Last weekend I volunteered (or was "voluntold" depending on who you ask) to drive one of the two support vans during the Ragnar Relay. To say that this event was fun would be a big understatement. I think it's safe to speak on behalf of the entire group that participated by saying the event, all 36 hours of it, was a great experience chock full of hilarity, effort and, most importantly, teamwork.
Leading up to the relay I was slightly concerned with the cumulative effects of sleep deprivation coupled with distance running. In reality, there was nothing to worry about - the team never missed a beat. Each time a runner finished their leg the other members of the team would have water ready and offer to help with "superfriend" stretches. The runs were challenging to be sure and, in the essence of full disclosure, I felt bad having a gas pedal underfoot while everyone else was hustling to San Diego. Despite the grind, the team kept their spirits up - conversation had little to do with being tired and everything to do with where to eat and which CrossFit gym to do a drop-in workout at. There's something to be said about shared suffering, right?
From a broader perspective this event served as a great example of why CrossFit works. With the exception of a certain Ironman and a couple of LA Marathon finishers in years past, none of us really did endurance style training. It turns out, doing constantly varied workouts comprised of functional movements can actually help you and 11 of your friends run from Huntington Beach to San Diego. Go figure!
Sophia handing Nima the Ragnar Wristband!
A. EMOTM 10:
5 pull ups
*pick a variation that's difficult: strict, kipping, chest to bar, etc
B. Every 3 minutes for 7 rounds:
20 calorie row
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