Nature

Chris and Daniel - getting "out there" at 13,000 ft in Yosemite.

Chris and Daniel - getting "out there" at 13,000 ft in Yosemite.

Tonight’s post is brought to you by Cliff…

“Nature never became a toy to a wise spirit. The flowers, the animals, the mountains, reflected the wisdom of his best hour, as much as they had delighted the simplicity of his childhood.”  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

This is by far, my favorite Emerson quote.  I’ve written it on the inside cover of every journal I’ve ever kept, and I still find myself returning to it and reading it anew on a monthly basis.  Never have I found another passage (even in my own writings), that so succinctly captures my feelings on nature and the role it plays in my life, than these words by Emerson.  I’ve spent the larger part of my adult life working in the outdoors and I can truly say that the wilderness of North America has become a second home to me.  I sit in my office sometimes and daydream of the fresh smells of Manzanita, Incense Cedar, and Ponderosa Pine that lets me know I’m in the Sierras.  I check the surf on fog-drenched mornings here in town, only to pretend to myself that I’m all alone, somewhere along the Big Sur coastline.  No matter where I am in person, my mind will always take me back “there”; “out there” somewhere far from busy city streets, cell phones, and daily responsibilities.

“What does this have to do with CrossFit?” you say?  Perhaps some of you will relate to this, and others may not. So maybe this has nothing to do with CrossFit for you.  But this is why I CrossFit. To be better “out there” – to run faster, jump higher, swim further, climb trees, and scale mountains. It’s late August now, and we probably only have about a month left of good summer weather.  So get out there.  Tap in to that endless reservoir of energy that is nature.  Go take a run in the woods, it’ll change your whole perspective.

What have you done this summer to get “out there”? Post to comments.

Workout of the Day:5 Rounds:

1 50 ft. Tire Drag (with 20 lb. dumbell in the tire) for time
30 seconds max reps push press
30 seconds max reps 20″ box jump

Post drag times and rep scores to comments.