Counting down from 10!

10. Meeting and hanging out with some micro-celebrities. It was pretty fun to meet and chat with some folks that have been putting a lot of media content out this season to cover this year’s lead up to the Games. I got to chat with Marston Sawyers (one half of the Buttery Bros), Julian Marquez, Tommy Marquez (unrelated to Julian), Tommy’s parents, Craig and Jas from Team Richey, and more!

9. Watching Team CrossFit Mayhem catching up and winning the Strongman event by a few steps. The entire event, Mayhem was in second behind CrossFit Krypton, but in the last 10 feet, Mayhem was able to catch up and pass them. Throw a Rich Froning fist pump and triumphant yell at the end, and it was perfect.

8. Reebok Fit Barge. Last year they had the fit barge out on Lake Monona, but it was booked up so fast that I didn’t have a chance to go on. This year I hopped on the waitlist and it didn’t take long for me to get signed up. I was able to do a 9am CrossFit class to start off Games week. We were the first group on the barge and it was a blast! I got paired up with two first-time CrossFitters so I was able to turn on my coaching mode and help them out.

7. Thuri Helgadottir’s clean at 215lbs. This was just the opening weight for the max clean event, but it was the first time I got blown out of my seat from excitement this weekend. Before her lift, we had two athletes fail, and one athlete (Amanda Barnhardt) just power clean it. Thuri missed her first attempt at 215, and on her second attempt, it took her almost 4 whole seconds to stand that bar up after the initial clean. This was just the beginning of the hypetrain for the rest of the event.

6. Alec Smith’s Sprint. Dat boi fast. It was so crazy to watch Team CrossFit Krypton catch up and win each heat. Jessica Griffith has some speed to help catch up, but when Alec Smith took off, it was like watching the boy from The Incredibles zoom around.

5. Introducing our members at CrossFit Citrine to the Sport of CrossFit. About 80 to 90% of our members are first time CrossFitters, so they had zero exposure to the elite competition side of CrossFit. It was so fun to watch them be blown away at what was possible. I saw the fanboy and fangirl spirit start to grow within them. I’m just glad I’m not the only one at the box anymore that geeks out about this stuff.

4. Mary. Who would’ve thought that an AMRAP would be actually be exciting to watch. First, it was awesome to watch Logan Collins fight through a bad calf cramp near the end of his heat and finish strong. I know what that cramp feels like and he recovered way faster than I would have. Second, Kari Pearce beating the other girls AND the guys with the highest score from cranking out strict handstand push-ups! That girl cray. And lastly, the battle between Mat Fraser and Noah Ohlsen to finish the event. Wow, just wow. Congrats to Noah on his first ever event win!

3. Specialty Seminars in the Vendor Pavilion. Like the big ol’ CrossFit nerd that I am, I was stoked to add some more tools to my coaching belt by checking out the different seminars held throughout the week. I was able to soak up information from the Gymnastics Course, CrossFit Kids, Chris Hinshaw from Aerobic Capacity, Mike Burgener from Burgener Strength (formerly CrossFit Weightlifting), and the seminar staff teaching the L2 course. They were all so good. I can’t wait to take the full weekend long courses from each of those! I also got a chance to chat with Stouty about the CrossFit Adaptive course too!

2. Getting my yearly InBody scan at the Games. Sure I could get the body composition scan done at other places, but since 2017 when the Games first came to Madison, they had an Inbody booth in vendor pavilion where they were giving away free scans. I got my first ever one there and learned that I was at about 14% body fat. 2017 Games was the first time I got a real glimpse into CrossFit. By 2018, I was a fanboy and I got the InBody scan again, except this time I went up to 16.8% body fat. CRAP! August 1, 2018 at 3:44pm, after receiving my scan and realizing that what I was doing wasn’t working, I made the decision to commit to CrossFit for at least one year. Fast forward to August 1, 2019, I coincidentally took the scan at 3:28pm, and I dropped down to 12.3% body fat! LET’S FREAKIN GOOOO!

1. Running into familiar faces and long lost friends the entire weekend. First I have to give a shout out to Marty and Reb were my Games mates the entire weekend. They dropped in from Australia at CrossFit Citrine for the whole week of the games and I ended up giving them a ride to the games every day since they stayed right across the street from the box. It was a blast to hangout with them all weekend long. Then I ran into Chris Comma from our coaches mastermind group. It was great to connect with like-minded coaches who are seeking to constantly improve themselves so we can better help our members. Then I ran into friends from high school that I haven’t seen in years and other CrossFit friends like those who got me started on this CrossFit journey. All weekend long, I ran into people who dropped in at the box so it was a ton of fun to keep seeing familiar faces everywhere I looked. It’s what separates this sport apart. It’s the community.