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John Kane at the NorCal Sectional

2010 CrossFit Games Finals

Masters Workouts Announced - All Regionals

Seasoned CrossFitters now have a look at what they are up against.

The following workouts will apply to all Masters events at all Regionals. The schedule of the events will be determined by each region, the order of events and range of motion standards of each workout will remain the same.

Event 1
Three rounds for time of:
50 Double unders
21 Kettlebell swings (1.5 pood men / 1 pood women)
12 Pullups

There is a 15 minute time cap on this workout. For the double-unders, the rope must past twice under the feet each rep. Missed attempts do not count. For the KBS, the hips, knees, shoulders and elbows must be completely open with the bell over the handle over the head. The pullups are "standard," meaning arms straight at the bottom and mid-neck to bar height at the top, with any kip permitted.

Event 2
1 Rep Max Thruster

There is a 10 minute cap on this workout. For the thruster, take the barbell from the floor, not a rack. The hips must pass below the level of the knees at the bottom, and at the top, there must be full lockout of the knees, hips, and elbows with the barbell over the head (arm blocking the ear). The thruster must occur as a single continuous movement, and no rebend of the hips (as in a jerk) is permitted. You may squat-clean directly into the thruster if you meet the above requirements, but that is not required.

Event 3
As many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:
5 Chest to bar pull-ups
10 Push-ups
15 Squats

The pull-ups are chest to bar. This is not just a height requirement. The chest (somewhere from the clavicle down) must come into contact with the bar every rep. On the push-ups, the chest and thighs must touch the ground at the bottom, and the elbows must come to lockout. Squats are "standard," hips travel below the height of the knee at the bottom, and hips and knees fully open at the top.

Scoring

The scoring will be like 09 Games. One point for first, two for second, twenty for twentieth. Obviously, there will be no calculating of the rankings until all the Regionals are complete. Add up your ranking from each of the three workouts. The 15 men and 15 women with the lowest overall scores will compete in July at the Games for the titles of Masters Champions.

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104 comments on this entry

1. Steve wrote...

John Kane, as hard working an athlete as he is a good guy. Always good to see him in these events.

2. Jim H. wrote...

My money is on Helen. GO Team Invictus!!!

3. Aaron H wrote...

Sounds awesome. Cant wait to see regionals videos

4. Mark wrote...

Any idea on the thruster weight? 95? 115?

5. Kelly wrote...

Awesome! These are the athletes who represent how we all hope to age!!!

6. Art wrote...

Do the feet have to remain in place or can they spread at the top of the thruster?

7. Larry wrote...

Mark (#4) - WOD 2 gives you 10 minutes to establish a one rep max (1RM) for a thruster, where you have to take the weight from the floor, not out of a rack.

8. Mark wrote...

Thanks Larry. The owner of my CF gym just called and straightened me out. I was thinking as many reps in one ten minute round. The RM confused me. Doh. From a 50 year old with questionable knees and bad ankles, I am thankful for no running...unless I can use my walker!

9. Cindy wrote...

Hate to ask but I had read in the announcement of a Masters division that scaling will be allowed. Is that still the case? If so, bands for pull ups or jumping pull ups?

10. Connie D wrote...

No running? And pullups in 2 WODs?

11. Graeme wrote...

A question on the push up standard concerning thighs to ground.
I understand you are probably looking for a striaght midline here with no back arch, however if I have a straight midline and my toes are on the ground my thighs do not touch the floor. To achieve this I need to slump a little in the middle which results in a sort of curl in the up phase.
Are you really looking for a slight lordosis here or do you want a straight midline from ankle to shoulder?

12. joe lengel wrote...

So stinkin stoked. This is almost like a normal day of CrossFit at our box. Should be fun

13. Nick B wrote...

My Money is on Mouse at CFO. These wods were built for him. GET SOME mouse.

14. Heinz-CF HardCore wrote...

Our fem Tigress is bound to do really well. She is an amazing athlete/woman with GRIT!!!

15. Chris wrote...

DU's question.....can we bring our own rope or will one be provided? What type is it if it is provided?

16. Spider Chick wrote...

can i qualify from afghanistan?

