I posted an initial re-cap yesterday but wanted to do further updates today as not everyone checks the blog on the weekend.
We’re currently holding strong in 8th place worldwide, having thus far raised $26,201.50. We have until MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 5PM PST to fundraise, so please let your friends and family know how you did on the WOD and ask them to donate if they haven’t already. Last year we raised just over $24,000 with 70-some team members. This year we had 133 team members, so let’s say we keep fundraising until we hit $30,000?
Anyone who joined our team by July 25th and raises at least $150 by next Monday, September 26th, 5pm PST, will be eligible for the iPad2 we’re giving away (the one that I won as Team Captain by getting our affiliate to register more team members than any other affiliate out there). I decided to hold off on the raffle until official fundraising ends on September 26th because I know we’ve got plenty of folks who joined our team by July 25th but who have not yet reached the $150 mark. So let the very good odds of winning that iPad2 motivate you to get that fundraising done!
Couldn’t be with us yesterday but still want to donate to our efforts at the Fight Gone Bad 6 charity event? Click here to donate to one of the members of Team CFNYC! (Simply click on “Search by Team” then choose country: USA, state: New York, team: CrossFit NYC, then choose a member of our team to whom you would like to donate. Thanks!)
Overhead Squat 1-1-1-1-1
Front Squat 1-1-1-1-1
Back Squat 1-1-1-1-1
Attempt to increase the weight on each successive rep.
Hair vs. beard: And the winner is?
Death Valley Jack
Weightlifting etiquette from CrossFit Brand X
Fried eggs with caramelized squash & tomatillo salsa
The top 5 nutrition mistakes you’re probably making
1) Starting Monday, September 26th, we’re splitting the lunchtime class into TWO lunchtime classes. Instead of 12:30-1:30pm only, we’ll have 2 WOD classes: one from noon-1pm and the other from 1-2pm!
2) Starting Wednesday, September 28th, the Free Beginners’ Class moves back to its original 7:30-8:30pm time slot, with Sully as the instructor.
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Lots of folks have been kind enough to email me pictures from the big day, including Cassie, whose lovely SLR camera got passed around all morning so that many action shots could happen. Keep sending in any good pictures and/or posting them on our Facebook page. Speaking of our FB page, we have an ever-growing album of photos there. Check it out!
Here’s a little Q&A I did with Chris right before FGB6:
1) So far you’ve raised $3460, which is a ton of money. Did you think you’d be able to?I really didn’t know what to expect. This is my first FGB and I had no idea how much the average participant has raised in the past or what I should set as a reasonable goal. My first target was reached within days. I wrongly extrapolated that front-end loaded donating as a trend and put a new (far too aggressive) target on my page. Barring a miracle, I’m not going to make that target but I’m really happy with what I have in so far.
2) Describe your general strategy for getting people to donate. Strategy 1: Clearly articulating the cause and your connection to that cause is key. We’re raising money for kids who have lost one of their parents. Those parents sacrificed their life fighting for YOU. If these soldiers can make a sacrifice of that magnitude, you should be able to make a sacrifice and a donation. One of my college roommates is a special ops soldier with kids. He has taken very real risks in both Afghanistan and Iraq. The impact on his family if anything happened would be catastrophic. The impact on us donating a few dollars is decidedly not catastrophic.
Strategy 2: I’m horrifyingly hyper-active with ADHD and serious issues of verbal-diarrhea (i.e., I talk way to bleeping much). Telling friends and colleagues that I’ll be in abject misery and unable to speak for 17 minutes usually doubles the donation they were about to make…people relish in the suffering of others, especially 20 colleagues you annoy all day, every day, sitting shoulder to shoulder on one big desk like the office setup I enjoy (and my colleagues hate).
3) Any lessons learned on better or worse ways to get people to be generous? If you know people who live in the UK, ask them for donations! Each British Pound Sterling is worth 1.5797 US Dollars right now. A Brit throws in £50 and you get $79. My company is based in London. I was able to badger 150 people there for donations and it paid off. I also learned the power of matching. I work for a partnership that takes charity seriously. They donated $1500 yesterday.
4) How do you feel about the workout itself? Nervous? Excited? Definitely nervous. I’m still relatively new to CrossFit, have never done Fight Gone Bad and, until yesterday, had never actually seen a sumo-deadlift-high-pull. I’ve been asking people at the box for strategy tips all week. Only Avery has offered constructive advice, everyone else flashes a grin that says, “this guy’s screwed” and goes about their business. Avery’s advice focused on the importance of pacing during the first 2 rounds and then going all out on round 3. I’m bad at a lot of things at CrossFit and pacing may be the thing I’m worst at. Seriously. When a coach tells me to pace myself on a WOD, I usually slow it down way too much, post a crap time and have a lot of gas in the tank at the end. When a coach assumes I have the common sense to pace myself without them telling me explicitly to do so, they then witness how little common sense I actually have as I red-line out of the gate and disintegrate into a pile of muscle failure and anger eventually finishing the WOD halfway through the next class. I really want a solid score and to go as hard as I can, but I also don’t want to post a zero on round three. Finding that line is my biggest concern.
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20 Wall ball shots, 20 pound ball
40 Power cleans, 135 pounds