Hell's Half Acre: Linda Pierson

May 6, 2009 10:00 PM

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Linda Pierson of CrossFit Dallas Central started the day in 14th place at Hell's Half Acre.

She worked out during the first heat of the morning, and did the workout in the wrong order, a fact that wasn't caught by herself or her judge until after the fact. Knowing that order matters, the head judges disqualified her time, and she was forced to do the workout again at the end of the day. The judge was reassigned.

Although she failed to qualify, and went slower on the second workout (including a 10-burpee penalty in which she threw herself at the floor in sickening spread-eagle dive fashion), her effort was met with an amazing reaction from the crowd. They positively screamed during her second effort.

At the end of the day, Tucker awarded her a "Warrior Spirit" Certificate, and a free trip to his Gymnastics Cert.

12 comments on this entry.

May 7, 2009 12:45 AM

This is why I love Crossfit! I am proud to associate with a community that would go out of it's way to cheer this athlete on when she had to do the WOD twice, and then to awarded her for her "Warrior Spirit". That's awesome.

2. Anthony wrote...

May 7, 2009 3:44 AM

Awesome -- I work out with Linda at Crossfit Dallas Central. What she did speaks volumes about the type of person she is - hard-working, positive and a class act.

She has been doing crossfit for four months and she has come far in such a little amount of time.

What she did Sunday is an example of how to conduct yourself when things do not go your way. She held it together and kept her cool under intense conditions and that sort of thing defines a person.

Way to go Linda!


3. Eric wrote...

May 7, 2009 4:39 AM

She is from CrossFit Dallas Central actually.

4. Mel wrote...

May 7, 2009 5:37 AM

I also work out with Linda at Crossfit Dallas Central and she is by far one of the most genunine people I know and has the biggest heard of gold. She can motivate you and keep you going past your limits.

I can't wait to see Linda compete next year, she will def be a force to be reckoned with. Until then, we are blessed to have her every day with us in Dallas.

Way to go, you are such a super star

- Mel

5. Dee wrote...

May 7, 2009 7:32 AM

Linda you are my hero!!! Love you girl!!


6. Dutch wrote...

May 7, 2009 7:45 AM

Way to go girl!
You got it next year no problem...

7. tucker wrote...

May 7, 2009 7:47 AM

Linda brought much to the games in the way of class, and athleticism. We were proud to recognize her efforts and attitude. Dallas CF should be very proud of her, as I know they are.

Best of luck to you Linda. Spencer, you got a winner there.

8. Amy wrote...

May 7, 2009 8:00 AM

Linda is awesome! She is such a blessing to our gym! An amazing athlete! Next year...watch out! You will see her at the Games!

9. Sammy wrote...

May 7, 2009 9:05 AM

Oh my gosh, who is that? She's hot! I need to make the trip out to Crossfit Dallas Central at some point in time...

May 7, 2009 10:10 AM

This is why I LOVE Cross Fit 3,2,1,GO

11. Ash wrote...

May 7, 2009 8:45 PM

Actually, I was standing front and just beyond the corner mats when all this happened...Linda posted a great time in her first heat (the only female athlete that could do all the box jumps without stepping up...she has incredible hops!)...and yes, she went out of order. BUT it was noticed not by her judge but by other judges on the floor...I would say at least three (I say three because I know three for sure...there could have been others that I was unable to see) came up to her judge to acknowledge the fact but none the less ALL let her continue in the wrong order. Once she completed the workout incorrectly she was approached by the head judge(s). Linda came back in the last heat to redo her workout and it was impressive! Without the last drop of the bar, she would have posted a superior time!!!!

I give much credit to CrossFit Dallas Central...that box has produced some incredible crossfitters...Linda and Mel...inspiring athletes for sure!!!!


12. tucker replied to comment from Ash...

May 7, 2009 9:46 PM


Ash, you are partly correct.

Once I, Kelly Moore, and Jeremy Thiel realized what had happend Linda was well into her second movements and rounds. We felt it would be better for Linda to finish and then let her repeat. Thus would allow for Linda to get a similiar or better time after the days rest.

Linda was a mere 7 seconds behind her original time of 5:27 on her second attempt until she let go of the bar at 5:34 and added the burpee penalty. That too was dramatic. It added an additional time of 30 plus seconds to Linda's final.

Bottom line is, the athlete must peform the order as displayed and shown in standards. ALL of the athletes that first round went to the KB swing right after the box jumps with the exception of Linda who wnet to the sumo dead lift hi pull. Rather than disqualify her, we allowed her to repeat.

CFDC and those supporting Linda should be proud of her. She was in the top 20 with her final time and I thnik finished 16 overall. Linda is an athlete no doubt.