Bayocean, Oregon

Bayocean, Oregon


A) EMOM 7 (no drop, increase wt.):
1 Power Snatch
1 Hang Squat Snatch
1 Overhead Squat
B) For Reps – 4 sets on :90 of:
5 Overhead Squat (@ 65% of top EMOM wt.)
Max Chin ups
C) For Distance and Reps:
5 rounds on 3 of:
1 min row
1 min ring dips


3 rounds for time:
10 Clean 165/110
20 Chest to Bar
30 Wall BallLast month Winslow, his dad, and I drove out to the coast for the afternoon. Winslow told us about a place called Bayocean where he wanted to take us. We’d looked for it on previous trips and missed it, but this time we found the tiny sign and drove out onto the Bayocean spit.

Bayocean is known as “the town that fell into the sea.” At the start of the 20th Century it was a resort town, a bit like Avalon on Catalina, I imagine. It was named because the Tillamook Bay is on one side of the spit and the Pacific Ocean on the other. It was quite technologically advanced for its time, with a power plant and a telephone system. It even had a giant indoor natatorium with a wave machine.

Bayocean became a popular tourist destination, despite the fact it was a three-day steamboat trip from Portland. As the little town grew more popular, the Army Corps of Engineers decided to help out. The final leg of the boat trip from Portland to Bayocean, across the Tillamook Bay, was rough and the engineers proposed building two jetties to reduce the waves.

The residents of Bayocean couldn’t afford two jetties, so instead of following the advice of the engineers they raised enough money to have a single jetty constructed.

And the single jetty changed the behavior of the waters in such a way that the beaches, and then the town itself were eroded and disappeared into the sea.

What does this have to do with you? It’s a lesson that different isn’t always better. That newer isn’t always better. That if an expert gives you advice, changing it to fit your own preconceptions isn’t always ideal. Sometimes listening is better. Sometimes simpler is better. And sometimes what you’ve got is working just fine.

Becca Borawski served as Program Director at CFLA for seven years and is now part of the extended coaching family. She is the managing editor for Breaking Muscle, a website designed for real athletes and real coaches. She lives in Portland, Oregon and is most likely preparing a paleo meal at this very moment.

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