“Ask yourself: ‘Can I give more?’. The answer is usually: ‘Yes’.”
-Paul Tergat, Kenyan professional marathoner
….the Austin Marathon was a success in more ways then one. First off I finished it, pushed through some mental barriers, and most importantly I did not injure myself. Because 5 days later I competed in the Triple Threat Throwdown at Milestone Crossfit (Grand Opening), and not only did I compete, I place 2nd overall… not too shabby, right?! Obviously the competition wasn’t the strongest the area had to offer, but the fact we had to run, do box jumps, wall balls, dead lift, in and outs, and do so forth.. I was pleased with my overall effort and pain free while doing it! Next up the Crossfit Open… The Open started roughly 30 days after the Austin Marathon, not really a whole lot of time to get into “crossfit shape”! I started following the .com (2-3x a week) more then normal since the Open workouts were going to come from HQ it only made sense… 2x a week I would program my own 45-60 minute long metcon for my Leadville training… After the first week I was in 280th or so place out of the 1000 men in my region. But as the Open progressed, I slowly climbed back in to contention for top 60. The highest I climbed was to 78th place, and by the end of the ’6Week” Open I ended up in the top 100… the goal was top 60 just for shits and giggles, because ultimately I was going to do team regardless of where I finished…. Because of the Open format my training volume increased exponentially! Instead of the 3-4 workouts a week, I was training 5 days a week, sometimes 6 days a week… heavy on the .Com and my own UndegroundShack/ 6Soles workouts (45+min metcons)…
the next big test was the “Triple Murph” by the 6Soles courtesy of Crossfit Austin on Saturday, June 4th…. this was suppose to go down without really anybody knowing other then Crossfit Austin, and a few close individuals… well the power of the internet/ especially twitter and a 1000+ people know about it! The only problem about people knowing about it was that you have to hear a lot of shit that really doesn’t benefit your cause.. “you are crazy” “rhabdo!” “you are going to get hurt!” “impossible” ” i can’t even do murph once” ” are you sure you should do it?” ” you have Regional in 2 weeks, is that smart?!” I could go on, but you get my point… First off I am not you, so keep your non-positive comments to yourself…. doesn’t the saying your mother use to say go something like this “If you don’t have anything nice to say, you should keep it to yourself” Well sometimes it’s necessary to voice your opinion, but not when someone is trying to achieve an athletic accomplishment that honestly I don’t believe has ever been achieved in the Crossfit community….
So, the Friday before the Triple Murph I went to a buddies house and again had my fair share of drinks, you know… just to make the event that more challenging! haha honestly I think I do stuff like that because it allows me to not think about it, silly I know and definitely not recommended. Anyhow, Saturday morning rolled around and let’s just say that I was not the most chipper.. All I could think about was get the first Murph started and I will be fine “Sweat this shit out of ME!!” Funny thing is, I believe the alcohol in my system really powered me through the first Murph, and roughly 38minutes later I was done (20#vest)… quick break, and off I went on to the second Murph (10#vest). Halfway through the 2nd Murph and I hit a wall, I started cramping and all the alcohol in me had either been sweated out or burned through! Elliot threw me a Gatorade, I drank half real quick and went right back into the Murph. The Gatorade was a life saver, it allowed me to finish the the second Murph in 41 minutes. After a quick break, I started off on the 3rd cycle. After battling through the cramps on the second cycle, my legs finally broke through the cramps and I felt as fresh as when I started the first.. crazy I know, but it’s one of those barriers that you won’t know how you feel if you don’t break through it… well I did, and I finished the 3rd Murph (no vest)in the same time as the fist cycle.. 38min! 300pullups, 600 pushups, 900 air squats, 6miles, Triple Murph: 2hrs 20minutes! I real quick shoutout to my 6Sole brotha’s Elliot and Zach, proud of those 2 for pushing through that “impossible task” well only impossible to those who think it is so…. I know 3 people now that have accomplished something considered crazy/ impossible because they stuck it out and relied on each other no matter how long it was going to take! Another mental success, and oh yeah NO INJURIES!! Stronger body and a much STRONGER MIND for achieving a goal that was considered impossible..
…..To be continued
this is one of my favorite running videos, enjoy (listen closely to the announcer)!!