We’ve gotten a few “I SUPER WANT TO SIGN UP FOR THE HTD BUT – ZOMG – I’M WORRIED I CAN’T DO <insert challenging CF movement here> AND WILL EMBARRASS MYSELF” emails over the last couple of weeks. To date, we’ve responded “I guess you have to trust us.” ;)
We’d like to think we’ve a pretty good track record of programming events that are accessible to weekday CFers but also provide enough capacity for the serious competitive CF crowd to test themselves as well. Putting together a “movement list” just always seems like an exercise in either trickery (“how much stuff that we’re NOT doing do we need to put in here to hide what we are doing?”) or undue stress (“Let’s just toss in the kitchen sink and add muscle-up to handstand-push-ups – even though we’d wouldn’t program that in 1,000 years”).
Think about the Open – you pay your $35 and jump in with both feet without a “movement list” and, at the end of the day, the new CFers had fun and the CFers who belonged at Regionals got there. You’ll have fun at the HTD. Promise..
So, while we’re still unlikely to put together a “movement list” we are adding something to the HTD this year that we think will increase the fun for ALL levels of CFers – seeding!
Seed: (verb) - To arrange so that the more skilled contestants meet in the later rounds
This year we’re going to seed all the athletes into (at least for the first WOD, what we hope to be) the appropriate heats. After each WOD, we’ll be re-seeding the athletes into heats for their subsequent WODs.
We think there is tremendous upside to this.
If you’re a CrossFitter who’s chasing a podium spot at the HTD - you’ll be able to look to your left and right during each heat and have a pretty good sense of how your performance is measuring up to your peers working out alongside you.
If you’re a CrossFitter who’s mostly out to have a good time with folks who think exercising can be fun (maybe it’s even your first competition) – Well first off, you’re not going to have to “compete” against those folks we just described above. ;) It will offer more folks more opportunities to “compete” (again, this is AT LEAST as much about “community” as “competition”) in heats they might just stand a chance to do pretty well in.
If you’re a fan who has come to cheer your friends and family on – Not only will the folks you came to cheer for have more chances to “win” a heat but it will be pretty awesome to have the final heat of every WOD have all the makings of a “final event” each time. You’ll know the last heat of each WOD represents the best athletes of the day (up to that point).
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