17. Greg wrote...

Making all masters events the same at all regional qualifiers puts those going first at a disadvantage. An athlete can have a much longer time to prepare for these specific events if they're regional comes later. That being said, it is what is now. Looking forward to it.

18. Mike Lyons wrote...

None of us is going to get any stronger, faster, better conditioned etc. over the next weeks. I don't think its going to be a disadvantage...unless of course if you decide to think so. Then your already less than your best. This is going to be a kick! --51 yr. old.

19. Greg wrote...

@Mike,

Having a few extra weeks to practice a skill like D.U.s or work on technique for a max thruster can make a big difference. You can get stronger and faster. I'm not that concerned about it, just pointing it out. I think these events were picked because they can performed anywhere without variation. That's probably why there's no runs. Unless done under the same conditions it's not the same event.

20. Jeff Kilinski wrote...

Saw something that said masters WODs will all be on Friday. We doing these all in one day. That's ok, I'm planning to stick around but would like to have more to do than spectate. Getting ready for Colorado!

21. Tim L. wrote...

Personally, I would have preferred running, even rowing, to DU's! Upside is that this now gives me a very good reason to finally master that skill, and in the next 6 weeks! Going to be fun!!

22. Mark wrote...

I've competed all my life at one thing or another. Adventure Racing in New Zealand, single speed mountain bike racing, open ocean kayak racing, mountain running. I've never won, but always had a blast. This will be the same. As an older competitor I'm a bit wiser and certainly more pragmatic. I know for sure I won't win, and probably won't qualify for "the show". I do know I'll train hard, do the best I can, enjoy myself and meet others my age with the same passion. The prospect of making new friends with the same interest is one of the most intriguing aspects to all this. Hell, I currently time my double unders with a calendar!!! LOL.

23. Larry wrote...

I think the events were selected to minimize the advantage that folks in the later qualifiers will get. I grant there is some advantage, but I don't think you can get that much better at double unders in 5 or 6 weeks than you can in 2 or 3 - and you can't get that much stronger or better at thrusters either. These are all pretty basic skills that folks should have been doing all along.

I do wonder why, over 3 events with only 7 skills, that pull ups show up twice. One easy correction would be to do Cindy with power cleans instead of CTB pull ups. FGB or the Filthy 50 would have been fun, too.

Anyway, I'm not quite old enough to compete (yet) - so take my comments with that in mind. No selection of events is going to be perfect or please everyone, especially when you are limited to 3 events over 2 days.

I'm looking forward to watching the performances here as much as I am the regular competition. Good luck!

24. Greg M wrote...

Yep, looking forward to meeting other "old" guys and having fun. I'm just happy they're giving us the opportunity to do this. @Mark: I'm with you on the DU's. I would rather do HSPUs, or row, run, jump, lift, throw, push, drag, etc...

25. Miyoko wrote...

I see that there are a lot of "old guys" out there that are stoked...I'm looking forward to meeting some of the other "old chicks" that have discovered CrossFit and benefited from it. Anyone out there? I know I'll be working on chest-to-bar pull-ups the next three weeks - wasn't expecting those.

26. Greg M wrote...

Had you been expecting the unexpected you would have been expecting them...right?

27. Ryan Hoegner wrote...

Remember this name: Lisa Switzer

I have my money on her.

28. Mike Lyons wrote...

Just did a 1RMax Thruster, starting from the ground for the first time. What a great movement to test sheer explosive strength! Great WOD selection.

29. Tony wrote...

I knew there wouldn't be running - as stated different locations means that could not be standardized. However, I was expecting rowing - as two or three weeks extra time wouldn't have helped. But I agree with Greg that by having a skilled movement like DU's does put those going first at a *slight* disadvantage. But by how much - can't say - probably very slight.

I was surprised to see pull-ups in two out of three WODs also. But coach has always said CrossFit is pull-up-centric.

CTB pull-ups for 50+ females is one tough call though! It'll be tough enough for the men - I imagine this WOD will cause many females to scale or just not compete.

