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Old 01-20-2011, 01:05 PM   #11
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Re: Hybrid Athletics

The grip on the heavy weight tire was horrible. There was hardly even any space for the guys to fit their fingers under. A bunch of guys I spoke to said it was just terrible.

Yup Im from Merrick. I train at O-Side Crossfit in Oceanside. Our trainer, Ian Berger, took third in lightweight with his partner Devin (coaches at Crossfit Long Island). Hahaha yeah there were a few LI teams.

I agree with Tamara. Im a pretty competitive person and if I compete in anything I go to win. Not sure I'll ever really be able to compete in CF events just because of my size and my current shoulder issue (small labrum tear), but its a goal of mine.
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Old 01-23-2011, 10:09 AM   #12
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The grip on the heavy weight tire was horrible. There was hardly even any space for the guys to fit their fingers under. A bunch of guys I spoke to said it was just terrible.

Yup Im from Merrick. I train at O-Side Crossfit in Oceanside. Our trainer, Ian Berger, took third in lightweight with his partner Devin (coaches at Crossfit Long Island). Hahaha yeah there were a few LI teams.

I agree with Tamara. Im a pretty competitive person and if I compete in anything I go to win. Not sure I'll ever really be able to compete in CF events just because of my size and my current shoulder issue (small labrum tear), but its a goal of mine.
If you guys ever run any events, let us know! We might be running something later in the year; we'll make sure to let you know too. We always talk about how LI doens't really have the kind of CF community that CT does. We need to get it started!
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:15 AM   #13
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So, I think I've changed my mind a little. What would be the point of showing up to a competition if you don't have the intention of winning?
Amanda, that is exactly what I did! I showed up for a HW team that cancelled last minute. I was partnered with a guy that I never met. I was shocked that my heavyweight partner tipped the scales at 179. But, my #1 goal was to have fun so I didn't mind at all. Jim and I gave it our best, and we made the 1st cut, and finished 6th.
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:59 AM   #14
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If you guys ever run any events, let us know! We might be running something later in the year; we'll make sure to let you know too. We always talk about how LI doens't really have the kind of CF community that CT does. We need to get it started!

Amanda which Affiliate do you go to? Sorry maybe I missed it. I will definitely let you know. Actually we were thinking of trying to find some low key competition for the spring. Something where not everyone has to do wods Rx'd since most of the guys, including me, can't hahaha.
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Old 01-24-2011, 08:00 PM   #15
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Re: Hybrid Athletics

I would really like to hear from Rob Orlando or someone else at Hybrid Athletics involved with the competition so we get both sides.

Check out Louie Simmons comments about competition at 5:40 of this CFJ video

http://journal.crossfit.com/2010/02/...90-percent.tpl (WFS)

Personally I compete to perform to the best of my ability.
Winning is fun, not winning is not fun.

If I'm enter a division where I know I can't win it's so I can try to learn something from people who are better than me.
It also makes me perform better.

I would think if your goal is just to have fun you're not actually competing.

That's common with 5K runs, I'm sure it's far less common with CrossFit competitions.

In fact I would tend to think it's a big part of why the sectionals are 6 events, to weed out the people who are just showing up to have fun.

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Old 02-03-2011, 02:23 PM   #16
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Yes. Otherwise, you go to lose.
This^^^

Call me pig-headed, but I compete to win, and getting kicked into a different weight class when I entered and paid to lift in that weight class would seriously crimp my style (for lack of curse words)!!

I also agree that there are times when I will not win, but I compete to win anyways, something might happen to the other lifter(s)!!
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Old 02-04-2011, 04:43 PM   #17
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Re: Hybrid Athletics

A friend of mine forwarded this link so I thought I'd chime in--

First, allow me to apologize for not introducing myself to each competitor individually on game day. As usual, my staff and I were scrambling to solve the unknown and unknowable. In this case, partners that didn't show up. We made some on-the-spot decisions that were meant to make the competition smoother and more fun to watch. That, however, is no excuse. I should have everyone feel welcome so if I didn't...please accept my apology.

The events of this contest were unique and so was the equipment that we used. We fabricated 4 axles @ 11' long...one for each division. We also had only 1 tire per division so it was important to have the same number of teams per division otherwise one class, usually the men's LW, would run much longer than the other classes. This wouldn't be fair to athletes or spectators. As an example the tire flip event was 35% of the entire length of the contest. If we add 3 more LW men's teams to the mix then that single event makes up 50% or more of the day...boring to watch, compete, and judge. We made a decision to have 10 teams per division to keep the event flowing.

Several of the teams that were competing in the HW division were actually Hybrid teams. However, 3 of those teams registered later than they should have so even though they clearly LW teams they were forced to compete as HW's. They were fine with the adjustment. At Hybrid, we reward people who are both light AND strong...not one or the other.

It should be noted that the average weight of the men's HW class was under 410 pounds. If your husband and his partner weighed in at 386 they weren't far from the average. It should also be noted that Devin Ford and his partner were well below the average for the men's LW class and they completely dominated the field. Heavy does not necessary mean strong.

I sincerely hope that your husband had enough fun to warrant coming back and giving it another go. "Hybrid" is about finding the athlete who best combines freakish strength with great metcon. We work harder than most people will ever know at programming workouts that will punish the specialist and reward the most athletic.

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Old 02-08-2011, 08:19 PM   #18
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Rob, that was actually my first time at a competition. I think you and your staff put on a great event and everyone was very inviting. Had a great time and you have a great facility.
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Old 02-17-2011, 04:43 PM   #19
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Rob,
I'm sorry, I totally missed your response. Thank you so much for taking the time to address some of my concerns! I think there were lessons learned on both sides. Overall, the event was fun and we hope to be back to Hybrid sometime in the future.
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