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USA Soccer: Bringing Out Our National Spirit

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Tim Howard Yesterday’s soccer game was so thrilling and even though the USA team lost to Belgium, I am still in awe of how awesome our players are. I had no idea how awesome soccer players are in general –great athletes and amazing to look at too. That’s a great combination for sure. I love when world sports’ teams compete –it brings out our national spirit. Everyone rallies together and cheers the team on. It’s unifying and exciting and it was much needed especially after the SCOTUS ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby this week that clearly divided the country.

It was definitely tough getting up this morning for my Power Boxing class. I am enjoying it but it’s hard on my body at 6A, especially after a tough and hot yoga class yesterday. One thing I have begun to notice while boxing is the variety of intensity found among the boxers. There are a ton of newbies that are still not comfortable really beating the crap out of the heavy bag. At least I think they are newbies — I wonder how much benefit they are getting when they don’t hit hard or really move during the workout time. My feeling is that you are there to work – so go as hard as you can. Maybe that’s as hard as they can go but I doubt it — I think it’s as hard as their mind allows them to go. This is really where the CrossFit training and mentality serves me really well. I go at full intensity when it calls for it — and I don’t quit and I am finding that a lot of people outside of CF don’t necessarily subscribe to that.

Have you had a chance to read this NYT feature: Is Obesity Ok?. It’s such a touchy subject that is tied to so many emotions that it’s tough to really get to the heart of it. The health implications of obesity are not OK – but obese people are worthy of respect and kindness, just like everyone else out there. But does respect mean you don’t show sincere care for their well being and talk to them about addressing the issue?  Obesity is a public health issue and causes a whole host of other health issues. Sometimes honest conversations can sting even though it’s coming from a place of concern, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t happen.

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Athletes Who Give Back Warm My Heart

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Dwayne De Rosario

DC United Athletes Give Back

You know what I love? Athletes who don’t let fame and their title change them so much that they forget how important it is to stay connected to the community. Yesterday, I met a pretty famous soccer player named Dwayne De Rosario. I am not a follower of soccer, so I would not have known him if I saw him at Wegmans but was told and later verified he is legit.  And after yesterday, I just may become a fan!

What struck me about spending time with him is how down to earth, nice and genuine he was.  He donated some of his time to read some stories to some online public school students that are run by K12, Inc.  We drove to RFK stadium and recorded him and another soccer player, Perry Kitchen reading some stories to a few of CAPCS Online students so we can share it with the rest of our school community when its complete.

What struck me about 2D R (as he is called) was that he didn’t have to do it –he was asked last minute and came through. He also read a few extra books than we asked for, took the time to talk to the kids, took pics and didn’t rush the time we had with him. The person who set it all up for us shared that Dwayne doesn’t do appearances that pay him or for big profit companies and really believes in the overall mission of DC United.  I am not going to miss mentioning how handsome Dwayne is as well.  Holy smokes!

DC United is committed to giving back to the community and they have appearances scheduled for the team just about 365 days a year!

Also, weekend before last, Redskin RG3 stopped by the Broad Run HS football game just to hang out.  Athletes not forgetting where they came from and the influence they have, is the kind of stuff I love to hear about!

Today’s workout was ying and yang for me. I love deadlifts, hate burpees and the combo of both together in this WOD actually made me appreciate the burpees we did. And I don’t say that often!

Warmup
50 Double Unders
50 Jumping Jacks
10 Handstand Holds

Skill
Handstands
Deadlifts

WOD
12 RFT

  • 12 Deadlifts (105#)
  • 6 burpees

time: 17:16

This was a good couplet workout and those deadlifts were hard as heck! But I’m glad I went and now ready to take on the rest of my day!

 

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