I hope I can compete (nursing an injured shoulder right now - due to a skiing fall - not CrossFit related!). At 54 I don't want to wait until next year! :(

30. Jeff Kski wrote...

Mark the adventure racer, AMEN BROTHER. This whole thing is going to be a gas whether it's Win, Place or Show. I'm not flying or driving 1600 miles for nothing.

31. Jen Never old Chook wrote...

This old chook is wishing to grow her chest to at least a double D. Chest to bar holey dooley least where all in same boat soon to move to same nursing home!!! Good Luck old farts

32. Steve wrote...

The great attitudes of these athletes make me even more stoked to support this event. What an incredibly classy group of people. We learn from you all.

33. Adam Stevenson wrote...

I love that there has been no bickering, arguing or d!ck measuring on this post.
Some people have actually voiced concerns without an offensive tone or calling someone else a name?!?!
Wish I could compete in your group!!! hahaha!

34. Graeme wrote...

Adam, nice observation. We've probably all gone through the d'ck measuring stage in younger years.
Now with older creaky joints etc, we're just happy for the opportunity to compete & in a way measure where we sit in relation to our peers in this community. There's not so many older crossfitters around that we know how our performances stack up so this is a chance to see that outcome.
More importantly it's an opportunity to show the wider non CF community what you can do when you get older & maybe inspire some of them to get off their butts & get active & healthy.

35. freddy c._one world wrote...

Really looking forward to watching Brad from One World compete in the masters at the southwestern regional.

I agree that as far as practicing the thruster or the DU a few extra weeks, some may have a slight advantage, but hey, you people who go first are just gonna have to practice more in a shorter amount of time.

Best wishes to you all!

36. Greg Major wrote...

We'll try to set the bar high Freddy.

37. ron gellis wrote...

community through competition, that's been my experince of crossfit. Primarily I am competing against myself, and in the end I always hope I beat someone. Good luck to everyone and look forward to making some new friends.

38. Nancy wrote...

I read somewhere that there would be a fourth workout - is that true?

39. Tigress wrote...

I usually compete with the young peeps. This is my 4th crossfit competition but finally the one where I am competing within my own age group. Cannot wait to find out where I stand. And guys get real, are you planning to do CTB pull ups , Thrusters and Dubs for weeks now? Of course not. We all know how all crossfit exercises benefit each other. Keep up with your training . Variety is what gets us strong. So I don't think it is a big deal that the Wods are already announced. And BTW doing 36 pull ups the 2nd day of the gamesisn't anything for a true crossfitter. I think we all have done worse.

40. Mark wrote...

Will there be drug testing??? Not for steriods, but for advil and asprin!! LOL. When I'm at the gym it takes me about 30 minutes to just warm up for the warm up. Creaky knees. Popping ankles. Wrist injuries. Elbows that won't go straight anymore due to all kind of crazy stuff done in my younger years.

I'm sure there will be some over 50 "Firebreathers" but mostly I think we are a group of professionals that do the WOD's before or after work and enjoy the benefits of working out with the younger crowd. I truly don't care if I win or even beat anyone. I want to finish all the WOD's without puking my guts out or pooping my pants! Once that's accomplished, I look forward to a cold beer and some pizza!

41. JohnB wrote...

It's 36 pullups the first day and CTB pullups (what, 75-100 reps?) the 2nd day. Indeed a very pullup-centric selection of WODs.

42. Greg M wrote...

From what I can tell, the NC Region has all three WODs in one day. Yippee!

43. Steve wrote...

Chris #15,

S/W is allowing all masters to BYOR (bring your own rope). A back up might not be a bad thing either...

44. BobC wrote...

I enjoyed 40's comments regarding over-50 Firebreathers. Talk about an oxymoron!!
I really look forward to meeting other guys in our age group. I have a theory that the concept of Crossfit appeals to a certain personality and it will be interesting to see if my theory holds true.
Good luck to all.

45. Terry wrote...

Not sure if I like the new website, once the announcement goes off the main page very hard to find. Had to do a search for "poop". LOL, thats the only unique word I could think of on this post.

46. apolloswabbie wrote...

spider chick - you're 50?

Intense WODs, will enjoy seeing how I do against best in the world. Have to wait four more years to compete at this level.

