Survival of the Fittest (Opinion)
Please make this the title of event 1! Am I right? If you haven’t seen the way the cutting structure will work once the Games get rolling, here it is:
Event 1: 150 to 75
Event 2: 75 to 50
Event 3: 50-40
Event 4: 40-30
Event 5: 30-20
Event 6: 20-10
Then we advance forward with the top 10 for the remaining events and we are not quite sure how many that will be.
Some of you will be up in arms about this as spectators as if your opinion matters (shakes head at you). And there will even be some competitors that won’t like the idea of such a large cut and so soon. Dave Castro doesn’t care about your feelings in case you didn’t already know that. This year the CrossFit Games has hit us with all kinds of “change” and this is just another one to add to the long list. While it does seem crazy that only half the field will get a shot at more than 1 workout, I freaking love this!
You can’t show up with ANY holes in your fitness. In years past we’ve seen athletes toward the top of the podium and literally even crowned champion with as low of finishes as 37th place. With a larger field and an even more diverse skill set when it comes to measurable fitness those kinds of finishes will send you home early, “Bye Felicia”.
Some of you will be up in arms about this as spectators as if your opinion matters (shakes head at you). And there will even be some competitors that won’t like the idea of such a large cut and so soon. Dave Castro doesn’t care about your feelings in case you didn’t already know that.
Previously we’ve assumed the Games would open with a long endurance based event and hopefully this new format brings something of a change. (Although I’m not sure how they will put 150 athletes through anything complex or very dynamic in nature, so hopefully you boys and girls are ready to be top half in something simple and dirty.) I’d love to see something with mixed modalities, well rounded and mid time domain around 9-13 minutes to kick it off so we are ensuring these men and women aren’t just endurance specialists breaking through into event 2.
The entertainment value and urgency surrounding every event will be exponentially higher. Although there will still be a large number of points on the table throughout the whole weekend, one bad workout or misstep can be the end of your season on a Friday afternoon. Athletes will be focused and if they aren’t then we won’t see much of them.
This, you should be a fan of. On the other hand if your heartthrob/ CrossFit crush gets sent home early, or just off the field (enter: You ain’t gotta go home, but you gotta get the heck up outta here!) then maybe they can hang out with you in the stands, this should also make you happy (wink, wink)! You can get some autographs and picture time.
There are many athletes this can affect in a negative way, but the ones showing up to be the fittest on earth won’t be affected by this in the slightest. Does it change the scoring? Yes. Does it change the execution through the weekend when it comes to logistics like heats, waiting times, and warm-up times? Yes. Does it change how you will prepare, and execute or the urgency you have as you step out onto the floor for event 1? No.
The ones showing up to be the fittest on earth won’t be affected by this in the slightest…a true competitor is unshaken by this news this close to competition.
This changes nothing within the athlete’s control, a true competitor is unshaken by this news this close to competition. Many of you will argue that we may see a top athlete be “cut” early and never get a real chance to contend for the title. False, they will all get the same chance and those with the focus, fitness, and ability to execute will showcase just that.
This write up may seem harsh to a competitor’s close friend, Mom, Dad, Coach, significant other, sibling or whomever but remember what we are watching and the purpose of this event. We are attempting to find the fittest male and female in the entire world and more than a quarter-million dollars is at stake. The test should require accuracy, urgency, a broad base of fitness and an athletes ability to rise to the occasion and capture the moment! The cream always rises, survival of the fittest 2019. Let’s go! See you all in Madison!