Thursday, April 4, 2013

There is no other community like the CrossFit community

More than reaching my goal of getting fitter and stronger, what keeps me coming back for more at the box is the community. Whenever I open the door to the box, it's like coming home. We all greet one another like old friends and I just love the camaraderie. You compete with everyone else, but at the same time you also support them. That sounds strange, but not when it comes to CrossFit.

There was a double header at the live announcement of 13.5: Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet vs. Sam Briggs, and Rich Froning vs. Jason Khalipa. The workout is:

How it works is, if the 90 reps is completed within the 4 minute time cap, the time cap will be extended to 8 minutes. If the 180 reps is reached within the 8 minute time cap, the athlete will now get a 12 minute cap, and so on.

Sam wasn't able to do 180 in 8 minutes and scored only 175 when time ran out. Camille, however, had to continue, and at the end of 12 minutes she scored 244. I can't imagine what must have been going on in her mind when she saw that her competitor was done and she had to continue working in front of thousands of people.

After catching her breath, Sam walked over to Camille and cheered her on, as you can see below. Where else will you see your competitor egging you on to get in more reps than her? I swear, if everybody did CrossFit, the world would be so much the better for it. After all, CrossFit is a microcosm of the real world (at least, for me it is).

Camille in the yellow top; Sam in the black top
Grabbed from the CrossFit Games twitter feed
 I read on twitter that Jason was hosting Rich and his wife in his house -- how cool is that? Anyway, for their head-to-head, Jason wasn't able to meet the 8 minute cap (he scored 169). And community spirit ruled again as he went over to Rich to talk him through the workout. Rich finished with 226 reps.

Jason in the CrossFit Mayhem shirt; Rich with his back to the camera
Grabbed from the CrossFit Games twitter feed
Now I can't wait for the Games!!!

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