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Many thanks to Chris D. at Daily Screen Printing for designing and printing these standout shirts in honor of our Regionals team’s upcoming trip down South. Thank you, Chris, for the generous gift! Today, starting 4:30pm, at 14th St — Team CFDC Fundraiser Workout & Send-off: https://goo.gl/j5Y9Ft. Come out and celebrate with us!:
“They are not supermen or superwomen. What they are is dedicated. At times they train alone; sometimes before anyone else has shown up at the gym, and sometimes they’re showing up when everyone else is going home. They call CFDC their home, and they’re gym-mates, they’re friends, and they’re definitely family.” Your 2015 CrossFit DC Regionals team: http://crossfitdc.com/2015/05/crossfit-dc-and-the-crossfit-games-atlantic-regional-competition/
Quick reminder, gang — the fun kind: WHAT: CFDC Happy Hour! WHEN: This Friday, starting 7:30pm WHERE: 14th St WHY: Springtime! Running Workouts! New Strength Program! Sending a team to Regionals! Coach John got elected grad student body president! Stick around after class, come hang out, bring a friend, meet the newest members of our community, and have a drink or two on us. Hope to see you there! (photo: Diana N.)
“The 2014 Open was my first-ever CrossFit Open and I used it to determine my weaknesses and improve for the next year. When 2015 came around I knew I had greatly improved in all areas and I felt confident. But this feeling quickly went away. In 15.1 I did not complete as many full rounds as I thought I would. 15.2 was a vast improvement over the 2014 attempt, but still not where I wanted to be. I was not able to complete 15.3 due to other commitments. And then came 15.4. “I originally planned to conduct the scaled version, but through some peer pressure I switched to RX’d. The 185 clean is my 1RM and I had only completed a successful lift once prior. I finished the handstand push-ups relatively quickly and moved onto the clean. Even with the tremendous help, support, and judging that Coach Chris provided, I spent the remaining time failing to complete one successful rep. “It was embarrassing failing so many times in front of good friends and other gym members. But overall, I enjoy CrossFit DC more so for the mental training than the inherent physical conditioning. I do not think it is ever about how much weight you lift or how many reps you do, but what you do when the workout is hard and you want to quit. “In 15.4, I told myself I would not quit – no matter how frustrating, embarrassing, or otherwise. I would not stop until told to stop by a coach or judge. I would not give up and that is what I told myself with each attempt. 15.4 was a phenomenal mental test, and that is why it proved to be the best.” — S. Klocko, closing out not only this Open season but the end of his time in DC. We have no idea how we’re going to cope when he makes the move to Pittsburgh, but you know what they say about the Mafia, and about CFDC: once you’re in, you’re a member of the family for life. Congrats, Klocko, on a 15.4 that inspired more people than you’ll likely ever know, and a phenomenal 2015 Open in the books. And we’ll see you next spring, when you commute in from Steel City for the Open at CFDC, so we can cheer you on in person when you crush the 185 cleans, and more. (photo: Dima R.)
“I’m not going to lie, getting my first ring muscle-up during 15.3 was amazing! This being my 3rd Open, I really wasn’t expecting to ever get one. But there were so many factors outside my control that made it possible: — 1) There was the unspoken bar muscle-up challenge with the noontime crew at H Street. I was able to get my first bar muscle up back in January. Thanks guys for the motivation! — 2) The format of 15.3 which initially threw me into a deep funk thinking I was being forced to scale, but ended up allowing me to get on the rings fresh. — 3) The announcement of the hybrid heats that showed the coaches understood the concerns of the average Joe. Whoever came up with the hybrid idea is a genius! — 4) The amusing conversation with Coach Peter before starting the workout along the lines of pacing in the second and third rounds. He must have seen the panic in my eyes. The absurdity of the possibility made me laugh and calmed me down. — 5) The dual hat coaching /judging from Stephanie that got me the first muscle up after missing the initial attempts. — 6) The Open Magic that makes the seemingly impossible – possible. — 7) The help from Coach Sergio that got me past the transition a second time, but without enough strength left to press out of the dip. “The generosity and motivation I took from so many others made the difference. My only hope is to return the favor for others. And a second muscle-up would be nice too…” — Eric G., after notching his first muscle-up in 15.3: one more Open victory to buoy you up and light your fire before we all face this weekend’s penultimate 2015 Open challenge. Congratulations, Eric — here’s to a second muscle-up, and many more to follow! (photo credit: Charles W.)
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