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Old 09-17-2008, 05:12 AM   #1
Jeremy O'Neil
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Hardship-CrossFit training in challenging conditions

I wanted to open a discussion on training in other than ideal conditions and the benefits such training.

A couple of examples:
"Fran" outdoors 100 degree heat in a sandstorm on gravel
"The Chief" same conditions as above on an Iraqi Army post where it's you and 100 Iragi troops

I have been doing CrossFit for about 2 1/2 years in the States either at home or at a local gym. Always having the proper equipment and instuction. Not to mention the support of other Crossfitters and family.

I am curious to hear what you have to share on this topic as I find it quite interesting.

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Old 09-17-2008, 05:17 AM   #2
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Re: Hardship-CrossFit training in challenging conditions

I ran a mile and a half barefoot one time....does that count? It made me appreciate shoes more.
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Old 09-17-2008, 05:20 AM   #3
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Re: Hardship-CrossFit training in challenging conditions

Sure it counts! Shoes are a good thing so I have told. Any reason for running the mile and a half like that?
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Old 09-17-2008, 05:27 AM   #4
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Sure it counts! Shoes are a good thing so I have told. Any reason for running the mile and a half like that?
Yes, I did actually have a good reason. The WOD that day was 5K for time. Half way through, at the 1.5 mile marker, my right shoe came untied. I thought I could tie it back up real quick and keep going. It was so knotted that I couldn't so I just took both my shoes off and ran the second 1.5 miles barefoot on the track. I went a best time too..21:05. I am pretty sure I would have gone 20:45 if my shoes wouldn't have decided to hate me. I had the worst blister I have ever seen the day after. It was gross, so I ripped it off and showed my buddy. He was impressed.
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Old 09-17-2008, 10:12 AM   #5
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Re: Hardship-CrossFit training in challenging conditions

I live in FL and my garage definetely has a heat index over 100 very often. It really drains you. Training in less then ideal conditions certainly coincides with the CF philosophy. IMO, we should strive for it. If we are looking to have functional strenght over different modalities and all, adverse outdoor conditions should be the norm. Why not a 5K in the sand? etc.
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Old 09-17-2008, 10:22 AM   #6
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Re: Hardship-CrossFit training in challenging conditions

I've done many workouts this summer in the garage with just a fan when the temps were 110 to 115f, and I agree these are the most draining, especially when it's about to rain and the humidity is maxed.
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Old 09-17-2008, 12:20 PM   #7
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Shoes are a good thing so I have told.
I don't know about that.
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Old 09-17-2008, 06:58 PM   #8
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Re: Hardship-CrossFit training in challenging conditions

Sean,

I would imagine running sans shoes would have forced you onto the balls of your feet, therefore, running POSE, which will increase your efficiency and therefore your speed.

I try to run barefoot on the grass at least once a week.

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Old 09-18-2008, 04:58 PM   #9
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Re: Hardship-CrossFit training in challenging conditions

i think working out no matter the conditions makes you mentally tougher.
Doug from Hyperfit (AA Mich.) is fond of admonishing his minions to "suck it up buttercup". Obviously scaling the WOD in 100' and 98% humidity is a good idea, and after being up all night with fire runs, but rain snow etc... suck it up!

fwiw, last week i did Michael (Sept. 11, hero workout) in the pouring rain, it just made me appreciate the hero's more and it covered the tears from thinking about them.

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Sean,

I would imagine running sans shoes would have forced you onto the balls of your feet, therefore, running POSE, which will increase your efficiency and therefore your speed.

I try to run barefoot on the grass at least once a week.

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I agree with you, but it hurt so damn much at the end of the run from the track that I had to slow down. I didn't want to run on grass because then it wouldn't have been a full 5k. I try to do more running barefoot now. It feels great on grass in the summer. An added bonus is that you don't have to bend over to take your shoes off at the end of the workout.
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