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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • Quarterfinals Preview: Europe.
  • Seven months post-partum, Annie Thorisdottir is primed for the Games season.
  • Why Scott Panchik’s Open announcement performance was more important than you think.
  • Hot off the press! Commemorate the 2020 CrossFit Games season with a Morning Chalk Up limited edition print newspaper. On sale now.

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  Quarterfinals Preview: Europe 

Quarterfinals Preview: Europe

The Quarterfinals, which are the newest part of the CrossFit Games season, are upon us this week. We want to preview each of the Continents and provide some insight into what to expect. The number of athletes who have qualified for Quarterfinals is vast, particularly in certain regions, but the number of athletes who have a good chance to advance to the Semifinals is far fewer.

Today’s focus is on Europe where there are 2,344 women and 3,594 men who are eligible to compete in the Quarterfinals. From this large group of athletes, only 60 women and 60 men will be eligible to qualify for the two European Semifinals this spring. That means that after whittling the continent down to the top ten percent through the Open, this weekend is going to significantly narrow the focus: only 2.5% of the remaining women and 1.7% of the remaining men in Europe will make it through to the next stage. 

In trying to identify who these top 60 might be, it’s easiest to break it down into a few distinct categories. The athletes listed in all five of these groups (for both men and women) found themselves inside the top 60 after the close of the Open.

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  • Available today — Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge tickets. Spectator tickets will be available for purchase starting today at 12:00PM EST. The Early Bird Special price is $99 for a Three-Day Pass. This offer is for a limited time. Once the Early Bird Special is over, only single-day passes will be sold.
  • Athlete registration for Torian Pro, the Oceania Semifinal, is now live.
  • Nano X + Legacy Lifter Bundle: For a limited time, you can save $130 when you buy the Reebok Nano X and Legacy Lifter with code “WOD”.
  • MUST READ: In the South China Morning Post, Patrick Blenerhassett asked the question: “Will Mat Fraser Stay Retired?” and in it he notes that Fraser left the sport on top and that many other superstar athletes who have done the same felt compelled to comeback for another shot at greatness.
    • Blennerhassett: “Fraser may sit at home, watch the competitions on his laptop, and totally not give a single moment’s thought as to whether he pulled the plug on his career too early. Or, it may be something he may grapple with, more and more, as the season winds on, and a new champion is crowned.”
  • Here are 15 interesting stats from Open Workouts 21.3 and 21.4.
  Seven Months Postpartum: Annie Thorisdottir on Track to Return to the Games this Summer 


Seven Months Postpartum: Annie Thorisdottir on Track to Return to the Games this Summer

Last year, eight-time CrossFit Games athlete Kara Sanders made history when she became the first podium finisher to qualify for the CrossFit Games after giving birth, a feat she achieved just five months after giving birth to her baby Scotti.

This year, two-time Games champion Annie Thorisdottir, who gave birth to her daughter Freyja just seven months ago, is aiming to become the second.

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  Scott Panchik's Open Announcement Performance Was More Important Than You Think 

Scott Panchik's Open Announcement Performance Was More Important Than You Think

The chance to be an Open announcement athlete has historically been an honor bestowed each year to a select group of athletes who either finished the previous year in the top-10 at the Games, or have a continued history of excellence in the sport.

What it historically is not is a chance to put forth a top score worldwide in the workout.

That is what makes Scott Panchik’s Open announcement performance impressive. Consider that even though he retested, his original 21.3 score would have been 12th worldwide in the workout as one of the first athletes to tackle the workout, and (most likely) the first athlete in the world to finish it.

  • Couple that with the fact that his original 21.4 score would have been higher than all but one athlete ahead of him worldwide in 21.3 — one Rich Froning Jr. who he does not have to compete against technically — and what Panchik was able to do with a few minutes notice in the pair of workouts stands as one of the better Open announcement performances we’ve seen to date.
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How to Save Any Jerk (No Matter How Ugly)

In an ideal world, our flawless technique will always be enough. But we’ve all been there, on that last set of clean and jerks you just need the bar to stay overhead. This Cal Strength video offers some great tips on how to finish that heavy set with a win, even when you're fatigued.




The Supplements You Should be Taking

Between whey, creatine, pre-workout, and CBD, it has become essential to learn precisely what is going into your body. Xwerks provides insightful education and guides on what each supplement does and whether you should be taking it. Morning Chalk Up readers also get 10% off any supplement purchase with code "MCU".



Turning the Mental Page After the Open is Over

Whether you're moving on to the Quarterfinals or not, the 2021 CrossFit Open is over and it's time to start looking forward. If you're struggling with your performance then watch this video on how to "turn the page" and start crushing the next workout.



Stringing Together Double Unders

Brent Fikowski and the Train Your Weakness coaching team have put together a program to help you start stringing together double unders with ease. With only two 30-minute workouts a week, it easily fits alongside your regular schedule.



