Wow, so just like that the 2018 Open came and left. In 5 short (but also quite long) weeks, we saw so much commitment and dedication, a ton of PR's, hustle and heart, and most importantly, we saw our community come together. The best thing about the Open every year, is those Friday Night Lights evenings when we can all come together as 1 big group, and workout and cheer each other on. We love seeing your friends and family get to come and watch you guys show off all of your hard work! We truly our a community here, these are your friends and family and we want everyone to feel as though when they come into the gym, they can feel safe and comfortable and know they're going to have some fun that day. When we are able to go through 5 weeks of hard work like that, it really helps strengthen and build our little community we have inside of our SCF walls. We first want to give a big thank you to all of our coaches and JUDGES who gave their time to help us out this year. Every WORKOUT completed (and in many cases redone) required a judge, that is someone who gave up their personal time to come in and count your reps for you. Without our judges, this would have been impossible. So just a big THANK YOU to you guys! (If you had a judge who consistently scored you week to week, you should say thank you to them!)
Usually at the end of the open we start putting together an 'End of the Year Party'. We realize that "End of the Year" parties are typically done in December/January BUT for us in the Crossfit world, we really see this season of competition as the end of our year. We train all year long, and the Crossfit Open is our opportunity to test out our abilities and see how much we have improved over the year. What we saw this year was SO. MUCH. DAMN. IMPROVEMENT. It was really, very cool to see. We hope those of you who competed are also able to look at your performance and see your own improvement over the year. For those of you who took part in your very first Crossfit Open (first off, congratulations) and second off, think about where you were 1 year ago and if you could have done what you just did. Our guess is probably not at the level you just did, and that your hard work in the gym is paying off! Our gym has made leaps and bounds at all levels this year and we just wanted to say GOOD JOB! The best news is, we are not done yet. So our "End of Year" party will be put on hold while we finish out this competition season.
A little recap: our gym competed in the West Coast region this year of the Crossfit Open. Of the 3,666 teams worldwide, there were 473 teams in our region that we competed against. Of the 473 teams in our region, our gym placed 23rd OVERALL. Each week our top 2 RX male/female scores were used to score our gym points. What's really amazing about our gym, is we saw a bunch of athletes score for our gym. We had David Paulson and Mel Stoehr bring the muscle with some heavy cleans, Anna Brahs racked up a point with her handstand walking abilities- this all to say that everyone's strengths were able to contribute to our gym as a whole. This was a team effort. We had 2 athletes place in the top 100 in our region. Danika Lawson finished 62nd in our region for females, and Mike Abgarian finished 46th- freaking studs.
Moving forward we will be sending 2 females and 2 males to compete on behalf of the gym at the West Regionals. We will also have an alternate for each. For the girls, we will be sending Danika Lawson, Gina Paulson and Mel Stoehr. For the guys, we will be sending Brian Levesque, Tyson Rickerson, and Dan Johnston. Their training over the next few weeks will be focused on team training- synchronization, transitions, working as 1 unit.
West Regionals will take place May 25-27th in Del Mar, California. This is Memorial Day Weekend (so why not take a little trip guys!?) It'll be 3 days long, down in the California sunshine, and it will all go down at Del Mar Arena (2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd Del Mar, CA 92014, US) You can get tickets into the arena here, they are $35/day or $90 for the entire weekend. We are currently getting the team booked down there, and have heard from many of you who are looking at booking weekend trips down for the event (that is SO AWESOME!)
This is an exciting thing for our gym, but it also comes with some expenses. Each affiliate has a fee to send to their team to regionals, then getting the team there, as well as lodging for the weekend, it adds up. We want to be able to send a team and have our gym represented as one of the best in the region, so we will be putting together a few fundraising activities to help us send our team. Stay tuned for more information on this!
We just wanted to pop in here to 1. CONGRATULATE EVERYONE on such an amazing 2018 Open. Truly, you guys were awesome. 2. Update everyone on where we finished and what's next! and 3. Get out some information on regionals in case any of you weren't sure what that was all about!
If you have nay questions, you can reach out to Carrie or one of the coaches!