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2010-07-28 12:12 PM
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BigDH - 2010-07-28 12:08 PM I can see the headline now Chrissie Wellington, CAUGHT doing crossfit

And those cheers you hear would be the rest of the pro women's field celebrating!



2010-07-28 12:14 PM
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Experior - 2010-07-28 11:14 AM

I went back and read the interview, and frankly the hubris is pretty breathtaking.  The answer to "How would you train Macca?" is absolutely absurd.  If this guy had in fact coached some Kona winners, then his answer would be interesting. 


I think that's exactly the problem most of us have with it.  While Max now claims that it's "just another way to train", he originally claimed that it was a better way to train and that the best in the world would be better served doing it his way.

I'm not anti-Crossfit.  I'm anti bad information.
2010-07-28 12:39 PM
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mwunderle - 2010-07-28 9:16 AM

As for Rutter, she made a rookie mistake in not taking on enough water and ended up in the med tent. 

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Hi, I’ve been following this thread and I have a question about something you said that seems contradictory.

Earlier you said, about your athlete named Rutter, “[She] is an absolute Kona threat who let the race get to her (this was her 6th IM) and failed to hydrate as needed on the second half of the bike and throughout the run. “

But in the post above, you describe her failure to adequately hydrate and take on calories as a “rookie mistake”.

She’s hardly a “rookie” if she’s completed 5 IM races already. I assume (maybe incorrectly) that she hadn’t had similar issues previously? Given that, does that not suggest that perhaps she might have benefitted from having done more long-distance work, if for no other reason than to better dial in her hydration/caloric needs?
2010-07-28 2:14 PM
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She committed a mistake normally made by a rookie, but she is not a rookie.
2010-07-28 9:33 PM
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DerekL - 2010-07-28 1:14 PM
Experior - 2010-07-28 11:14 AM

I went back and read the interview, and frankly the hubris is pretty breathtaking.  The answer to "How would you train Macca?" is absolutely absurd.  If this guy had in fact coached some Kona winners, then his answer would be interesting. 


I think that's exactly the problem most of us have with it.  While Max now claims that it's "just another way to train", he originally claimed that it was a better way to train and that the best in the world would be better served doing it his way.

I'm not anti-Crossfit.  I'm anti bad information.


OK, I don't really know anything about Crossfit, so (obviously) I'm neither for nor against it.  I was just commenting on the interview.

I did look around a bit (just Google -- not serious research) for how Crossfit might be relevant to tri and came across this gem (also apparently over a year old, so maybe the rhetoric has mellowed here too) from, apparently, the founder of Crossfit:

"Triathletes are sorely lacking in strength, speed, power, flexibility, accuracy, agility, and coordination, but they've sure got a lock on malnutrition."

I don't think I'll bother to try to say what is idiotic about this statement.  One can only hope that it is taken wildly out of context (I didn't find the original context).
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