It may not feel like Memorial Day Weekend, but it just around the corner! Monday, May 27th is our annual Memorial Day celebration where we remember the sacrifices made by those in the armed forces by performing the CrossFit hero workout known as Murph. This year we will also celebrate the 5 year anniversary of Catacombs with a parking lot BBQ. It will be a fantastic time and I hope you can all join us. Here is what you need to know:
After much anticipation, I am excited to announce that the 2019 Catacombs Endurance Team registration is live! Every summer, we indulge our passion for endurance sports with a deep dive into the endurance side of CrossFit. We offer a specialty endurance program for athletes within Catacombs and the broader community that combines race training with CrossFit. This is my personal favorite of all our specialty programs and I am super excited to lead this team once again. This year, we have designed our program to culminate with either the Thirsty 13 Half Marathon or the Imogene Pass Run. The Catacombs Endurance Team is a fantastic way to prepare for either event or to just get some more running into your training regimen this summer.
Lately I have been fascinated with how many times I have to be reminded of a truth that I know inside and out, before it sticks and becomes ingrained in my thought pattern. The specific truth I am speaking of today is how much better I ALWAYS feel after working out—no matter how low my motivation is going into it. You don’t have to understand all the neurochemistry of how this works to know that it is true. I have likely experienced this phenomenon hundreds of times in my life, yet I still periodically go through phases where a lack of motivation is a legitimate obstacle to working out.
One of the comments that I hear all the time when I tell people that I own CrossFit Catacombs is that they've heard great things about Catacombs, but isn’t CrossFit is really hard core. I 1000% percent understand where that belief or impression comes from, but "hard core" is not the most fitting description of who or what we are. Please allow me the opportunity to clarify who and what we really are.
Scaling and modifying workouts to get the best training stimulus for you is the path to consistently positive results and longevity as an athlete. It is not the easy way out or “less” of a workout. It is a mistake to get caught up in the mindset that heavier loads, more reps, faster times, or less assistance are “better options”. Sometimes they are; but often they are not. While it is true that intensity is the secret sauce of CrossFit, it is also true that proper form trumps intensity over the long haul. The magic is in blurring the lines a little bit so that we are working within the limits of our ability but outside of our comfort zone. You all know the place I’m describing. It is the place where growth occurs.