Patrick McCarty

Patrick McCarty

 

 

 

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Last Monday I decided to include “ring handstand pushups” in my warm up, with some unpleasant results. Now I'm making a vow: no more crazy shenanigans until after Carson.
There are really only two post-competition experiences. You either thrill the crowd with a fantastic showing, or you feel like you just made a total ass of yourself. This is a story about the latter.
When Chris Spealler didn't make it to the 2013 Games, the crowd went wild with accusations about the judging. I'm inclined to think the fault lies more with the choice of programming.
We sometimes forget the importance of the gym environment. The community at your box is like water - when the water rises, all of the boats are lifted up. How’s the water in your box?
Shortly after I started CrossFit, I decided to stop avoiding pain during workouts and take myself to my limit. After that everything improved. It all reminds me of a Star Trek episode I saw once.
Last week an article about the kettlebell swing created a lot of buzz. It got me thinking about how CrossFit and other sports have evolved through the years and how discussion fuels those changes.
This week I started thinking about our "CrossFit Heroes." Mine is Amanda Miller, a remarkable athlete who I can emulate, as an athlete, a coach, and even a person. That's what a hero should be.
In order to really compete, you need a coach and you need programming. The question for us masters - and for any athlete really - is what program? Or should I say, whose?
This week provided a lesson in the difference between quitting and making a judgment call to avoid injury. As promised, I've also included video of my progress on my goals from last week.
Now that the Open is over and the dust has settled, it’s time to start setting goals for for the Games. My goal for next week is to string together 3 no-false grip muscle-ups.
The 2013 CrossFit Open is complete and I met my goal of making 10th place. Today I discuss some of my biggest challenges for the Games and how I'm planning to work on them.
I'm currently in 11th place in the world for my age group. Today I'll tell how I met my coach and took my training up a notch. Having a coach and a training program has made all the difference for me.