The Open 2018. So THAT happened, amirite!!??
We had 64 scores validated for 18.5, and had 78 for 18.1. Almost 100% participation for week 5 from week 1, that is absolutely fantastic. You all are that fantastic, this community of people who constantly shows the great people you are. Hard work, dedication over 5 weeks, you all deserve a great ovation. I’m serious, after my showdown with Jack, doing 1 highly intense 18.5, 7 minute workout, I am still dying on Wednesday. Soreness to touch, soreness while sleeping, and you all did this for 5 weeks, traveling in some cases for 20 minutes each Saturday, and brought the energy every time. I thank you all for your dedication to this community.
There are shoutouts deserved, and they will come. Today is reserved for 1 person specifically, 1 person who has touched all the lives of you members of this community, including all of us on staff. I admit I am biased, but not so much from the fact I love and care for her incredibly much and am her personal coach going on 5 years. My bias is more from the fact I see how hard she works every single day and how much that hard work inspires so many people in this community and beyond, and we all know, none of us are getting any younger, yet she is performing with an age going in reverse.
Coach Stacey Kroon went through her 8th open and her 10th season of CrossFit competition. Here is a quick list of her accomplishments up until this Open:
- 2x CrossFit Games Qualifier
- 2009 (9th place, 9th Fittest Woman In World), 2011 (12th place, 12th Fittest Woman In World)
- 8x Regional Competitor (Individual)
- 1x Regional Team Competitor (2015 Operation Lando TeamDO)
- General Manager, CrossFit Lando Woburn and Canal Park/Charlestown, 2015-Present
- Head Coach, CrossFit Lando Woburn, 2013-2015
Now let’s look at this year.
2018 CrossFit Games Open Women 35-39 Worldwide Ranking : 41st of 29,711.
2018 CrossFit Games Open Women 35-39 Northeast Region Ranking : 4th of 2558
“All right so we all know Stacey’s great Aaron”. I know, real cool bragging about my girlfriend and one of my coaches. But what she does is special. What she has done in her career is special. What nobody understands, and of no fault of anyone, is that she has been consistently at the top for 10 years. 10 YEARS!!! That is long for any professional athlete…when they do this as their only job. Women she competed against years ago aren’t even competing anymore because they moved on to open businesses, help run businesses, help with starting families, great progressions in life or just new challenges.
Well Stacey has done the same, just stayed at the top competition wise, and THAT is what is amazing. I put those last 2 parts into the above little resume because I know none of you know what she does work wise beyond her coaching, but she is the glue, MY glue, for this business. 2 locations that she manages as the General Manager and Daily Operations Manager. She manages the schedule, staff, membership needs (as you all know), ALL while coaching 20+ classes a week often waking up at 4am.
That is special. To compete at the level she does and then work how hard as she does, I am amazed by her every day. When she went through 18.5 and literally crushed it with 154 reps, I watched in awe (combined with fear that I was standing in front of the camera as usual). My awe came from how I know she had put in 12 hour work days on 5-6 hours of sleep for 7 days in a row.
Look I know everyone works hard in their lives. I’m sure many of you reading this can sympathize with a 12 hour work day. I applaud all of you who show up at 530am on a Friday after doing so every day that week. I applaud you who take noon not to sit and relax for lunch but book it to class and back to work, scarfing down your lunch somewhere on the route there and back. The same goes for all of you evening warriors who get home at bedtime for many of us and do it day in and day out. I just think Stacey here deserves a special shout out this time of year for the amazing things she does.
Now we are on to Regionals, which this year is a new experience for Stacey. The Regionals for this new-ish Masters age group are another set of done at home, online workouts like the Open. They call this the Online Qualifier, and it starts in 3-4 weeks. This week will be recovery training for her then come the weekend it’s time to get after it again.
As her coach I will see this as amazing, to many of you it will be un-relatable and unreal, to Stacey it’s just another day in her life of excellence, where just doing enough, or being just good enough, simply isn’t good enough for her.
WOD 1: 10m AMRAP
Buy In: Run 800m
– then AMRAP with remaining time
10 Wall Ball 20/14
Scale Pull-ups for best UB attempts able.
S/L1: 600m Run
WOD 2: 10m AMRAP
3 Rope Climbs
100 Double Unders
3 Rope Climbs
-Then with remaining time perform
AMRAP of 5 UB Power snatch 115/75
S: 5 Strict Pull-Ups for RC, 3 UB Snatch 75/55
L1 8 Strict Pull-Ups for RC, 5 UB Snatch @ 95/65
Rx+: 5 Rope Climbs each set, 135/95
Lift : Snatch
– Hang Snatch Skills and Drills
– Progress to full snatch
WORK : E2M for 6 total sets : 2 Squat Snatch
Accessory : High Bar Back Squat
Conditioning : For Time
21 Power Snatch 95/65
15 Overhead Squat