Happy Friday Morning Chalk Up readers! While we’re enjoying catching up on much needed sleep, we are missing the hype of the CrossFit Games. What is an unhealthy amount to re-watch Events on YouTube? Asking for a friend…🙋🏼♀️🙋🏼♀️.
In today’s edition:
Adaptive division athletes reflect on the inaugural year.
“It’s not about having enough time, it’s about making enough time.”- Rachael Bermingham
Adaptive Athletes on the First-Ever Adaptive Season
2021 was a historic year for adaptive athletes, bringing the first-ever Adaptive Divisions to the Open and CrossFit Games. Throughout the season, athletes in these divisions proved that fitness is attainable at all levels, inspiring the community while setting a standard for years to come.
Remind me: 30 athletes competed in the Adaptive Division at the CrossFit Games, in upper extremity, lower extremity, or neuromuscular subdivisions. 1,089 athletes participated in the Open, across 16 divisions (eight men and eight women): upper extremity, lower extremity, neuromuscular, vision, seated athletes (with hip function), seated athletes (without hip function), short stature, and intellectual.
One key takeaway: As with any first, the newly-created Adaptive Division had some growing pains. Nonetheless, athletes viewed the season as a step in the right direction, one towards greater inclusion. Gratitude was expressed across the board after years of asking for it as adaptive athletes finally took the stage in Madison.
Grab your popcorn, our exclusive sit down interview with Sara Sigmundsdottir premiere’s at 9:00 AM Pacific today on YouTube.
Rogue Invitational Prize Purse: Rogue has introduced the “Iron Game Athlete Fund” for the 2021 Rogue Invitational. Cash, Bitcoin and ticket sales will contribute to the fund and all competing athletes will receive a percentage payout from the pool based on their overall placement.
Rogue has made an initial $1.25 million contribution to the fund to establish the baseline payouts for competitors, which could potentially pay $275,000 or more to the winner.
Buttery Bros done with documentaries: In one of their recent episodes, they reveal that while they initially became the Buttery Bros to make CrossFit documentary films, creating YouTube shows has become their “dream job.”
Heber Cannon and Marston Sawyers: “We want to put all our efforts and energy into that…we’re going to continue to just develop what we’re doing with the Buttery Bros, we have a lot of cool things coming out.”
Patrick Vellner IG reflection: Take a trip down Games-memory-lane with Pat Vellner these next several days, as he posts “daily blog-style recaps” of all the Games events.
Event 1: “I had a good 30 minutes to let it sink in that I would indeed again be starting the games in nearly last place. It was a frustrating, long, dark paddle across the water for me.”
Defining Dominance: Why Tia-Clair Toomey Is so Far Ahead of the Pack
It is impossible not to marvel at Tia-Clair Toomey. What she has done in the sport of CrossFit is unprecedented. At the completion of the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games, she officially became the most dominant CrossFit Games athlete of all time. She eclipsed Mat Fraser’s total number of event wins and has tied for him at five top finishes. And if she sticks to the plan she laid out in the post-game press conference, she will be back to take the uncontested title as fittest of all time next year after winning her 6th consecutive CrossFit Games.
Tia is remarkable across modalities. Every year it seems like no matter what Dave Castro throws her way, she finds a way to adapt and prevail. In her last four Games appearances, she has finished outside of the top five only six times. Her dominance in her individual sport is on par with the likes of other untouchables in their primes like Tiger Woods, Serena Williams, and Michael Phelps. The obvious difference? Tia isn’t good at one thing, she is good at everything.
Mayhem Athlete Makes Leap to NASCAR, Joins Austin Dillon on Two-Race Deal
As many of us were busy watching CrossFit Mayhem dominate the CrossFit Games, the company was also dipping its toes into something else: Motorsports.
In May, the team sponsored Pikes Peak Hill Climb legend, Layne Schranz. Once the calendar turned to August, the Cookeville company unveiled an even bigger pursuit. CrossFit Mayhem and its Mayhem Athlete brand partnered with NASCAR driver Austin Dillon and Xfinity Series team, Our Motorsports, on a two-race deal.
One big thing: Dillon primarily races in the Cup Series — the top level of NASCAR — but he occasionally competes in the second-tier Xfinity Series to gain experience on certain tracks where he wants to make positive strides. Watkins Glen International and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course are two fitting examples, and Dillon will use the opportunity to partner with Mayhem Athlete on Aug. 7 and Aug. 14.
“That was a good opportunity to get Mayhem and NASCAR [together]” Dillon told Morning Chalk Up. “Just trying to put partnerships together that are relatable to things that we do. We’re all grinding in our own ways, but it all kind of relates. The healthy lifestyle that everyone chooses. I think it just was perfect timing on this.”
Dillon and Froning originally met when they both worked with Advocare. The perennial Games champion came to a race to hang out with Dillon, and they bonded over several common interests. They maintained this relationship over the years and finally worked together on a paint scheme.
“I share a lot of the same things that Rich believes in and I thinkthat just getting Mayhem out there on a car was something that Rich wanted to do. And this was the perfect opportunity to work together.”
While Dillon is not a Mayhem athlete at the moment, he plans on making a tripto Cookeville to visit Froning’s facility.
“I believe in a healthy lifestyle as well and being in a race car 36 weekends out of the year is a long time…So I try to take care of my body as much as possible, and I love the things that they do. They take it to an extreme that I feel is awesome.”
Bottom line: CrossFit Mayhem may be the home of Games championships, but the company is expanding in a major way. Partnerships with Schranz and Dillon are only helping put Mayhem into the spotlight and set up a future after Froning decides to walk away from competitive CrossFit.
Travis Mayer’s Workout of the Week
Every Friday, we’re bringing you an exclusive workout challenge programmed by a CrossFit Games athlete or coach that you can take on at home or the gym. You can post your times or scores in the comment section.
Today’s workout of the week is programmed by Travis Mayer.
5 Rounds: Run 800m 25 Wall Balls (30/20 lbs or 14/9kg) 100 Double Unders Time Cap: 35 Minutes
Some advice from Travis: “Try and keep the wall balls and double-unders unbroken, while using the run to recover.”
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