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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • Where to get your coffee in Austin during the 2022 Rogue Invitational
  • Could the CrossFit Games make Birminghamians more fit?
  • Should CrossFit athletes be counting their own reps?
  • The Filthy 150 in Ireland is back and already sold out
  • Drug testing and appeals are delaying Semifinals payouts
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  Top Five Places to Grab Coffee In Austin While at the 2022 Rogue Invitational  

Top Five Places to Grab Coffee In Austin While at the 2022 Rogue Invitational

For the next installment of our five-part series to all things Austin while attending the 2022 Rogue Invitational, we bring you arguably the most important guide: where to grab a cup of joe (or are food recommendations the most important? Hard to say).

“The entire hospitality industry in Austin is coming into its own,” said Paul Oveisi, co-owner of Cosmic Coffee and Beer Garden. “A lot of the best culinary and beverage creatives have been flocking to Austin because of its great culture, fun lifestyle and exponential growth.”

With an abundance of options to choose from in the vibrant city, we’ve done our best to narrow down the top places to satisfy your caffeine addiction.

1. Paperboy

1203 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702

Austin-local and CrossFit competition MC Bella Martin starts this list off strong with her go-to.

“The best place to get a coffee and sit for a little (while) would be Paperboy off East 12th,” Martin said. “It’s my favorite place in the entire city for coffee and breakfast.”

Paperboy has a plethora of delicious breakfast items on the menu ranging from toasts and bowls, to classic selections and gluten-free pastries. Reservations are available (ps: they have an adorable patio!) and online ordering is available ahead of time.

2. Summer Moon
200 University Blvd Unit 110 Round Rock, TX 78665 (multiple locations)

Appropriately named according to their website, Summer Moon, founded in Texas, is striving to create “an experience to be shared through coffee and atmospheres that inspire the warmth of cozy evenings under a summer moon.”

Aside from the adorable decor and abundance of locations throughout the greater Austin-area, they’re also known for their wood-fired coffee roasting process, which creates a smooth coffee flavor.

Moon Milk is their proprietary, signature secret seven-ingredient creamer that you can add to any drink; you can order Summer Moon (coffee with mostly Moon Milk), or 3/4, 1/2 or 1/4 “moon” in any of your drinks. Try it, and thank us later!

3. Cosmic Coffee and Beer Garden

121 Pickle Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Located in South Austin with convenient access to the freeway, Cosmic Coffee and Beer Garden is a must for large group gatherings. If you and the squad want to ease into your morning before heading up to Dell Diamond, stop by Cosmic for a huge, dog-friendly patio accompanied by three food truck options. And, while you’re at it, you can feel good about supporting the environment.

“We’re unique in that we’ve integrated our sustainability and garden setting into our program. We home-grow some of the herbs and botanicals we use in our beverage on site and in turn, we do intensive on site composting which returns fertility to our grounds and gardens,” Oveisi said. “And we nurture a wildlife habitat on site which improves our micro-environment and creates a beautiful backdrop with a botanic garden-esque backdrop.”

As for narrowing down the menu?

“Our customer favorite is the Frozen Boozy Coffee,” Oveisi suggests. “Or for a non-alcoholic fave, either the Dawn Patrol Latte or Liquid Sunshine!”

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In case you missed it: Lauren Kalil, the host of The Bottom Line, spoke to none other than Noah Ohlsen about him crushing Fran during a Wodapalooza video shoot and setting a new record in the process. You can also check out our print piece on the story as well. 🏆

More venues?: Talking Elite Fitness was chewing on the various arenas and venues in Birmingham, AL that the 2024-27 CrossFit Games could potentially utilize.

Comp update: Brazil’s Gui Malheiros is out of the 2022 Rogue Invitational and Finland’s Henrik Haapalainen is in. Check out our full list for both the men and the women.

Shoe drop: Nike and Mat Fraser, what more do we need to say?

Big news: CrossFit announced some major changes to the 2023 season structure and we were right there to break the news. If you want to hear more about it, check out this podcast with CrossFit’s general manager of Sport, Justin Bergh.

Get some: Ascent Protein is now available in Wal-Mart stores nationwide.

  The CrossFit Games in Birmingham Could Influence Health on a Larger Scale in Alabama Say Local Gym Owners  


The CrossFit Games in Birmingham Could Influence Health on a Larger Scale in Alabama Say Local Gym Owners

Last week, we reported that, after spending 10 years in California followed by seven year in Madison, WI, the CrossFit Games will move to Birmingham, AL—a city of 210,000—in 2024.

