21 July 2012 | Winslow, WA
Sunny and fabulous for seattle
I was thinking--as Dan was doing pushups in the cockpit--that it might be fun to figure out the sailor's version of crossfit. There are a lot of things on a boat that can resemble the workout of the day (known by crossfit members as WOD). Lift the dingy up the Davits AMRAP (as many reps as possible). Pull in 300 feet of chain after anchoring without using the windlass (until you can't pull it in any more) for time. Raise and lower the sail as quickly as possible 25 times. Send your spouse to the top of the mast, forget the critical tool and do it again. Climb the main halyard to the spreaders. Row to shore and leave the dingy engine behind--forget something on the boat and row back. Step from the dingy up to the gunnell 200 times. Of course, squats pushups, sit ups, Burpees, can proceed as normal if you get bored. Boats CAN offer a variety of options!!!
Paleo is easy. Catch fish and eat it. Don't run your refrigeration and skip out on dairy. Trade Doritos with the natives for fresh produce. Drink tequila with limes and prevent scurvy. It's too hard to keep the beer cold anyway.
So, while this is just the start, I was thinking I could start posting the sailors's daily WOD when we take off for our next adventure. I always found it hard to exercise while sailing and perhaps building a crossfit community at sea (with people that already high five and congratulate you for latest PR in ocean crossing passage time)...would be the perfect antidote for offshore doldrums.