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This video is not CrossFit, but it is awesome and relates to putting your fitness to use (see below)!
Today I found myself without kids and a chunck of time in the afternoon with no responsibilities. Rather than scratch a few things off of the old to-do list, I decided to head for the hills and get in the first mountain bike ride of the season. I love riding with friends. Just like CrossFit, it's much better when you play with others. But sometimes, going solo is a great deal, which is what I did today. It's like therapy to be out there in the early afternoon during the week. No one else is riding, the trail is yours, and you have plenty of time to think.
I realized that I missed getting on my bike over the last several months, and made a promise that I would make it a point to get out and ride more. What more is, I don't know, but it will be more than once in a while. My thoughts turned to how good I felt riding. Although my bike muscles felt it a little bit, which would be expected after a long hiatus from any activity, I felt solid. I saw this as an example of what CF is about – training for life. Made me happy that I could get out there and ride miles without thinking twice.
Then I started thinking about you guys and all the stuff you do outside of the box. We have tons of people training for the Colorado Marathon/Half-Marathon/10K/5K, we have a guy who regularly runs more miles than any of us even want to drive, we have a buddy who just got back from a week of climbing in Moab, a couple of athletes who went ice climbing this winter, a handful of folks doing the Tough Mudder (if you aren't signed up yet, why not!), a whole CrossFittin' softball team, snowboarders, skiiers, golfers, several triathletes, an ultimate frisbee guru (who I hope is back for an ultimate frisbee Saturday WOD this year), some fellas who throw down some Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the list goes on and on.
So with that, now that the weather is nice and the Open is half way done, what will you use your elite fitness for this summer? The comments have been quiet lately, let's hear what you've got! At the end of my ride today I passed a fellow Evolve athlete putting his fitness to the test on the trail as well. Awesome!