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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • Tying the knot before Semifinals: CrossFitters share wedding story
  • Last Chance Qualifier mock draft for the women’s division
  • Fighting the Stories in our Heads series continues with Andie Farias
  • The Bottom Line breaks down the women’s division of the LCQ
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  “It wasn’t not stressful.” Caroline Conners and Austin Spencer Compete in Atlas Games After Wedding  

“It wasn’t not stressful.” Caroline Conners and Austin Spencer Compete in Atlas Games After Wedding

When Caroline Conners and Austin Spencer met in 2014, they had no idea that eight years later they would be competing on the Semifinal floor at the same time—as individuals, but also—as newlyweds.

After pursuing their competitive CrossFit dreams side-by-side for six years, Conners and Spencer officially tied the knot on May 21, 2022,  just three weeks prior to flying to Montreal for the fourth and final North American CrossFit Games Semifinal.

Wedding Planning during the Competition Season

Planning a wedding is no easy task. From booking a venue to mailing invitations and everything in between, the average American couple will spend 528 hours planning the big day (as Morning Chalk Up’s own Tommy Marquez is currently learning).

Add that both the bride and the groom are competitive CrossFit athletes training for Semifinals, and a whole new level of chaos is achieved— one that Caroline Conners and Austin Spencer fully embraced.


  • March 24–27: Individual Quarterfinals
  • May 21: Wedding
  • June 8: Fly to Montreal
  • June 10–12: Atlas Games Semifinal

“It wasn’t not stressful,” Conners shared. “But we knew going into it that we would have to manage and deal with some busy days, so we were prepared to take each day as it came.”

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Workouts dropped: The Last Chance Qualifier workouts have been announced and all we can say is “ouch”! 😭

In case you missed it: Lauren Kalil, the host of The Bottom Line, spoke to Chase Ingraham and Dex Hopkins about which Dottir – Katrín Davidsdottir or Sara Sigmundsdottir – they think will make the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games via the Last Chance Qualifier.

French Throwdown recap: Morning Chalk Up’s Brian Friend breaks down the event, which took place just outside of Paris, which went off this past weekend and delivered some interesting results. 🇫🇷

Eva Strong: The tributes continue to pour in for Eva Mireles, one of the teachers slain in the Uvalde shooting, who was also an avid CrossFitter. Jason Dunlop, who is the Global President of CrossFit, spoke about his trip to Texas to take part in the fundraiser.

  Last Chance Qualifier 2022 Mock Draft: Women’s Division  


Last Chance Qualifier 2022 Mock Draft: Women’s Division

If you missed it yesterday, check out the first half of this mini-series where we draft men in a two round snake style draft for this week’s Last Chance Qualifier. Here’s a refresher on last year’s women’s draft (where Tommy crushed it).

Draft Order for the women will be inverted from the order for the men, so Patrick is up first, followed by Brian, and Tommy will have back to back picks at the turn.

(Note: We did the draft and wrote these before knowing any of the workouts.)

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  Last Chance Qualifier 2022 Mock Draft: Women’s Division  

Andie Farias

I live in Morelia, Mexico, I am six years old and I’m one of the few girls competing against the boys in Taekwondo.

It’s a boys sport, so having girly characteristics isn’t well seen.

I don’t want to be a girl. It’s a disadvantage, so I have to find a way to keep up with the boys.

When I hit middle school, I start competing against girls my age and my size, and I realize I need to stay small and as lean as possible, in order to be able to compete. 

This carries on through my teenage years, as I compete at the World Junior Championships weighing less than 105 pounds.

I am an elite level athlete, I’m super lean, super small, but I don’t even have the strength to do a pull-up. And my body doesn’t menstruate. I’m not healthy.

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  Last Chance Qualifier 2022 Mock Draft: Women’s Division  

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  What I Discovered Using Eight Sleep's Vibrating, Cooling, and Heating Mattress for 30 Days  

What I Discovered Using Eight Sleep's Vibrating, Cooling, and Heating Mattress for 30 Days

You’re leaving the gym or work after a long stressful day. You just want to crawl into bed as soon as you get home. It’s the middle of summer and your AC unit is shot. But lucky for you that bed of yours is cool as a cucumber all thanks to a temperature control through an app on your phone.

It’s interesting because anytime you talk to a high-level athlete about their routine or priorities, sleep is always at the top of the list. To their credit, most are getting 8-10 hours (have you ever looked at Brooke Wells sleep data? That girl is sleep goals!) but is it good sleep?

For some, probably. For many, probably not. So how can we maximize the time we’re in bed and sleeping? VOILA, The Eight Sleep Mattress.

Was I hesitant to believe that some high-tech mattress could genuinely improve my sleep? Yes, especially as someone who already gets good sleep (do not factor in CrossFit Semifinals month or the week of the CrossFit Games). But my biggest struggle when it comes to sleep is falling asleep. I don’t have a tv in my room, I wear blue-light blockers before bed, I take CBD, you name it and I’ve tried it.

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The Most Important Numbers For This Years Murph

How many people PR'd? How many people took part? How many over 60's completed Murph? If you're a person who just loves a dataset, this is the post for you. Go behind some of the numbers logged by Wodify clients during 2022's Murph WOD.




The Exclusive AIRWAAV Mayhem Edition

Introducing the AIRWAAV Mayhem Edition – a collaboration with 9x Games Champion Rich Froning. Now available with complete Mayhem branding, the AIRWAAV Performance Mouthpiece is scientifically proven to increase airflow to help you train harder, longer, and more efficiently.