47. LIncoln wrote...

I'm predicting the top competitor for the men will have sub 8 minutes for WOD #1, 200+ lbs. for WOD #2, and 20+ rounds for WOD #3. Probably someone who weighs around 190-210 lbs., as the pullups won't be a huge deficit for the bigger guys unless they're pulling beer weight.

48. Mark wrote...

#47 Lincoln, I agree. I think the thruster number max will be much higher, but that guy will not get 20 rounds on WOD #3. These are good WOD's, showcasing anaerobic capacity and exploxive power.

My plan is to finish somewhere in the middle bottom of the top half of the lower third..... Actually, I really just plan on finishing.

Can't wait to meet guys and gals my age that love Crossfit. I love the younger crowd but jeez, keeping up with them is brutal.

49. Christin wrote...

It took me forever to find this link again. I knew we were low on the totem pole but jeez.
Where are all the Master's Chicks? Looing forward to meeting other 50+ crossfitters; although I think CTB is just plain mean!

50. Mike wrote...

I wonder if the CrossFit world is ready for men with no tatoos and chest hair?

51. Jed wrote...

Mike, They better be ready, because here we come .....

52. Greg Major wrote...

So I wasn't supposed to get my chest and back waxed?

53. Terry Dickman wrote...

Well some of us may have faded tatoos. I hope there playing Led Zeppelin, AC/DC or some good rock instead of the Rage Against the Machine crap.

54. Mark wrote...

#50 ...chest hair, nose hair, ear hair. Holy crap, it's growing everywhere but on my head. I hate getting old! And yes to the music. Good rock from the 70"s would be awesome - sprinkled with a little disco??? LOL.

Don't know if I could do kipping pullups to the Bee Gee's.

55. Lee wrote...

Ya, I'm in the hairy chest, back, etc. Just not much on the head any more. Though I don't feel the need to go shirtless either. Tattoo's. Yep. But 30 years old and definately not tribal. I'm with the rest of you, I just want to finish. Damn D-U's. I would rather run or row. But whatever.... A good selection for us old folks.

Re. music, I'm voting for Hip Hop. Boom Boom makes the workout go much better.

56. robin Kosick wrote...

Hello to Christin (comment 49) and Miyoko (comment 25) re you wondering where all the 50+ chicks are.. well I'm one, I will competing at the Sydney Australia Regionals. I'm a bit curious as to how many chicks there are too, most of the comments are blokes. I was surprised too, at the Wod selection, I thought there would be a row (less impact on the old joints, but still high intensity cardio) and I thought there would be more weight components built into the WODS cause weights are good for strong bones/density so we wont fall over and break any bones, right?
Still the wods are a good selection of skill, intensity and strength, except doubles and chest-to bar are definately not mine! and I agree, chest-to-bar is a big ask!

There are not many 50+ Aussies doing CrossFit yet, it is still early days here.

57. Graeme wrote...

Hi Robin
Where are you, which CF box? See you at Randwick. You're right, not many of us but there are a few more in the wings - Roger from brisbane missed out by being too young by a couple of months. It's up to us to lead the way.

I'm enjoying this thread about hairy chests (that' me) & no tats (also me). Doubles suck, knees shot, otherwise should be Ok - who knows where a 1rm thruster will end up - never tried them! Trying to find a way to get to Aromas anyway even if to spectate - love to meet some more old folks.

If anyone in interested look up Zazzle.com & search for "Crossfit fossil". It's shirt Roger had made (Brisbane Aus) & I think describes us well

58. Robin Kosick wrote...

Hi Graeme, yes I'll see you at Randwick! I'm up in Townsville, at CrossFit Townsville with Brett Fforde. I workout every morning with 25/30 yr olds! Yes I kow Roger, we were competing at the CrossFit Gold Coast Open Day and WOD challenge and yes he was wearing his CrossFit Fossil Shirt. But I'm not ready to be a fossil, not yet anyway! While I can still keep moving and hitting the WODS I dont want to think "Fossil"! I might seize up completely, it takes long enough to warm up the joints now!

I heard there will only be 10 of us at Ranwick, that's chicks and blokes combined.There will be a few more from Townsville nxt year, a few, like Roger, missed out by a few months.

