Sunday, 2/22February 22, 2015
Monday, 2/23February 22, 2015
The 2015 CrossFit Games Open at CrossFit DC – Part 3
Wherein we explain the WHEN and WHERE of how the Open will work at CFDC
So, after reading our first post about WHAT the Open is and HOW to sign-up for it, and our last post about WHY everyone at CFDC should participate, we’re now going to lay out the particulars of WHEN and WHERE you can do the Open workouts over the next five weeks.
You are doubtless aware by now that this Thursday (February 26th) marks the release of the first Open workout of 2015. That’s right, we’re just under a week away from the first workout! With that in mind, here’s what you need to know about how things are gonna go down at CrossFit DC:
Altered Class Schedule
With the Open upon us, and a large number of members participating (over 80 members as of posting this article!), our normal class schedule will necessarily need to change slightly during the next five weeks. The following will be the regular class schedule at both gyms during the Open (and the accompanying program those of you not doing the Open can expect to see).
- Weekend Class Schedule:
– – Saturday = two classes at 14th St (NOT three classes); 1 class at H St (all classes are 60min)
– – Sunday = two classes at 14th St, 1 class at H St (all classes are 60min, NOT 90min)
- Weekend Class Programming:
– – Saturday Programming = a CFDC-styled version of that week’s Open workout
– – Sunday Programming = a strength day
Two Gyms, Two Weekend Days, Two Options for each Workout
For those of you planning on doing the Open, we will be running heats of the Open workout throughout the weekend, alternating between locations as follows:
- Saturday = Open Workouts at H St (heats start at 11:30am)
- Sunday = Open Workouts at 14 St (heats start at 12:30pm)
Each day will start with two heats of the scaled workout, followed by the first heat of the RX’d workout (heat times will necessarily vary based on the length of that week’s workout). Heats will alternate as necessary from then on.
More importantly, anyone may perform the workout at either location! In other words, just because you registered under CrossFit DC Northeast doesn’t mean you have to do the workout at H St on Saturday. An athlete registered at H St may perform a workout at H Street on Saturday one weekend, and then perform the next workout at 14th St on Sunday the following weekend. Choose the option that works best for your schedule!
Signing up for a Heat
To designate a location and sign up for a heat (as well as select a scaling option for the weekend), we’ll be sending out a link to all registered athletes every Friday via email. Once you receive the email, you’ll be able to:
- choose your desired location (H St vs 14th St) for that weekend;
- select a scaling version for that week’s workout; and then
- select an available heat time based on gender (we’ll do our best to evenly distribute the genders between heats).
Athletes MUST register for a heat time before the weekend, and, unsurprisingly, may only register for just a single heat time. In the past, some people have had trouble accessing the links, often times from work, and if that happens, simple respond with an email and we will ensure that your name is entered for your preferred place and time.
Oh, and don’t worry, all heats will be judged, so you don’t have to worry about counting your own reps. After all, that’s one of the best parts of competitions!
Of course, you may not be able to make every workout every weekend. So what then? No worries, you can simply schedule a make-up! With advance notice (24hours minimum notice), you can opt to perform that week’s workout either Friday or Monday outside of class time. Make-ups are a first come, first serve service, and because we’re working with limited resources outside of the weekend, we may not be able to accommodate a large number of people (in other words, the earlier you get your request in, the better!)
But wait, what if you’re not available to do a make-up at CFDC? Well, considering the Open is worldwide, and with nearly every CrossFit gym in the world participating in the Open, and well over 10,000 affiliates worldwide, there’s a good chance you can find somewhere to do the Open workout if you can’t do it here at home!
The “Sixth” Open Workout
Sixth workout?! Don’t worry, we’re not springing any surprises on you. We just want to make sure everyone blocks off the weekend following the last Open workout (April 4-5) for a party to celebrate all of you and your accomplishments!
As CrossFit DC continues to grow, and the Open continues to adapt to new and different demands, we are constantly inspired by the feats of determination and dedication all the CrossFit DC athletes put in. As such, we like to celebrate the end of the Open with a little get together to commemorate all your hard work. Will fill everyone in on the final details as we get closer to the celebration weekend, but we figure you’ll find a few things to keep you busy in between now and then.
For those of you who haven’t signed up yet, don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time. You have until the close of the first workout to register and enter your workout – in other words, until 8pm, Monday, March 2! Then again, if you’d like to get a head start on it, be sure to follow these instructions from the last two posts:
- Go To CF Games Registration;
- Create an account (you’ll need name, email, password, etc – or simply log-in using your account info from last year)
- Pay your $20 registration fee;
- Select CrossFit DC if you workout primarily at 14th St, or CrossFit DC Northeast if you mostly workout at H St;
- Join the gym’s team!
OH, and ff you’re interested in hearing why some of those 80 other CrossFit DC members signed up for the Open, be sure to check out our continued series of FB posts:
- Mo L. (NEW) – on challenging herself via the Open a mere 7 months after completing Elements;
- Vivian C. (NEW) – on coming back for her second Open as kick-@$$ masters athlete;
- JM G. – on his 5th Open, but first as a CFDC athlete;
- Jess C. – on doing the Open for the first time in 2014 after catching the competition bug;
- Tom A. – on doing the Open as a seasoned CFDC veteran and Masters athlete;
- Steve K. – on doing the Open fresh out of Elements in 2014.