Good morning from Madison, WI and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. There only one sleep left before the CrossFit Games kicks off. Today’s edition is brought to you by RockTape, the movement company dedicated to helping athletes of every level go stronger for longer.
P.S. Today is National Ice Cream Sandwich day and we’re spending it at the Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream on State Street downtown. Anyone want to join?
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Two critical minimum work requirements to pay attention to… Athletes who fail to finish run-swim-run under the 60-min time cap are disqualified. Additionally, any athlete who fails to get past the 15-foot wall in the O-course is ineligible for taking one of the top 3 spots on the podium.
Meet the oldest CrossFit Games competitor, 65-year-old Clarke Holland. Swipe left to see the reactions of CrossFit Games athletes when they find out the weights for the muscle-up clean ladder. Bethany Branham got the Wonder Woman symbol styled into her hair for the Games. Final thoughts from Chris Spealler on the injury and training for longevity before competition starts. Dave Castro introduced a never before seen apparatus for the 2017 Games: bails of hay. Talking to Bethany Branham yesterday, “I hope it rains” for the Cyclocross event. Event details released for “Couple Couplets,” the MF paired synchronized event of muscle-ups, GHDs, Assault Bike cals and deadlifts. We also have event details for the individual strongman event. TEAM OUTFITS. True story: Alexis Johnson is afraid of heights. What do CrossFit hubbies do while their wives are training for the Games? Drink beer.
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While most of the water has been cleaned up, their biggest problems are just beginning. It’s not altogether clear who’s going to pay for the damages. Power Keg’s insurance company Affiliate Guard hasn’t confirmed they’ll cover the costs and talks are just beginning with the City of San Diego.
Babin paused momentarily to consider the all but certain exodus of members.
“We froze all memberships immediately,” Babin said. “Right now we’re holding classes in the park. We have some coaches who make a few extra bucks coaching a class here and there, but for some of them this is their livelihood.”
To make matters worse, during the months-long rebuild Power Keg’s revenue stream grinds to a halt. Thankfully the CrossFit community takes care of their own and already thousands of donations have poured in, and ours will be next.
Clarke Holland is a dual-sport athlete, having competed at the World Weightlifting Championships and —this week— in the CrossFit Games for the sixth time.
Holland is also 65 years old, the oldest competitor by two years in the men’s Masters 60-plus division. And he doesn’t plan on slowing down just yet.
“Friends or colleagues definitely don’t understand, they say, ‘I could never do that’ or ‘There’s no way,” said Holland, who is semi-retired from his law practice. “I realize that people in their 50s and 60s could have some mobility issue that make things difficult. But I think the average 60-year-old can still do a huge percentage of CrossFit things that would make their lives a lot better.”
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8/2: Beer and Barbells (Madison, WI)
8/3 – 8/6: The CrossFit Games (Madison, WI)
8/7 – 8/16: World Police and Fire Games (Los Angeles, CA)
8/13: TriFit Games (Lincoln, NE)
8/16: 2017 Cascade Classic Online Qualifier (Online)
8/26: Garage Games ONE (Buford, GA)
8/26: New WODs on the Block (Nationwide)
9/8 – 9/10 – USA Functional Fitness National Championships (Colorado Springs, CO)
9/9: World Wide WoD (Online)
9/10: Railyard Riot (Lincoln, NE)
9/22 – 24: Icon Athlete Training Camp (Park City, UT)