Monday, 19 July, 2010

Posted by Mandee on July 18, 2010   |   41 Comments

For 20 minutes:
Run 400 meters
Rest precisely the time of the previous run

Post distance to comments.

Question of the Day: If you did not answer this yesterday, how does watching the live stream of this year’s CrossFit Games make you feel about competing at the local or national level?

(I know a lot of you are competing at the Faction Games…come on…tell us how pumped you are!!)

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41 responses to “Monday, 19 July, 2010”

  1. Karen says:

    QOD: Watching (what I could of) the Games REALLY inspires me! Seeing the skills, perseverance, and accomplishments of those athletes makes me want to reach further and higher. Work on form meticulously, push through workouts, formulate plans to make my weaknesses less weak (then execute those plans!) and truly prepare for the unknowable.

    Faction Games has kinda snuck up on me and the preparation I had hoped to accomplish has not happened. For that, I am disappointed in myself and my lack of focus and plan. But I am very excited to be competing and finding out what is gonna happen with the unknown – kegs, stones, 5K obstacle course…Wow! Bring it on!

  2. Garrett D says:

    QOD: To be honest, it was very enjoyable to watch and inspirational on a day-to-day level at the gym, but from the aspect of personal inspiration for individual competition, it had a negative impact. Yeah, I know I’ll be competing in the Faction Games as a beginner and I’m looking forward to it, but my expectations are pretty low. After watching sectionals, regionals, and now the finals, I have to say that I realize just how impossible it would be for me to ever be competitive.

    I’m OK with that since the reason that I started doing CF was to lose weight and get in shape. I’m definitely achieving those objectives. Competing was never on my radar. I think competing on a CF team has much more appeal to me than competing as an individual. Maybe that’s my competitive goal for the future.

  3. Katherine Berger says:

    My answer from yesterday–

    QOD: I am so ready to get back to the gym and kick some ass (or at least try to!) Watching this makes me want to train hard and really, really, really makes me want to see CFHSV make a showing with more individual athletes and with a kick ass AFFILIATE TEAM next year! We can do this!!!

    More importantly, I hope we can all come into the gym every day and give it our all. Let’s take a look at these amazing competitors and not only strive to be like them when it comes to dominating the WODS, but also when it comes to cheering on and inspiring our fellow athletes. These men and women complete grueling workout after grueling workout and then turn around and cheer on the very men and women they were competing against.

    I would also like to see us all strive to be more well-rounded. Sure, it’s nice to have the heaviest dead lift or the highest CrossFit Total score, but a lot of these guys are missing gymnastics skills. I consider us lucky to have Russell at our gym. He has pushed us to do well at everything and to have amazing form. Some of these guys looked like they had never done a ring HSPU in their lives! And even though Rich killed the pistol WOD, I still think its a bit odd that he’d never done them in a WOD before. Let’s all get prepared to do it all and do it well!!!


    And I would like to add that I agree with Garrett, I am all about being on a team. It looks more fun to me and is probably more within my reach…at least for now!

    I also think that though it is important for us to see the “big” games we have to remember that it is still fun to compete locally and you can still be a winner in your city, your gym, or your region, even if you don’t make it to CA.

    And finally, until all CF events are somehow sanctioned and the workouts made by Dave Castro (if that ever happens), remember that every event is different and some are truer to the spirit of CF than others. We can all go and give it our all, but sometimes the events will be easier for some of us than others. It’s just the nature of the sport as it is today.

  4. Larry Lowe says:


    1:16, 1:18, 1:28, 1:28, 1:30, 1:29, 1:30

    QOD: Watching the games on the interwebs was great! The broadcast team did a pretty good job (even the blonde chick improved as the games went on – thought she was going to be a train wreck at the beginning). As for inspiration, it kinda like watching the world cup or tour de france – elite athletes way, way over my fitness level. I like our crossfit community and the other affiliates I visit while I travel. The group accountability pushes me, but at age 35 with a wife and three kids and an intense job I’m not doing this to show the world how great I am. I’m doing it to stay fit into late age. The young bucks can have all the glory.

    I do want to get Level 1 Certified here pretty soon.

    I want to see if GATR can power our sectionals and stream them live to the web.

    • Karen says:

      If you decide to go to the Level 1 cert. on Sept 4 and 5 in ATL, let me know. I’m considering going to that one.