Mouthwatering Paleo Lemon Glazed Cookies

Everyone deserves a cookie every now and then. We love these paleo lemon poppy seed cookies made with a mix of coconut flour and almond flour then topped with an easy, sweet and zesty lemon glaze. Not for dipping in milk, but still delicious.


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10/1: WODtoberfest 2022 (Saint Clairsville, OH)
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10/1: West Town Throwdown (Chicago, IL)
10/1: Legends of the Falls 2022 (Gadsden, AL)
10/2 - 10/16: CHLKDUP Box League – Chattanooga (Chattanooga, TN)
10/2: The IronWorkz Gauntlet (Medina, OH)
10/2: IronWorkz Gauntlet (Medina, OH)
10/2: Battle in the Berg (Newberg, OR)
10/7 - 10/8: Koda Iron Games (Lafayette, CO)
10/8: Mayhem & Massacre @ Infinite Fitness & Health (Wharton, NJ)
10/8 - 10/9: Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge Festival (MACC FEST) (West Friendship, MD)
10/8: Fall Brawl at CrossFit Lehigh Valley (Allentown, PA)
10/8 - 10/9: MACC FEST (West Friendship, MD)
10/8: Rua Rumble II (Frankfort, IL)
10/8: Nightmare On Wod Street (Spring Lake, MI)
10/8: The X Games (Brooklawn, NJ)
10/14 - 10/16: 3F Throwdown (Poreč, Croatia)
10/15: Ragin Games 2022 (Lafayette, LA)
10/15: Wodtoberfest (Owosso, MI)
10/15: PAINKLLR Nashville (Nashville, TN)
10/15: Ragin Games (Lafayette, LA)
10/15: 7th Annual Kilo Crushfest (Hampton, VA)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Omaha (Gretna, NE)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Dallas (Dallas, Texas)
10/15: Diamond K Classic (Birmingham, AL)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Belleville (Belleville, Canada)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx San Diego (Alpine, CA)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Iowa (Des Miones, IA)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Southern Illinois (Highland Robinson, IL)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx DC (Alexandria, VA)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Newport News (Newport News, VA)
10/15: Mid Atlantic Masters Classic (Abingdon, MD)
10/15: Bridgetown Throwdown (City of Industry, CA)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Richmond (Richmond, Canada)
10/21 - 10/23: Battledrome Championship (Milan, Italy)
10/22: 8th Annual Crossfit Pittsfield Fall Brawl (Pittsfield, MA)
10/22: Doomsday 2022 (Palm Springs, CA)
10/22: The Humble Games Fall Throwdown (Hanover, MD)
10/22: Goblin Gauntlet – CrossFit Sandy (Sandy, UT)
10/22: 8th annual fall brawl (Pittsfield, MA)
10/22: Festivals Games – CrossFit 906 Ishpeming, MI (Ishpeming, MI)
10/22 - 10/23: Rep It Out (Sheffield, England)
10/22: Clash at the Creek 2022 (Knoxville, TN)
10/22: Festivus Games – Teams @ Crossfit Clan (Parsippany, NJ)
10/22: Ironclad (League City, TX)
10/22: Festivus Games (Waukesha, WI)
10/22: Scream and Clean 2 (Danbury, CT)
10/22: SE TEX Masters Fall Classic 2022 (Cypress, TX)
10/22: Festivus Games Pairs – Same-Sex or Mixed-Sex (Savannah, GA)
10/22: Black and Brewed (Huntsville, AL)
10/22: Festivus Games – Pairs (Savannah, GA)
10/22: Dreamland Games 3 (same sex pairs) (Portsmouth, OH)
10/22: 2022 Arsenal Throwdown (Pittsburgh, PA)
10/29 - 10/30: Chi-Town Throwdown (Elmhurst, IL)
10/29 - 10/30: The Vanguard (Lakeland, FL)
10/29: Heartland Games (Kearney, NE)
10/29 - 10/30: Mayhem & Massacre @ CrossFit Black Hive West (Jacksonville, FL)
10/30 - 11/20: CHLKDUP Box League – Nashville (Nashville, TN)
11/1 - 11/21: MFLH X FFTF Partner Series Online Qualifier (New York, NY)
11/5 - 11/6: Reignited Games (Wilmington, NC)
11/5: Fall’s Fittest Partner Throwdown (Amherst, OH)
11/5: Best of the Wurst (New Braunfels, TX)
11/12: Girls Gone Rx Salt Lake City (West Salt Lake, UT)
11/12: Girls Gone Rx Mesa (Mesa, AZ)
11/12: CrossFit Exodus Throwdown (Bridgeport, TX)
11/19: Babes & Beasts TURF Games 2022 (Port Saint Lucie, FL)
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