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Nine of us this time, in a night-before-Thanksgiving challenge—including newcomer Kyle March. Well done, Kyle! And Mr. Burns joined us as well. Finished in 59:42. Good times!

By Noel Brick, Richard Metcalfe, The Conversation

Many top athletes use periodic smiling during performances to relax and cope

A study finds that runners used 2.8% less energy while smiling than frowning

For athletes of all levels, endurance – how long they can keep going at their chosen sport – is made up of physiological and psychological factors.

Physiological factors include cardiovascular fitness, and how efficient an athlete is at using energy (their “movement economy”).

A critical psychological factor, on the other hand, is perceived effort, or how hard we feel we are working during an activity. The lower our perceived effort, the easier we feel that an activity is.

Crucially, any strategy that reduces how much an athlete perceives it to be an effort generally has a positive effect on endurance performance. One of the more surprising approaches could be to deliberately manipulate one’s facial expression.

As peculiar as it may seem, many top athletes, including Olympic marathon gold medallist Eliud Kipchoge, strategically use periodic smiling during performance to relax and cope.


Below are a couple articles explaining the Zone Diet and how to determine how much to eat. The first article is from the CrossFit journal and it contains some recipes for snacks and meals ranging from one to five blocks.

For the first few weeks, we recommend keeping track of your food intake with a journal. It will help ensure that are meeting the necessary macronutrient percentages based on your body type and activity load. Here is blank copy of a daily journal.

Fifteen manly men staved off the nausea of a post-Thanksgiving Murph and finished this year. That’s one of the largest groups we’ve ever had. And we completed it in 54:03—one of the best times ever (actually just a few seconds off the record from 2017—53:45). Well done, men of Israel!

For time: 
100m Walking Lunge
800m Run
100 Air Squats 
[WOD = 3 points]

Freshmen version: For reps and distance-
Walking lunges, 2 minutes
Run, 4 minutes (run 2 minutes, then run back to start point)
Squat, 2 minutes

10 of us this year—well done gents! Completed in 55:42.