  5. Aaron says:

    3200 meters
    1:12; 1:17; 1:19; 1:22; 1:21; 1:18; 1:20; 1:16

    Goal was to sustain 1:30s for entire wod. Started out really quick, then had positive splits but was able to pull it back and get negative splits for the seond half of the wod.

    QOD: One word: ‘tional. Inspirational, motivational, emotional, anything else? All of the athletes were freaks, like pro level freakish. It was amazing to watch them work. Several times I caught myself on the edge of my couch, palms sweating, yelling at them to keep working. I’ve never been more connected to watching an event, probably because I could relate to what they were experiencing physically and emotionally. However, as incredible as this weekend was, it didn’t make me believe I will ever be able to compete individually on a regional or national level, it’s never gonna happen with the current format. Regarding the affiliate competition, I’m in! The wods were sick and I think that will be my best option to get to the Games as a competitor. Either way, I’m there in 2011, if not as an athlete as a spectator. It will be interesting to see how our sport evolves and grows. And I can’t wait to see what Faction Games brings.

    • Tasha W says:

      Aaron, I did the same thing! My husband got quite a kick out of me yelling, “Get up there girl, push, PUSH!” when I’d see someone – a stranger to me – struggling on HSPU’s. I was 1000% impressed with the quality of the HD live streaming, the professionalism of the commentators, and how awesome the webcast flowed. I give it 2 more years and we’ll be watching the CF games on ESPN 2! (It was also pretty cool to see Russell in his official judging capacity–and other athletes I cheered for at Sectionals!!) And, really – an emotional and amazing last men’s heat…. WOW!

  6. tracey says:

    I will be going to archives to view the games. However, I love to compete and enjoy the prep work. I am ALL FOR competing on an affiliate team!!!!Looks like we will be having tryouts, with the overwhelming interest???? I think its important to get focused and chip away at your weakness.( I have so many) But thats what I love about Crossfit…always striving for better.
    I also want to thank everyone for having our family in your thoughts and prayers over the weekend. We appreciate your kindness.

  7. klowe says:

    Totally inspired by the output of the athletes and creativity of the events! I LOVE the direction CF is taking by adding the REAL real-life gpp scenarios that our “sheepdogs”, construction workers, etc have to deal with daily. Much more fun to participate in and much more interesting to watch.

    I found myself intently watching every event and yelling at the computer a lot. WTF??? YOU GOT 10 MORE SECONDS!!!! PICK UP THE BAR!!! – like Aaron already said….most connected I’ve been watching a major sporting event because I could relate to the fatigue, exhaustion, and will power. It was incredible.

    I learned a TON from watching as well. ALMOST none of the men ran POSE for the “Hell-en” (so I’ve been re-thinking that), butterfly PU”s are a million times more efficient (so add that one to the list to learn), I need to learn how to climb a rope with my feet, seeing how fast they pull themselves under the bar for snatch like stuff, and on, and on, and on……. will be re-watching the archives a lot also to re watch and learn as much of the little and big things as possible.

    I’m way fired up for the faction games! I know I’ll never compete in Cali but I’m still going to try to win every local, sectional, and regional event possible and I’m inspired to push others in our gym to the next level.

  8. Kerri says:

    Great viewing, and, if only I’d had the cables on hand, would’ve been live streaming from my laptop to my TV. Quality was excellent, and even if/when I wasn’t in the same room, hearing the play by play was just as good. (However, at times, I found when just the commentators were talking (in down time), I kept thinking about the NPR skit on SNL-so, I’d chuckle here and there-schweaty balls)…..

    Just an inspiring weekend all around! I really enjoyed seeing those familiar faces that we had gotten to know at Sectionals and Regionals. Competing on a team is great, but it was made evident by this weekend’s events (skills and components), you still have to be a pretty well-rounded generalist to make it that far, even as a member of the team.
    The weekend kept me motivated to continue to give it a go at local events and even Sectionals, but it made me realize that you have to be on a whole other level of fitness and dedication to get to Cally. A 30-day Zone Challenge just won’t cut it. It truly has to become an entire lifestyle.
    Although we may get frustrated about losing reps on a daily basis in the gym, at least we know that the same one that yells ‘No Rep’ at us, did the same with the Fittest Athletes in the World!!
    It’s obvious, as the years (07,08,09) past winners edged down in the rankings over the weekend, that the level of fitness is going to continue to escalate. Even back to the Sectional level of competition, it is going to take a very dedicated athlete to ‘get there’!

