Personally I think it is a kind of silly activity. Hanging out in a gym jumping up an down, snatching things off the ground, collapsing afterwards and then high fiving everyone at the workout session. Full disclosure is that I am unable to even try cross fit due to my torn up Achilles. So maybe I am jealous… maybe not…. in any case there is a reason I mention cross fit.
At the trail today a SUV with a lot of decals promoting a certain cross fit studio (gym?) had two very fit looking guys get out of it. They were slim, trim, and very fast looking fellows, both with bicycles that while not top notch, were pretty close. I was hoping that they would leave before me as i hate getting passed on the trail. I have to work to keep up with or even try to pass the people who pass me, sometimes I am successful, other times I get my lunch taken and made to realize I am a 40(ish) 225 pound(ish) fellow who used to be pretty quick.
Well the cross fit guys left a few minutes before me so I was relieved I wouldn’t have to try to keep up with them. But less than three minutes into my ride what do I see? Two little cross fitters just ahead of me. Again, I must stress, I am by no means belittling cross fit, I just don’t get it. Shortly after seeing them ahead of me I passed them like they were sitting still, well that was mostly because they were sitting still. No sooner had I passed than I heard one of the guys say something like we should keep up with him he doesn’t look fast…… well true enough, I am not fast, like I said, pretty quick.
So what to do? Drop the hammer of them, let them catch me and then drop the hammer, just keep riding? I choose to just keep going at my usual pace. Not soon after, I knew they were chasing I did a few glances over my shoulder to see where they were… at first they seemed to be keeping up, but pretty quickly it became clear being kind of quick was going to kill these guys. So I am not cross fit, but I guess I will call myself bike quick. Yes dropping them was too easy, maybe it was their first ride ever, or maybe I just felt good, or maybe I misheard what was said and turned up the gas for no reason, or maybe I just don’t think cross fit is cycling fit and these guys showed me I might just be right.
I had a really good ride today and felt pretty good. It was a good day. I hope the cross fit guys had a good ride too.