Sunday, July 9, 2006

Best Weekend Ever


I turned 26 this weekend. I also went rock climbing, saw two Dave Matthews shows, threw the third Again Faster Workout, and did a mean set of weighted chinups. Tomorrow, I'm going whitewater rafting.

What'd you do this weekend?

My twin brother, Tristan, came down from New Hampshire. He runs a landscaping company up there, and lives with his wife and two dogs. For the first time in a long time, we went rock climbing.


Along with John and Marcia, we went to Quincy Quarries. The gas gauge was buried on "E", but we weren't letting a little thing like gasoline slow us down.

We climbed three new routes. It was a great time. The weather was beautiful, and the Quarry was strangely quiet for a Saturday afternoon.




It was one adventure right after another. On Sunday morning, nine Again Faster athletes came together for One-Armed Rocky. EC, Thor, Jo, and Nick brought home the win, with a respectable time of 32:18. Josh, Dave, Sam, and Polly came in a close second, at 32:54.


For those of you who didn't read "One-Armed Rocky", here's a brief description:

There were four stations set up around the Pond. At each station, the team had to complete a prescribed number of reps, traveling between stations with weight overhead. Each team had three weights to carry--a 30, a 20, and a 15.

Station 1: 100 one-armed overhead squats
Station 2: 200 one-armed split jerks
Station 3: 200 one-armed snatches
Station 4: 100 sledge swings

They were allowed to complete the reps anyway they wanted, as long as they got them done. They got them done.





A 36-second loss meant the Masters of the Universe were doing burpees. They got through two reps by the time their colleagues joined them. It was a great display of comradarie, and I was very impressed. Great job, guys!


Next weekend, we'll have an entirely new challenge. If you've been thinking about joining us out at the Pond, now is the time. Elite athletes aren't born--they're created through hard work and perseverance.

Thanks to Tristan, Sam, Marcia, John, and the whole Again Faster crew for the Best Weekend Ever.

See you all next weekend!

6 Comments:

Blogger ec said...

thundercats - ho!

i like the pic of me with the hammer and shades on - sunglasses raise the toughness quotient!

nice job all around. thanks jon - and hb!

7/10/2006 12:53:00 AM  
Blogger Josh Roman said...

EC: you're an animal with that sledge -- a real-life Cheetara.

Great workout, Jon. Didn't think it was that taxing when it was over, but by noon my arms/shoulders felt like lead. Great job everyone, especially the non-Crossfitters!

BTW, I was at Home Depot today and saw the Again Faster Holy Grail: a 16 lb sledge. We'd definitely need tougher tires...

7/10/2006 01:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget the gloves, ec, those make the pictures (as well as all of us standing around watching!)

Thanks for the great workout, Jon, and Happy Belated Birthday!

Jo

7/10/2006 12:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to Jon for setting things up, and thanks to all who participated. Positive vibe is always contagious.

Nice to see the photo of me with the bent arm while everyone else's arm is perfectly vertical.

Thor

7/10/2006 02:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved the looks we got walking around the pond with weights over our head, we may be slightly crazy, but at least we have a great time ;)

Josh- we definitely need to get you a tougher tire, that thing took a beating. Nice job everyone (especially the Masters of the Universe) and thanks Jon!

Sam

7/10/2006 11:45:00 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Gilson said...

You guys were awesome. Thanks for coming out!

I'm really glad that everyone had a great time. Being out at the Pond with all of you on Sunday mornings always makes my day!

We're going to be kicking it up a notch with some metabolic work next weekend. I'll post details soon.

Just so everyone knows, the Again Faster apparel should be here and ready for delivery on Thursday. If you placed an order, I'll have your sweatshirts!

T-shirts are in a bunch of sizes, cuts, and colors, and everything is printed on sweatshop-free/Made in the USA American Apparel.

Regular T-shirts come in navy or heather gray, proudly displaying our website, logo, and motto:

Speed Strength Power Progress

or

At My Signal, Unleash Hell

Women's Ts are cut for the ladies. They come in blue or pink, with our motto on the back. I also have a limited number of blue racerback tanktops.

The gear looks great. Let me know if you'd like some. I'll have them at the Facility and at the Weekend Workout Series. Shirts are $20, whatever style you choose.

Thanks for supporting Again Faster!

7/11/2006 03:00:00 PM  

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