Southern Discomfort

May 8, 2009 9:00 AM

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The "Dirty South" featured 95 men and 40 women from Georgia, Florida, Mississippi and Alabama going through two days of self-induced suffering, all for the chance to prove themselves the fittest men and women in the Southeast. The Dirty South scoring system (compared to Nascar's points system by event manager John McLaughlin) allowed for a variety of formats during the competition.

Day 1 started off with two bouts of three minutes of work separated by a two-minute rest and transition phase. The first was a max-point suicide run where competitors were awarded points for sprinting back and forth to lines marked between 10 and 50 yards from the starting line. That was followed by max-rep deadlifts at 275 pounds for men and 185 for women. Fighting burning lungs and fried hamstrings, Laura Demarco of CrossFit RX pulled a single point lead over Wendi Shafranski of CrossFit Vero Beach, who was followed closely by Mariah Provost of CrossFit Dahlonega.

On the men's side, Lance Mosely, a.k.a. Heinz, took an early lead by pulling a massive 43 deadlifts. I took a close second with the aid of an 88-point suicide run, while Brandon Phillips and Sean Provost easily made it into the Top 7.

After a few hours of blasting music, cheering crowds and the smell of generously applied sunscreen, it was time for the second WOD. In order to squeeze three events into Saturday's competition, the morning heats were split in two for our second workout. Half the competitors went into the gym for the a timed five-round triplet of 20 double-unders, 10 wall balls (20 pounds for men, 14 for women) and one 15-foot rope climb, while the other half moved into the scorching midday sun for an eight-minute AMRAP of five clean and jerks at 135 pounds for men and 95 for women, plus 10 chest-to-bar pull-ups.

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7 comments on this entry.

1. Daniel Martin wrote...

May 8, 2009 9:08 AM

Good luck to all of the Dirty South reps in CA. You'll represent us well. We'll be watching, cheering and gearing up for next year.

2. Leo S wrote...

May 8, 2009 9:59 AM

Good read, Russell!

It was a great time and man I didn't want to finish 8th (that was my placing after Day 1). Uff that last workout killed & saved me at the same time.

3. Wendy Shafranski wrote...

May 8, 2009 11:23 AM

Great recap, Russell! I felt like I was there all over again.

Go get 'em in Cali!

4. Kris Shamloo wrote...

May 8, 2009 1:36 PM

Wendy is a beast! Good luck to all the qualifiers, and thanks to J-Mac for putting on such a sick event!

5. Johnny Mac wrote...

May 8, 2009 2:49 PM

Congratulation to all the Qualifiers and each participant that tested themselves that weekend. What an incredible community, I am still filled with pride of your accomplishments!

Russell, Good Luck to you and all of the Dirty South athletes, see you in Aromas.

6. Kevin Lowe wrote...

May 10, 2009 4:19 AM

Nice job Russell.

I have no doubts that the Dirty South is very well represented and will probably all be fighting each other for the lead in California. I know TDS atheletes will also be very well represented by support team and cheering section. We are going to represent!

Now call me! We have a "Grace" and some running to do.


7. Justin Key wrote...

May 10, 2009 6:00 AM

Awesome recap of what was one of the best weekends of my life. It was great to be around such a talented and dedicated group of atheletes. So from the competitors to the staff to the onlookers... thanks again, I am very happy to know you all....
350 some days left to train for next year :-)
Get Some!!!!