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May 19th, 2010

Lessons from the Regionals Part 2: The 140 Pound Giant

Those of you who attended this past weekend saw some amazing performances by all the athletes. There was one, however, that stood out from all the rest. Chris Spealler has been one of the top CF athletes in the world for the past few years. He has done 106 consecutive pull ups (.mov/.wmv), has a 2:05 Fran (.mov/.wmv) and can run like the wind (1st place in the 2009 Games 7k trail climb/run and 1st place in 2010 NW Regional 5 mile hill run). More amazing than all this is his strength to body weight ratio. You see Chris weighs 140 pounds. He lifts like he weighs 200+ pounds (Snatch Balance .mov/.wmv). This past weekend he put on a clinic. He placed 1st in three out of the four events (here is WOD number 1 .mov/.wmv). As a fairly competitive person who places a high value on CrossFit, what am I, as a mere mortal, supposed to do with a person like that. Seeing someone that impressive really puts your own humanity in perspective. You really only have two possible responses. You can become discouraged or you can stand in amazement at of one of God’s truly special creations and be inspired to be the best you you can be. We have not all been given the physical gifts of a Chris Spealler. No amount of work or effort can change that. Things are going on at the cellular level with a guy like that can’t be coached. Our responsibility is not to try to be someone else, but to honor the body we have been given by getting the most out of it that we can.

AM Class

Seven rounds for time of:
185 pound Front squat, 3 reps
7 L-pull-ups

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PM Classes

Happy rest day!


5 Responses

  1. I have the same jump rope Chris does, that about it.

  2. Jeff,
    While reading this blog post all my mind was thinking about was perspective. You know that the way that you look with awe at Chris or any other competitor who is in that special class, is how all of us in the gym look at you. You made incredibly far and there are tons of us who may never be anywhere near your level of competition. What is great about CrossFit is that you can see how we improve against ourselves. This only means that we are continually getting better, faster, stronger and mentally tougher for what may lay ahead. Know this Jeff…we are able to do this because of you!!!! Thanks for being such a great inspiration and motivator to so many of us. May this blog post motivate all of us in the gym to dig a little deeper and show some intestinal fortitude for the upcoming WOD’s!!!!!

  3. You continue to amaze me with your insightful posts. I wish I could had more opportunity to be around the “inspirational Vales!” You made me realize what I do to myself. . . I fail to recognize my own accomplishments because I am sometimes caught up in what “I could NOT accomplish.” It’s a great reminder to embrace how wonderful WE are when WE are doing the best WE can do. Thank you for giving such great perspecitive. I feel blessed that I have met you both, watched you both compete, and get to stay in touch through your words.

  4. Very well said Jeff!

  5. Thanks everyone! Stay motivated and keep it fun otherwise you’ll never keep at it!

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