During the Open, CrossFit HQ releases a workout each week for five weeks, and participants have four days to do the workout according to prescribed standards, get it officially judged at an affiliate or videoed and upload to be judged, and get their score in. The score goes on a leaderboard that is up for every competitor to see and compare their scores. Then the top few from each of the seventeen worldwide regions (the number varies from 10 to 30 according to how manyCrossFit affiliates are in that region) go onto the Regionals, a tough as guts three day long competition against the other top scorers from their part of the world. Then the top five men and women from each of the Regional Competition go on to The Games. These are held over six days in L.A, California in July. The Games can throw the athletes into any combination of tests of fitness - the classic CrossFit modalities of weightlifting, gymnastics and track and field, to triathlon and watersports.
For many CrossFit athletes, even those of us who don't have a snowball's chance in hell of even getting to the Regionals, the CrossFit open is a highlight of the year. We do the same workouts as every participant around the world, including the very top athletes. Our scores are on the same leaderboard and we know we have gone through the same intense experiences. This year a new scaled section was introduced which made the Open more accessible than previous years. With that, the Rx got harder and thousands of us were humbled by the muscle ups in 15.3.
The Region we in New Zealand compete is called the Australia Region, which is basically Australia New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. My ranking is 522nd out of 4,600 who completed all the workouts. That's a big improvement from 850th last year, especially as total entries are up about 27%. The Open is useful for entrants who compete over multiple years as a concrete way of tracking your overall improvements in fitness.
Custom Leaderboard Fun
F.Y.I NZ Individual Leaderboards
F.I.Y. Otago/Southland leaderboards
CrossFit Wild South
CrossFit North D
And Vickie Moses from Wanaka who has competed mostly by video submission.
If there is anyone else out there in Otago/Southland who is not registered with an affiliate but has been competing via video submission, let me know and I'll add them in.
Phew it's over! Back to being a powerlifter. Except for the Southern Classic, a CrossFit Competition in Dunedin I've entered that goes down in seventeen days time... Can't help myself.