Funk – A state that an athlete gets into when the stars are not aligned, the energy is off, the power is gone. A funk can be short lived or it can be a state of being for a long time. Funks can come out of nowhere or there can be clear precipitating events. The bottom line is that every athlete has funks, nobody wants them, and there isn’t a clear way to get out of the funk. My friends in AZ love to joke about who has the funk. We laugh about someone getting the funk and being the keeper of the funk. Everyone denies if they have the funk and the quickly try to pass it on to someone else. Coach thinks the word funk shouldn’t even be in our vocabulary. But there has to be a word to describe this inescapable part of athletics. Maybe someone else calls it a slump. But even in baseball when a batter is in a hitting slump that is just another way of saying he has the FUNK! It is a state of mind as much as it is like catching the cold. If you let the cold become part of you and you internalize it then it might just stay with you for months. But if you channel positive energy, if you always force yourself to see the positives in everything you do, if you make yourself laugh every day, and if you eat BBQ, you can cure yourself from a funk. Well, maybe that doesn’t work for you, but let me assure you that if you don’t have a plan to get out of the funk then you might just be stuck with that sucker for a while. Myself, my team, my friends, my family, we are part of the movement that is the title of this blog. FunkFreeNation! Lets all work to eradicate the funk from existence. I saw a sign in the airport on the way to Scottsdale. I think it said something like we are so close to saying goodbye to Polio forever. Perhaps one day if we all stay committed to positivity and clean healthy living we can say goodbye to the Funk forever. Join me in my efforts to get rid of all funks in the world. Share with each other. What led to your most recent funk? How did you shake it?

Thursday AM – with Danny

30sec AD @ 90%
30sec Skip Rope
avg 421 watts

Thursday Noon – with Danny

1min – Med Ball Clean 150#
1min – HSPU
1min – Versaclimber
2min Rest; 4 sets


Thursday PM – with Danny

C2B Pull Up
OHS 135#
Push Up (hand release)


Friday AM – with Everyone at OPT (Matt, Meghan, Colin, Moses, Danny)

50 Clean and Jerks for Time (95#)
2:04 (40/5/5) – 1st Place


rest 10mins
2:30 Max Cals Airdyne
86 Cals – 2nd Place


rest 10mins
50 Double Unders
10 Burpees
40 Double Unders
10 Burpees
30 Double Unders
10 Burpees
20 Double Unders
10 Burpees
10 Double Unders
10 Burpees
– 4:38 (felt really slow. so gassed from previous two tests. barely held on) – 3rd place


Friday – PM back home in Mill Valley with Megan

Row 2mins Max Meters
rest 10mins; 3 sets
-1:30.2, 1:29.9, 1:29.8 (675, 677, 678m)

Saturday – Noon back home with Dan Felling and Megan

A. Clean and jerk; 2 reps on the min for 15 min @75% 1rm
235 – Power Clean and Split Jerk

Crossfit open workout 12.2 (snatch progressive ladder)
80 reps (2 rep PR from last year but started out much more fatigued and tired)
*hardest part was the 135#. didn’t have much pop and rested too long. felt a bit zapped from the clean and jerks and yesterdays rows. positives from this test – much more power in my hips. all power snatches (last year squat snatched all 165). also felt much better in the 165#’s.