Where did the Open go? Five weeks went blazing by, as we’re wrapping up the last workout of the entry level of the 2013 CrossFit Games.
As some 140,000 wait by their computers and cell phones anxiously refreshing as the workout’s about to be announced, we all form guesses in our heads, or imagine what we’d ideally want to see.
This weekend is a double show-down. Most people will be watching online on Wednesday as Dave Castro announces what workout Camille and Sam Briggs (currently ranked #1 and #2 worldwide), and Rich Froning and Jason Khalipa (currently ranked #1 and #6 worldwide) take part in a versus-style CrossFit battle.
Last weekend, I went to a celebration in Beverly Hills for Christmas Abbott with Dave and Greg Glassman. I ended up getting an opportunity to fly to Santa Cruz to watch the announcement on Wednesday of the final workout of 13.5. Changing my week around, and hastily leaving Hollywood on short notice, I took off to what the Southern Californian’s call “up north,” a vague discription of the bay area, Los Gatos, San Jose, Santa Cruz, San Francisco. Once on the plane, all I could anticipate was that I had no clue how everything was going to happen. Living one day at a time is tricky when planning trips, and I had no idea what to expect.
After landing, and taking a taxi to the hotel, Sam Briggs (currently ranked #1 in the world for the Open) was walking in the door as I was getting out. I hadn’t seen her since my trip to London, and watching her compete online and seeing how far she was ahead of everyone worldwide, I had been so anxious to talk to her! Reminding myself to “play it cool,” almost never works in these situations. I was signing for the taxi, and ran in for a hug and met her coach, and was in CrossFit-dork mode. Then the taxi guy comes up and is like … “Miss… you forgot your luggage!”
Bags… who needs bags, really? Not me.
Then the three of us decided to head to the hot tub where we had good talks about everything CrossFit! Past Games workouts kept coming up, and since we both hadn’t competed last year in the 2012 Games we chatted about doing the workouts on our own and which were our favorites. As she was out for a knee injury, she had a positive outlook on recovering and being back with a purpose; it’s nice to talk to someone who can empathize. She was telling crazy firefighter stories as I was trying to follow her thick English accent. Our sport sets apart because so much of it is based online, and we’re so spread out all over the world and we’re depending on learning, practicing, self discipline and the ever-changing elements. CrossFitters could talk about standards for hours! And we did.
Later, we met for dinner, talking about different CrossFit sponsorships and telling crazy stories. Remembering workouts from the London Throwdown, and the differences between such extremely cultures; Los Angeles city vs. the hills of Manchester . Camille and her husband Dave Lipson dropped in and it was so cool anticipating what the next day was going to be like. When I got to my hotel room there was a care package full of paleo healthy treats like pecan butter, seaweed, beef jerky, that was so fitting for a “CrossFitter.”