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2015 Games Reflections

The CrossFit Games have come and gone. For me, this is the fifth time to reflect on what I witnessed, what to take away and what to do next. The Games push everyone involved, everyone. The athletes are being tested and pushed to exceed their limits. The crowd is a witness to their journey. There

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Markers

Last week I got the opportunity to be a guest on the Compete Everyday podcast. I sat down with Jake Thompson, a friend of mine who I’ve know when I was first getting started as an entrepreneur, to talk about my journey so far. I would love for you to listen in and share your

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Choices

I was in a meeting at Facebook’s Austin office (as a guest) and it occurred to me: This is nuts. A handful of years ago I was working a desk job for a major marketing company. Cubicle, shirt, tie, meetings, reviews and paperwork. It felt wrong from the start. I could do all of the

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Moving

It’s so disruptive. My rhythm … The general cadence of the week’s flow shifts drastically. It’s annoying. Regardless of preparation or planning, moving from one place to another changes things. It’s uncomfortable, tiring and host of other words that build a case for never ever moving. That’s where I was last week. I spent two years

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Cluttered

For the record, I have been writing more often, just not here. I am not even sure anyone actually reads my blog, but that’s not why I blog. This is a place for my thoughts, stories, dreams and lessons. My life can get really cluttered and messy. I can function with a certain level of

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It takes a Team

This year I returned to the South Regional to lead the social media team and help tell the story of athletes from the South Central, Latin America and South West Regions. It’s always a challenge, but I love the challenge of figuring out how to deliver something that captures what is taking place. It’s never

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Camouflage

On Walter Scott: Imperfect Thoughts on a Perfect Problem Not all cops are bad. Not all people of color are criminals. The problem is that wrong-doers don’t wear a specific uniform or come from a specific race. They are interwoven into our community and remain hidden among us—often until it’s too late. It’s not simple We
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Jumping Around in My Mind

I can’t get my thoughts out right now. They just won’t flow. I can see them and they make sense in my mind, but when I sit down to write,  a traffic jam of words backs up on the interchange from my thoughts to my fingers. I am going to switch gears from my original topic
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She

I don’t know where she is her identity is a mystery Have I seen her before? there are no answers, but questions too many. I wonder when it will be time I wonder if it will be time then time wonders off without me there is no need to look for her because I don’t
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Open Perspective

The Open is a good test of fitness. As leaders, we encouraged everyone to participate in this five week competition for a variety of reasons. These five weeks are an excellent opportunity to see where you are at, how far you’ve come and may give insights on what you need to work towards. It’s also
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Checking into Facebook

few weeks ago I was invited to visit Facebook’s office in Austin, Texas. As a user and a generally curious person, I was immediately intrigued to visit the place behind the social network. I’ve spent a pretty good amount of time working on Facebook as a small business owner, contract storyteller and consultant. My focus
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The Moment Before

The moment “right before” is easy to overlook. It’s easy recall the game-winning touchdown or hitting a PR in the gym. But what about right before that?  Earlier this week I was in the gym taking pictures for an upcoming seminar and I accidentally took the photo above. This happens often and I normally discard

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Arriving in London

It’s been a week or two since I recently traveled to London,England. It was probably one of the best things I’ve done for myself. During the trip, I wrote. Here is a slice of the first day: I landed in Heathrow airport early Wednesday morning. It was my fifth time at the airport but the first

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Saturday Work

I woke up and had a normal Saturday morning debate—with myself—on whether or not I was going to workout. I’ve found that if I just start getting ready and put on clothes, I end up at the gym (CrossFit Jääkarhu). When I arrived, team training was getting started. Team training is an opportunity for athletes
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An Unpaved Road

Today I slipped into a thoughtful space here is a glimpse: Success: It is not a paved road with well-lit signs and directions. Deciding to go after what you want often begins the most challenging times of your life. Struggle and frustration move in as your new neighbors and the mailman seems to bring you envelopes full of stress, daily. There are moments
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Favorite Photo – I Never Posted

