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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Workout of the Day
Four sets of:
Back Squat x 2-4 reps @ 30X1
Rest 90 seconds
Single-Arm Trap 3 Raises x 10-12 reps each arm @ 2111
Rest 90 seconds;
and then,
For time:
Row 1000 Meters
100 Double-Unders

The Loneliness of an Individual Sport
Written by Josh Bridges

I have competed in individual sports a great portion of my life, whether it is wrestling, crossfit, or rock climbing. Normally, in these sports you have a coach on your sideline, (CJ being one of the best I have encountered) but when it comes down to game time you have no one else to rely on but yourself. You don’t have a teammate out there on the mat or in the room that can pick you up when you are not feeling your best or if for some reason you let your mind get the best of you. Well, I just have to say this weekend there were times when my mind would start to get very loud, either on the track or in the arena. I’m talking about a fighter jet doing a fly over LOUD!!! This is not a good feeling to have come over you, unless you are blessed to have a SEA of GREEN in your corner – and by corner, I mean taking up a complete section of the Home Depot Center. Anytime that jet would take off in my mind, I would hear a chant or the roar of the crowd and I knew it was for me. I really can’t put into words what your support meant to me this weekend. I never felt that alone feeling you get in an individual sport, because you guys didn’t allow it, and for this I am without words. Whenever I felt as though I need to rest or I could not do just one more rep, you guys would be there in my ear or in my sight and the rush that would come over me was incredible. I just want to thank you all for everything.

I would like to thank the Team for letting me work out with some of the most amazing athletes I have ever met. I truly enjoyed every minute I got to spend with you guys. You are all such an inspiration in your own individual ways.

Karen and Pops you guys don’t have any idea how grateful I am for what you have done for me. You two have some of the biggest hearts in two people I have ever met, the hours of preparing and cooking food for every meal to make sure we were all fed a proper meal during regionals and the entire Games competition is unbelievable. Thank you guys so much.

Heidi Heidi Heidi, seriously YOU make miracles happen. Without you, I feel as though my body would have just fallen apart this weekend. You come up to the competitions to support us and you spend all your time making sure that we are loose and stretched and you always have calming words. I can’t thank you enough for all you do, you are AMAZING!!!!

To all the coaches who are just amazing, George, Michelle, Sage and Calvin. I thank you guys for everything. Without your skills of judging me with your little ‘judgy’ eyes and helping me to be so much more efficient in all of my movements, I am just so grateful. Thank you guys.

And last but certainly not least to CJ. I truly can’t imagine what I would have done without you bro. You have a heart as big as your gym and you’re a one of a kind. There are not that many people out there that would spend the countless hours you do on figuring out what I needed to work on to be completely prepared for the Games (except for throwing a softball . . . where were you on that one jerk?). You would meet me in the mornings at 6am when I needed it or come up to the gym at 8pm at night. Not too many coaches would allow their athletes to bring their son up to the gym and help watch him so I could get my workouts in. I have had the pleasure of having some amazing coaches in my life and you my friend are one of the best. I would have not been on that podium without you man and I will never forget that.

Thank you all for everything!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/mrjling mrjling

    Insanely inspiring! Congratulations Josh, CJ and Invictus!

  • Matt

    A CrossFitter from Pennsylvania who follows the site…
    Just wanted to give out a quick shout out and say Good Job Josh!!! You absolutely rocked it.
    To think about the weight you moved being at that bodyweight (same as me).. It’s an amazing performance.
    Again, Good Job!!

    Matt

  • Cynthia

    Not only are you the cutest thing EVER, you are such a good guy.

    I love that you crush the competition so fiercely, then turn it off and become dad and husband again. You, Erin and Jack are a wonderful family.

    Congrats on your performance and thanks for making the weekend that much more fun.

    And thanks, as always, for your service in the Navy.

  • http://www.crossfitinvictus.com Nichole

    Josh!!!!!! I loved this write up – reading this may or may not have made me a little teary eyed. :)

    Everything you said is right on the money. This is an incredible community that rallies around its people to help bolster them up. But they only do that for deserving individuals (humble, modest, integrity driven individuals) and you, my friend, are all those things. I feel privileged to have trained with you and, let me tell you, your positive energy is infectious. You’ve taught me many, many lessons and I can’t tell you how much your family has had an impact on my life.

    Can’t wait to continue training (O-lift and gymnastics cycle, eh eh?) with you!!

  • http://www.crossfitinvictus.com Nuno

    you were AMAZING to watch and cheer for
    super proud of you and looking forward to continue to learn from you!!!!

  • DTM

    All I can say about this weekend is “FIRE IT UP!”

  • Katie Mac

    You were amazing Josh and such an inspiration to all! I look forward to continue to train with you and hopefully beat you one day in a workout. :)

  • Calvin

    Josh, thanks for being such an inspiration. It’s been awesome watching your progress as an athlete over the last couple of years. Congratulations!