I would love to go to Aromas also. It's pretty tough to make in to the top 15 in the WORLD though. Maybe next year we will be able to send the top 3 Aussie men and women Masters, just like wih the Open Competition!

59. Christin wrote...

Robin- Sent you an email! Looking forward to communicating with another...crossfit fossil! Fossils Unite!

60. Miyoko wrote...

I think all of the "old farts" have the young whipper snappers beat in the sense of humor department. Love everyone's spirit and attitude!

61. Brian R wrote...

Hello, great to see all your posts. Anyone here going to the regionals in Ft. Worth? I am planning on traveling from Albuquerque to compete (if I can get complete more than 1 DU in 15 minutes haha). I'm the only "Masters" age member at my gym so always competing with the younger crowd as well. But we don't do many DUs so that will be quite a challenge for me. Good luck to all competing next weekend...

62. Greg Major wrote...

Funny thing about the DUs. We weren't doing them much either until I had to learn how to do them when they were announced. Now everyone is picking up the ropes and working on them.
Well, hair or no hair, tats or no tats, this is going to be lot's fun to have our own little moment in the spot light.

63. Brian R wrote...

Yes, very funny about the DUs...I would have rather seen almost anything but those- Burpees, tire flips, running, rowing, sand bag carries, cleans, sled drags, box jumps, SDHPs,, sledge hammer strikes...but it is what it is...now I carry my "Buddy" lee with me at all times and practice whenever there is a free moment.

64. Graeme wrote...

Hey Robin
Do you know where the others are from? last I heard there were only 5 & I don't think that included you so you would be 6 & 4 others from somewhere.
The Fossil shirt gew out of a games day in Newcastle where someone captioned a photo of Roger & me as fossils. We pointed out fossils were made of rock & therefore hard, so the fossil reference to us is about acknowledging we are older but also saying we are pretty tough too, not old fat & flabby like a lot of our generation.
I don't know about the other Fossils on here but I get plenty of comments along the lines of "I hope I'm that fit at your age", so it's great to be a role model to someone.

65. Robin Kosick wrote...

Yes Graeme, I get those comments too :
" I hope I'm as fit as you when i'm as old as you " all the time. I also get " I hate you Robin..." (said in a joking way) when I do something, or lift heavier than the girls 20 years younger can't do! Ha! I also get some very surprised looks when people find out I'm a Master: Oh, you dont look THAT old, they say! So yes it's good to be leading the way a bit and setting a standard and inspiration for other 50+ to follow!
I used to get intimidated by so much youth at competitions but now it doesn't worry me, I just focus on my own goals.

66. Robin Kosick wrote...

Hey Brian R,
I agree, I would have done absolutely anything rather than double unders, even Burpees! I am practising them now too but can't do too much or my knees get sore, which is why I always avoided them previously : too hard on the knees/ankles and they need to live to MOVE/BEND for many more years yet! Coach tells me however, if you are doing D U's PROPERLY there SHOULDN'T be any stress on the joints. So it's a catch 22, you need to practise to perfect technique, but practise is more wear and tear. Oh well, lets all enjoy this CrossFit journey and make sure we have fun!

67. Mark wrote...

Comment #43
Steve,
Is that official? We (SouthWest) can bring our own ropes? I'm taller so I was a bit worried about proper length (like that's the only thing to worry about)!!! Just wondering if it officially says so somewhere. Thanks.

68. Jeff Kski wrote...

Leaving tomorrow afternoon. I feel like a kid waiting for a trip to Disneyland.

69. Herm wrote...

I'm honored to be a judge for the SW Regionals Masters events!

70. Matt wrote...

#67 Mark

Yes bring your own rope. I haven't seen it posted as official but I heard it straight from Steve.

#69 Herm

We'll have to hook up. I'm working equipment for the UCI event, and will come watch the Masters

71. Mark wrote...

Thanks Matt (comment 70). I've been practicing the double unders with my two daughters. Each holds an end and then gets it going as fast as possible...just like in the old days (early 70's) at the school yard. If I can jump "in" I hop like a bunny on crack and try to get one jump per two revolutions. It's seems to be working out well except for the welts on my shins and neck and my crazy desire to eat carrots....

