World’s Most Dangerous Adventure: No Experience Preferred

Infamous explorer, Thor Heyerdahl, had a theory about men and women colonizing the Polynesian Islands, including Easter Island, via a arduous seafaring journey on a balsa wood raft. At the time, this theory was (literally) laughed out of the room in academia. 

So, naturally, Heyerdahl decided to build a raft with the technology of the era he proposed (no nails or hardware), made the journey and set sail to prove a point. The adventure of Kon Tiki that ultimately cemented his theory as the now prevailing possibility was a massive success, but he didn’t do it alone. 

Heyerdahl made the voyage with five men and a parrot and how he chose his team might surprise you. With an ad in the classifieds, Heyerdahl requested highly motivated volunteers and didn’t have a maritime profession. 

Seems odd, no?

The logic Heyerdahl had with choosing his men was that maritime skill would only distract from the mission. Having too many cooks in the kitchen, so to speak, would be an opportunity for misguided insight, dissension, and maybe even mutiny. 

Sometimes there’s nothing more dangerous than a person with a misinformed opinion and too much authority. 

After all, the raft wasn’t anything like sailing a ship, after all, and the most important element of focus was the mission. In hindsight, this odd choice may have saved the outcome of the adventure all together. We will never know. 

Trying to do something hard? Be werying of distracting voices to the mission. More isn’t always better.

10/9/23 WOD

DEUCE Athletics GPP

Test Day:
1RM Bench Press

Complete 3 rounds for quality
12 Barbell JM Presses
15 DB Rear Flys

1. :30 Max Burpees
2. 8 Renegade Rows
3. 10 Overhead Plate Sit Ups



Circus DB Press (ea)

Then, complete 3 rounds for quality of:
8 Trap 3 Raises
12 Offset Push Up Pluses – Right
12 Offset Push Up Pluses – Left

Then, complete 12 alternating rounds with a partner for time of:
40 Lateral Plyo Skier Hops
12 Slam Balls
4 Alt DB Snatches (70/50)