  • George

    Awesome work this weekend Josh. I know you think the Sea of Green was feeding you energy and good joo-joo, but it works both ways. Couldn’t help but feel like that little kid on the tricycle in the movie “The Incredibles” who was waiting outside their house for something amazing to happen…you didn’t disappoint.

    • Kim

      well described, George. :)

  • Jaimie B

    Beyond awesome job, Josh!! Love the softball comment; my co-workers wanted to know why I was laughing so loud. :)

  • Patrice M

    Congrats, Josh! It was beyond exciting/inspiring watching and cheering you on this weekend!

  • Josh P

    Great job Josh…It was awesome to watch you crush every workout (even if some guys did beat you on the softball throw by tossing the ball like it was a grenade). I watched the games last year brand new to Crossfit and was inspired by all of the athletes. I’m pretty sure you inspired MANY more people, including me, with your performances this past weekend. Keep up the good work and congrats!

  • Carl

    Great write-up and congrats Josh! Your performance as always is nothing less than amazing (I am a horrible spectator yet I was transfixed; especially the “come back in the cage”).

    Concur with all on Invictus. CJ has definitely crafted something considerably more than your typical CF box.

  • Lindsey J (team Johnson)

    Shout out to George who used the best analogy EVER!!!! Another huge thank you and congratulations to CJ. I too know we wouldn’t be the athletes we are without your help and we’re forever grateful for your hard work and dedication.
    Josh it was incredibly inspiring to watch you, and cheering you on was icing on the cake. We never doubted you, but watching it happen was like magic. Congratulations on a spectacular job well done to you and your beautiful family. Most of all, thank you for your service!!

  • POS

    Josh, You are an equally great person as you are an athlete. It has been a pleasure to be able to train alongside you. You have totally summed up an athlete’s experience being supported by our Green Sea. Congrats on such inspiring performances. “You’re Welcome” :)

  • Stephanie

    It was an honor to be there cheering you on and feeding you our energy. I’m new to Invictus (Oly club) and haven’t had the chance to meet you personally yet, but at the Games I couldn’t wait to get to the next event so I could cheer for you. You obviously are more than a great athlete: you are a superb human. Thanks for inspiring me (especially to go find some monkey bars…wow, that killer cage was my favorite moment of the Games). Cheers!

  • Nuno Costa

    Where is everyone watching the gypsies tonight on Expedition Impossible?

    • http://www.crossfitinvictus.com CJ Martin

      Viewing party at Quality Social in downtown San Diego. Be there!

  • Dave

    Congrats Josh. I’m visiting from up north and haven’t even met you, but I couldn’t help cheer for you, partly because watching you destroy that sled push was so rad and partly because the Invictus crew has been so welcoming to me that I wanted to support you in whatever little way I could. Best of luck moving forward and hopefully we will all get to cheer you on to an even higher spot on that podium next year!

  • Richard M.

    Josh,

    I don’t know you that well but for the most part, I consider everyone at Invictus to be family to me, you included. People asked me this week what the crossfit games were all about and I told them for us it’s all about gathering as a community to support our family through the good and the bad (daily WODs, life, etc). It’s an honor to tell people that a friend of mine placed 2nd in the world. Words don’t describe the emotions felt this weekend and your performance was nothing short of stellar. I’m still amazed today at the “come back in the cage” as it’s being referred to. Keep up the great work and please keep being an inspiration to all of us in the community who aspire to be as courageous and humble as you are.

  • Courtland

    Great performance Joshua. The work seemed brutal and just finishing, nevermind multiple first place finishes, appeared to be a mighty accomplishment. You had fierce competition and still made the podium. I look forward to training with you and others over the coming year and learning and getting better, particularly in the mental toughness department–an area where you obviously excel as much as in athleticism. Cheers

  • Alicia

    Josh!!!
    Thank you so much for being not only an amazing athlete but an amazing person! You and your family are so deserving of all of the recognition and good vibes you are getting! It was SO much fun to cheer for you (I still dont have a voice!). To say that your performances were awe inspiring, amazing and incredible seems to downplay the reality that was watching you kick serious WOD ass. Thank you for allowing us (the cheering section) to feel like we had a small part in your success!

  • Mike Halbfish

    Josh, CJ and sea of green community, I am a Cyber-greenie in NJ. I am one of the many devoted CrossFitters training primarily out of a garage. I’ve been CrossFitting since 2002, and did one of the first L1 Certs in Feb of 2004. I have explored over 2000 affilliate websites. Until a few years ago, I followed the main page programming. Invictus is one of the few affilliates that I read every day. In fact, Google Chrome decided has a pop up for your site because it is one of the most frequent pages I visit. Even in the special world of CrossFit, CJ, Josh, and the Invictus community stand out. I thought you might all appreciate that what you are doing goes far beyond the walls of your gym. Congratulations and thank you.