The CrossFit Open is right around the corner so I want to share a story about Matt Chan, a perennial Games competitor who placed second in 2012. This past summer Matt was mountain biking with his wife when he fell unexpectedly and got his leg caught in the handlebars. What followed was not the kind of fall we experienced as kids that ended up with a skinned knee, or at worst, a broken arm. Matt's fall partially severed several of the arterial branches that spread out into the leg from the femoral artery - this was a serious injury that could have claimed his life. His wife was able to find help and about an hour and a half after the fall Matt was flown by helicopter to a hospital where he underwent surgery to repair the damage. The doctors were able to save Matt's leg and his life, but they told him that it would probably be difficult to return to 100% of his athletic ability. Well, the body is quite an interesting machine... Five months after the incident he has matched some of his previous numbers, set some new PRs and now has his sights set on getting back to the CrossFit Games - proof that with determination and willpower you can conquer anything.
Note: The video below is mostly interview footage of Matt and Cherie Chan but there are a few images from the hospital stay that are graphic.
A. EMOTM 5:
3 hang squat snatch
2 hang squat snatch
1 hang squat snatch
*use the same weight across each five minute segment
*add weight from one segment to the next
B. For time:
50 burpee pull ups
Posted by Commish