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.
- Cardiovascular/Respiratory Endurance
- 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.
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.
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.
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.