I want to dedicate the post to CrossFit Jääkarhu, and the people who fill it.
The Open is always a special time of year – a time when we can come together, do the same workouts on the same days, celebrate, cheer each other on, and push past barriers that we once previously thought were real.
This year was a special year for many reasons. We are 6 months into our journey as a gym, and already we have had so many experiences, hardships and successes. We could not be happier with the people we have with us and the gym we have around us. Thank you.
I also wanted to provide a breakdown of sorts… We have an outstanding group of athletes in the Level 3 Competitor Program, and they highlighted why they are where they are this year through their efforts in the 2015 CrossFit Games Open.
This year we have two masters competitors continuing on to the next level of competition: Mr. Jeff Morgan (45-49) and Mr. Mark Brazell (50-54). Jeff finished 15th in the South Central Region and 183rd in the World, while Mark finished 13th in the Region and 194th in the World. Both of these gentlemen have worked their asses off for the past 4+ years to get where they are. Jeff has been with me for over 3 years, and Mark has been with me for just over 5. Congrats, gentlemen.
On the men’s side, our top four finishers were Orion Hones (43rd), Kyler Allison (192nd), Ricky Redus (229th) and Jeff Vanlandingham (237th). These are extremely impressive finishes give the talent in our region.
Highlghts: Ricky’s 345# Clean & Jerk in 15.1a, Jeff’s 50th place finish in the Region on 15.4, and Kyler’s score of 241 on 15.2. Special recognition goes to our youngest buck, Orion, for contributing to 6/6 Open workouts and finishing on the “first page”. Orion has an extremely promising future as an athlete and a coach, and we are very excited to see him progress over the coming years.
On the women’s side, our top four finishers were Ingrid Kantola (21st), Karen Pierce (41st), Jess Estrada (46th) and Alyson Boyd (56th). All four of our team women finished top 60 – an achievement in and of itself – but to see these women train and experience their dedication is something else entirely. Very proud of them.
Highlights: Alyson and Jess scoring 265 on 15.2, Ingrid’s score of 471 on 15.3, and Karen’s overall performance and comeback from a tumultuous 2014 🙂
We also had some of our sleuth contribute that are not on the team, proving that this was truly an all-gym effort. Special mention goes to Michael Lubke, Han Woo Pak and Jake Whitefield for contributing to 15.1, 15.2, and 15.1a, respectively.
Mr. Lubke has progressively improved his Regional percentile over the last 4 years, proving his dedication to his own long-term athletic development. To the point: 2012: 882, 2014: 823, 2015: 763. He has had to battle back from a knee injury in late 2012, but is stronger than ever. Well-done Mike.
Evan Partch. What can we say about Partch? Diligent, smart, hard-working and persistent. All the things that can lead to greatness. For the last couple of years, Evan has not wanted to compete. He’s just not that “in” to competition. But at our coaxing, he obliged, and without the need to prove anything to anyone (including himself) performed well above any and all expectations. He finished in 574th place in the region and 6th on our gym leaderboard. For a guy that doesn’t necessarily like or need to compete, he sure is damn good at it. Thanks Evan. Your presence is always powerful.
We also had one of our athletes, Leah Cianci, contribute TWO scores to 15.1a and 15.5. Leah has been training with focus and dedication for years now, and it’s great to see her efforts finally starting to show up when it counts. Well-done Leah.
Finally, Team CrossFit Jääkarhu came in 4th in the Region and 70th in the World. This ranking will most likely change once the individual scores are removed, but we are satisfied having finished top in the Region and in the top 70 teams n the World. This was truly a TEAM effort — not just in terms of athletes, but in terms of COMMUNITY. Everyone who shows up on a weekly basis to train – who showed up to our Friday Night Open WODs to spectate, judge or participate had a hand in this result, whether they realize it or not.
Our next phase of training will be hard. We only have 7 weeks of training and preparation before we test ourselves against the best in our Region for a spot to the 2015 CrossFit Games. They are ready, and they have what it takes. This is a talented and eager group of athletes, but they will need your love and support along the way.
Regionals training starts today. Come focused. Come prepared. Come to win.
Week 35: 15.04.03
A. 5 Rounds, AFAP:
10 Burpees to Plate
10 Box Jumps
B. Clean Pull: 5×4@ 80, 85, 90, 95, 95
C. Tempo 1.25 Front Squat: 4×6 @ 40×1 @ 50, 55,60, 65