity breeds strength. And through adverse times, we can find good, if we only look for it. This is an incredibly hard thought process to apply here, with good reason. It’s highly personal. It feels borderline wrong. It’s painful even to consider.
But one thing rings true. If the lives lost that day could speak to us now, there would be something very specific they would call for. It would be, be exactly that.
To cherish what we have. Not just by saying “thanks”, or even “I love you.” By going the extra mile. By helping the ailing friend in need – or better – the stranger in need. To genuinely care for the human being to the left and right of you, regardless of gender, ethnicity, and religion. Although a seemingly small act in and of itself, this is indeed movement towards preventing such a monstrous act from ever happening again. It is playing our part.
We’ll never forget the pain we felt that day. But, what is more important than remembering the pain, is what we do going forward.
In the words of John F. Kennedy, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
Today’s workout honors those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of Sep. 11th, 2001.
Each number has it’s own meaning:
– **2001m row ** The Year.
– **4 rds** The number of planes
– **9 rope climbs ** The Day
– **11 Bear Complexes** The Day
– **2977 m row** Number of live’s lost
– The WOD begins and ends with a row.
– Once the row is complete, work through 4 rds of the barbell and gymnastics movements.
– To preserve the meaningful numbers of this WOD, let’s try to adjust the weights and variations instead of the rep schemes.
– For example in place of 9 rope climbs do 9 C2B pull-ups.
– The intended time range for this workout is between 20-30 minutes.
– Only one partner works at a time, split the total volume in half, complete a station before moving on to the next.
– These should be able to be completed in 4-5 minutes (2 per minute).
– If not doing rope climbs choose an alternative that allows for 9 unbroken reps.
– Starts from the ground, pass through a power clean into a front squat, to a push press, to a back squat, and then a back rack push press.
– These movements can be combined to become a squat clean thruster into a back rack thruster.
– Use a moderate load that will be completed as steady singles within the workout.
– If we had to put a time to it, each set of 11 should be completed in about 3 minutes or less.
– Use a steady pace on buy-in that allows you to get to the barbell fairly fresh.
– The Bear Complex will get your heart rate and legs firing. When doing this as a partner WOD, alternate movements to account for intensity in the movements.
Never Forget Individual WOD (Time)
– Buy-in: 2001m row
– 9 clusters (135/95)
– 11 strict pull-ups If you prefer to do an individual workout do this version instead of the partner WOD.
2001m & 2977m row:
– equal distances on any other erg
– reduce reps
– do rope pull-ups
– 30 strict pull-ups
– double or single (each arm) db clusters
CrossFit Evergreen – CrossFit
Mindset: “Your actions speak so loudly that I can’t hear what you’re saying.”
It’s not about what we talk about, but what we tolerate. When we think of our greatest role models, those we truly look up to in life, there’s a consistent commonality we’ll notice…. their actions under adversity. They achieved something great, under incredibly hard circumstances. They overcame a specific challenge in their darkest hour. And for that, we remember them.
Our identity isn’t shaped by the good times, but by the challenging times. In those moments it’ll never be about what we say, but what we do.
– Yes, this is for time, BUT should be done at slightly above conversational pace.
CrossFit Evergreen – CrossFit
“No one was ever wise by chance” Seneca
Let’s pretend we have two individuals out hiking in the woods. The first trips over a root, and after scrambling back to his feet, kicks the root in frustration and storms off. The second trips over the very same root, but has a different response. After gathering himself, he looks around, refreshing himself of the importance to scan the path ahead. He then moves on, now paying closer attention to the ground in front of him.
One took the effort to learn from it, one did not. Wisdom isn’t by chance. Wisdom is by choice.