Another competition in the books, and once again I’m very proud of all of our athletes and supporters. I can make a mental list of everyone I saw from 204 during the day, and it’s long and runs deep into our membership. That kind of support is priceless. One member actually switched a work shift to come watch, if you can believe that level of commitment.
Dan made a custom hat for me to wear, and it was complete with the skull and crossbones we all know and love. Brett sacrificed a few of his special old T-shirts for spray-painted 204 logos. People showed up wearing the colours. These are all touching things.
Of course, we were very proud to see Jenn and Tyson on top of the podium, and to have four RX men placed in the top 10, as well two RX women in the top 5. We had seven athletes qualify for the final event, meaning each made the top 16 in his or her division. There were also numerous PRs, particularly on the clean ladder, as well a first muscle-up for Dave.
Standings aside, I’m very proud of everyone who competed and represented the gym. It takes a lot of guts to step into the ring, and each of our athletes has my respect. A lot of training sweat went into the performances on Saturday, and that work was richly rewarded. New inductees into the Order of the Jolly Roger include Dreadman, Dave, Christen, Dan and Marek. Your eye patches are in the mail.
It was also very nice to reconnect with both the local and regional communities. 204 has some very good friends in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario, and we’re always happy to see you and honored to compete with you. Competition makes us all better.
What’s more important than anything is that our team behaved like a team throughout, and the most obvious examples came late in the day after some competitors were eliminated. It was inspiring to see them stick around and cheer with our other supporters, who were many.
On the floor, a special example came during the burpee workout. After Dan, Junior and Brett bowed out, they staggered over to cheer on Tyson with whatever breath they had left. I also enjoyed watching Crystal scream Jenn through the final event. That’s just how a team rolls.
From here, more of our pirates get to carry the flag in the 204 Valentine’s Day Massacre on Feb. 16, and more details of that are forthcoming shortly. Expect nothing less than total fitness carnage.
On March 6, we’re going to send a whole horde into the CrossFit Games Open, where they’ll battle the best of Western Canada and the world. We’ll have more info on that soon, but if you’re interested in being a part of the CrossFit 204 team, training starts now. All you have to do is walk through the door and see what’s on the whiteboard every day.
Thanks for your support!
See you on the rubber.