Jessica Griffith Seeks CrossFit Games Ticket in Miami
Jessica Griffith ended day one at Wodapalooza in fourth place overall and in the CrossFit Games invitation spot after a tenth place finish in event one and a sixth in event two. In the Friday morning press conference, she talked a little about her Open this year and her plans going into the rest of the Sanctionals season. Here are a few quick takeaways:
- On missing a Games invitation in the Open, Griffith said “I was the idiot who loaded the wrong weight on the clean and jerk.”
- Remember, Griffith’s Open 20.4 workout video was rejected due to an error in loading her barbell. She took full responsibility on Instagram, noting that it was a simple math error.
- On her Sanctionals plans, she said that while she hopes to punch her ticket to Madison at WZA, she’s “planning on going to the West Coast Classic,” and if necessary “re-evaluate after that.”
Griffith had a lot to say about her Wodapalooza story thus far, calling it “the athletes’ favorite event” of the year.
- On the elimination-style, bike and overhead lunge workout, “Miami Heat,” Griffith said “that bike was epic!”
- She noted that she’s loving the programming and was most looking forward to the “Pump Sesh Triplet,” a three-round workout with 18-foot rope legless rope climbs, heavy dumbbell bench press and thrusters set to close out Friday’s events.
The highs of Griffith’s day one were quickly replaced with some struggles on day two, however. In the afternoon event, the “Pace Race,” a 12-minute row for distance with a computerized pace boat that athletes had to outpace, she placed 22nd and in the evening event, she had trouble with her final legless rope climb, ultimately earning a 16th place finish. She ended the second day holding on to tenth place overall with 220 points, 30 points behind Emily Rolfe who now sits in the Games invitation spot. Colleen Fotsch, also seeking the invite is one place ahead of Griffith with 226.
One big thing: After competing in the Games in the team division for three of the past five years and experiencing, in her own words, a variety of “plot twists” through the last few Opens, Griffith appears to be ready to make her individual return. In her own words, “I have a fire under my ass this year.”