Rocky Mountain: WOD #2

May 17, 2009 2:00 AM

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Sevan Matossian made a video of Jasmine Dever's second workout (Jasmine is in second overall at the end of Day 1) video ... [wmv] [mov]

Carey Peterson made a video of Matt Chan's first workout (Matt is in first overall at the end of Day 1) video ... [wmv] [mov]

John Brown of CrossFit Agoge wrote a summary of the second workout and the day as a whole:

The results are in from Day 1 of the Rocky Mountain Regional Qualifier. In stunning fashion, Matt Chan has jumped from 8th place up into first with an absolutely dominant performance in the second workout knocking out a 3:12, for a total of 8:46. Ricky Frausto has kept close in second place at 9:01, logging a 3:45 in the days second workout. Kyle Kasperbauer (who is with CrossFit Omaha, I found out this afternoon) is in third with an overall time of 9:22, Patrick Burke from MBS is a mere six seconds behind him in fourth and rounding out the top five for men is Brandon Pastorek from CrossFit Illinois with a total time of 9:45.

The women were also impressive and Front Range CrossFit led the way with three women in the top five! Jasmine Dever is just three short seconds in front of Kristen Olsen at 12:29 and 12:32 respectively. Jenna Rettenmayer from Bridger CrossFit is in third place with a time of 12:50. Cori Gobell from Front Range is behind her with a 13:09 and rounding out the top five is Andrea Bell from CrossFit Illinois with an overall time of 13:16.

The energy in Front Range is amazing!

The crowd is really jumping behind these athletes almost as if they were doing the workouts themselves. It seems as though each heat is stuffed full of hardcore emotion whether it stems from athletes pushing themselves to accomplish a feat that seems impossible for them, squeezing out that one last rep before the cap time runs out, or those amazing athletes that are literally pushing the edge of human performance. The last heat of the men's second workout came complete with the entire gym full of people counting out every last rep of the final participant's burpees.

Skip (Front Range's owner) is running a really tight ship. The judges are doing a phenomenal job keeping athletes safe, judging range of motion, encouraging if not willing each athlete to push far beyond what they thought they were capable of. And then, they help clean up the puddle of athlete that is left writhing on the floor to get the next heat running.

The workouts the first day were really well constructed in an effort to test strength and speed, and that will not change with the final workout tomorrow. Of note with this particular regional is the individual responsibility placed on each athlete. Athletes were slotted in their heats based on registration time. The Sunday heats were determined by each athlete's performance in the first day's workouts.

Finally, the last workout in which each participant must go from ground to overhead for a total of 7000 pounds for men and 5000 pounds for women had a unique element. Everyone had to pick their weights for the workout and everyone has a choice on how to go about accomplishing it. The lighter the weight they choose, the more reps they have to do. Regardless of the choices, the times aren't likely to slow down tomorrow as these people have definitely come prepared to push the limits of Elite Fitness.

20 comments on this entry.

1. bingo wrote...

May 17, 2009 6:01 AM

Lovin' me some John Brown commentary! In this mornings "Sunday musings" I offered that only Crossfit and the NHL could put North Carolina in the Midwest Qualifier and keep a straight face. I should have read this first, then it would have been "North Carolina in the Midwest and Illinois in the Rocky Mountain" regions!

Sounds like a killer event at Front Range. Congrats and best of luck to all.

2. Kelli wrote...

May 17, 2009 9:59 AM

Thanks for providing commentary with your usual sense of "style"! We wish we could be there in person to witness all the great performances.

3. Guy wrote...

May 17, 2009 11:28 AM

Judging looks a little lax - Chan wasn't extending his hips on every deadlift and Dever wasn't hitting depth on all her squats.

4. Jason Khalipa wrote...

May 17, 2009 1:14 PM

Matt Chan is a badass!!! Those reps all looked pretty damn clean to me.

See you at the Games

5. Reno_Ty wrote...

May 17, 2009 2:22 PM

I think it's pretty tough to tell how clean the reps are from the angle the video was shot (at least for Dever). Chan's deads looked good though.

Is it just me, or is it kind of funny how people like to sit back and lob anonymous criticisms over the fence? The internet has produced a generation of somewhat cowardly people...

Chan, thanks for introducing the f-bomb to my three year old. That was my fault, I should know by now that any content on any crossfit affiliated site is not necessarily fit for the consumption of children. You should have seen the look my wife gave me as I scrambled to pause the vid! If looks could kill, you wouldn't be reading this. Heh heh heh.

