Blair Morrison finished seventh at the 2009 CrossFit Games and is working to get back to the competition while studying in Europe. Living abroad has brought its share of challenges—and rewards.
The European Regional Qualifier in Halmstad, Sweden, is an event I have essentially been preparing for since last summer’s final WOD in Aromas. Aside from the 20 or so minutes immediately following the sandbag sprint, when I swore I had retired from CrossFit, it has been my fullest intention to return to the Games. Finishing seventh in 2009, I hoped to improve my weaknesses and come back for another shot at the top five this July. To say I’ve taken a road less traveled in preparation for that shot would be a mild understatement.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with my situation, I am currently cutting a path across the Old Continent, where I stand at the three-quarter point in my pursuit of a master’s degree in European history. My program has required me to live very light as I dwell and study in the Netherlands, France and now England. When afforded the time, I have pushed further out, traveling to Germany, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland and Italy.
During the course of these experiences I’ve never had what you might call a “home gym.” My preparation for the Games has had to be flexible, creative, portable and cheap. The past eight months I’ve ran, climbed, swam, lifted, pushed, pulled, dragged and carried my way into top shape in spite of any and all infrastructural shortcomings. It hasn’t been ideal and it hasn’t been easy, but here I am, ready to compete.