The first Olympics I remember watching was Summer of 1988 from Seoul, Korea. I was 7 years old and each day after summer camp, I a latchkey kid would let myself in and watch until I fell asleep. I didn’t know what I was watching, why or where n da hayle Seoul Korea was. But my life was forever, and I mean FOREVER changed. I watched this woman, who looked like a Barbie doll run like all the bulls were chasing her. The commentators called her “Flo-Jo”. I fell in love with the Olympics at that moment. First of all, I have been the same person all my life. I wasn’t really into running; I didn’t come from a family of athletes so I had no idea what was going on. But it was beautiful. I loved the USA, I loved Flo Jo, and I got a map and found out where Seoul was. I don’t run but I am resourceful 😉
Now it’s 2016, Kaleo Shaylassson is 7 and he knows the names Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky aka the Maryland State Fish Association party of 2, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Michelle Carter, and yes Usain Bolt. He sat on my lap and together we watched a 41-year-old gymnast compete in her 7th Olympics. We watched all body types soar to greatness and I am a better athlete (mentally) for it. The Olympics is now a part of what Kaleo will remember as a part of his summer experience every 4 years. I watched the 2008 games in Beijing with him flipping around, now he flips around in real life on the outside.
Tayler tried it with the Turkish get ups this week. I American stayed down in protest, but know I am forever fan of the amazing things the human body can do with a strong mind. It’s all about Mind over Matter. Summer is going to end eventually.
How will you keep your mind strong when the weather fades?
A. 2min AMRAP:
Russian KB Swings
Rest 5 minutes
B. For Time:
40 HSPU (or 80 push-ups)
60 Burpees Box Jumps
80 Wall Balls
– Split reps up however you would like… Each person must complete at least one rep of each movement!