D12: The Perfect CrossFit Sport?


Jaime surprised me with private surf lessons today.  And I was paddling out to try and catch my next wave, I thought to myself: “Is surfing the perfect CrossFit sport?”  For those of you who don’t know, CrossFit encourages you to take your fitness and go use it in a sport.  Every time I see that, I think I should go play soccer.  And then I realize I have had both of my ACL’s replaced with some awesome knee surgery… and it all happened while I was playing soccer.  So that might be a bad idea.

CrossFit espouses:

  • Cardiovascular/Respiratory Endurance
  • Stamina
  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Power
  • Speed
  • Coordination
  • Agility
  • Balance
  • And Accuracy (I always forget accuracy)

So as I was paddling out, continually exhaling through my mouth like my instructor, Kimo, had directed me.  I went over these 10 items.  Endurance:  Oh yeah.  After paddling out to the break, turning around, trying to catch the first wave, I knew it was going to be a long day, and some endurance would be nice.  Stamina: Yes.  Absolutely.  Having to continually get past the big waves by pushing up on the board, popping up when catching a wave.  Stamina would be nice.  Strength: See paddling past big waves.  Hell, carrying the long board around is enough reason to need some strength.  Flexibility:  Kimo told me that flexibility is key in surfing.  Going from a prone position to standing takes a lot of flexibility.  He was even suggesting yoga to help out with this.  Power:  That popping up requires an explosive amount of power.  Check.  Speed:  See Power.  The difference between getting up quick and not was typically why I was falling off the board… or not.  Coordination:  From the paddling, to turning around, a lot of the surfing was taking a lot of coordination.  I should work on that one.  Agility:  See Flexibility, Speed, and Coordination.  As a big guy, the agility eludes me a bit right now, and I could see it coming in handy on the waves.  Balance:  Do I really need to explain this one?  You are on a board.  That is riding on a wave.  Wait.  Let me explain laying on your board paddling.  It requires a ridiculous amount of balance.  If you aren’t balanced, you aren’t making it out to the break.  Period.  Accuracy:  If I had thought about accuracy while I was popping up today, it would have helped.  Trying to place my feet accurately when popping up wiped me out at least three times.  Stupid accuracy.

Jaime and I catching some waves… kinda.

As I write this, I am late for dinner with friends.  But let me leave you with a progress report.  This BEFORE photo was taken 20 June 2012.  I weighed 232 lbs.  My waist was 42.5 inches.  The AFTER photo was taken today, 21 July.  Not until I wrote that did I realize it had been a month.  I weighed 220 lbs this morning, and my waist was 40 inches.  Hooray for progress.

20 Jun to 21 July: 232 lbs to 220. 42.5 in waist to 40 in.

As I look at this picture, I think “MAN!  I have a hairy chest.  Someone should trim that thing up.”  I also find that I don’t see a lot of change.  The belly seems to have changed a little and the face looks different.  But then I looked at the next picture.

20 Jun to 21 July: 232 lbs to 220. 42.5 in waist to 40 in.

Okay, I know.  I waxed my back.  But it was disgusting.  And HERE is where I see the most difference.  I have done my best to not change my posture in my pictures (I have been taking one a day to make a time lapse video… how cliche).  But this to me is enough motivation to make it through another month.  Feel free to leave comments chastising me.  They are also motivational.

 

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