The Seven Top Stretches for a Rest Day

It's a rest day, and you're looking for something to do to stay active but not destroy your body even further. Follow along with these seven stretches (led by Kristi Eramo O'Connell) and feel all the tension and soreness leave your body.



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Falafel and Hummus Boxes

The biggest issue with meal prep...chicken and rice is kinda heavy for a warm summer day. Instead, try this bento box with hummus, pita, olives, chickpeas, cucumber, tomato, and falafel. It's packed with protein and adds a new option to your roster.


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

  • 💍 Congratulations to Chandler and Jessi Smith on tying the knot last Friday.
  • Youth weightlifter D’Andre Adams set three new Texas state records in the 11u and 13u 36kg class with his 190 pound/86kg total.
  • Congratulations to Olympic weightlifter Kate Vibert from Atlanta, GA on the 356 pound/162kg front squat PR.
  • Craig Richey of HSTL Made cleaned 400 pounds/182kg for a new PR.
  • Laura Horvath pulls a heavy clean triple at 235 pounds/107kg.

The Harleigh Games were held this past weekend in Amherst, WI in honor of community member Harleigh Firkus who passed away in 2019 from a rare genetic disorder.

10/6 - 10/8: Marbella Championship (Marbella, Spain)
10/7: Battle of Branded One at Redstone CrossFit (Littleton, CO)
10/7: KJ Classic (Longmont, CO)
10/7: Babes with Barbells (Huntington, WV)
10/7: 2023 KJ Classic (Longmont, CO)
10/7: FitoberFest (Prairie Village, KS)
10/7: Pitness At The Mill (Canton, GA)
10/13 - 10/15: Midwest Championship (Rochester, MN)
10/13 - 10/15: Midwest Championship (Rochester, MN)
10/13 - 10/15: Crash Crucible (Spartanburg, SC)
10/14: 8th Annual Kilo CrushFest Competition (Hampton, VA)
10/14: Oscar Mike Challenge (Lakeville, MN)
10/14: Triple Threat Terror 2023 (Forney, TX)
10/14: Oscar Mike Challenge (Lakeville, MN)
10/14: T-Town Throwdown (Toledo, OH)
10/14: Babes and Barbells (Asbury Park, NJ)
10/14: Scream & Clean III (Danbury, CT)
10/14: Girls Gone Rx Canada: Belleville (Bellevile, Canada)
10/14: Best Babes West Fargo (West Fargo, ND)
10/14: Best Babes Columbus GA (Columbus, GA)
10/14: Best Babes Illinois (Byron, IL)
10/14: Best Babes Massachusetts (Beverly, MA)
10/14: Girls Gone Rx Sedalia (Sedalia, MO)
10/14: Girls Gone Rx DC (Alexandria, VA)
10/14: Girls Gone Rx Mesa (Mesa, AZ)
10/14 - 10/15: The Vanguard (Lakeland, FL)
10/14: Strength and Speed (Feasterville, PA)
10/14 - 10/15: 059 Classic (Modena, Italy)
10/15: Kares CrossFit October Showdown (Georgetown, Guyana)
10/20 - 10/21: AAYMCA CrossFit Throwdown (Anderson, SC)
10/20 - 10/21: AAYMCA CrossFit Throwdown (Anderson, SC)
10/21: 401 Fall Throwdown (Smithfield, RI)
10/21: Barbells For Bullies: Portland (Hillsboro, OR)
10/21: Festivus Games – Pairs (Savannah, GA)
10/27 - 10/29: Oslo Throwdown (Oslo, Norway)
10/27 - 10/28: Star City Fittest (Roanoke, VA)
10/28 - 10/29: The Ghostly Games (Fayetteville, GA)
10/28: Wodtoberfest (Owosso, MI)
10/29 - 11/19: CHLKDUP BOX LEAGUE – NASH (Nashville, TN)
10/29 - 11/19: CHLKDUP BOX LEAGUE – BHAM (Birmingham, AL)
11/3 - 11/4: Florida Grid League Championship (Orlando, FL)
11/4 - 11/5: Hold Fast Competition Individual (Gerenzano, Italy)
11/4 - 11/5: Oz Fest (Junction City, KS)
11/4: Barbell Babes Lorton (Lorton, VA)
11/4: Witch City Throwdown (Salem, MA)
11/4: Sunshine SmackDown (Bedford Hills, NY)
11/4 - 11/5: Costa Barcelona Fitness Challenge (Vilanova i la Geltrú, Barcelona, Spain)
11/10 - 11/11: Desert City Classic (Tempe, AZ)
11/11: War of the Masters (Elkton, MD)
11/11 - 11/12: 24 Heroes Challenge (Fayetteville, NC)
11/11: Clearwater Beach Brawl (Clearwater, FL)
11/11: The Meadowlands Classic (Carlstadt, NJ)
11/11: Barbell Massacre 8 (Dahlonega, GA)
11/11: Freakin’ Gauntlet (Pembroke Pines, FL)
11/11: War of the Masters (Elkton, MD)
11/18: Best Babes Dallas (Dallas, TX)
11/18: Best Babes Philly (Philadelphia, PA)
11/18: Best Babes Iowa (Mason City, IA)
11/18: Girls Gone Rx Salt Lake City (West Haven, UT)
11/18: Teams Of The Midway: 2 Person Teams (Cary, IL)
11/18: Friendsgiving (Ambler, PA)
11/18: Turkey Bash (Chatham, IL)
12/2: Babes & Beasts WINTER GAMES 2023 (Port St. Lucie, FL)
12/2 - 12/3: Reindeer Rumble (Ocala, FL)
12/2: Battle at Bion (Tucson, AZ)

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