Good morning and welcome to the weekend edition of the Morning Chalk Up. This is Jessica Danger, your Managing Editor, filling in for Justin while he climbs Mt. Langley, to bring you a quick wrap-up of the major news items throughout the week.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man. True nobility is being superior to your former self.” — Ernest Hemingway
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Why Should I Even Still Do The Open?
These last few days, our team has been inundated with emails about the Open. What happens if an athlete that won a sanctioned event also wins the Open? How will backfilling work for the Open? Why are there two Opens this year?
But most of these emails are from everyday CrossFitters like Justin and me. And, for the most part, they’re unsure of what’s next. Will there be live announcements? If there are two Opens this year why should I even bother? With age groups being limited, what’s in it for me? Will my age group ever be officially recognized by CrossFit?
Here’s what we have to say: Do it anyway.
For 99% of us mere mortals, we are not going to make it to the CrossFit Games. Not before the changes and not now.
Greg Glassman is the first person to ever define the term fitness. And this is the modus operandi of CrossFit; You can now measure your fitness.
Every year you get to see where you stand in your box, in your state, in your age group, in your country, and in the world.
You get to see how much you’ve grown from last year to this year. Maybe this year you got your first RX Open workout. Maybe your first strict handstand push up. Maybe you PR’d your clean. These are things you can measure.
And, you can also measure your ability to meet the unknown and be prepared for the unknowable.
The same fear that crept up when CrossFit announced its changes is the same fear you can conquer in the Open. The fear of failure, “Can I do this?” The fear of being overlooked, “What about me?” The fear of being mediocre, “But where do I stand?”
There’s only one way around that fear. You have to meet it. You can do that in the Open.
And you should.
To the Unknown and the Unknowable,
Briggs, Newbury, and Project X Win Australia, Sturt Earns Invite
The Australian CrossFit Championship wrapped up last week, giving us our third round of athletes earning their ticket to the 2019 CrossFit Games. Sam Briggs took it again, so it’s Maddie Sturt that gets the invite this time.
With Sam the “Engine from England” taking first place at the Australian CrossFit Competition, the confusion around who gets invited to compete at the CrossFit Games, in this and all remaining sanctioned events, was on everyone’s mind. Here’s why we should be paying attention to the rest of the leaderboard moving forward.
What do you do when you get your hands on 16,000 square feet of factory space? You rally your CrossFit members to renovate it and move all your equipment in 37 days. You reward them with credits earned towards their membership dues and with a celebratory “housewarming” WOD at the end of course.
Erin-Kate Aleksek’s husband is in the Coast Guard. After weeks of no income due to the government shut down, Erin-Kate decided to cancel her membership to Freakin’ CrossFit. There’s just one thing: They wouldn’t let her.