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Go South, Episode 2: Motivation by Pat Sherwood - CrossFit Journal

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September 23, 2013

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One hundred days, 16 countries, 12,000 miles—by motorcycle.

In this second installment of Pat Sherwood and Ian Wittenber’s trip to Santiago, Chile, Sherwood talks about his motivation for hitting the road.

“Every now and then, over a greater period of time, if I don’t do something that I consider bigger or on a larger scale or whatever, I just have an amazing sense of not being fulfilled,” Sherwood says.

After driving from Santa Cruz, Calif., to the CrossFit Tour stop in Montana, Sherwood and Wittenber visit Chris Spealler at CrossFit Park City in Utah. In the box, Sherwood talks to Spealler about what motivates the man who has competed in six consecutive editions of the CrossFit Games, missing only the 2013 main event.

On down the road, at Denny’s in Tucson, Ariz., after riding 250 miles on the highway, a wind-blasted Sherwood collects himself.

“The last two nights of riding, dude, have been rugged,” Sherwood says. “The wind, my God, the wind. It was like you saw 18-wheelers doing a little kind of swerve, so that wind would hit us on our bikes and it just felt like we were damned near gonna get knocked over. You’re just riding at a constant lean.”

He adds: “It’s just exhausting to do that mile after mile after mile. Your central nervous system is just fried.”

Only all of Latin America to go.

Video by Ian Wittenber.

6min 59sec

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Additional reading: “Taking the Time for the Time of Your Life” by Pat Sherwood, published Sept.16, 2013.

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5 Comments on “Go South, Episode 2: Motivation”


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Great Work Journal, great work!!!


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The discussion with Chris is incredibly interesting, because it addresses a very real and difficult situation all men face. At some point they are no longer Superman. It is inevitable. You know it is coming. But it is ignored until it no longer can be. At least that's been my experience. Facing the music of no longer being able to outrun my children, something I could do when they were in their late teens and I was in my mid forties, of no longer being able to out wrestle my youngest, among other waning abilities, is THE hardest thing I've ever done. My case isn't as typical as it should be either, mainly due to severe back problems that I've had to deal with, and that have severely limited my physical abilities. Lots of guys in their mid fifties and beyond remain incredibly active. Maybe they can no longer do what they did in their twenties, thirties, or forties, but are still quite salty. A lot of those guys compete in the Masters division of Crossfit, even. My advice to Chris is to embrace the Masters if he's able to do so when he reaches that age. I know he doesn't want to lose Superman status, but he will. Whether it happens now or in his seventies, it will happen. But IF he can still compete at a high level of some sort, then compete, dude! I would love to be able to compete in the Masters competition. Hell, I would love to be able to do an RX WOD. But I cannot. At least not yet. I hope when Chris gets there he's able to accept his new levels of decline, otherwise it will eat him alive. It's eating me alive. Which means I have no idea what to tell him to ease the pain of yearning for what he's lost, not that he would listen to me anyway. I can only hope he can find a way to embrace what he still has at that point. That's what I'm struggling with trying to do anyway. Because just quitting, just giving up, is the most painful thing of all. It feels good to work toward doing a true clean & jerk, something I may never be able to fully do, but trying to make it work is better than not trying at all. I'd be willing to bet that when Chris is in his sixties, or whatever, and is still salty, he will still want to push to see what he can accomplish today. If it's not quite what he was able to do 5 years ago, well, it's still quite a bit more than nothing at all. That makes it more than worthwhile. Right?


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This is an awesome video. Thanks for posting!


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The discussion with Chris Spealler was very interesting, especially for someone such as myself who is hitting my early 40's and learning to deal with not being able to do the things I use to be able to do.

As a 2013 IBR rally finisher (11,065 miles in 11 days on the motorcycle)I am looking forward to hearing more about their fantastic journey. Wish I could take more time off and hit the road again.


Phillip Sarris wrote …

Great job on video. As father time ticks away we all realize our skills slowly diminish. Which is the natural progression of aging. A CrossFit lifestyle will certainly retard this process and enable those who prescribe to it experience a better quality of life well into their Golden years.

Mr. Speiller as well as many other CF's in their 20's,30's and 40's will come to this realization in 20-30 years. I will bet they all will still be just as competitive and enjoy the fruits of all their past training and habitual lifestyle.

Use it or lose it!

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