Meeting the Chain Reaction crew

Posted on: Thursday November 7, 2013

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this yet but I’ve been given the chance to participate in an incredible tour of Tasmania with some great people from work. It’s big — 1,000 km and about 12k of vertical over seven days — and the effort will be helping to raise money for a couple of incredible charities that provide support for kids with serious and life-threatening illnesses: the Starlight Foundation and Very Special Kids.

For a short window of time we knew that Thomas would be born far too early and that that could mean a range of things — from stillbirth, to fighting a losing battle, to winning a battle for life and taking on the responsibility of caring for a special needs kit … or maybe we’d be the one in a million miracle and dodge the bullet. Although we had to say goodbye to our little boy the moment we met, I feel a great empathy for anyone who has to face losing a child. I could skip training all the way to the start line and not go through one tenth the suffering that these guys are facing, so a few 4 a.m. training sessions ain’t no thing if it helps me help out.

So, this morning I rolled down to meet the crew (or at least, the part of the crew who made it to the initial training session).

It’s a mixed bunch. Some pretty fit guys, some not so fit guys, some not very fit at all guys, some guys who’ve ridden in bunches and some guys who clearly haven’t. A lot of very nice bikes.

70km, 2:27, 341m (Beach Rd to Mordialloc)

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November 2013

On the bike

CrossFit benchmarks

100 Burpees: 11:07 10:32
50 Burpees: 4:24
Angie: 30:47 (60 pull-ups only)
Annie: ---
Cindy: 13 rounds
Dianne: 39:07 (scaled)
Elizabeth: 24:47 (scaled)
Fight Gone Bad (3 rounds): 311
Filthy Fifty: 31:16
Fran: 10:31
Grace (35 kg): 4:25
Hangover Cure: 8 rounds
Helen: 11:10
Jeremy: 13:33
Kelly: 36:09
Linda (scaled): 1:17:04
Michael: 32:30
Murph: 54:17
Nancy: 17:30 (scaled to 35 kg)
Nate: 7 rounds (scaled)
Nicole: 3 rounds, 19 pullups

Row 1k: 3:26.3
Row 2k: 7:15.4
Row 500m: 1:35.7
Run 5k: 24:05 (Feb 17)

Weightlifting PBs

Bench Press: ---
Clean: 70kg
Jerk: 70kg
Press: 52.5kg
Snatch: 47.5kg+
Squat (back): 102.5kg
Squat (front): 85kg (x2)
Deadlift: 130kg
CrossFit Total: 623


3RM OHS: 55kg
3RM Front squat: 82.5kg (x5)
3RM Back squat: 90kg
3RM Deadlift: 130kg
5RM Press: 45kg
5RM Front squat: 82.5kg
5RM Back squat: 90kg
5RM Deadlift: 120
20RM Back squat: 65kg


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