Things we learned on Thursday night:
- Dave Castro seems to get just a bit weirder every year.
- The CF Games Open workout announcements are entertaining, even if they are a bit like a 2nd rate WWF match.
- That you can be really good at double unders – even if it doesn’t seem like the rope would fit around your ego. (I’m looking at you Mr. Fisher…)
Oh yeah, and
- The first CF Open WOD of 2014 is:
AMRAP in 10 Minutes:
30 Double Unders
15 Snatches (75/55)
All kidding aside – if you caught the 14.1 announcement throwdown last night, both athletes put forth some great performances and some serious scores. My score will not even come close to what was done on that stage. Given that this is a repeat of the very first CrossFit Open workout in 2011, we know a bit about how this will go. So, how do we get ready for something like this? What’s important to know, and what’s the game plan? Here’s a few things that I think are worth considering:
Well, here we are again folks. It seems the CrossFit Open has managed to quietly sneak onto our calendar. CrossFit HQ has announced the dates for the Open and Regional competitions leading up to the CrossFit Games (check out the official announcement here). One workout will be released each week for 5 weeks. An athlete’s standing after all 5 workouts will determine their eligibility to participate in Regionals and eventually move on to the CrossFit Games in California in July. This year the first CrossFit Open workout will be announced on Thursday, February 27th. Now, for those of you don’t think of yourself as “athletes”, or “competitive”, or “competitive athletes” – bear with me for a few more paragraphs – this is still exciting news.
There are a lot of great reasons to sign up for the CrossFit Games Open. If you participated last year or the year before, the Open can be a great way to measure your progress since then. As long as you can meet basic movement standards (squat, pull up, push up, box jump, etc.), the workouts are smartly programmed to test your work capacity across all the major modalities - and the leaderboard scoring system gives you a way to see where you stand in the larger (like world-wide kind of larger) CrossFit community. If you have participated in past years, you already know firsthand about the electric atmosphere of the Open workouts. Beyond the whiteboards and the leaderboards however, lies an experience that is exciting, empowering, and inspiring.
A terrific video from the CrossFit Community on the definition of beauty. Watch it and you'll understand why CrossFitters care so much about getting our first pull-up, going prescribed on a workout or perfecting our air squat...
Click Here to watch, and look for Vermonter Dani Horan about 1/2 of the way in, climbing the rope in "Legless!"
Sandy started CrossFit at the Confluence in October 2011. She was off to a great start when she discovered in February 2012 that she had a brain tumor and was forced to stop CrossFit to face the tumor. Sandy had brain surgery in March 2012 and fortunately the tumor was successfully removed and the long road to recovery began. Sandy came back to The Confluence in October 2012. When she first returned, she was told not to lift more than 10lbs and would do walks around the fitpark with sandbags for workouts as a way to be back around the Confluence community. When Sandy first returned, she struggled, got angry, and cried but worked hard in the hopes of regaining her post surgery strength. In November/December of 2012 Sandy started doing CrossFit WODs two times per week, but was still struggling with both strength and confidence.
In January, Sandy did the Whole 30 and it jump started her body from the inside out. Sandy lost 10lbs during the Whole 30 and 2-3% body fat and felt better than she had since discovering the tumor. After the Whole 30 was over, Sandy continued her gains in strength and health and has lost 25lbs and another 3% body fat. Recently, Sandy has started personal training sessions with Shannon with the goal of getting stronger and having better form. Well it’s been working!! Sandy has been setting tons of new PRs including a 205lb deadlift when she never thought she’d be able to lift 200lbs. Sandy also did her first prescribed WOD on July 28 of 3 Rounds of 5 front squats (80#) and 10 burpees. After the WOD was over Sandy discovered that she actually did the front squats and 85#, 5lbs over the prescribed weight!
Alan's 55+ comrades at the Games this year...
Congratulations to all of these guys for tearing it up in L.A. and a big round of applause for Alan on his 9th place finish. This guy is tougher than tough and an inspiration to us all!
Best part about it is that the changes can be passed along to your children!
With our shortened class schedule (no StrikeFit) on Sundays we will be shutting down the late morning Open Gym times. So until further notice the Sunday hours are from 9 to 10 am.
On Saturday, as the 9 am competitor meeting was starting up for the Backyard Games, I was delinquent - climbing around the gym trying to repurpose our indoor clock for the outdoor competition. Cady came out of the studio and chastized me for being late. I was not exactly sure why I was needed, nor why she had me set up the projector in the studio for a simple meeting.
Then the lights darkened and this video began to roll...
Needless to say I was awestruck, and deeply touched by the effort John Landis had put into producing this heartfelt piece of videography. Thank you John for your passionate skills, and thank you Cady for recognizing the honor I have in leading our community forward. There's nothing I'd rather be doing in my professional life, with no other group of people.
Thank you, Confluence members!