Suffering through burpees near the end of a workout at the '10 Crossfit Games NorCal Qualifier
When Adam Nash found out about the burpee challenge, he laughed at me. I'm not sure if he was put off more by the word "burpee" or the sight of me jumping around like crazy next to my cubical. As a response, Adam, along with Mario Sundar, proposed a different challenge: a 30 day blog fitness challenge. The rules are, again, very simple: write one blog post, every day, for 30 days straight. If you miss a day, you have to make it up the next day. The purpose of this challenge is analogous: develop mental fitness (writing uses the entire brain), develop good habits, and learn the virtue of consistency.
It sounded nice until I realized that I'm supposed to keep pace with:
- Adam, a VP of Product, who already has a very active personal blog (1.7M hits!) and is a regular on the LinkedIn Blog
- Mario, whose job title involves the phrase "Chief Blogger" and who isn't exactly a slouch on his personal blog
Bring it on.
I'm unquestionably the dark horse in the race, but I have a few tricks up my sleeve.
- The fact that almost no one reads my blog is a benefit: I can afford to write crap and no one will notice.
- I have a very high pain tolerance. See burpee video above.
- I fully intend on cheating. Meta-posts of this sort are just the beginning.
And so, dear reader(s), prepare yourselves for 29 more consecutive days of blog posts, featuring exciting topics ranging from Crossfit, to game mechanics, to open source software. Oh, and burpees.