Eat with me: stomach filling cues from different group dynamics

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One reason it’s so much fun to eat out with fellow CrossFitters is that everyone loves good food, and lots of it at that. Ordering is a serious matter, dietary considerations are handled with grace, dishes are cheered as they arrive, additional orders are placed throughout the meal, multiple water refills are requested by all, and the food is discussed in detail.

Not getting upset that ‘dinner’ was actually drinks and overpriced olives. Not being self conscious about wanting more food or a taste of someone else’s dish. Not being disappointed that the restaurant chosen specifically for that occasion didn’t garner much interest.

It’s liberating.

Training as a form of preparation

Generation CrossFit A New Yorker piece digs deep to analyze one man’s life and lifestyle motivations for training the CrossFit way. Hint: it’s not “because the community is awesome”.

What is behind the CrossFit need, which is a variation of compulsive intense training? And I mean training, not playing a sport—training as a form of preparation.

Within the answers lie the heart of people’s stories. I love this question.

Tactical tips for my next triathlon

Tips picked up from my first triathlon.

Swim

  • Secure a place in front of the pack and swim hard in the first few minutes for a smoother start
  • Go faster, you’re not going to save much energy anyway
  • Scout the course ahead of time and memorize where all the buoys are, not just the one at the turning point

Bike

  • Tape a second gel to take at the halfway point
  • Become a stronger cyclist…

Run

  • Don’t forget to take off the biking gloves
  • Review the map and decide where to pick up the pace ahead of time

Other

  • Pack race-day breakfast
  • Make sure all of the shoe laces are tied tightly
  • Slather on sunscreen before putting on the wetsuit
  • Have the Strava app launched before the race

5km jog through Shitamachi, enjoying the tail end of summer.