Ovid

 

CrossFit West – Cindy – May 09 from Crossfit West Santa Cruz on Vimeo.

The Roman poet Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) lived from 43 BC  to AD 17 or 18, and thus through some very famous times.  His life witnessed the passing of the Roman Republic and the birth of the Roman Empire under Julius Caesar and Caesar Augustus.  He was born near Rome, educated in the city to which “all roads lead”, and died in exile in Roman Romania.  A prolific writer, he is considered one of the great poets of antiquity, ranked by Dante himself (in the Inferno) with Homer, Vergil, Horace, and Lucan.  His most famous work is probably the poem Metamorphoses, and over the centuries he has inspired a truly staggering array of artists–Botticelli, Shakespeare, Petrarch, Chaucer, Marlowe, James Joyce, Osip Mandlestam, Pushkin, Rubens, Bernini, Bob Dylan, David Malouf, even Anne Rice.

But, what does this have to do with CrossFit? I have to admit that I didn’t really see the connection either until a CF West athlete brought a quotation of Ovid’s to my attention. “Perfer et obdura; dolor hic tibi proderit olim“, which translates as “Be patient and tough; some day this pain will be useful to you.”

And that is a quotation that should be of great relevance to any hard charging CrossFitter.  Daily we immerse ourselves in pain, daily we must be tough and endure, and daily I find that toughness and endurance, that forbearance of giving up, of great benefit to me.

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Workout:

Back Squat

7 sets of 3 reps with the final 3 sets being 3RM weight.

Then:

5 Rounds

 5 Deadlift

5 Push Jerk/Press

100m Sprint

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