The 2016 CrossFit Games Open was an adventure – a break from the normal routine, a mini-vacation every weekend that included all the things I love. Spending time doing the things I love with the people closest to me. For most of us “everyday” CrossFitters, the Open is the ultimate proving ground – five weeks to see where you stack up in the world, in your state, your gym – or for those of us lucky enough to have a significant other who trains – in your relationship.
Looking to perform the workouts on Friday nights with large groups of CrossFitters – my girlfriend and I decided to launch the inaugural wild/STRONG Open Tour prior to the announcement of 16.1. We both work on Fridays, so the locations needed to be within about an hour of Cheyenne – which put the myriad of boxes in Northern Colorado in our crosshairs.
We also wanted to add to the number of gyms we visited, so we decided to hit locations where we had never trained before. Week one, we made our way down to CrossFit Evolve in Fort Collins, CO. The atmosphere was exactly what we wanted, with heat after heat of athletes tackling the overhead walking lunges, chest-to-bar pullups and burpees.
Week two we headed down to CrossFit Endure in Windsor, CO. for their 1980’s night Open event. This would also be the first week where we met the Colorado wild/STRONG Crew. The atmosphere was even better than week 1, fueled by the competition and camaraderie of training with friends and family members.
Week three would be an hour-long trek down 85 to Greeley, CO to train at CrossFit Battle Ready. Once again the CO crew was there in force for the muscle-ups and snatches. Although Battle Ready is a smaller facility – everyone was welcoming and cheered us all on as if we were part of their gym.
16.4 took us to the same town as the CrossFit live announcement. Colorado Springs, CO was awesome. Breakfast at Over Easy was followed by the workout with nationally ranked weighlifter Jared Enderton (Big shout out to Jared, who qualified for Regionals!) and his girlfriend, CrossFit Pandora’s Box owner Tamara Gray. My friend puked all over the rower and became instafamous after CrossFit HQ reposted the pukie video on their social media channels. On the way north to Wyoming, we were able to watch and cheer the CO Crew at Lowry CrossFit as well – a gym I will most certainly drop-in again. A cool, laid-back, Cali-vibe and a lot of awesome athletes.
16.5 was the Homecoming. Although the CO Crew performed the burpees and thrusters down in Wiggins, CO at Farmboy CrossFit – my girlfriend and I stayed in Cheyenne – finishing off our Open where we are lucky enough to train every day – CrossFit Frontier. She PR’d her 2014 score by more than five minutes, posting the best score at CrossFit Frontier with 12:55! She had a great Open and this performance was an awesome way to wrap it up.
This tour allowed us to meet so many people that we will now give the little “head-nod” to at local competitions, that we are now friends with on Facebook – and that we know a little something about. This is what CrossFit is all about – the community. Through this tour, we were able to grow our community, to meet new people, train in new environments and share in athletic breakthroughs and PR’s. Thank you to all the box owners who welcomed us with open arms – who didn’t shy away from hosting a whole batch of athletes – who added heat times for us and drank beers with us afterwards. You are all now part of our tribe – whether you want to be or not. I look forward to dropping in at your gyms when my travels allow – and I look forward to seeing you all at different events throughout the year. Thank you for helping make this Open the best one I have ever experienced.
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