Wednesday, 18 February 2009
With a continuously running clock do one pull-up the first minute, two pull-ups the second minute, three pull-ups the third minute... continuing as long as you are able.
Use as many sets each minute as needed.
Post number of minutes completed to comments.
CrossFit Brooklyn "True Hopper" Tournament Recap - Round One
It is now 12:30 and our competitors had slowly amassed together over the course of the past hour. The Harlem crew was definitely ready to go as they had arrived the earliest and so once we managed to get enough people involved - including Moon and Leslie - we started the show. First came some good warmup drills - nothing fancy - and then some quick PVC work to prep the mind and body for any barbell work. Right around this point, Ewen and Zach showed up, allowing Thor and Moon to bail out and be neutral parties for the purposes of judging and timekeeping.
The format for team selection was fairly simple (once Leslie explained this to me.) Having 4 women and 8 men, the women were made Team Captains. Each of the guys was assigned a number (1-8) and each Captain drew a slip with a number on it from the coffee can. Then the can went around again, so that every guy knew where they belonged. The teams then posed so that Thor could take their promotional pictures....
Nicole with teammates Juan (later, Jeff will sub in) and Mark.
Daphney with teammates Zach and Torch
Shannon with teammates Carlos and Ewen
Teresa with teammates Chris and Syncere
And then we
made up the rest of the event on the fly hoping nobody would call bullshit smoothly stuck to our carefully crafted plan of how the Tournament was to be run. The Brooklyn instructors came up with 75 individual events and 15 team-based events that could be drawn. For the first round, 3 events would be drawn and each team could decide who amongst their members would do each event. Teams would get 1 through 4 points depending on in what place they finished in each event, with highest being best. The round winner would be the team with the most points after 3 events and the Tournament winner being the team with the most points after all 3 rounds. Also, it was made clear that whenever possible, the results of each participants efforts would NOT be revealed until at least following everyone had finished competing in that event and usually not until the entire round was complete.
And with that, Shannon stepped up to the Wheel of Doom and vigorously spun it 3 times to reveal balls numbered 5, 49 and 19. These corresponded to the following workouts:
15 jumping pull-ups (for time)
Hang on the rings (for time)
3 Minutes (total) of handstands
Event 1 - Jumping pull-ups
Juan, Zach, Shannon and Syncere elected to go in this first round and the jumping was fast and furious. In the first heat, Juan and Zach turned in nearly identical times (13:00 and 12:59 seconds, respectively), with Zach missing out on a wider margin due to a box slip about midway though. That left Shannon and Syncere to square off in the second heat. What started off as a close contest changed rapidly as Shannon powered her way through to a decisive event victory (11:81) while Syncere ran into problems resulting in a disappointing score of 21.97
Shannon shines, proving that she will be one of the competitors to beat in this tournament.
Event 2 - Hang on the rings - for time.
While the first event was measured in seconds, this one was clearly going to be measured in minutes. Each team put out their strongest grip people to try to dominate the field. Mark and Torch went head-to-head in the first heat on our high-suspended ring rigs. Torch is certainly a known powerhouse in both Brooklyn and Midtown while Harlem's Mark was respected as a solid CrossFitter, but his particular strengths were unknown to everyone as of yet. Once those two got on the rings, however, the time of speculation was over and the real battle began and it wasn't until 1 minute, 43 seconds that Torch's socks hit the floor. Mark hung in there for nearly a half-minute longer, finally dropping at the 2:09 mark. Then Chris went up against Ewen in another Brooklyn vs. Midtown match similar to Juan and Zach beforehand. Here the battle lasted longer until Ewen's grip finally gave out at the 2:08 mark while Chris forced himself to hold off until nearly breaking into 4th minute territory with his 2:52 time.
Chris is in the zone while Ewen is on the floor.
Event 3 - 3 Minutes of handstands
Where the first event relied on bursts of speed and the second a feat of strength, the last event of this round was definitely the most grueling and the most challenging of the three. The object was simple - hold a handstand for 3 minutes total during a running clock. After clarifying what constituted a proper handstand (heels on the wall) the competitors stepped forward to begin. Starting off was Daphney and Nicole - who clearly planed to capitalize on her gymnastic background in this event. The stopwatch started once those feet hit the wall.
Nicole went right smoothly into her inversion but Daphney had a little trouble launching into position at first, however she quickly recovered. Throughout this contest Daphney had difficulty maintaining the kind of form required to hold the handstand for long periods of time however what was most noteworthy was that she simply would not give up. Even as Nicole seemed ambivalent to holding the difficult position - only coming down a few times to shake out before capturing a total time of 3:45 - Daphney kept getting back on that wall over and over to a universally cheering crowd until she finished at the 7:32 mark.
Finally to close the event and the round, Carlos and Teresa approached the wall and kicked up at "Go" to begin their contest. And it was quite a contest with Teresa surprising the crowd with a stunning run that took her nearly to the 3 minute mark without coming down once! Her time of 3:10 was very nearly perfect. By contrast, Carlos started to struggle in the second minute and completed the event after a series of short stands to finish at 4:24.
Teresa and Carlos battle it out to finish 1st and 3rd, respectively for the event.
So at the end of round one,
Daphney's team lead with 9 total points followed by Nicole's unit in second with 8. Right on their heels were Shannon's group with 7 solid points as well as Teresa's team with 6. The distribution is tight, the competition fierce and it's on to Round 2...
....Tomorrow! (or when I have enough time to write this much again....)
After reviewing the final photo of the scoreboard, it appears that some computation and/or point-allocation errors were made on the original document. As a result, the corrected team standings at the end of Round 1 are as follows:
Nicole - 8
Daphney - 5
Shannon - 8
Teresa - 9
Corrections to further Rounds and to Overall Totals will be published in the upcoming Round Recaps.