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Update From the CrossFit Games

[/caption] Yesterday was the first day all the individual athletes were together, and it was an incredible sight to see all the world’s best CrossFitters together in the same room. You can imagine the scene as the pack of muscles walked from the bus to The Strand House on Manhattan Beach. People were literally craning their necks to look out of other restaurants and bars as they tried to figure out why the cast of 300 seemed to be walking down the street. I got a chance to reconnect with most of the Canadian representatives, including buddies Angie Pye, Heather Gillespie, Jeremy Meredith and Lucas Parker. It was also great to meet Canada East champ Michelle Letendre for the first time, as well as Matthew Lefave. Camille Leblanc-Bazinet and Albert-Dominic Larouche were also in the house. Best of luck to all our Canadian athletes as the competition opens on Wednesday. That news, of course, was a bit of a shocker. Athletes originally thought the competition started Friday. But what would you expect from the CrossFit Games? If we train for the unknown and unknowable, you’d be negligent if you didn’t expect things to get wild at some point. You can read the full story of the announcement here: Shock and Awe. On the ride back to the hotel after the announcement of the swim-bike-run event to be held at Camp Pendleton tomorrow, the athletes were trying to figure out how CrossFit would top the surprise next year. Defending champ Rich Froning Jr. and  multi-year Games competitor Brandon Phillips had an idea: athletes would get knocked unconscious only to wake up in an airplane with a bag of random tools, several other athletes and only a few parachutes. Call it an “elimination event.” That suggestion was made in jest, of course, but you get the point: the world’s best CrossFitters might have training plans and carefully designed programming and special coaches, but at the end of it all, they know they have to be ready for anything. That’s the essence of the CrossFit program, and that’s why we train like we do. Life doesn’t care if it’s squat day or a rest day or if your coach said to only lift 60 percent of your 1RM for 4 sets of 3 reps at a slow tempo. At some point, you just have to be ready to go to work. Ask one of our firefighters, paramedics or cops if he or she can predict when a max-effort lift or sprint will suddenly be part of the workday. Or ask any member who’s had to move a desk at the office, run to catch a bus, or climb over a seven-foot snowbank to get to the sidewalk. But that doesn’t mean our training is random. Far from it. It just means we train to be ready for anything. Like a crazy surprise run up and down a brutal mountain. Actually, that gives me an idea … .

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