John Never Quits

John approached me and asked if he could mention something on the blog about he knee injury. I said absolutely! This was the email I got Saturday morning. We got to chat Saturday morning during open gym as John, regardless of his injury and the limitations it presents, about how he read this book early when he started CF, and how reading this again now has been good timing to keep the fire burning.

Andres,
This is for your blog.

Johns back! Yes, I am back doing CrossFit classes after my injury 3 months ago. As most of you know, I totally ruptured (tore) my quad tendon while doing box jumps during a 4:30 class early in January. I figure that most people will conclude that the fault is combining an old guy and box jump and you have the reason. Not so, this was caused by a nerve impingement that caused a deterioration of the tendon over the last 8 to 10 years. So, don’t discourage the old people you know from doing CrossFit based on my injury.

The last 3 months have been tough! I have done a lot of upper body work but really miss the WOD with a class experience. Something that helped keep me motivated was rereading “Learning to Breathe Fire” by JC Herz. Remember all the times that you find yourself exhausted but still have a bunch of wall balls and burpees left and you start asking yourself “why am I doing this”? This book comes close to answering your question.

1st Of April Year 2019
Back Squat
**Find a heavy Single**
So this 1 Rep we are looking for. Build with sets of 3 until you begin to feel the struggle and then switch to that 1 rep and save those big efforts for when it really matters. I’d like to treat this a test. Let’s just see where we’re at today, here, and now. The Open doesn’t give, or even allow, for a lot of strength training so before we get back to it, it would be helpful to have a 1 rep max that is current and reliable to use as a marker. If percentages are use in the future they will be taken from today’s 1 Rep as that would be a more honest number to be taken from. I know I will not get even cloooose to my PR, but that’s fine. If we haven’t been squatting heavy we can’t expect ourselves to PR everyday. It just isn’t fair to yourself to put that on yourself. It’s like when I was in college and had exams, if I didn’t study, or go to class, or do the homework, I couldn’t be expected to it and get an A. Works pretty similar here.

Conditioning
6 Intervals of 2 mins on: 1 min off
1 Round of Cindy
10 Front Squats
ME Push Press

**Cindy = 5 Pull-Ups, 10 Push-Ups, 15 Air Squats


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