Workout of the Day
Choose ONE of the following lifts below:
A: Bench Press
3×5 reps, across
B: Front Squat
C: Split Jerk
3 Rounds for time of:
21 Alternating Single Arm DB Snatches (50/35/20…)
12 Dual DB Thrusters (2×50/2×35/2×20….)
There is a 15:00 cap on this workout and it should take around 8-13:00. If needed, scale the burpee volume to 15 per round and/or remove the push-up.
Cole is a staple of OG AND one of the coaches at Queer Trans Strength NYC, hosted at CFSBK every Sunday.
Leo & Phil’s recent Trip to Maui amid the Fires that destroyed Lahaina
Phil and I just got back from a trip to Maui with Phil’s whole family (13 people total), and we wanted to share our experience.
We got to Maui Sunday (8/6) to a rental house about six miles north of Lahaina. Monday, we went out to Lahaina on historic Front Street. Gorgeous—had a blast. Tuesday morning, the power went out; then phone/internet service.
Tuesday night, we got in a van to dinner, but the road was stalled, and we saw a column of black smoke ahead. We had no idea why. We turned around, threw together a quick dinner at home, and played board games. Later, from the roof, we saw the bright glow from the fires. I think that’s when we really started to worry.
Here is what historic Front Street in Lahaina looks like now. The red circle blob is where Phil and I had taken sunset photos just two days earlier.
In the morning, still no power or service. The local sewage systems ran on electricity, which the smell outside soon confirmed. We learned on AM radio bits and pieces of what happened, but very little. Reporters couldn’t get in, with roads blocked, traffic lights off, and landlines down. You all knew a lot more about what happened than we did.
Valeria and John—a local husband/wife team hired to cook some of our meals—brought their two kids to our rental. They had left their home when a police car drove past blaring “Evacuate, evacuate,” bringing almost nothing with them. Still, they made us all breakfast (surreal), while their kids played in the pool. It was supposed to be the kids’ first day of school, but their school was closed, and, it turns out, destroyed.
Val and John went to check on their home, only to find it had burned to the ground. John kept thinking about things he wished he’d grabbed. His third grader son kept showing us the one picture of what was left of his house. That day, Val and John and their kids stood in line for over five hours at the supermarket to get food for their family and ours. We didn’t realize they were doing this—no phone service. We ate together and they all stayed at our house.
That supermarket plaza served as town square. Locals gathered to learn the latest, get what supplies they could, and help each other. News spread by word of mouth. Someone heard there would be gas at 4pm. The ice truck would be back at 3pm. Oh, here’s a guy handing out spam and egg meals.
Thursday morning, Val and John again cooked breakfast (so surreal), then went scouting for friends. Phil’s family managed catch some helicopters out. Val and John helped us get the family up to the airport, with their luggage (CrossFit!).
Phil and I stayed one more night. That evening, Val and John rescued their 84-year-old neighbor, Linda. She had spent three days alone in her home, with her all her neighbors’ houses burning around her. She still had soot caked up under her nose. Val and John made dinner. We ate again in makeshift lighting. Linda said it was the best food she had ever tasted.
At dawn Friday, Phil and I left. We drove through the still-smoking ruins of Lahaina.
30 minutes later, we were in Kihei, which was fine—power, internet, ice, fresh food, and folks just going about their day. The cognitive dissonance is hard to describe. As is the experience of the locals, still working as they processed what happened. (“I have family over there I haven’t been in touch with; I don’t know how they are.”)
We flew back Sunday/Monday. We’re fine and happy to be home, but we’re still thinking about the people on Maui.
If you can and would like to help the folks on Maui, one option I’ve found is the Maui Strong Fund. Another is this GoFundMe for Val and John’s family, set up by Phil’s family who is incredibly grateful for their help and worried for their future.
Leo and Phil