72. Brian R wrote...

Hey Robin, Good luck in your regional...I also was surprised there were so few Crossfit elements in the WODs. I practice DUs every free moment it seems but still can't get them. Looks like I won't be able to compete (won't make time on WOD 1) unless some miracle occurs with the DUs. Will check out the times from the regional this weekend.

73. Robin Kosick wrote...

Hello to Brian R,
Thanks for the good luck wishes! The Ausssie Regionals are on 8th and 9th May, only 10 sleeps away. I am still going to compete. I have had my air ticket to Sydney for weeks, accomodation booked too, so I'm still going and will scale if I run out of time and don't master those damm DU'd and Chest to Bar, just turn the weekend into training and specific improvement, maybe a PB in the Max Rep Thruster! I will make sure I still have fun!
I think it would have been good to have more inclusive WODS that EVERYONE can do but still challenging and skills specific enough to find the fifteen men and women Firebreathers. The Queensland (Australia) sectionals were like that so lots of people were able to compete who normally would not have and in the end, the right men and women were still in the top 20.
Hope you still have a go and most importantly have fun, enjoy mingling amongst your fellow Masters crossfitters!

74. Graeme wrote...

Hey Brian, don't sweat it, just relax. I don't have any to speak of either but practice every chance I get - 5 straight is my new record. Whether you have DU's or not, just go put on an awesome performance to show the children you're generation does not shrivel up at 50.
Robin - see you in Sydney, the after party could be just as awesome as the main show; hope you are staying Sunday night. How many are coming from there? Where are you guys staying?

75. Robin Kosick wrote...

Hello Graeme, the CrossFit Townsvile group are all staying at Coogee, either the Coogee Bay Hotel or the Medina. There are 7 of us competing, either in Masters (me!) Open, or the Affilate Cup. We are very new, only been going months, before that some of us trained under Brett's house or out of CFNQ. Seems there are quite a few groups staying at Coogee (Gold Coast group is I know) so I'm sure there will be plenty of after parties! I'm staying till Tuesday because all the flights back to Townsville are too early in the morning to fly home Monday!
Re your comment about showing the kids we dont Shrivel at 50: Funny, I got into CrossFit FIRST then my daughter, aged 19, followed ME! She thinks it's pretty cool to have such a fit "modern" Mum! I'm hoping my son will join us too, once he finishes Uni in July.

76. Miyoko wrote...

Robin and Graeme - Best of luck to all of you down under from those of us in California! We'll be "competing" as well in the Southwest Regionals the same weekend. I don't know if I'll have chest to bar, either, but I've thoroughly enjoyed the renewed focus on developing these skills, things like DU's that I had pretty much given up on a few months ago. I'm seeing some progress and am determined to do my best this year and then spend the next year working on honing these skills for 2011! Oldies but Goodies, let's go kick some ass!

77. Charlie Clendening wrote...

We are from Florida and our affiliation CVB has a younger crowd,but also several master members. I will be competing in Jacksonville Memorial Day weekend. My wife and I being 50+ along with the rest of our age group push the younger peeps At CVB because they don't want us to beat them!
When it comes to the Dreaded DU'S I know why they say "You can't teach an old Dog new Tricks!" After 1 year I still struggle with them, while the younger peeps are able to string them after their second attempt!
Have you heard of KInesio Taping? It's Duct Tape (for us fossils) muscles & Joints the downside is I have to shave the hair in order for it to stick. Good luck to everyone!!

78. Graeme wrote...

Thanks Miyoko, good luck to you too and all the other fellow oldies

79. Mark wrote...

Saw last weekends Masters results. I was surprised at the small group. Not sure what I expected but only eleven in that Region?? I wonder how many men are in the Masters S.W. Regional this weekend? They say it's the largest group so maybe 30 or 40? No matter. It will be fun to hang out with everyone and see how we all stack up. Win, lose, place, show, or DNF -- It will be cool to say we competed in the first Masters Competition.

