September 8, 2009 posted by


“Pythagoras most of all seems to have honored and advanced the study concerned with numbers, having taken it away from the use of merchants and likening all things to numbers.”
– Aristoxenus, Greek dude

Hans called last week to see what we’d be doing for 9-9-09. On 8-8-08, we inaugurated the Olympics with a crazy 8s workout. This year, as we look for inspiration we again see that the Chinese hold a high value on the number 9:

The Chinese pulled out all the stops to celebrate their lucky number eight during last year’s Summer Olympics, ringing the games in at 8 p.m. on 08/08/08. What many might not realize is that nine comes in second on their list of auspicious digits and is associated with long life, due to how similar its pronunciation is to the local word for long-lasting (eight sounds like wealth).

So how does any of thing correlate into a workout plan? Well, it doesn’t. But who are we to let that stop us? Anything can be a good excuse for a hard workout. And it says, right up there in the previous paragraph, that nine is similar to the Chinese word for long-lasting. So tomorrow here’s a long-lasting workout that will help our bodies last longer. It will be comprised of:

9 activities all targeting the number 9
be the 9th hard test on my back since its injury (Sports Day, G-Spot, Riding Cobbles, Virtual Giro, Grandeur Fun Run, Rainbow Wall, Ronde van Salt Lake, and 45 miles of singletrack)
will target my nine goals, even if I don’t know what these are
will begin at 9:09 am

1 complete all 9 traverses in Deaf Smith Canyon (4 X 5.10, 2 X 5.11, 3 X 5.12)
2 9 yoga poses for 99 seconds each
3 hold 9 core movements for 99 seconds each
4 do my 9 rehab movements for 99 seconds each (45 seconds is the longest I’ve done any ONE)
5 do 99 moves on the systems wall using 9 different grip positions
6 do 99 one-legged reps on each leg
7 run 9 miles
8 ride 9 miles on road bike
9 ride 9 miles on the mtn bike

pic: 1 away from 10 equals 9. Beata just thinks I’m ridiculous


  • Whoa. That sounds pretty intense. Good luck with that.

  • It's nothing like a birthday challenge but should be a challenge day of exercise. I'll try and record it somehow.

  • just watch those one leged reps!

  • Oh, yeah, that's how I got hurt, huh? Thanks for the reminder. These will all be bodyweight exercises, which should be different. Will be careful all the same.

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