Monday, March 30, 2009

Was It Worth It?

Turned out to be a quote heavy day. Seemed like around every corner was another example of weighing options and choosing paths. All hit me from different places yet all related.

Alfred Lord Tennyson..."'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all"

Garth Brooks ... "We could've missed the pain but we would've missed the dance"

Often times we're faced with decisions which at the time seem so larger than life... you're in the heat of battle or facing stern opposition to your view points or struggling internally with moral choices and at moments notice you must decide... Is the gain worth the pain? Does the reward outweigh the risk? What will people think? Will I regret this? And that, regret, is ultimately what we all must deal with. Important to remember, we not only have regret from Action but also Lack of Action. Not taking the plunge can come back to bite you just as hard as taking the plunge. At the end of the day, it's your head hitting the pillow and only you know if you're at peace...not peace with someone else... but peace with yourself.

Shane McConkey age 39 died last Thursday while filming in Italy. This was a guy who knew how to take some serious plunges.

Freddy at CrossFit OneWorld posted one of my favorite quotes today. Known by a few different names but "Man in the Arena" is my favorite.

Theodore Roosevelt:
"It is not the critic who counts. Not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly...who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who have knew neither victory nor defeat."

Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris April 23, 1910

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Where Does Your Food Come From?

I feel quite blessed to have not only the desire but also access to resources to stock my freezer with wild game, locally raised meat, self grown veggies, etc... Growing up hunting and fishing it seems like second nature but even for those less experienced, it's easy to get involved and begin the process of feeding yourself from sustainable, low impact, quality sources. When the cold box is running low or I feel like something different, there are other options. Over the last few years, the local grocery has expanded their offerings under the Good Natured Family Farms CSA. They team with local farms to offer almost any whole product you can imagine.

One of our students this morning said they needed to get home and whip up some bacon and eggs for the kids prior to their first day back after spring break. Hearing things like that is music to my ears. Dump that sugar spiked cereal and pop-tart routine, it's garbage. These kids need real food from real sources.

Check out the link courtesy of NYC CrossFit Box. Butchers doing it the right way. Definately on my list for the next big apple trip.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Innagural 0500 BCF Class

We graduated the first 0500 Bootcamp Traditional class last Friday. This was the first go-round for the early start time and it was well accepted. Had a few veterans come over from 0600 to lead the newbies during this section. The freshman had some big hitters layin down solid efforts right outta the gate. Congrats.

Front Row: Booty, Liz Middle Row: Emily, Connors, G-Money Back Row: Andy and Moe

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Just Hangin Around

Rut, Stunk, Kev readying the sections for lift off

Took a roadie up north this weekend and was treated to the finest chunk of prime rib you'll find anywhere. Stopped by Toadholler Ironworks this morning to load up the new Jungle Gym for the BCF box. With the help of Rutman, KHall and the Pride of Palmer, KS we slapped that baby together in record time.

We anticipate by mid-summer, the Jungle Gym's will be available for sale on the Bootcamp Fitness website. Details to come.

Finished product ready for dead hangers and swingers

Friday, March 6, 2009

Paleo 1 Skillet Methods

Pork Tenderloin Broccoli and Pepper Hash

You can whip up some darn good Paleo meals with a 12" skillet, olive oil, meat, veggies and some seasoning. Regardless of what ingredients you choose, the process is simple and quick. No whining about lack of time to prepare good meals. This took total of 20 mins from the time I hit the kitchen.

Cut up chunks of meat and season liberally with your house blend (GSB Seasoning includes; cayenne pepper, garlic powder, black pepper, oregano, thyme, basil, kosher salt and some secret items) Add 3-4 Tbsp of olive oil to skillet, brown the meat within a couple minutes of being done. Remove from pan, set aside while you saute the veggies with some fresh garlic until slighthly wilted, de-glaze the pan with 1/2 cup of your favorite wine and throw back in the meat. Simmer for another couple minutes and you're golden !!

We're working on a the initial stages of a GSB Tool Shed cookbook. Stay tuned for more details.

Monday, March 2, 2009

The Edge

When's the last time you visited the edge? If you've been there before you know what I mean, if not...go search it out. Take yourself there and peek over, it's amazing what you can learn about yourself and the people following you. Pain rarely keeps us from the edge, most often our minds start sputtering before we get there and you're left to wonder..."what if". Remember....No Regrets.