“I can’t help it if I get nervous,” says Jessica Pamanian, fourth-place finisher at the 2010 CrossFit Games. She’s in Key West, Fla. to compete in the 2011 CrossFit Games Open. Meeting her in Mallory Square is Tom Rowland, a CrossFitter and host of the television show Saltwater Experience. The two share a passion for food and CrossFit.
Rowland says he was a wrestler in school and found himself in an athletic rut 10 years after finishing. Knowing only wrestling training, he was at a loss as to how to improve his fitness, so he turned to running marathons. The results weren’t as positive as he had hoped they would be.
“I think it really hurt me because I suffered a really unacceptable loss of muscle mass and I got really weak,” he says. CrossFit has helped him rebuild his fitness.
In a picturesque location, Rowland and Pamanian take on the first workout of the Open, finishing with 307 and 308 reps, respectively. Although Tom completed nine snatches in the last round, the judges reviewed the video and determined that he had missed two double-unders, so his final score ended up at 307 total reps.
“I don’t think that I am going to make it to the Games, but that’s not the purpose of competing online,” Rowland says. “Competing online for me or in the Open is about learning and getting better.”
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Additional reading: All Over the Map Parts 2 & 3.