Regional Recap

I know, I know, I’ve been slacking.  I haven’t done a workout or a blog post in almost a week now but what a week it has been!  I have to say, it was one of the best weeks of my life and I’ll never forget it.

I awoke at 4am on Thursday so I could meet Coach Bones at CrossFit 403 and catch a ride to CrossFit Ramsay so we could catch a bus with 20+ fellow CrossFit junkies en route to Richmond, BC for the 2012 Western Canadian CrossFit Regional competition.  Three quarters of us were going to work/volunteer/cheer and the rest were planning on setting Richmond on fire with their athletic abilities.  CrossFit Ramsay had a team which qualified for the competition as well as a few solo competitors and of course, our own Coach Crip was on the way to compete for herself.  I plan on writing an extremely long winded recap of my weekend soon, I will warn you and say again—it WILL be long winded.

Here’s a quick rundown though–
– Arrive Thursday night in Richmond, check into hotel, head to Olympic Oval to orientate ourselves with the venue and see our Media Office.  Regan and I (with a couple Ramsay members) ended up staying until about 11pm helping Rogue Canada setup the facility to have it ready.  We helped set up the mats for the athletes, the racking system, a pile of fencing, bleachers, and lastly the Rogue Canada sales tent…then we hit the hay back at the hotel.

– Friday morning was early, met the media team and I found out that I’d be working with Mike Warkentin.  Mike is the owner of CrossFit 204 in Winnipeg and he also happens to be the Managing Editor of the CrossFit Journal–he’s the top writer for CrossFit HQ, literally the best CrossFit writer on the planet.  It was truly a privilege to work with him and be his assistant for a few days.  Sometimes I felt like I was just hindering him but I was happy to say “how high” if he asked me to jump.  I also met and worked with the production team and a guy named Marty Cej–he was an announcer for the CrossFit Games and at Regionals he was the go-to guy for anything related to content and interviews.  I’ve never had the chance to work with someone with his experience and it was very cool; remember, I’ve only been writing for 6 months and it started with this blog.  He’s kind of a big deal in the journalism and media world (at least to me!) His knowledge of the sport and its athletes is truly impressive and being a CrossFitter himself with an amazing media resume, he’s a perfect fit.  Truly a fantastic guy and it was a great pleasure to work with him, I really enjoyed and appreciated my time with both him and Mike.

– Saturday was a whirlwind.  Two huge WODs to watch and report on, as well as getting to meet some of the athletes I was hoping I’d get to chat with—I’m too shy (odd, right?) to ask for pics with each, I kinda regret that, but it was awesome to meet my first two interviews; Tyson Takasaki and Janine Walinski.  I also met another man I interviewed, Peter Williams.  On top of that I got to see or meet: Jeremy Meredith, Steve Howell, Angie Pye, Alicia Connors, Brett Shillington, Jason Cain, Crystal Kirby-Peloquin, and many more…the best of the best in Western Canada.

– Sunday had two EXTREMELY notable meets for meet.  I got to meet Dave Castro, the CrossFit HQ Director of Training and Coach Greg Glassman himself—the guy who started CrossFit.  I never in my life thought I’d meet these two guys, they’re quite literally the two biggest names in CrossFit outside of Rich Froning and Annie Thorisdottir.

Lastly for this post, I need to say another thank you…I know, I’m a kiss-ass 🙂
Aside from the always obvious thank you’s for Coaches Crip and Regan, the owners and drive behind CrossFit 403 I’ve got another whole box of folks to thank.  CrossFit Ramsay welcomed me onto their bus full of CrossFit nuts for the trip there and back and really made me feel like one of the team, not just some random guy from another box who needed a lift.  Chris Fenlon-MacDonald (my roommate for the weekend) and Ken Andrukow are truly awesome people to be around.  I spent most of my weekend with them and Regan and I truly gained a new level of respect for them.  They are just normal CrossFitters—as in the kind that are obsessed with it and care more about the community than their own personal results, even though Ken is already qualified and is heading to the CrossFit Games in California.  Thanks to everyone from Ramsay who came and who I got the opportunity to work with.

This was truly one of the most memorable experiences of my life and there’s no way in hell I’ll ever forget it.  I also came away with a deeper understanding of CrossFit beyond it being a workout style and I walked away with a weird thought in my head—-maybe one day I’ll go back to Regionals, but I don’t want the back of my shirt to say “Media”…the competitors got way nicer shirts.

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