    Like Kat, I can’t wait to see what 2011 brings for CFHSV and the Dirty South!

  9. Zak says:

    Press 3×5 (add 5 lbs to last workout) 200#
    Ring Dips 5 x max reps 17,11,9,7,7

    Complete 10 rounds:

    Sprint 100 meters

    *Rest intervals – 1:3 (work:rest)

    rested :30 between sets

  10. Aaron says:

    One other note: Who’s up for starting a fund to build a 6 foot wall and/or a rope climbing wall.
    I’d love to do a wod with the burpee wall jump, that was nuts.

  11. Daniel says:

    It was awesome watching the games. Even though I was distracted by having my father in the hospital, I watched on my iPhone and on my laptop at home, in Starbucks, on the road to Nashville, and at the store.

    I couldn’t relate to the pain however. There was no way I could fathom going through the final workout at the rate Chris and Rich did. The “Hell-en” from the prior day would have been all I could have taken.

    It made me want to compete again though, and Kevin, you will make it to Cali.

    I loved how they made sure all the finalists were competent in the most difficult crossfit movements such as the muscle up, snatch, OHS, Ring HSPU, and the infamous rope climb. Not only could you never get tired, but you also had to be technically proficient to win.

  12. Jake Naumcheff says:

    Really enjoyed being able to watch the games throughout the whole weekend. I agree with Aaron and Kevin. I don’t think I’v ever been more connected with a sporting event in my life. It was inspirational and at the same time reminded me how far I have to go to be a competitive CrossFitter….and I like that.

    Being reminded that the level of competition is constantly rising and there is always someone out there who could be working harder than you are is just another reason to pick the bar up.

    I did the affiliate team this past year and it was a lot of fun. However, I plan on competing as an individual for 2011. It’s where my heart is and where I feel I need to be. I know that I have a ton of work to do but at the same time I like my chances. Maybe that comes off a little cocky but it’s what I believe to be true.

    If anyone plans to make it to the CrossFit Games in the future you’re going to have to believe you can.

    Do I have the best times? No.
    Do I have the best lifts? No.

    Can I? Yes.

    CrossFit is not something that happens overnight. Every competitor this past weekend had to put a huge amount of time and effort into it to make it possible. You just have to keep working day in and day out. Constantly pushing that mental threshold. If you’re willing to do that and make the sacrifice, anything is possible.

    As for the Faction Games…I’m Pumped!!!! I find myself headed into it with the mindset that I’m going to win. Any other reason such as just going for fun (which I’v tried to convince many people and myself I’m doing) or looking to just do my best would be a flat out lie. I’m Looking forward to a fun weekend packed with some great WOD’s and great people.

    • Tasha W says:

      “If anyone plans to make it to the CrossFit Games in the future you’re going to have to believe you can.”

      Love this line, Jake!!

    • tracey says:

      well said son.

    • Daniel says:

      “Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also.”
      – Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

  13. Will Blankenship says:

    1:30, 1:38, 1:51, 2:05, 1:48, 1:51

  14. Tye says:

    Jake, great comment. I’ve been at this a month, but my whole reason for even starting crossfit was the competition aspect of it. Do I have a long long way to go, yes, but do I want to be the best, of course. In every thing I do I try to reach the top, no idea why, but that’s just part of what drives me. Right now, I could fully understand anybody laughing at the thought of me someday being capable of competing, but that’s what I’m shooting for, with my sights set on 2012. No idea if that will be enough time to get to where I need to be, but I’ll be pushing myself as hard as I can to get there.

    Watching the games was great, and like everybody else helped me see just how far I’ve got to go. Seeing Rich sturggle with the rope climbs killed me. To have come out of nowhere like he did this year and kill every workout, and then have a rope climb bring him down to earth just showed how no matter how good you are, your weakness will be exposed. I was really pulling for him to figure it out but it just wasn’t happening. I can’t even fathom how fatigued and cloudy his mind must have been by that point.

    • Tye says:

      And this morning was 3140 m
      1:14, 1:18, 1:21, 1:22, 1:22, 1:22, 1:21, and at the 20 minute cutoff 340 meters of my eighth 400.