This is my favorite of the photos I never posted. I remember it clearly: I was eating when asked to take a photo for media … I totally botched it (haha) and we ended up using a video instead. Throughout the years, I’ve covered the folks in this picture numerous times. But this time, I
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Travel Sweats

I am on a plane again. It seems like I have said this 30 or more times this year (and that’s probably accurate). This time I am headed to hang out with one of my bros. We are not related by blood, but that doesn’t really matter. He is one of seven people who have

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All that I Can

I’ve sat down to write several times over the past few weeks but each time I have found a way to get distracted. Usually I tell myself that something is more pressing or important and that I will write “later tonight.” Later is always out of reach Don’t worry this is not one of those

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Thanksgiving

Today is Thanksgiving and the meaning of this holiday rings especially true with me.  It’s been quite the year for me and for many. Many of the people I have interacted with this year have gone through a great challenge or change. This collective period of growth has shown me so much about myself and

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Pause

I thrive in Go Mode. Constant momentum and activity makes me feel like I am inching myself closer to goals, dreams and aspirations. When things are hectic, I am at my best. But this is not possible to perpetually operate this. Despite my stubbornness, I have found that I do have limits. There is a

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A Peak of Mind

Where do you bury your thoughts?   Are they safe in the dirt, or comfortable in a cloudy sky?   Do they rest amongst your pillows, only to visited your headspace in the absence of night?   No I say your thoughts refuse to be buried. They walk swiftly along your side.   They ride

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Finish

I had just moved to Austin, Texas (2011) and made friends with a couple of my co-workers. We shared a love for music, creativity and having fun. One day at work, my friend Ben showed me this really cool pop culture video on YouTube. Super awesome right? After seeing this, we decided we wanted to

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Identity

Picking up from my last blog: I landed safely in San Jose, gathered my things and took a very thought-provoking Uber ride to the hotel. “Thought-provoking ride” is not an option on the Uber app (although it should be).   After normal introductions and questions, the driver began immediately break life down to me. I don’t

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Special Cadence

I am on my way to San Jose to cover the CrossFit Invitational. It is an honor to be able to step on a plane and go off to cover the Sport of Fitness. I get so excited every time I clear security and settle in at my gate. As soon as I sit down,

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Vulnerable Clarity

Every day holds so many lessons. I wonder how many I miss, over look or forget. It’s not something I will lose sleep over but I definitely want to begin to limit it. In response to that, I am again challenging myself to increase my writing frequency. Writing is the most selfish thing I do.

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Stolen

I woke up like dih! I woke up last Thursday in a hurry to begin my day. There was a full schedule ahead of me and I knew I had to be on point in order to get everything done. I quickly got ready and jumped into my roommates car—to head to my first meeting.

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Sudden Change

How do you prepare for things you can not foresee? That seems like a silly question, but it something that I ask myself the most. Throughout life there will be unexpected turnovers—occurrences that immediately changes your circumstances. In the past, these situations have derailed me for days or weeks at a time. It’s a design

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All

There is a desire to do it all, to have it all. Right now. It’s undeniable and ever-present. Is that wrong? Where does that come from? Who knows, but the only logical solution is quench that desire. So now that destination “Do it All” has been identified, it’s time to begin. But be careful. The

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Always. Be. Creative

Let me welcome you into my thoughts for just a minute or two. For years, I have been a hesitant writer. Most of the time I avoid it until inspiration is so potent that I absolutely have to express my thoughts. Stalling like that is not a good way to progress in any arena (oddly

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Fittest Games Experience

  At the beginning of a project I seldom think about the ending—even though endings are natural occurrences in most things. I have been a part of the Fittest Games since 2012, serving as a creative and media director for this local competition that is held in Austin, Texas for the last eight-ish years. Throughout the years  I

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Control

You can’t control everything, so don’t try. Do the absolute best YOU can do and let everything else be. Then you’re in control. — Johnathan D. Haynes (@MyIgnition) July 30, 2014   The above sums up the marquee lesson I take away from the CrossFit Games. I’ve worked or been a part of this event

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We all train for the Games

It’s CrossFit Games week and this is my fourth year making the trip to the proving grounds for the Fittest on Earth. Each year my understanding of this community and its sport grows—fueling my love, passion and excitement for the gathering that takes place in a few days.   Since Froning and Briggs were crowned

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A Helping Hughes

It is very easy to cruise through life as a quiet passenger. I look back on missed opportunities to share my thoughts and have decided to avoid letting that become a habit. I can very easily get lost in my own thoughts and convince myself not to share, but not this time.   I am grateful.

