It's nearly impossible to convey the devastation that the athletes experienced during the third event of the CrossFit games. While the event itself was relatively short, explosive, and simple, the pain it inflicted was described by many as the worst they had ever experienced.
Crystal McReynolds and her heat hammered up the 170 meters of steep dirt path in whatever manner they could sustain. Running, walking, and eventually diving across the finish line became the standard for all heats while hauling 35 pounds of sand. McReynolds finished 28th with an impressive time of 1:20.5. The fastest women's time of 1:07 was set by Annie Thorisdottir. When she regained her breath, McReynolds suggested a unique cool down technique that is likely to catch on.