No surprise, the announcement was met with excitement from gym owners in the Birmingham region—an area with 25 affiliates—who said the CrossFit Games coming their way can positively impact, not just their businesses on a personal level, but also the health of their greater local community at large.

What they’re saying: “Our box is very excited about the positive impact it will have on our community, as well as those around us,” said Zayne Ferguson, the owner of CrossFit 321—whose gym is located in Pell City, 40 miles from the Birmingham CrossPlex, where the Games are expected to take place.

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  The CrossFit Games in Birmingham Could Influence Health on a Larger Scale in Alabama Say Local Gym Owners  

Should Athletes Be Responsible to Count Their Own Reps?

Recently in the Hopper email from CrossFit, there was an article titled, The Judge’s job. It read in part, “while judges are there to facilitate and create a fair competition, they ultimately share these responsibilities with the athlete. As stated in CrossFit Rulebook section 1.19, athletes are responsible for counting and completing all required reps.” Morning Chalk Up’s Lauren Kalil sits down with Dex Hopkins and Justin LoFranco to discuss whether athletes should be accountable for counting their own reps, the athlete/referee responsibilities in other sports, and who ultimately should be in charge for reps at each stage of the game.

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  Filthy 150 Sells Out in Triumphant Return from Pandemic  

Filthy 150 Sells Out in Triumphant Return from Pandemic

Ireland’s top CrossFit competition has sold out even as pandemic restrictions continue to frustrate the organizers innovative plans.

The Filthy 150 is set to take place on October 21 and 22 at the DKIT Sports Arena. It is the first time since the pandemic the Irish CrossFit community has come together.

Remind me: The community has always been at the core of the Filthy 150. They have an enormous community competition, which has 1,200 athletes spread over four competition floors competing simultaneously.

The spectacle lives long in the memory for anyone who sees it and it even eclipses the elite competition, which has seen the likes of Sarah Sigmundsdottir and Justin Mederios.

  • “It’s not so much about winning. It’s more about participation”, said Darnia Dunne, one half of the couple who organizes the event. “Obviously, we have very high calibre athletes win. We have Games athletes on the podium and we link in with competitions like WZA and Atlas. But it really is about participation and getting your community behind you.”

That kind of community centric rhetoric is easy to say. But when push comes to shove, organizers would be forgiven for prioritizing the big names and the interest they generate.

But push did come to show for the Filthy 150 this year, and Dunne and her partner Jamie chose the community.

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  Drug Testing and Appeals Delaying Prize Payouts in Four Semifinals  

Drug Testing and Appeals Delaying Prize Payouts in Four Semifinals

Prize purse payouts are delayed in four of the 10 Semifinal events from the 2022 CrossFit Games season. The Morning Chalk Up confirmed with multiple athletes and teams from each of the four Semifinals that have yet to receive prize payouts for top finishes in competitions held last May and June, more than four months ago.

  • Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Championship
  • Fittest in Cape Town
  • Far East Throwdown
  • Syndicate Crown

One big thing: The news comes just a week after revelations that two off-season competitions are also delaying podium payouts inevitably due to financial troubles. Failed drug tests and appeals, however, are the “main reason” for the delays according to a CrossFit spokesperson.

  • CrossFit Games rulebook section 4.14: “Prize money will only be released once drug test results have been confirmed.”

Worth noting: Even though outside organizations ran the event operations for these competitions, CrossFit HQ is responsible for issuing prize payouts, not the organizer. This stands in contrast to the two most recent situations reported concerning CanWest and the European Championship.

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  Sleep and Recovery Tips from Beam Sleep Expert, CrossFit Games Athletes  

Sleep and Recovery Tips from Beam Sleep Expert, CrossFit Games Athletes

When Lauren Kalil first came across Beam’s CBD recovery and sleep products, she was suspicious.

But after she saw enough CrossFit athletes on social media recommending Beam, she took the plunge and couldn’t believe how it transformed her sleep and recovery.

“At night, my mind tends to race thinking of all the things I want to accomplish the next day, but Beam helps me fall asleep faster, so I’m not sitting up for an hour waiting to fall asleep,” said the Morning Chalk Up’s Bottom Line host, a long-time CrossFit athlete, who is now a whole-hearted believer.

CrossFit Games athletes Amanda Barnhart and Haley Adams agree. Beam’s Dream Powder, which contains CBD, melatonin, magnesium, reishi, and L-theanine, say the product has been a game changer.

