Pat Barber on the Hill Runs

August 6, 2009 6:00 PM

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Games09SandbagGrab.jpgPat Barber (the "Manimal") finished 5th in the Event 3 sandbag sprint with a time of 1:06.8. The event was a 170m sprint carrying two 35lb sandbags (women carried one 35lb sandbag). Uphill.

There was approximately 100' in elevation gain throughout the run, but much of it came at the end. In fact, the hill got gradually steeper from the bleachers to the finish. The pain at the top was so great that most competitors said it was the most painful event of the weekend.

The top times for both men and women were from the Icelanders: Sven (1:01) and Annie (1:07.4). For comparison's sake, the times were just slightly slower than their 400m sprint for most athletes.

Sevan Matossian highlights the Manimal's sandbag run with some interview footage from before the competition in this video ... [wmv] [mov]

12 comments on this entry.

1. gaucoin wrote...

August 6, 2009 6:52 PM

Solid frickin' video, gang. I could only imagine how horrible that run was and there's no camera angle that does that hill justice. Seeing Pat Sherwood cheering his lungs out near the top was super-cool.

2. Dave wrote...

August 6, 2009 7:25 PM

Yes..they both started Crossfitting about a month before the games. Annie from Iceland was in 2nd place going into final event but had never done a muscle-up, and didn't get through it. Something tells me she has that down at the moment. Better athletes are starting to show up...gonna be interesting.

August 6, 2009 7:33 PM

Awesome Video guys!!!

4. sevan wrote...

August 6, 2009 9:45 PM

Hi Love,

Those two Icelandic beasts were involved with something he called "BOOT CAMP".. and they had just transitioned to CrossFit about 2 months before the games. Sven told me that he would be going back to Iceland and focusing on CrossFit and returning to the games in 2010. He also said that his boot camp was similar to CrossFit and that CrossFIt was just taking hold in Iceland. I am paraphrasing of course. I got the impression that he liked the diversity of movements that CrossFit offered and was going to focus on CF in the future.

The interview with Sven will be coming.. eventually :)

On a side not. What exactly is a CrossFitter ? I assume you have a pretty strict definition. based on your question?

love love love

5. Vic, CrossFit Osan wrote...

August 6, 2009 9:48 PM

It says the competitor said it was the most painful! Not the toughest.

August 7, 2009 12:18 AM

its based on he has nothing better to do then, talk SH** about CrossFit, But he does have all the right it is a public forum.

7. Nick wrote...

August 7, 2009 8:10 AM

Hey Lovely,

Its cool that everybody (i.e. you) is trying to redefine new levels of douche baggery these days. If you spent less time second guessing everybody else's accomplishments or worrying about why two people from Iceland did so well and worried about your own training, maybe next year you will have an actual, first-hand account to share with all of us of how hard the Games are. Until then, your comments only make you sound ignorant.

8. Troy wrote...

August 7, 2009 8:19 AM

Keep the videos coming....good stuff for those of us that weren't there. I had no idea the atmosphere for the sandbag carry event and the spectators lining the entire course.

Also folks...please don't feed the trolls (Lovely or whatever the address Someone just trying to get a rise and I've seen has succeeded in some cases. It's obvious when the troll posts...just ignore.

You can also see from the Games Profiles there are many people very new to Crossfit that are doing very well. Having good athletes participate in crossfit is only going to be good. While it might be a blow to the ego if you've been cf'ing for 2 years to have some new person come in and kick your @ss....haven't we learned to check ego at the door with cf? And then work to continue to better yourself.

9. olivia wrote...

August 7, 2009 9:27 AM

this fanimal would like to show some love to Patrick!

watching the manimal tear up that hill was my favorite moment of the games

10. The Pie wrote...

August 7, 2009 11:48 AM


That shouldn't surprise you. Khalipa won the 08 games after only a couple months of CrossFitting. I expect we will see similar results with newcomers as the sport develops. Just like any sport athletic ability, can trump increased training at any time.
You have to also take a look at the 09 games as a whole as if you only take into account the first 4 workouts we would very likely had a lot of people outside of the CrossFit community that would have placed very high. Personally I have an ex Olympic caliber runner that would have won the 7k run for sure, he would have got killed in the DL, likely would have placed high on the sandbag run and since he has done construction a lot in his life, he would have placed well in the 4th WOD. In theory he could have been in the top 10 or higher after the first 4 workouts but he then would have got his ass handed to him after that....and that is what I think occurred with the pair from Iceland, though ass handed is probably too strong a word for them but certainly come the final WOD they had no chance as only a full blown CrossFitter could have placed well in that. I think I got off topic here but I spent the time writing it so I'm going to post. Cheers.

The Pie
CrossFit Lions

11. Dave wrote...

August 7, 2009 2:18 PM

The success of the two-month crossfitters is similar to Dave Tate saying more than half of NFL players don't even train in the offseason. I do think it undercuts Coach's opening statement of the games being a validation of a training methodology (I'm paraphrasing). The games are a showcase for truly amazing athletes. The improvements with the day-to-day grinders (like myself) seems to be more of a validation, even if most us could not ever reach elite status.

12. cam birtwell replied to comment from Dave...

August 7, 2009 8:34 PM

Dave, that's the most lucid statement I've heard regarding the Games in relation to programming. I think you are bang on - it's the day-to-day improvements that regular cf'ers see that are the really important things, not what some superspecimen can do on a given day.

The statements made by Coach are grandiose and perhaps a little self-serving and need to be taken with a grain of salt. CrossFit by nature is not a defined stimulus so unless every cf'er trains exactly the same, we can't compare any training methodology to it...

Just my thoughts

Coach Turts
CrossFit Zone Victoria