Workout of the Day:
Three rounds for time of:
400 Meter Run
5 Sumo Deadlifts (use 80-85% of today’s 3-RM)
It’s About the Community . . . But A Community of Badass Athletes is Fun Too.
Written by C.J. Martin
Invictus rolls deep, no matter what the event. We made our presence felt at the CrossFit Games, the Camp Pendleton Mud Run, and again on Saturday at the MCRD Boot Camp Challenge, where we had nearly 50 participating athletes. Our desire to participate in each of these events had nothing to do with medals or accolades, but rather to test ourselves and support our peers. The end results, of course, have been pretty cool. But why?
I strongly believe that the success of Invictus has been in the development of a tight-knit community. Our community is open and accepting of athletes of all ages and abilities, and is unconditionally supportive of all those who show up to participate. There is no macho crap; no measuring up to compare oneself against others. Rather, our coaches and athletes focus on achieving their maximum potential, whatever that might be. That kind of effort and encouragement to do your best, whether that means a sub-2:00 Fran or a sub-12:00 Fran, is infectious and will push athletes far beyond where they would go if they were directing their attention to besting others.
Some great examples of this were seen last Saturday. For instance, my mom (Krazy K) and Pops, at 50 and 59 years old, completed their first three mile run ever (in a respectable 36 minutes despite the obstacles). They were beside themselves with joy, and so was the rest of the Invictus community. It didn’t matter where they finished in their division, their accomplishment was as impressive and worthy of praise as the rest of our studly teams and individuals that ended up toting home medals because they were testing their own limits. This constant encouragement and quest to redefine what is possible for our athletes will always be the foundation and aim of our program. And if this philosophy continues to provide results like those we’ve seen, the icing on the cake will be that we will be hanging out with and supporting a community of bona fide badasses. Check out a few of the weekend results – not bad for a group that generally deplores running:
- Katie Mac, Sean E. and Josh E. – 2nd Place, 3-Person Mixed Team; 4th Overall among all teams
- Richard, Patrick G., Thom K., Cody Mac, Ben S. – 3rd Place, 5-Person Male Team
- The Stine’s and Traci J. – 4th place, Mixed 5-Person Team
- Mark C. – 8th place, Elite Men (18:41)
- Gerry E. – 12th place, Elite Men (19:21)
- Michele, Sage, Boozebag – 16th Place, 3-Person Female Team
- George E., Army Jon, Moses, Christina M. and Jessica N. – 20th place, Mixed 5-Person Team
- Adam T. – We’re not entirely sure where he placed (awarded 2nd) due to a timing error, but he was really fast.
Great job to all who participated and helped to make this such a fun community event. Keep up the good work, and thank you for making this community so special.