80. Art wrote...

Hey Mark, where did you find last weekends Masters results? I would love to see them. I can't wait to rub elbows with the other Masters in our region. I hope we all make a good showing of it. I feel this is an amazing opportunity for people our age who still want to compete. I hope the Masters division is something they will continue at the games. Like you said, it will be cool to say we competed in the first.

81. tigress wrote...

Best of luck Robin and Graeme for your upcoming Masters. I will be meeting Christin at he South East Regional. You girls will do well. The energy at the games is just amazing and pushes you so much further.
#50 Mike funny post on the hair and tattoos.

82. Mark wrote...

All results found here. Comprehensive for all sectionals and regionals.

http://scores2010.crossfit.com/

83. Robin Kosick wrote...

Thanks for the good luck wishes Tigress, Miyoko, Christin and Brian and anyone else who sent luck down under. For me, its only 2 more sleeps and I will be in Sydney soaking up the atmosphere! There are only 10 of us competing, could be even less.

The after party for everyone will be just as awesome!

Have a fun time too everyone!

84. tigress wrote...

I am kind of disappointed that they announce the Master Scores right away before everybody else is done. What are your thoughts on that Masters?

85. Mark wrote...

Tigress,
It would be nice to withhold the scoring until all have competed, especially since we are all doing the same WOD's. But honestly, at 50, I have so much more to worry about that I am just grateful they put this thing together for us. Knowing or not knowing isn't going to change my plans much. I'm going to give it hell and look forward to a cold beer on Saturday when it is all over. Good luck to you!!
M

86. Terry wrote...

I don't think it matters much. Keeping the scores unknown in a public event would be impossible to do. I think having all the events at the same time or closer together would be better, but again difficult to do, specially since this is world wide. I think CF HQ has done a great job just putting it together and giving us a chance to compete. Mark was right on when he said he is just going to give it hell, I am sure we will all be doing that. I will be joining him for that cold one. :-)

87. Graeme wrote...

Good Luck guys. I have to wait until Sunday for the cold beer. I'm sure we'll all put on a decent show even with creaky knees & old injuries.
I agree with Terry & Mark on the scoring.
It would have been nice for the future to attract enough over 50's to justify a regional selection; maybe with some encouragement from this year it will happen some time.

88. Aaron wrote...

What sucks is that people are complaining about a few extra weeks of training when there is no standardization of the sites. The Central East Masters event was held outside on grass with the competitors doing DUs on mats facing the short section so their ropes were catching grass that was stickup over the edge of the mat (they weren't allowed to turn sideways to use the full length of the mat). If everyone had to deal with this it'd be one thing but to have people competing indoors on mats in gyms is a total unfair advantage. That's a pretty big oversight and a huge disappointment.

89. Graeme wrote...

Aaron; we also had mats outdoors but used then lengthways. I thyink I let the situation get to me & couldn't get decent sets of DU's. With the benefit of hindsight maybe a row would have been more standardised but this is year 1 and it's all alearning experience - it is what it is & we just have to deal with it.
For us we all had no idea how we would go & just wanted to put on a show for the young ones & enjoy the experience. In that regard, mission acomplished

90. Aaron wrote...

Graeme, I'm glad your able to have such a great outlook. My dad who's competeing is the same way. I get fired up because it's hard to watch someone train so hard, fight through injury, and throw up 195# thruster and 17 rounds of C2B Cindy but not be able to compete to the fullest because of an oversight. I think it's great that there is a masters division for all the bald hairy guys but it is a competition and you compete to do your best and win.

91. Graeme wrote...

Aaron, I agree with what you are saying.
All I'm getting at is, it's a first & there's bound to be bugs in the system. We can't fix them now so we jut have to do our best & hope next year is better. Most of us, if not all have competed in something in the past & won & lost so as a Master athlete this is not new, we're just maybe in a more comfortable position where we can view our results with our peers & go away with something to work on rather than dwell on what might have been.

92. Greg wrote...

Hey Graeme,

I just wanted to say congratulations on your effort at the Regionals at the weekend. You and the rest of the masters athletes really are an inspiration to me - I only discovered Crossfit when I turned 40, and its great to see that age isn't a barrier if you choose to be passionate and determined.

