August 04, 2009
Paul (Apolloswabbie) Eich finds himself on top of a mountain wondering if his CrossFit training will pay off.
In retrospect, you might say it was all part of life’s rich pageant. At the time, I was preoccupied by an immediate concern: how the hell would I move a 500-pound elk carcass through the deep snow, down a mountain and into a vehicle before the sunset brought mountaintop cold, coyotes and perhaps mountain lions?
It was January 2009. I was pursuing a boyhood dream of hunting elk and found myself testing CrossFit’s claims to produce a general physical preparedness that lends itself well to unknown and unknowable challenges. It was Day 4 of a five-day elk-hunting trip, and my CrossFit workouts had already paid off. Early on, I’d figured out that a Pose-style forefoot-weighted step was best for a good snowshoe stride. As I made my way up the mountainside, I noted that CrossFit has fundamentally changed how I move
When I saw a herd working its way up the next ridge, I arranged my gear to enable a long belly crawl. When the rangefinder told me they were only 325 yards away, I settled into the snow. The cow collapsed at my shot.
All of a sudden, the day began to feel like a CrossFit WOD:
Dead Cow Drag
Before the sun sets:
• Pull a bunch of off-balance 300-pound deadlifts
• Backtrack 20 meters up a mountain to grab 40 pounds of gear
• Run/slide back down to animal and repeat until one mile is covered.
It was beautiful in a very CrossFit way.