  15. Robb Dempsey says:

    2600m ranging from 1:15-1:54

    QOD: I didn’t watch the games live, but will probably go back and watch some of the events in the archives. I find it inspirational to watch at all levels in all forms. Whether it be Mikko getting ready for the games, the women of the dirty south video or just the lunch crew pushing as hard as they can… it’s all motivating to keep going and enjoy.

    I’m with Larry when it comes to group accountability and family life. I look forward to the day when the first young man comes to my house and wants to take my daughter out. 🙂

  16. Craig Herr says:

    2800 Meters
    1:15, 1:17, 1:27, 1:27, 1:29, 1:28, 1:29


    My wife and I sat on my porch with a drink until almost midnight watching the games. We both felt connected to the pain because we have done some version of the workouts.

    For me, I have no interest or desire to compete at 40 but I love where crossfit is going. I am there to stay fit and mobile as I get older. I was actually more inspired by watching 50 year old men and women in the masters division-they were crazy strong.

    The regular xfit athletes will continue get stronger and faster. Soon you will have 20-25 year olds that will have been doing Crossfit for 8-10 years. It is exciting to be at the front end of something. In the future I have no doubt you will see this sport on ESPN or at least ESPN the OCHO.

    For those in our box that compete and want to compete I think it is awesome. We have a great group and you will continue to get tremendous support from all of us. I also think we will grow like crazy in the next few years.

  17. tracey says:

    2400M ranging from 1:34-1:38…legs felt uneven and disconnected to my mind… telling them to move faster.
    I do think people who work in,own,have family memebers or significant others apart of Crossfit do have an advantage as far a competitive or even just a higher level of fitness. It does become a lifestyle. From making time for wod’s, cleaner eating, less drinking:) It is nice to have a support system at the gym, work and home.

  18. Robert S. says:

    3000m ranging from 1:14-1:41

    Wasn’t sure if I had scored myself properly, but after talking with everyone I figured I had it the distance correct. I’m pretty sure I took less than rx’d rest on a few of them, which resulted in extra distance ran. Calves are trashed!!!


    Like others have said, I have never been more connected with a sporting event. The live coverage was awesome!

    com·pet·i·tive (km-pt-tv)
    1. Of, involving, or determined by competition.
    2. Liking competition or inclined to compete.

    When I saw G’s comments above, I was a little discouraged. Can’t or impossible should never be words you say Bro. The only person who decides if you can or can’t be competitive is you! If I’m not mistaken you C&J 225# the other day, correct? That kicks my clean’s ass by 20#. Looks competitive to me! Go into the Faction Games knowing you are going to do everything in your power to crush the workouts and you will. Will you win? I don’t know, but if you put everything you have into it, you will certainly be competitive by every definition of the word.

    “If anyone plans to make it to the CrossFit Games in the future you’re going to have to believe you can.” Well said, Jake.

    I’m still not sure if I’m going to do beginner or advanced at the Faction Games. Mike B. at CF Faction thinks my numbers are right on the edge. Whichever it is, I know I’m going to put every bit as much mental fortitude as the athletes I watched this weekend into it.

    I, too would like to do the affiliate team. I think I perform at my best when I’m working toward a common goal with others.

    • Kerri says:

      Are you saying, “Can’t never could”? Isn’t that what we used to hear when, as kids we said we couldn’t do something? I just chuckled when I remembered that….

    • Garrett D says:

      I know you guys don’t like my negativity, but I see it as more of reality. I’ve NEVER been athletic. I am not a former D1 athlete and I certainly wasn’t blessed with athletic genes. Although I would struggle to make a team, I see that as something somewhat feasible. I wouldn’t have to be 100% well rounded as the other members of the team could balance out my weaknesses (running).

      With all that said, I just looked at the beginner movements for the Faction games and I’m a little disappointed. I was hoping for something that might involve some weight and lower reps, but it looks like everything is geared towards metcons. I hope my lungs show up for competition.

  19. Aaron says:

    SAY WHAT?!?! You’re thinking about competing as a beginner. I registered as a regular competitor…so either you’re sandbagging or I’m way out of my depth…this has me concerned…

    Looking forward to Friday >:}

    Btw, Faction Games events for beginners are posted.

