The Open Sectionals are now over. What a wild six (really seven) weeks it’s been. As a community, we had a great experience. Some of the most rewarding moments were watching the newcomers to CrossFit among us laying it out there, week after week, tackling new skills, and lifting more weight than they had ever done before. We had people get their first double unders in week one, and clean-and-jerk PR weights in week three. There were athletes who were so inspired by the Open that they increased the intensity of their training and achieved new heights outside of the Sectional workouts. Lisa Smith’s first pullup is a great example of this and was certainly a highlight of that past six weeks. Congratulations, Lisa!
We cheered as our Novato team members, many of whom are new to CrossFit, went after the workouts with a vengeance, showing their spirit and determination week after week. These athletes proved that nothing can or should hold us back from trying, even when the task at hand seems at first insurmountable. Thanks to you all for showing us how to go about a competition with grace and class. The sky is the limit for you all! Jenn R deserves a special shout out for her endless enthusiasm for the process and for helping her teammates with her passion and patience throughout the Open. Great work, Jenn! You should be proud, and we thank you for everything you do!
Everyone who competed in the Open probably now has a better appreciation for the nerves that can accompany competition. While life is certainly bigger than CrossFit, the workouts can take on an added meaning when they “matter,” and the stakes were higher during Sectionals than they normally are. Hats off to all of you, and, especially, to our team members, who faced heightened expectations and serious internal pressures to perform. Our results were outstanding, and we can all be proud. It truly takes a community to support the elite athletes among us, and we can all share in their accomplishments.
Four of our athletes qualified as individuals in our Region in the Open age group:
As he did last year, Marcus survived the cut in an extremely talented Northern CA Region pool, finishing in the top 30. If you’ve never had a chance to watch Marcus perform, you’ve missed out. Make it happen at Regionals!
Lisa proved what we’ve all known for some time–she is flat out badass and has no holes in her game. Congratulations, Lisa, for coming in 13th place in our stacked region. Truly an amazing accomplishment from an incredibly talented athlete!
Kirby, at the ripe old age of 18, proved that hard training, determination, and sheer strength can go a long way. Kirby has years ahead of her in this sport, and she’s already a top contender. She has improved dramatically over the past year, even while navigating her Freshman year of college miles from home.
Allison, age 41, is one of 3 total athletes in our region–male or female–to qualify as an individual at the age of 40 or older. In fact, only 47 women WORLDWIDE qualified in their regions, out of over 1000 athletes who qualified among the thousands who competed, and all without a single run! Despite herself, Allison proved once again that she belongs competing.
In the Master’s Women over-60 category, Deirdra Rogers came in 2nd place worldwide! Deirdra is truly an incredible force, and we are extremely proud of her for sticking with the Open, despite being somewhat reluctant to do so. We cannot wait to support her in Carson at the Games!
Finally, TJ’s Gym San Rafael came in 5th place in our region, easily earning a spot at the NorCal Regionals, which will take place the first weekend in June. This is impressive for sure, but even more impressive when you consider that all of our athletes plan to compete as team members and not as individuals. Many of the teams who qualified did so with the help of athletes who will move on to compete as individuals at the Regional level. This bodes well for the possibilities for our team moving forward.
We had ten athletes contribute to our team’s high scores throughout the competition, and they all deserve to be highlighted:
Marcus Filly, David Zeff, Evan Massey, Danny Nichols, Jason Bannister, Yago Fidani, Lisa Rendic, Allison Belger, Kirby Smyth, and Jessica Woodall.
We have come to expect a lot from our teams when we compete, and we have high hopes this year again. The NorCal Regionals will be held at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds June 3, 4, and 5, so make your hotel reservations and plan to wear the TJ’s Blue and root on our team. This is a great opportunity for our community to come together and celebrate ALL OF US! Check the discussion board this week for hotel suggestions.
Thank you to ALL of you who helped judge, cheered on athletes, competed, posted on the discussion board in celebration of fellow athletes, etc. We are grateful for every one of you and hope you have been inspired or moved in some way along the way. Special thanks to Toni, Marcus, Danny, Lisa R, Andy, and Calen, who consistently made themselves available as judges, even during non-scheduled times.
Strength Work – 1 Hang Power Cleans + 1 Front Squats + 1 Hang Squat Cleans (keep the bar in your hands for the whole time) Work Up to you max for the day in 5 sets or 15mins
Hang Squat Cleans (95/65)
DB Push Press (40/25)
Out of Town Workout
Pistols or One Legged Squats