2012 Reebok CrossFit Games Recap: Tuesday - Day 2

  • Jul 30, 2012

    2012 Reebok CrossFit Games

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    Day 2 of The 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games was a day to get things done but have some fun...briefed on workouts, given gear for the tri and testing out the water...

     

    Tuesday 7/10/12:

    Tuesday morning we were told to report mid-morning to be briefed on the tri.  A few marines generously volunteered their time to scare the living pee out of us with Dave Castro.  We were warned of sharks, rip currents, rocky ocean floor, rattlesnakes, signs of ammo on the base and more - comforting for all us athletes…or not! 

     

    Immediately after the meeting we were all issued fins, booties and swimming suits that we carted with us to Manhatten Beach to give it a go.  Imagine hanging out for a relaxing day at the beach and seeing close to 100 muscle-bound athletic bodies coming your way like The Gangs of New York with their matching Reebok suits, fins, caps and goggles - a bit intimidating for sure.  Then they saw us all attempt to put on fins, walk backward into the ocean and try to figure out what the heck we were supposed to be doing out there…all while laughing our heads off.  Intimidation factor gone, entertainment provided!

    Ocean Practice

    The water was much warmer than we all remembered from last year and the breakers were almost non-existant…we were all hoping for similar conditions the next morning.  According to rumors from friends/coaches/internet, fins are supposed to be easier to swim with, so I was encouraged upon first attempt that I was going to feel like Michael Phelps (ha!).  I felt more like a bowling ball…I am just not a good swimmer and I didn't feel comfortable with big Ronald McDonald fins on.  I still swallowed half of the ocean as I struggled to find my inner-fish.  That practice swim left me a bit nervous for Wednesday morning, but there was nothing I could do about it..I had to get the job done.

     

    After the ocean practice, we were all bussed to the Home Depot Center for the first time since arriving in L.A.  Here we were issued our single-speed Redline mountain bikes. Now we were talking my language!  I was pumped to see the new bikes (that we got to keep by the way...cheers to Reebok once again)!  They had them lined up according to height, so we each picked a bike from our respective line and bike technicians were patiently waiting to help with any adjustments that needed to be made.  With legs the length of a toddler, I definitely needed my seat lowered!  Wham, bam, thank you ma'am...it was time to test this baby out.  They had cones in the parking lot and side road for us to follow as to avoid collisions as 100 people tried to get a feel for their bike.  I hadn't been on a mountain bike for months, but like they say "It's like a riding a bike"...came back so easy and was so much fun!  We loaded the bikes on a bus, then us on a different bus and called it a night as all the athletes went their separate ways to crash and prep for the beginning of The 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games.

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      jaime

      Posted Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 7:30:36 PM

      and theeeeeeeen..........we're on the edge of our seats girl!