I want to be like you when I grow up! ;-)

93. Robin Kosick wrote...

Hey Aaron, from a personal prospective, I also was disappointed with how the Masters competition was run. It felt like we were just an extra thing tacked on to a very busy regional qualifiers programe that the organisers didnt ask for want to take responsibility for (like not being considered competing Athletes so therefore no t-shirt) even though they tried their best.
There were definately bugs in the wods selection and standardisation but as Graeme said, this is year one and I'm sure next year will be better.

94. tigress wrote...

Aaron, I agree with you 100%. Doing Dubs on a mat in particular on the short section is just plain stupid. We didn't sign up for a circus act. That has nothing to do with any athletic performance or skill. I like to hear the reason for such an idiot setup. That couldn't have been an oversight, that was done out of ignorance. I am very disappointed.
Robin they have enough experience to put out a fair Master's Competition. Sorry to hear that there wasn't even a shirt for you guys. I am competing at the end of the months and will share my experience with you. Hope everybody will stay positive and enjoy the Masters. Congratulations to all of you who have competed already.

95. Terry wrote...

I competed in the SW Regional Masters. It was an awesome experience and ran very well. Hats off to all the volunteers and Steve Serrano. The judges were awesome and held us to the same standards as the open division, as it should be. There is always going to be some variability in any competition, when you are a Master you are old enough and just go with the flow and deal with it. CF HQ has done a great job giving us old folks a venue to compete in.

96. Graeme wrote...

I agree Terry, it's a new & learning experience for all of us; athletes & HQ. I hope they persist with this & do it again next year. The womens entry numbers are a little disapointing but I think both womens & mens entries will expand significantly next year. Speaking to a number of box owners they had masters who just wanted to "see what happened" this year, so I expect them in for 2011.
I'm certainly planning on another go next year

97. Lynne wrote...

My husband and I competed in the Australian Regionals and thought the organisation there was awesome! It reinforced to us how inclusive the Crossfit community is. People were very supportive of our participation and performance. We had a great weekend.

98. Robin Kosick wrote...

I hope that perhaps next year the numbers have grown enough to be included in with ALL those competing at Regional level (each Regional run everything) and that we get to do the same WODS as open and Affiliate cup competitors attacked. I missed the atmosphere and intensity the mainstream competition enjoyed, the challenge of having a go at completely untried WODS, testing a greater variety of skills and being to share with everyone else the suffering then the satisfaction of finishing afterwards. With modifications to weights used, reps, distances time, and number of WODS for the weekend (appropriate for Masters), I think it would have been more fun to compete alongside the Affiliate Cup teams say, admist all that chaos and intensity!
Although we were not part of the mainstream competition this year and the organisers were following HQ directions, a mention of the first group of Masters ever, to compete at a Regional competition at the Awards/closing ceremony would have been a nice way to recognise our participation.

99. Mark wrote...

On the Masters Results spreadsheet there are a bunch of 0's on the bottom of the rankings. Are these no-shows or guys yet to compete? With one week to go that's a lot of folks yet to hit the double unders. I'm thinking that it is no-shows. Can anyone confirm?

100. Jeff wrote...

The 0's look like people still yet to compete. At least one of the guys is the father of someone from our box and I know he hasn't gone yet. Good luck to all!

101. Calgary Colin wrote...

Congrats to all the "Masters" that competed this year...I can see this division growing every year with more of us old fella's stepping up for some competition. See you next year.
Cheers

102. bob wrote...

Thanks to everyone involved in this weekend's SE Regional. The organization was exceptional, the venue was perfect, the judges were fair, and the community of people were friendly and encouraging. How does it get any better? I anticipated taking some time off after this competition but now I can't wait to get back in the gym!

Great job everyone. Only 364 days to get ready for next year.

103. Jay wrote...

Mike, MK and Debbie congratulations. It looks like we are going to be representing Central East in California (not officially yet). Can't wait to see you guys.

104. Mark Blough wrote...

This looks so exciting and challenging. I have cancer and probably cannot do the 2010 CrossFit Games, not because of the cancer but because of my poor timing this year. I for sure will be part of the 2011 CrossFit Games.

My respects to all of you participating.

Mark Blough

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