Blair Morrison of CrossFit Anywhere in Sacramento, Calif., finished the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games in fifth place. After the Games, this Reebok athlete set out for a CrossFit-style exploration of Iceland with a group of athletes and fellow Games vet and tour guide Sveinbjorn Sveinbjornsson.
“What I hope to is give people an opportunity to kind of experience an adventure that they might do as a tourist but with an element of CrossFit and kind of physical interaction with (their) surroundings,” Morrison says.
Part 1 begins with the athletes’ arrival in Iceland and a WOD at Parliament Wall in Reykjavic with burpees and wall muscle-ups. Then the group is off to explore the Icelandic wilderness and get in some workouts utilizing features of the landscape.
In Part 2, the journey continues with pistol skill work beside a picturesque waterfall. Lifting rocks and each other, the athletes build their strength. Along the way, they stop at a local CrossFit affiliate to get in some barbell and gymnastics work. Then they take on a local challenge: running a church’s stairs for time. Finally, they challenge themselves to some white-water rafting.
In Part 3, the athletes use the rocky terrain to work on their L-sits, and then they work on their strength with barbells—barefoot in the sand. Taking advantage of their proximity to the water, they don wetsuits and go swimming in frigid water after a team chipper. For some, the biggest challenge is still ahead: participating in a local marathon and half-marathon while others run an innovative 10K.
“One of the greatest things about this experience I think has been the collection of people and personalities that we’ve gotten from really all over the world,” Morrison says.
“I’m very proud of the people we have here,” he continues. “I’m very impressed more than anything, and I can only hope to be so lucky in the future to meet people like this more often.”
Additional reading: World of WODs No. 5: Sacramento, Calif. by Blair Morrison, published June 1, 2011.