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Intrepid Fortitude

By Sean | In Events and Announcements, Psychology | on October 13, 2010


mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, danger, or temptation courageously: Never once did her fortitude waver during that long illness.

It’s unfortunate, but over these past couple of weeks many Intrepids have experienced hardships in a variety of shapes and forms.  The one thing I’ve been thoroughly impressed with besides our tight-knit community, is how each and every one of you dealt with the difficult situations life presented and the fortitude you displayed in getting through them.

Alia, your drive to work one morning took an unexpected turn for the worse as you realized logs were falling out of the truck in front of you on a busy interchange.  Your level-headedness and quick thinking saved your life as you deliberately laid your bike down to avoid the timber.  Your rapid processing of the situation allowed you to purposely lay the bike down on the side opposite the oil tank preventing oil from leaking everywhere and causing a massive traffic incident.  You said that time appeared to slow down, and you had the where-with-all to rely on your training and instincts.  That combined with your excellent fitness helped you get back into the gym only a few days following the incident with no major injuries, just minor bumps and bruises.

Alia’s totaled motorcycle

Michael, your relaxing weekend took a turn for the worse as Maile disappeared suddenly, only to find out she had slipped down one of the steep cliffs in Palos Verdes.  You took it upon yourself to scale the rugged cliffs, sacrificing your own body to save your dog’s life.  Who else besides a CrossFitter or experienced rock climber would even consider tackling this themselves?  Not many come to mind.  And one of the first things you did once you got to safety was to thank Ruth, the gym, and CrossFit for ensuring you had the state of mind and body to be able to pull something like this off.

Michael’s leg pre-stitches

Like our gym motto goes, “Be patient and tough.  Someday this pain will be useful to you.”  Those somedays arrive unexpectedly and typically without warning as I have posted on before and have experienced since (something to the effect of wrestling a ravaging pitbull off of our dog Nalu and restraining it until the owner could harness and secure their dog).  I think that these stories are no coincidence.  CrossFit and CrossFit Intrepid helps build our work capacity and mental toughness to be able to overcome adversity.  Many individuals who are faced with similar situations can’t help but feel overwhelmed or go into a state of shock from the amount of stress.  But just as our muscles adapt to the stress we put on them by getting stronger, our fortitude grows stronger each and every time we attack an intimidating workout and push our bodies and oftentimes our minds to their limits.  This translates to level-headedness in the midst of stressful situations and the “it was no big deal” attitude that many CrossFitters portray after the fact saying it was nothing compared to what they experience pushing themselves through Murph, Fran, or Helen.

One of my college coaches would always tell us to plan for adversity because it’s inevitable and to ignore it, hoping it never shows, is just dumb.  Unless you know what types of adverse situations you may find yourself in like military, law enforcement, medical, fire, etc., a General Preparedness Program (GPP) like CrossFit is your best preparation for the unknown and unknowable of life.  I applaud each and every one of you for your courage braving your tough times, be it illness, injury, bereavement, or (fill in the blank) and I am proud to be a part of our supportive Intrepid community.

On that note I’m sad to say that 3 members of our family are leaving us this month for work related opportunities.  Drew and Jenna will be moving to the San Diego area and Becky will be heading up to Santa Barbara.  This Friday we’ll be throwing them a “Going-Away” Potluck after the 6pm class over at Brian and Anna’s.  Sign up on the whiteboard to bring a dish and come join the festivities!

WOD 10.13.10

5 Rounds for time:
400m Run
15 Overhead Squats

14 Comments to "Intrepid Fortitude"

  • Anna says:

    October 13, 2010 at 7:46 AM -

    Love the post Sean, I totally agree.

    And you read my mind, I was going to post about the party again today.

    Miss all of my friends, see you all Friday!

  • Drew says:

    October 13, 2010 at 8:06 AM -

    Great post Sean. Glad everyone is safe and sound!!

  • Pooja says:

    October 13, 2010 at 8:16 AM -

    awesome post Sean… and if it’s anyone that can find themselves out of a sticky situation, it’s definitely an intrepid!

    Mike and Alia – wishing you both a quick recovery! way to make an example of exactly what crossfit is :) you both rock!

    see ya’ll friday… i’ll probably be bringing the (non)paleo beer and wine 😉

  • Scott says:

    October 13, 2010 at 9:04 AM -

    Mike and Alia, I’m glad to hear you guys are OK. You’re both amazing people and amazing athletes. Rest up.

    Nice post Sean. I often think more about training to perform better at sports and to look better naked :) …. but really it’s more important to be fit for those life defining moments that Alia/Mike faced and to allow us to enjoy active lives for many decades to come.

    Looking forward to the party Friday. I’m making my mother’s famous Apple Pie from scratch. I boldly claim it’s the best Apple Pie in the world.

  • Jake says:

    October 13, 2010 at 9:34 AM -

    Solid post and glad that Mike and Alia are doing fine.

  • Jenna says:

    October 13, 2010 at 9:39 AM -

    you two crazy kids get better soon!! so glad that both of you are okay.

    Scott, can’t wait to try this apple pie…one of my faves!!

    I love all my Intrepids…I’m going to be so sad to leave everyone, but don’t worry, we will come and visit :) can’t wait to see everyone at the shin-dig!

  • becky says:

    October 13, 2010 at 9:48 AM -

    thank God you two are OK.
    I heard the stories, but the pics paint it clearer.

    Love this post.

    Going to miss mi familia.
    Yay for Friday.

  • Michael H says:

    October 13, 2010 at 11:24 AM -

    Great post Sean, The CFI Slogan is definitely one everybody should live up to!

    Thanks for all the support all, you guys are truly the best. Can’t wait to grub on Friday. I’m bringing spring rolls!

    Do we have a head count so I can make sure I “make” enough :)

  • Xuan says:

    October 13, 2010 at 11:58 AM -

    Are we allowed to bring non-paleo foods? :)

  • melissa says:

    October 13, 2010 at 12:00 PM -

    jeezum crow, glad everyone is safe and sound! great post, sean!

  • Avelyne says:

    October 13, 2010 at 2:59 PM -

    Alia & Mike, so glad that you two are safe!

    Awesome post Sean!

  • Wendi says:

    October 13, 2010 at 4:28 PM -

    Also glad to hear that everyone is safe! I will also be attending on Friday night and bringing food/drink!

  • Michelle says:

    October 13, 2010 at 9:35 PM -

    Mike & Alia, glad you guys are okay! I can confirm that Scott’s apple pie is the best in the world =) Unfortunately I can’t make the party on Friday because I’m going out of town. Have fun everyone!

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