B. Open Workout 11.2
15 Minute AMRAP:
9 Deadlifts (155/105)
12 Hand Release Pushups
15 Box Jumps (24/20)
What Fuel Are You Running On?
Cyclist Floyd Landis was on the 16th stage of the Tour de France, and he was in yellow. It was a famous mountain stage, so difficult that all 8 of his teammates were unable to keep pace with him, leaving him alone to defend his lead. In competitive cycling, teammates are supposed to protect the lead cyclist, bring him food and water, and allow him to draft off their back wheel. Without teammates, Floyd had no access to food or any sort of calories. With 2.5 miles left in the race, Floyd “bonked” aka “died” aka “hit the wall” and ended up losing his lead by over 8 minutes. He famously made a historic comeback the next day, regaining his lead, as some would call “the most epic day in tour history”. He was then stripped of his Tour victory due to blood doping.
I remember watching this race back in 2006, and watching the agony in Landis’s face, his legs not being able to function without the proper energy. His central nervous system was exhausted, his muscles lacking in glycogen (stored energy), his blood sugar plummeting. More than any textbooks ever taught me, I witnessed first hand how dramatic lack of nutrition can impact performance.
You are a Ferrari. Not a mini van, nor a mid-size sedan, nor a Dodge Stratus or even a Cadillac Deville. You are a high performance machine due to the fact that CrossFit demands you to perform at such a high level day in and day out. Let’s pretend I know a lot about cars (I really don’t), and say that Ferraris are special because they can handle smoothly, accelerate rapidly, and reach high speeds. They are built for performance and that’s it. You are no different; built to move, jump, run fast, run long, lift heavy, be agile, and do technical movements. However, and here’s the catch: none of this is possible without the correct fuel. In other words, full human potential cannot be reached without sound nutrition.
There are 3 standard types of fuel for cars, and for the purpose of this article, we will say there are 3 types for humans too. Now, a Ferrari can run on unleaded gas, but not nearly to it’s potential. It can run on unleaded plus too, but it won’t be able to last as long or run as smooth as it should. The Ferrari , like us, needs the best quality fuel for the best possible performance. Without premium fuel, not us nor the car will ever reach optimal performance.
The 3 levels of Fuel:
Before we get into the actual foods keep this in mind: Your body is in a constant state of flux. We are highly dynamic organisms in that we break down and build tissues every second of every day. New cells are being produced by the millions, muscle tissue is being broken down then regenerated, and the blood is transforming whatever was recently ingested to the entire body. So ask yourself this question? What sort of materials would like to use to build your bodies components? At the most simplistic level, a cookie is not going build tissue the same way spinach does.
The human body is the most amazing machine on the planet. Feed it right, and it's capabilities are endless