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.