It seems that CrossFit as a sport has grown a tad since last year. No need for the exact numbers, but there were something like 70k people who signed up for The Open last year; and this year: 130k. Yep, that's a few more. And for those of my readers who don't know what the heck I'm talking about; the CrossFit Games looks something like this:
Around this time of the year, CrossFit HQ announces The Open, a 5 week, 5 workout world-wide event that anyone at all can sign up for. You don't need to have any experience if you don't want; all you need is $20 and either a registered CrossFit affiliate to perform the workouts in, or a video camera and internet connection. When the workout is announced on Wednesday evening, you have until Sunday night to do the workout and submit your score. Simple as that. If you end up scoring in the top 48 in the region you registered in (there are 17 regions) you get invited to Regionals. This next phase takes place around May and is a 3-day event filled with tons of crazy workouts. The top 3 athletes from each region get the invite to The CrossFit Games. The "Games" take place over a week in July and is the main CrossFit competition put on by CrossFit HQ. It;s gotten pretty damn big over only a few short years, coming form a ranch in Northern California about 4 years ago, to an ESPN 2 broadcast, multimillion-person-viewed event in a massive stadium in Southern California. No matter your thoughts on all the different aspect of CrossFit, it's pretty impressive.
So, with that info, we can talk about the first workout. It being Monday night, the first workout submission deadline came and went last night. The workout was:
17 minutes to get as far as you can of:
40 burpee target touches (touch a target 6" above your reach)
30 snatches 75#
30 burpee target touch
30 snatches 135#
20 burpee target touch
30 snatches 165#
10 burpee target touch
I hit the workout with a group of training partners in my gym last Thursday. And with the over-analyzed days following, I decided that my score was good enough to not mes up my training going forward while attempting to do it again. I stuck with the score of getting 17 snatches at 165 (a score of 167 total reps performed on the 17 minutes) and I am officially sitting in 75th place in the NorCal region. From experience, I'm not all that worried about my chances of climbing up that leaderboard and making it into that top 48. I just have to trust my training, keep my head down, and work by ass off. So, that;s what I'll do. It;s fun have something something to work towards, and people to compete against.
I'm sure plenty of you all know that my thoughts towards the way CrossFit is run and the way all the "HQ" staff act is about as stupid as people can get, but that does not take away from what CrossFit as a community, and as a sport has become. I will always give respect where respect is due (like the fact that I can easily say Barry Bonds was the greatest hitter to ever play baseball, but as a person, he was/is an embarrassment to the human race) and Greg Glassman deserves a LOT of respect for what he has created. I think it's so cool to be part of a generation who gets to witness the creation of a sport. I think it's really, really, really cool that there is a world-wide push towards getting people healthier and fitter. And no matter what crazy things these HQ people choose to be a part of, I really like that it is publicly clear that people want to be healthier.
As for the sport. I love that there is a new way for people who enjoy competition to really get their taste of it. It's friendly (except for a few morons out there...), supportive, intense, and a true competitive sport. There's incredible athleticism and skill, there's strategy, there's prep and recovery, it's pretty cool if you are into all that. And I am very in to it. Not totally sure how long I'll be stay in to it, but I love the training and growth of it all. I know that after my Games season ends (hopefully not for a while) I'll probably go through a phase of searching for something else to train seriously for, and then who knows, I'll get back to the competitive CrossFit stuff, or I'll move to something else that excites me. For example, as of today I am officially on a select mens baseball team based out of San Francisco, hell yes!!! Interestingly enough, I think being on this team is going to be something hat helps me not stress out too much about the CrossFit stuff. I've always needed a little something to distract me from my obsessive analysis of things. And it turns out I kind of like baseball.
Man do I have a lot to write about.
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