[From Court Wing, co-founder and co-owner of CFNYC.]
The performance of Team CFNYC at the 2011 CrossFit NE Regionals was nothing short of outstanding and marked a decisive turning point in the development of our affiliate. The dedication to our community and our standards shined throughout all the events that all of our competitors and coaches took head on and they met each challenge willingly. Going into the competition the odds were definitely long, starting out in 30th place and some may have quailed at the thought of fighting upwards but our team did not and earned every point they won. Our team was assembled at the last minute, almost hesitantly, with at least two of the team spots having to go to alternates.
Our team was unphased, enthused about participation at such a hig- level event and as Mike Mishik put it best, “I am no fan of dead f*cking last”. It is hard to describe how overwhelmingly proud I am of the work and sacrifice they put in, though I am sure for most it was born of the simple desire to show to everyone how we do CrossFit here at the Black Box (and to get their WOD ON!) It was an enormous pleasure to stand at the sideline and yell my head off knowing that our team would do their best with simple encouragement. Despite much stricter standards than at past events, Team CFNYC adapted readiliy on the fly, demonstrating their skill, control and vigor. Each athlete had many standout moments but watching Mike K go after and DESTROY the DL/BJ WOD and then see Jackie immediately follow suit to match him was thrilling. Just as thrilling was watching Sara, Mike M & Alex bang out C2B pullups for rep after rep and then see Cathy grab the kettlebell and see her nail her very accurate swings for one
loooong set, only to be followed by Mike M blast 130 double-unders unbroken and then see ALL of them do perfect OH Squats…it was hard not to cry.
So…the road to the 2012 NE Regionals starts today. If we can move up from 30th place to 24th (!) in one weekend, just imagine what we can do in one year. Though, to be completely honest, I’m not interested in numbers, I’m interested in Heart. All of our athletes delivered it unceasingly. My promise to you is that we will continue to support all our athletes and make sure that you have everything you need in place to be your competitive best, whether it’s beating a personal fitness goal, a friendly rivalry that makes you work just a bit harder than you would have by yourself, entering one of our totally awesome in-house competitions (as evidenced by all the fun everyone has had with CAIN-GAMES and the like) or a burning desire to stand on the winners platform next year, I will do whatever it takes to help you make that happen. This was an enormously fun and moving trip and I know that each athlete is eager to do it again with a full years preparation under their (weight) belt.
THANK YOU SO MUCH, EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU! Coach Sara, Coach Mike K, Mike M, Cathy, Alex and Jackie.
Three rounds for time of:
25 Wallball “2-fer-1s”, 20 pound ball
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Compare to 100802.
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Post-Elements WOD @ 7:30 w/Hari:
21-, 15-, and 9-reps of the following:
Box Jump, 20 inches
Knees To Elbows
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MICKEY!
Let’s all welcome back and congratulate Team CFNYC on their hard work at the NE Regionals as we see their faces back at the gym. Sara, Mike M., Jackie, Alex, Mike K., and Cathy–we couldn’t be prouder of your efforts and accomplishments. Also let’s acknowledge those who made the trek up to Massachusetts to cheer on our team and offer them the kind of support they deserved: Coach Court Wing, Craig C., Brett, Rickke, Matt D., and Marcos.
If you missed the earlier pictures of NE Regionals posted over the past few days, scroll down to check them out. And here’s some more! (Big thanks for Court for getting great shots, and also to Jackie, who I snagged at least one photo from.)
And even more pictures to come…