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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • Should CrossFit athletes consider microdosing mushrooms?
  • Training with Justin Medeiros and Adam Neiffer: Trista Smith tells her story
  • Neuromuscular Semifinal winner Alyssa Kobela on her inspirational journey to the CrossFit Games
  • Can Justin Medeiros repeat at the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games?

Editor’s note: Today’s newsletter went out yesterday by mistake, so we are resending it today as well. We apologize for the error.

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  Microdosing Mushrooms: Athlete Perspectives on the Psychedelic Supplement  

Microdosing Mushrooms: Athlete Perspectives on the Psychedelic Supplement

What your folks might better know as a party drug, also happens to be an increasingly popular psychedelic supplement for mental and physical health alike. While microdosing mushrooms is becoming more mainstream, it has us wondering: how prevalent is it amongst CrossFit athletes?

The main psychoactive chemicals in hallucinogenic mushrooms, psilocybin and psilocin, have been considered a Schedule 1 Drug since the early 1970’s — however a small handful of US cities have decriminalized and/or permitted use for therapeutic treatment in a supervised setting.

This is just a hunch, but given the potential legal pitfalls and the social stigma around ‘shrooms’, athletes may not publicly advertise their engagement in the regular use of the substance. That said, Andrew Weinsten, Head of Communications and Public Policy at CrossFit HQ, has clarified that “Psilocybin is not currently prohibited by CrossFit.”

The 2022 CrossFit Drug Testing Program states that “collected urine and/or blood samples will be sent to a World Anti-Doping Agency [WADA]-approved laboratory for analysis. Samples will be tested in accordance with WADA guidelines to determine if banned drugs or substances are present.”

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In case you missed it: Lauren Kalil, the host of The Bottom Line, got to try out Eight Sleep’s new temperature-controlled bed and we’re all jealous here at the Morning Chalk Up FYI.

Shoe alert: The Reebok Nano X2 Men’s Training shoe is here and it is hot fire. 🔥

Hot doc drop: The HYROX World Championships recently took place in Las Vegas and they will be dropping a documentary about it. The trailer has arrived and, oh man, this looks good. Also, anything with Hunter McIntyre in it has to have some pizzazz. 🤩

Gear update: Rogue Fitness will be the official equipment supplier for MACC FEST, which is a licensed CrossFit event, October 7-9 at the Howard County Fairgrounds, MD.

Honoring the fallen: Great local news piece about Oklahomans honoring Tulsa Police Sergeant Craig Johnson, who was killed in the line of duty on June 30 two years ago through CrossFit Jenks.

  Trista Smith Conquers Childhood Dream Under Tutelage of Justin Medeiros and Adam Neiffer  


Trista Smith Conquers Childhood Dream Under Tutelage of Justin Medeiros and Adam Neiffer

Sixteen-year-old Trista Smith has had her eyes on one goal since the ripe age of 10 years old: to become a CrossFit Games athlete.

But having grown up in the CrossFit world–her parents met at a powerlifting meet and opened Fallout CrossFit when Smith was around four-years-old–a ticket to Madison seemed out of reach for Smith. With admittedly little confidence and bare-minimum workout strategies, Smith missed Games qualification by five spots in the 14-15 Girls division in 2020.

But that lit a fire under her, and she brought the fire to the Games competition floor in 2021.

  • Smith: “My little kid dream is becoming a reality.”

Even with a fourth-place finish under her belt in her debut Games appearance, Smith wasn’t quite satisfied. Smith placed 15th in the swim event, a bottom-half finish in the max snatch event, and still struggled with confidence on the field. But with the holes in her game identified, Smith tapped a nearby resource to improve her performance for the 2022 season: CrossFit Fort Vancouver, Justin Medeiros, and coach Adam Neiffer.

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  Meet CrossFit Games Bound, Neuromuscular Semifinals Winner Alyssa Kobela  

Meet CrossFit Games Bound, Neuromuscular Semifinals Winner Alyssa Kobela

One day in 2018, Alyssa Kobela woke up and could barely see.

“I was like, ‘Hmmm, I can’t really read anything. And the next day, it was even worse. I couldn’t even make out my husband’s face,” said Kobela, the winner of the women’s neuromuscular division who is heading to compete at the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games this summer.

Shortly after experiencing sudden vision problems, Kobela was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a central nervous system condition without a cure that attacks the protective layer around the nerves and leads to symptoms such as muscle spasticity, fatigue, coordination and balance challenges, vision and mobility problems, and chronic pain.

Four years after being diagnosed with MS, Kobela explained what it’s like living with a disease that causes both inflammation and lesions that make it hard for her brain to send signals to her body: “Every day is different. I really never know how I’ll feel waking up,” Kobela said.

“My vision is controllable (now), but my eyes get tired really easily. And MS fatigue is real. I would equate it to if you tried to stay up for 24 or 48 hours straight, and how you would feel after that,” Kobela explained of her Relapsing-Remitting MS, meaning she goes through relapse periods, as well as periods where things are under control.

She added: “It can sometimes be crippling, but I use exercise and healthy eating to combat that. Even if I’m tired, I try to get a workout in almost everyday.”

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