    • Emily D. says:

      awesome!!! all stuff I can do!!! now I feel SO much better 🙂

    • Robert S. says:

      I was on the fence because of strength numbers, so I emailed Mike B. He advised to go ahead and sign up for advanced, but that he felt like I was on the edge. He said we could drop down to beginner if we aren’t comfortable with some of the movements after the events are announced.

      With all of this said, now I feel like I should wear pink panties to compete in the beginner catagory since you called me for sandbagging. Thanks Aaron.

  20. vennamn says:

    QOD – I found it very inspirational – obviously, the fittest athletes in the world are awesome to watch and could blow me away in any workout, but at the same time are also clearly humans who have invested hours and years into developing their strengths and work capacities. I figure that if I commit to training hard from now on, working on my mobility issues every day and throwing in doubles and triples, I’ll get 5 years to dominate the Masters competition before I have to go head to head against Russell and RFJr.

  21. Tasha W says:

    2:00, 2:00, 1:58, 2:10 – 1600m. I started the 5th round and got a severe cramp in my lower abdomen so I stopped dead in my tracks. The cramp didn’t go away for about 20-30 minutes. Yuck! I was proud of my times, though, considering I’m halfway through my 6th month and (to coin a Tracey term) it was AFRICA HOT in that sun at 4:30! My cramping went away. I just guess I’m gonna have to watch the running…

    • Kerri says:

      Awesome work, and way to push through today Tasha!! Each time we passed each other, you really didn’t even look like you were struggling!!

      1:42, 1:47, 2:01, 2:03, 2:07

    • Tasha W says:

      Thanks, Kerri. Y’all were all smokin’ past me and that kept me motivated to try my best to at least keep my pace! It feels so good to be a part of a group that as we all pass each other, we ALL say to each other “way to go,” and “keep up the good work.” I felt like there was a lot of cheering between us going on out there as we passed each other.

      Also, I forgot to mention that I thought Tracey did an awesome job coaching today. She did a great warm-up and then stood out there and motivated us to not slow down until we were past that 400m mark. Thanks for the extra “push” Tracey!!

  22. Justin says:

    1:04, 1:25, 1:30, 1:41, 1:39, 1:40, 1:26

  23. Patrick says:

    2400m at 19:36. Tried to stay at a consistent pace. 1:42-1:50

    QOD: I was able to catch a little of last weekends games, and I really liked the venue, camera work and commentary. CrossFit is moving big time, very ESPN-esque. As far as motivation for competition. Put me in with Larry and Craig. I’m interested in the experience, not the ranking. I enjoyed competing at Sectionals but I’ve no delusions of grandeur. For me, CrossFit competitions are just good, clean fun and something else to mark off the bucket list. I’m currently training for a masters level CrossFit, Oly, Highland, Powerlifting, Hopscotch Competition in 2020. Avoiding injuries and longevity is my bag.

  24. Shawn Kent says:

    2800m @ 20:50
    1:28 – 1:28 – 1:31 – 1:37 – 1:41 – 1:45 – 1:47

    After looking at Aaron and Larry’s times, I planned to try for no worse than 1:45 per round. Almost achieved goal, but felt like I gave it everything. That feels good.

    QOD: I am still unable to complete most of the WODs as Rx’d, so competition does not even show up on my radar. First things first, stay disciplined, work hard every day, get better, and get stronger. As for the competitors and the WORK they were able to produce, totally astonishing. The final individual triplet WOD was ridiculous, those athletes are amazing.

  25. Barry S says:

    We did Griff today…took it easy on the hamstrings,trying to get back in the swing of things…16:17


    Couldn’t get the stream out here! Definitely looking forward to seeing the archival footage upon return…especially all of Russell’s “NO REP!”‘s!!!!

  26. klowe says:

    2800 @ 19:00
    1:09 – 1:29 but mostly somewhere in the middle

  27. LeshaS says:

    2000m. (but I counted wrong on my rest times and rested too long. I should have gotten another 200 – 400m.)
    1:41, 2:01, 2:03, 2:10, 2:20

  28. Katie says:

    The games inspired me to push my mental limits and go to that dark place… I wish I could read the athlete’s thoughts when they were at the end of their WODs, digging deep to put it all out there…
    2760M – almost 7 splits. 1:27, 1:30, 1:33, 1:36, 1:36, 1:37, 1:40