Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. Today’s edition is sponsored by Ragnar Relay, a weekend running adventure with friends. Ragnar turns running into a team sport, making it perfect for a CrossFitter like yourself. Races are long distance, overnight, team, running relays that take place in breathtaking locations around the world. Checkout the calendar and find a race that’s calling your name.
Roundup — Carly Fuhrer hits a 220 pound clean at the Atlas Games competition in Montreal. Heather Hippensteel hits a 185 pound thruster complex. CBD Oil is being removed from the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned substance list. Tasia Percevecz starts her first full day of training at CrossFit Mayhem. Camille Leblanc-Bazinet’s 57-year-old mom hit a 155 pound clean PR.
Mathews Returns to Individual Competition — After suffering a devastating and season-ending injury during the 2017 CrossFit Games, Carleen Mathews placed eight at the Atlas Games; her first individual competition since withdrawing from The Games. “I finished strong and feel good about my performance. It realy lit a fire, not that there wasn’t one lit already but just shows me I can still compete!” Mathews will be running on Team Morning Chalk Up at the Ragnar Relay this Friday.
Ragnar Relay Update — The 100 mile relay race, which features the first official CrossFit division, kicks off this Friday. We’ve got our team set to race against more than a dozen affiliates, and Dave Castro announced that Alex
Parker will be the final female runner on his dream team.
While the Cameras Were Off — Last Thursday, after the cameras were turned off at the CrossFit Liftoff, Jamie Hagiya wanted a few more takes on the barbell. She snatched a 209 pound PR and clean and jerked a 255 pound PR, narrowly missing 264 pounds twice. That is one of the heaviest recorded clean and jerks of any
CrossFit Games athlete and the heaviest at any CrossFit-sanctioned event that we could find.
2017 IWF Worlds — Despite some rough performances for Team USA, 17-year-old Harrison Maurus was able to break the 20-year drought of male medal performances at Worlds. Maurus set a new Youth American Record with a 155kg/341 pound snatch, and took bronze in the clean and jerk with a 193kg/425 pound clean and jerk
and bronze overall.
— Mattie Rogers: She became the first female to medal at worlds since 2005, snatching 104kg/229 pounds and clean and jerking 131kg/288 pounds to sweep bronze. Reflecting on her performance, Rogers said: “After countless interviews asking me to describe how this experience feels, I still don’t quite know how to express it. I am honored to have brought home 3 medals for the USA…Not the
performance I wanted, but I believe that those feelings are just part of being an elite athlete.”
— Jessica Lucero missed all three snatch attempts and ended with a 114kg/251 pound clean and jerk. Reflecting on her performance she said, “There’s nothing I can say. I let down USA, I let down myself. Regardless I’ll be back. I’ve never not gotten up from falling down in the past and I won’t start now.”
— Colins Burns withdrew from competition after hurting his elbow on his second snatch attempt. He snatched 163kg/359 pounds before withdrawing.
P.S. Lydia Valentin’s118kg/260 pound snatch was unbelieveable. Oh, and we can’t wait to hang with her tomorrow.
“One of your best friends won’t make it, but he will alter the way you look at the rest of your life decisions. Remember him. Honor his impact on your life. Do not waste yours.”
HEAR: From Mindful Bodies to Bad Dates
Join Girls Gone WOD Podcast for an episode about battling winter blues, dealing with toddlers, Christmas music, bad dates, and how to handle “food pushers.” They also chat about viewing health as the road, rather than the destination.
We got our hands on a pair of these extremely soft, broken-in, all leather weightlifting straps at the 2017 IWF Worlds and they are about the softest most magical straps we’ve ever felt. Well worth a try in our opinion.
Alot of people are afraid to fail. And sure, a part of me truly understands that. Failing is not nice. Failing is not pleasant. Failing hurts. I have failed several times. And at some point, I also thought failing might break me. Even though I have loved the motion and pure joy of running for as long as I can remember and still love it today, I have to admit that there were times when the love for running felt more like a damning curse on me.
However, in retrospect, I would not want to miss any of those setbacks because they have shaped the sportsman and person I am today. And I am happy about that.
I’ve always felt that running is one of the greatest talents I have been given and therefore I aspired to give it my all. When I first watched the Olympic Games in 1996, I can remember that I told my parents that one day I would become an Olympian. Even though I was just nine years old and didn’t even understand the full extent of my dream, it was something that I internalized for the following twenty years and something that affected every big decision I took in my life.
Would I have followed the path if I had known what fortune had in store for me? I don’t know – maybe, maybe not. But I’m glad that I didn’t have a crystal ball.
CHALK UP TIPS
Brought to You By Jared Enderton — Where should the barbell touch your body on the snatch? Is it the hips or thighs? Is it different for each athlete? Jared Enderton demonstrates the differences side-by-side in this video walkthrough.