6. gaucoin wrote...

May 17, 2009 2:29 PM

Do ya think Matt was jacked up for that WOD? Wow!

I agree, Reno_Ty, I don't think Guy has much to go on with his critcism.

I did this WOD today and it nearly killed me...

7. Ann-TPark wrote...

May 17, 2009 3:36 PM

Anyone know what music that is in the video of Matt Chan's first workout???

8. cletus replied to comment from Ann-TPark...

May 17, 2009 3:40 PM

I was wondering the same thing...

9. Virginia wrote...

May 17, 2009 7:07 PM

Nothing major, and if I'm incorrect, then by all means educate me...I thought feet width on burpees when you're in the pushup position was roughly 18"... definitely not to depth on the squats.

10. Gray wrote...

May 17, 2009 8:33 PM

The judging comments were not accurate. I was at the event as a spectator and I thought the the judging was very fair. I saw Dever and Chan's wods, and both looks fine. Bad camera angle on Dever's last round.

11. Les replied to comment from Guy...

May 17, 2009 9:36 PM

Guy, I disagree. Jasmine's squats were deep enough, but I do think it was tough to see her in the last round in this video. Chan looked clean to me on the deadlift.

I think it sucks that people can sit on their computer and try to pick at people when its so tough to even see. Leave the judgeing to the judges and quit taking all the fun and support out of our community.

12. Troy wrote...

May 18, 2009 11:04 AM

Did Jasmine say in the video that their box (host for qualifier) ran through the workouts for the Qualifier earlier that week or the week before?

I'm guessing their decision to signup for affiliate challenge way before this qualifier played into that. If they weren't going to try and qualify as individuals then I don't see a problem with trial runs of the Qualifier WODs.

It just gives some insight on how much preparing for a specific WOD/combo can help (she said in video she cut about 1 minute from her previous try). The Games in Aromas will certainly be interesting for those playing based on announcements that the WODs haven't been done before.

13. Skip wrote...

May 18, 2009 11:12 AM

Prior to Sunday May 10th at 9:00 PM, no one except CrossFit HQ staff, Jodi and I knew what the workouts were. None of the athletes at FRCF knew anything. We did the burpee workout on Monday with all of our competitors after the announcement was made.

The FRCF athletes were kept in the dark, just like everyone else.

Skip Miller
Front Range CrossFit

14. HBD wrote...

May 18, 2009 11:36 AM

I think I speak for most of the competitors when I say we all practiced one or more of the wods in the past week. I watched the video and what she said was "when the workouts were released". To shake of a minute from her time just shows the heart she put into the competition. As far as the judging goes, I think they were fair across the board, and Jasmine's rom looked great in all the workouts from what I saw.

I cant say enough about what a great event this was.

15. Guy wrote...

May 18, 2009 12:02 PM

As long as judging was consistent across the board, that's all that matters. I'm not trying to take anything away from the competitors (and I can't wait to see video of Dever beating everyone by over a minute on the last workout). I will just chuckle a bit in the future when competitors talk about tough judging.

16. Troy wrote...

May 18, 2009 1:56 PM

Thanks for clarifying. Small details like "when the WOD was released" are difficult to hear on the monitor speakers while eating lunch. Also didn't realize they'd put the WODs out there that far in advance, thought it was 1-2 days prior to games/qualifiers beginning.

Good luck at the affiliate challenge to the FRCF girls (& guys). Our box is beginning talk about putting together a crew for next year and maybe I'll be a part of that.

17. John R wrote...

May 19, 2009 12:32 PM

Hot girl, ugly burpees.

18. grambo wrote...

May 20, 2009 6:25 PM

Some people need to learn that a front squat is not a low bar back squat. Many of those girls were sitting back, tilting their torso forward and holding the bar in their hands. Front squat = hips go straight down, knees come forward. Watching that was painful on my wrists.

19. Cherie Chan wrote...

May 21, 2009 11:23 AM

Gaucoin -

Having known Matt for several years now, I keep wondering when is he not jacked up? It is an infectious part of his personality, though I may be bias.

20. T wrote...

May 27, 2009 9:25 AM

Agree with grambo. And it's not fair to the girls who actually used proper form. Locking the bar in place with your hands and leaning forward makes the lift much easier.