Last weekend my girlfriend and I had an awesome opportunity to participate in a lantern festival in Jean, Nevada. The event took place at night on a dry lake bed about 20 minutes away and it happened to be one of the coolest experiences I have ever had. After being dropped off by the shuttle bus we had to walk about a half mile to our launch site which featured a torch, a dozen lanterns and two yoga mats. We hung out for a couple hours after the sun set, listening to music and sending our lanterns off one by one until we ran out. Little did we know that this night was about to take an interesting turn...
We walked back to the shuttle stop and discovered a scene of absolute chaos. The event organizers didn't have any method of corralling people into lines so that the buses could be boarded in an orderly fashion. We waited in a crowd of a couple thousand people hoping, believing that we would get on a bus and be taken home. We waited for over 3 hours before it became apparent that the situation wasn't getting any better. I asked a police officer, who was doing his best to maintain order in an increasingly hostile crowd, how far it was back to the hotel. He said it was 8 or 10 miles. When he declined to arrest me and take me to the station I decided it was time to start walking. We set out on foot with a bunch of other people along an unlit, semi-paved road knowing that it was going to be awhile before we got back. Luckily, after walking for about an hour and a half a shuttle driver pulled over and let us board. Apparently, the crowd that we left behind had started several fires and were throwing rocks so he didn't want to drive back into bedlam.
So what is the point of this story? Well, I'd like to believe that working out regularly gave me the ability to handle this adverse situation. We were lucky to get a lift, but had the shuttle not stopped I have no doubt that I, and the people I was with, would have made it back in one piece - it just would have taken a bit longer! One of the foundations of CrossFit is improving general physical preparedness which pretty much means getting better at living your life. You never know when you may have to sprint out of a burning building or huff it home when your bus doesn't show up. Prepare for the unknown and the unknowable!
Also, FYI - tomorrow's 6:30 PM class will be a regular CrossFit class, so check out the workout below so you know what's on tap! This change is reflected in Front Desk HQ so you will see it when you go to sign in. Regular scheduling of MaxCon classes will resume next week on Tuesday at 6:30 PM!
Bri and I about to send one of our lanterns skyward!
A. 2RM hang power clean
B. For time:
50 wall ball (20/14)
25 hang power cleans (155/105)
Posted by Commish.