“I take Dream Powder to help me fall asleep and stay asleep so I can wake up ready to train the next day feeling rested and ready to go,” Adams said.

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Celebrating a PR, hosting a fundraiser, this, that, or otherwise. Send us a tip.

  • Congratulations to Ashley and Nick from Ocean State CrossFit North in Smithfield, RI on getting their first bar muscle-ups.
  • Congratulations to Kelly Stone from CrossFit Omnia on the three-rep hang power clean PR of 210 pounds/95kg.
  • Games rookie Rebecca Fuselier hit a new power clean PR.
  • Congratulations to Jose Cruz Richardson from Lightning CrossFit on Eglin Air Force Base in Florida on the 325-pound/147.5kg squat clean PR.

On Friday, October 14th CrossFit Sea Dog in Jupiter, FL and Palm City CrossFit in Palm City, FL hosted a Friday Night Lights fundraiser WOD for Hurricane Ian Relief. Donations are being collected here.

3/1 - 3/31: Sit Ups For Pups (Everywhere, Anywhere Online)
3/2: The LKW Games (Lake Waccamaw, North Carolina)
3/9: The Valkyrie Fitness Competition (Tampa, FL)
3/16: Upper Hunter Strongest Novice (Muswellbrook, Australia)
3/16: Oceanside CrossFit 1st Annual Shamwod & Shenanigains (Oceanside, Ca)
3/16: Shamwod & Shenanigains (Oceanside, Ca)
3/16: Shamwod & Shenanigains (oceanside, ca)
3/23 - 3/24: Beach Brawl (Spring) (Pensacola Beach, FL)
3/23: Masters Distinguished Games (Fort Wright, KY)
3/23: CFL Teen Take Over (Lorton, VA)
4/6: Girls Gone Rx Ohio (Lancaster, Ohio)
4/6 - 4/7: SeaDog Summer Showdown (Jupiter, Florida)
4/6: Girls Gone Rx Minnesota (Austin, Minnesota)
4/6: Girls Gone Rx Kentucky (Richmond, Kentucky)
4/6: Best Babes Decatur (Decatur, Alabama)
4/6: Best Babes 608 (Janesville, Wisconsin)
4/6: Best Babes South Carolina (Beufort, South Carolina)
4/6: Best Babes Houston (Houston, Texas)
4/6: Best Babes Wyoming (Cheyene, Wyoming)
4/6: War Off I-4 (Deland, FL)
4/6 - 4/7: No Pain No Game (Legnano, Italy)
4/6 - 4/7: Shack Team Edition (Rome, Italy)
4/6: Best Babes South Carolina (Beaufort, SC)
4/6: Best Babes Decatur (Decatur, AL)
4/6 - 4/7: Landifornian Battle (Seignosse, France)
4/6: Two Peas in a Pod: Mixed Gender Partner Comp (Burlington, MA)
4/6: Best Babes Tampa (Tampa, Florida)
4/13: Queens of Oly Rockledge (Rockledge, FL)
4/13: Queens of Oly East Tennessee (Bulls Gap, TN)
4/13: Fittest on Main (Boaz, AL)
4/19 - 4/21: Crash Crescendo (Spartanburg, SC)
4/20: Barbells For Bullies: Community Workout Savannah (Savnnah, Georgia, US)
4/20: Festivus Games @ CrossFit Plattsburgh (Plattsburgh, NY)
4/20: Festivus Games @ CrossFit Masiphumelele (Kommetjie, Cape Town, South Africa)
4/20: Festivus Games (Goderich, Canada)
4/20: Festivus Games (Clermont, FL)
4/20: Festivus Games @ The Gym – CrossFit Kilo (Cedar Falls, IA)
4/20: Festivus Games @ CBM Sirens (Caledonia, MS)
4/20: Festivus Games @ Coyote Valley (San Jose, CA)
4/20 - 4/21: Okanagan Valley Throwdown (Penticton, British Columbia)
4/20: The Fittest 4 (Sunshine Coast, Australia)
4/20: Embrace the Challenge (Mentor, Ohio)
4/20: Festivus Games @ CrossFit Pagosa (Pagosa Springs, CO)
4/20: First EVER Adaptive Festivus Games Competition (Waterford, United States)
4/20: Festivus Games (WAUKESHA, WI)
4/20 - 4/21: BGR Contest Spring Edition (Bergerac, France)
4/20 - 4/21: Okanagan Valley Throwdown (Penticton, British Columbia, Canada)

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