July 11, 2009
Our workouts are competitive events. The strength and value of CrossFit lies entirely within our domination of other athletes. This is a truth derived through competition, not debate.
That message was printed on a sign hung on the west side of the Stadium at The Ranch in Aromas, California, site of the 2009 CrossFit Games.
The sign doubled as a target for wall-ball shots because CrossFit is about functionality, after all.
With 97 teams in attendance, Games Director Dave Castro opened the proceedings on a misty and cool morning by introducing the movement standards and describing the workouts.
The top 5 teams will advance to Sunday, and the rest of you can start getting drunk, Castro said before fielding questions about the WODs.
Many of the athletes in attendance looked anxious, perhaps because of the hill looming over the proceedings. CrossFitters are all familiar with The Hill at The Ranch, but you can't appreciate its grade until you trudge uphill sucking serious wind.
No wonder they looked so tired in the videos, Garth Huckabay of CrossFit Fire said on Thursday night after an uphill trek to get the lay of the land.
Castro cut off the question period off at 8:30, setting the athletes loose to prepare for their WODs. Each two-hour block contained three heats and a half-hour break, with each team scheduled to compete once per block.
By 9 a.m., Rage Against the Machine was pumping through the speakers, fans were screaming their support, and the 18-by-24-foot JumboTron was filled with CrossFitters ripping into their WODs with reckless abandon only reserved for competitions...