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An imagination is a terrible thing to waste

Now this is rowing.

Now this is rowing.

Warm-up: (10 Russian kettlebell swings, 10 push-press, 10 goblet squats) x2
All exercises performed with 35/20lb kettlebells

MetCon – For Time:
500m Row
25 Push Press (Body weight/70%)
500m Row

Orders of business: Congratulate Ben and Erin on their Anniversary! Tell Doug and Blake Happy Belated Birthday! Congratulate/make fun of Caleb for being voted “sexiest bartender in Knoxville.” We are proud CrossFit helped him become so. Lastly, it’s October people…time to pay dues. Don’t forget your checkbooks tomorrow. Seriously. :-D

Yes, definitely sexy.

Yes, definitely sexy.

Today’s MetCon made me start thinking about rowing. Not thinking about rowing in the sense that it is a hard exercise that makes my quads fall off, but more of an imagination thing. When you are on the rower mid-MetCon with sweat pouring down your face into your eyes and your legs burning, do you ever think about anything? Ya know, do you think about things not related to the fact that you are sweating and tired? Do you ever picture yourself on the water or on a boat? I’ll admit I’ve thought about “heave-ho”ing with my pretend shipmates. Travis McCroskey pictures himself as a Viking, rowing the high seas off to pillage a city. It might sound silly, but it is a great way to take your mind off the “I’m tired” factor and get in a few extra hard pulls. I mean after all, you have to reach that city quickly, or some other Vikings may destroy it first. And then where would that leave you – nothing but a sad little Viking who missed the pillaging and a sad little CrossFitter who didn’t get the best possible time.

Embracing my inner Norse,
<3 Coach Miss J

-Post to comments what you think about while rowing, or what you will now think about!

You mean you didn't know Thorbob discovered Texas?

You mean you didn't know Thorbob discovered Texas?

By | 2017-04-25T14:40:11+00:00 October 8th, 2009|CrossFit Ktown Knoxville, Uncategorized|20 Comments


  1. crossfitktown October 8, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    This is currently your magnum opus, Jess.


  2. Jessie October 8, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    I tried to make all of you proud.
    -Miss J

  3. Geri October 8, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Looks like fun!! Can’t wait till ktown has that many rowers.

  4. Brandon October 8, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    I’m such a dork that I think of how much power I’m producing, distance per stroke, and stroke rate =/

    Not nearly as cool as Vikings, I know.

  5. crossfitktown October 9, 2009 at 4:17 am

    You are right Brandon. Not nearly as cool. That’s ok though, I guess you’re just an engineer at heart, and I hear engineers have lost their imaginations. :-)
    -Miss J

  6. LarryS October 9, 2009 at 4:44 am

    I enjoy rowing because it is something I can do without it killing my left knee and shoulder. Yes, I know . . . I’m getting old . . . or maybe, just older.

  7. James October 9, 2009 at 6:05 am

    I envision myself in a new dress skipping through a field of daisies holding a basket full of freshly picked apples. I hear vicious wolves behind me so I start to run but my legs are tired and they are getting closer. All of a sudden a dwarf welding a large ax riding on a unicorn rides by and cuts off my left leg then a sith lord with a light saber cuts of my right leg. I’m lying in the field of daisies and my lower body is in so much pain…Oh wait I just finished rowing at Ktown. =o)

  8. LarryS October 9, 2009 at 6:17 am

    That’s quite an imagination but does it work . . .

  9. Kerr October 9, 2009 at 7:33 am

    I think… legs back arms, arms back legs, legs back arms, back legs ar… oh snap.

  10. Ben October 9, 2009 at 8:50 am

    This sounds like a good post to mention my source of recent motivation. Monday, I watched a very moving video the News Sentinel made on a story about the young couple that was brutally murdered. (We all know which one). Combined with one of those email stories that gets passed around like crazy. The second story was the story of one of the survivors in the Hudson River Plane crash that happened last year. (A true account or not, it still brought up good points) In the story the passenger described what it was like and how different people reacted to the crisis. He talked about while waiting for the rescue boats to arrive those passengers on the wings had to balance themselves to keep from falling off into the freezing cold waters of the Hudson, which some did and had to either pull themselves out or have someone else rescue them. The other danger was the rope ladder. There were passengers who could not climb the ladder because their weight was greater than their strength. At the end of the story the writer made the realization that taking care of yourself is vital. You never know when you will be called upon to save yourself, a loved one, or a complete stranger.

    Now you could put this same belief together when reading the stories separately, but for me it was these two stories combined that hit home. So when the legs are burning, the lungs are full of ash, or the weight is just too much; I think, just 5 more rows in 4 seconds, oxygen can wait, and 1 more rep could make all the difference in saving the life of Erin, my family, my friends, a stranger, or myself.

    …a bit heavy (and dark) for a Friday, but a greater motivation than just staying out of the over 30 leagues until my 40s. It’s Friday people leave it all on the mat today to be ready for tomorrow.

  11. LarryS October 9, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Well said Ben . . .

  12. Erin October 9, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Wow. Very well said, Ben. Everyone’s motivation will be different, but I’m thrilled you found your own. It’s been obvious in this week’s workouts that something clicked for you. I couldn’t be prouder. Awwwwww!

    Now everyone kill it in today’s workout and we’ll see you next week! Charleston, here we come! :c)

  13. Erin October 9, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Wrong “@”… should have been Ben, but a shout out to you, too, Larry! :c)

  14. LarryS October 9, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Ouch . . . you hurt my feelings but you made up for it with the ‘shout out’

  15. Kerr October 9, 2009 at 10:55 am


    I request that Ben’s above comment be republished as a blog post. With permission from the author, of course.

  16. James October 9, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Great post Ben! That is something I think about all the time.

  17. Jessie October 9, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Yes Ben, that was well put. It is too bad you won’t be in here for “the break up” because it would be the perfect MetCon to put all that to the test.
    -Miss J

  18. Geri October 9, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    That is exactly how I look at it Ben. You just never know what life will throw at you.

  19. Geri October 9, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Wow Jonathan….those are the words I hear every time I row. When I read your post I could hear myself saying those exact words while on the rower. I guess great minds think alike.

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