Dave Castro, Nicole Carroll and a host of athletes and affiliate owners recall the workouts that made an impression in the year that was.
Early in 2013, CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman and Dave Castro, Director of the CrossFit Games, sat outside a Starbucks in Carlsbad, Calif., brainstorming about the last workout of the 2013 Open.
The meeting over coffee resulted in Open Workout 13.5, which was performed by more than 120,000 athletes. Castro revealed the combination of thrusters and pull-ups at a live event in Santa Cruz, Calif., in front of close to 2,000 spectators, and the announcement was simultaneously broadcast online to a global audience.
“That morning in Carlsbad, creating that workout with (Glassman), and that evening of announcing it are part of the reasons this is one of the most memorable workouts of the year for me,” Castro said.
CrossFit athletes do hundreds of workouts a year. Most fade into a haze of sweat, pain and euphoria once the reps are finished and the time runs out. But not all are so easily forgotten.
As 2013 comes to a close, we asked people throughout the CrossFit world—from Games athletes to affiliate owners to CrossFit Inc. staff—about their favorite challenges of 2013, whether it was a workout they did, programmed or just watched someone else suffer through.