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Downtown LA

A few weeks ago, one of my childhood friends got married in a beautiful Catholic Cathedral in the middle of downtown Los Angeles, California.  I have been traveling for the good majority of this year and it has been full of fantastic and special experiences. Coming home to witness someone I’ve known for so long

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Maya Angelou—An American Treasure

Yesterday, Dr. Maya Angelou  left this world at the age of 86. I woke to the news of Dr. Angelou’s passing and immediately took a moment to reflect on a ‘stranger’ that has impacted (and will continue to impact) me greatly.  I don’t often participate in the mourning of celebrities for celebrity sake. Death is

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Failure is part of the Progress

Originally published on Medium My journey as an athlete is mine alone. I am quickly learning that failure is part of the progress. Failure is part of the progress. The higher I climb, the greater the barriers will be. Bigger barriers require more — More skill, technique, mental toughness and immense amounts of patience. The victories may be seemingly

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X Games Austin Scavenger Hunt

Last Wednesday I received an email calling for sign-ups to participate in the X Games Austin scavenger hunt. Without even thinking about it, I hit the sign up button and begin to register three of my friends and myself (I text them afterwards to inquire what they were doing on Sunday.) It’s funny because none

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Moving Weight

Last friday a pretty fun clean and jerk cycle that began with two clean and jerks every minute on the minute (EMOM) for five minutes. The final five minutes were one clean and jerk. I started at 235 lb. and finished at 335 lb. It was a good day. I happened to leave my lifting

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#CrossFit

Just a random thought I had today

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More

It’s come to my attention that I am pretty wasteful with my time. It’s not that I am lazy or unproductive by any means, but lately I’ve noticed that there is some serious room for improvement. There have been so many moments where an idea has come to me and I’ve just let it float

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VLOG 1: A Winning Mentality

Recently, I decided to start a new project. I want to document more of the things I see and experience—be it through videos, photos or regular blogs. My hope is to tell so cool stories, create a conversation or just entertain myself. You are welcome to leave notes and make comments. On this VLOG I

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A Momentary Reflection

Life is a collection of moments — thoughts, feelings and actions. It can be broken down in to a much more detailed description or scientific explanation but I intend to keep this short. This is the time of year for resolutions … declarations of the desires for the coming year. I think this time of year has

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Survival of the Fitness

Finding Balance in Daily Chaos Each day brings new challenges. They are patient teachers with valuable rewards for those that can master them. My current teacher is balance — between my work and training. I have a passion for what I do and I dive into it face first and allow it to consume me for long periods of time.

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Quiet Mistakes

Your next move speaks a lot louder than your last mistake.  

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Change the World

This video has been ringing in my ears for a few weeks now. It is easy to get caught up in the struggle and strain of trying to change your life. The challenge is to stay focused and remember that your dreams were given to you as a gift. You have a purpose and dreams

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Anyway

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Honesty and frankness make you

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Perspective

From time to time, I struggle. With life responsibilities and self imposed pressure to achieve the things I want. To say the least I live uncommonly, almost to a fault sometimes. Mainly because too many incredible individuals have invested in me and I refuse to half ass my life. I am focused and driven to

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Reflections: What do You See?

The story of the 2013 CrossFit Games is a week old and I am still trying to unpack what I saw. This was my third year in attendance and every time I feel like the week flies by… All of a sudden I am on my feet and it’s time for the finals. In that

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Unity

  u·ni·ty  /ˈyo͞onətē – Harmony or agreement between people or groups.

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Worlds Away, Amongst Friends

A Regional competition on a National level A short time ago I received a phone call — inside of which I was asked if I would like to travel to Copenhagen, Denmark and tell the story of the CrossFit Games Europe Regionals. I had never been outside off the Americas, and it happened to recently

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