As Ruth mentioned on Tuesday, the 2013 CrossFit Games are coming up next weekend in Carson, CA at the Stub Hub Center (previously known as the Home Depot Center). Personally, I love this time of year, I find it really exciting to watch the fittest CrossFitters out there throw down. It’s the Super Bowl of our sport! However, watching the Super Bowl, most of us can’t imagine what it’s like to play pro football; with CrossFit on the other hand, we do what the Games athletes are doing every week (obviously on a more scaled level, but that’s beside the point). Because you know what these athletes are going through, it’s much easier to connect with and be humbled by what these athletes will be doing for three days. If you don’t have a ticket to the Games, don’t worry, you can watch it on ESPN 3 or on the CrossFit Games website. If you’d like to check out your connections ahead of time, follow this link.
During last years games, Dave Castro, director of the Games, had the athletes show up early the week before the Games and surprised the world with two extra events. On the Wednesday before the games, the individual competitors had to complete a triathlon and The Camp Pendleton School of Infantry Obstacle Course. Unfortunately they weren’t able to show live footage of these events, so the spectators missed out on two major events. This year, Dave Castro promised that spectators would be able to watch ALL individual events, so we won’t be missing a thing. Earlier this week he gave us a hint, he announced the name of the first event of the Games, it’s called “Nasty Nancy.” If you aren’t familiar with the WOD “Nancy” it’s 5 rounds of a 400m run and 15 over head squats at 95 lbs. We saw endless “Fran” in the open, I can only imagine what “Nasty Nancy” brings. See his announcement video at the Games site here. Any guesses as to what Dave Castro has up his sleeve?
As another surprise, Dave Castro announced another event this week. The competitors will be doing a 50-yard sprint with 4 obstacles along the way. The athletes will go in sets of 6 in a 4 bracket tournament. What kind of obstacles do you expect to see? What would test the fittest on Earth?
Today, one more event was announced, a clean and jerk ladder. The athletes will get to pick between 4 starting weights and will progress to the next rung of the ladder every 90 seconds. Any predictions for the max clean and jerk we will see from the men and women this year? Will we see it on the individual side or from within the teams?
Now the last, but certainly not the least important announcement coming from the CrossFit Games this week is Mikko Salo’s withdrawal from the 2013 Games. He has an abdominal tear that is going to keep him from this year’s competition. As 2009’s champion, many were looking forward to seeing him back in action this year. Hopefully he will be injury free next year and we’ll see him at the 2014 Games.
Post to comments your guesses and comments on the upcoming events for this year’s Games.
Today is the first yoga class at Intrepid. Be sure to reserve your spot for the 7p class with Lauren Leilani.
6:30a – 6p: Skills Day