“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”- Albert Einstein
Colleen Grote: From Chemotherapy to Quarterfinals
Like many Quarterfinals competitors who completed five grueling workouts last weekend, 35-year-old Colleen Grote will rest, recover and get some treatment done on her body this week. The difference for Grote is that her treatment is for cancer.
Last year, just a week after the CrossFit Open wrapped up, Grote, who noticed a lump in her breast and was diagnosed with Stage 2A breast cancer which rocked her to the core.
Just a week before, the member of CrossFit 151 in Marion, IA and mother of two children had narrowly missed making the Quarterfinals cut and was more motivated than ever to train for 2022.
Now, her priority was just staying alive.
“I had two tumors, one was two centimeters and the other was 1.8 centimeters, and I was what they call triple positive. I needed to have 12 rounds of chemotherapy,” said Grote, who underwent a double mastectomy last August.
Today, Grote is cancer-free, but she continues to go for drug infusions once every three weeks to help reduce the chances of reoccurrence, and to kill “anything microscopic” that might still be there.
In case you missed it, Lauren Kalil, the host of The Bottom Line, was joined by Chase Ingraham and Patrick Clark to recap quarterfinals and all the madness that went down.
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Ricky Garard has joined TYR, adding to an impressive roster that already includes Pat Vellner. TYR is clearly not shying away from the athlete’s past in signing him:
“Following the 2017 Crossfit Games, Ricky Garard was banned from competing professionally. Acknowledging his mistake, Ricky took it as a point of growth and maintained his determination to continue training, reflecting, and improving. Now, he is ready for redemption.”
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James Newbury Finishes Triathlon Day After Completing Quarterfinals
James Newbury was a busy guy this past weekend.
On Friday, the four-time CrossFit Games athlete did four workouts, partially completing the quarterfinals. One of them was a repeat actually.
“It was the GHD workout,” said the 31-year-old Australian, referring to Workout 2 which included three rounds for time: 30 alternating single-leg squats, 30 GHD sit-ups and 10 muscle-ups. “My camera didn’t work, so I had to do it again.”
But he was just getting started: Newbury got up on Saturday, hammered out two more workouts, then drove for over an hour to Melbourne from his home gym to host a three hour CrossFit seminar. Then he went home, ate and went to bed, but he was far from done.
“The next day I was super sore all over my hips and core area from the GHD sit-ups,” said Newbury, who currently sits in 25th in the Oceania region. “And then I went and did my first Olympic triathlon, which was cool.”
Leah Storen Makes a Name for Herself After Second CrossFit Open
Every year there are names that pop up on the Open leaderboard after one workout that the average person doesn’t recognize. Typically, those athletes are what we call “specialists” in a certain workout, and most of the time, their names don’t come back up.
But then there’s the other scenario. The one where their name pops up more frequently, making us think this may be the next up and coming athlete, and as sports analysts, we take note. After 18-year-old Norwegian athlete Leah Storen’s Open performance, she may be someone who could very well stick around.
“When my name was in the top five and I was with Tia-Clair Toomey, it was absolutely mind blowing, I couldn’t really understand it. It was like a dream waiting for you to wake up and then you realize no, this is not a dream, this is really happening.”
GORUCK Games Bringing Competition and Community to Jacksonville
A new fitness competition will take over Jacksonville, FL, on April 23-24. GORUCK will use unique workouts and equipment to test athletes during the inaugural GORUCK Games. One hundred competitors (50 male and 50 female) will take part on the first day as they battle for spots in the 16-person finals on the second day.
Remind me: There is a wide assortment of athletes that will take part in the GORUCK Games. Some examples hail from the CrossFit world, such as Emily Rolfe and Cody Anderson. Others such as Allison Grubbs and Hunter McIntyre focus on OCR (obstacle course race) events.
$50,000 is on the line for the participants in the GORUCK Games. First place in each division will walk away with $15,000 while the runner-ups will each secure $5,000 each. Third place will take $2,000, fourth will take $1,000 and fifth through eighth will each get $500.
The GORUCK Games will take a different approach than the CrossFit Games or other fitness competitions. There will not be barbells. Instead, the competitors will take on events built on a foundation of tactical-style fitness.
An air of mystery: There are some details available about what the athletes will face during the weekend in Jacksonville. There will be a rucking event, obstacles created by Savage Race, and some special equipment from Rogue Fitness.
The athletes will find out the first workout on Friday, April 22, during check-in. They will complete this workout the following morning, and then they will learn the rest of the Saturday events that will whittle the list down of competitors.
Those that qualify for the final round on Sunday, April 24, will still face some unknowns. They will learn the final workouts just before taking part and battling for the prizes.
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