I asked Dan to write a composition on the topic of what he did to celebrate his 50th birthday, here is what he managed to come up with!:
For their 50th birthdays some guys get a bright red Porsche. I decided to try a little experiment: average “middle age man with three days of CrossFit per week, and six months training, completes Uberman Ultra Triathlon.”
Part one: swim 21 miles from Catalina to Palos Verdes. Swam 5 miles per day for four days in September. No sharks, not even a guppy in site. Global warming good for Ocean swimming as water temp hits 77 degrees in Pacific. Had boat and kayakers for company and moral support.
Part two: bike 400 miles from Palos Verdes to Death Valley. Rode 100 miles over 4 days last week, mostly solo. Riding at night with an iPhone as a spotlight not recommended. CrossFit’s emphasis on rigid neutral spine helped neck and back fatigue.
Part three: run 135 miles from Badwater Basin (200 ft below sea level) to Mt Whitney trailhead (8,000 ft). Ran 26 miles per day for 5 days solo and unsupported. Stashed Gatorade along route and stayed in strange motels. Lots of empty road and time to regurgitate events of last fifty years.
All in all a good adventure. This October ten real athletes will do the entire course consecutively. If you want to join check out : www.Uberman1.com
Next year I ‘ll just get the Porsche!
Thursday’s WOD at 6, 7, 9am and again at 4 and 6pm.
Midday Open Training Hour, Olympic lifting tech class 5pm
“Heavy EMOM Fran”
Every minute on the minute for 20 minutes:
Thruster, 3 reps (from rack) -even rounds
Weighted pull up, 3 reps -odd rounds (emerging pull upers do eccentric strength work)
Total weight for all 10 rounds of thrusters and all 10 rounds of pull ups
Post both totals to chalkboard/journals.
expect a short and sweet finisher of some mildly agonizing sort