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The 2010 Mountain Sectional Qualifier Wrap-up


The 2010 Mountain Sectional Qualifier Wrap-up

deadlift (185/125)
wallball (20/14)

Where do I start?  This weekend was nothing short of inspiring and amazing.  Thank you to CrossFit Verve, Colorado State Patrol, the many volunteers and judges, and the Roots family that came to cheer on the crew.

Scott and Blakely were kind enough to write on their experience this weekend cheering on the Roots crew at the Mountain Sectionals CrossFit Qualifier. Read below.

Pictures and slide show posted tomorrow.

Games Recap from Scott and Blakely

Blakely and I were lucky enough to watch the Roots Crew at the Crossfit Sectionals this weekend.  For those of you unable to go, the Crossfit Roots crew was absolutely inspiring in every single event . . . and in every single way.  There were some amazing things to see — Nicole did 29 muscle ups in her first event on her way to a dominating performance.  (As our coach, we rarely get to see just how hard Nicole can rock it…and boy can she rock it!  Crazy to see how focused, calm and just spectacular she was in each event.)

By just reviewing the standings, it is easy to miss the many small feats the Roots Crew did that should make all of us really proud to be in the same gym. Some of the things that really resonated with us:

  • Knowing Lawrence had to do 2X kettlebells because of strict judging (which we respect, but can also want to challenge) — and still finished every event with top notch form and integrity.  And have you seen his top to bottom box jumps?
  • Seeing Emily get her heaviest snatch after repeated failures . . . but did not give up, refocus and pushed the bar up with all her might for a PR.  In the final event, we knew Emily was made of greatness.  Just when we thought the squat cleans might have the best of her as she lost her balance, appeared to get crushed by the bar, hit her head on the bar behind her . . . she got up, again found her focus and then proceeded to rock the lift as if it wasn’t even heavy.  This girl has what it takes.
  • Watching Olivia tough out her squat cleans, knowing when to make compromises — and then BANG out her chest to bar pull-ups as fast as anyone!  She also deserves some big ups for an 8th place finish in the row!
  • Watching James on his first round repeat his 9th of nine chest to bar pull-ups at least 10 times . . . but like the rest of our Roots Crew, did not give up, and came back for the second round for a flawless one by one execution.  He also PRed his snatch by 20lbs!
  • Knowing Chad did 9 muscle-ups after telling me earlier he “got one at the gym before”.
  • Watching Stephanie squat clean 95 pounds like it was a bar of feathers and then go straight for kipping pull-ups that sure she may have had to “frog up” but damn she got them all out and went right back for her next set of 95 pounds.
  • Watching Molly deliver a flawless final event, her rhythm between squat cleans and chest to bars was stunning.  Molly executed each event with determination and skill and was one spot shy of regionals — and thank goodness . . . because we have her for our affiliate team . . . and she will rock the house!
  • Smiling each and every time Tracy made her next snatch . . . we couldn’t help but smile in response to the ear to ear grin she had when she knew she had landed it . . . oh . . . and then she proceeded to do five muscle-ups!  Tracy – these were your games!  8th place finish overall!!!
  • We could write a whole blog entry about the perfection of Nicole’s performance.  But here is our takeaway . . . while she had to focus on her own performance, she watched each of her athletes, coached them, cheered them and congratulated them.  But when it was her turn to take the stage, she delivered with cool perfection, maybe even with a smile during her torturous fourth round of chest to bar pull-ups.  We could say so much more, but I think 1st place says a lot!

The highlight of the games for the Roots Crew Gals had to be the Row/Swing/Run event.  Each of them crushed their heats . . . 100% attributed to our coach Nicole instructing them to pace themselves and their ability to heed her instruction while every other girl blew themselves up in the first round. This is a prime example of why we train at CrossFit Roots.

The completely intangible was how everyone cheered and rooted and encouraged and suffered with each athlete.  It was wonderful to see how the Roots Crew supports their athletes.  I am proud and I know that if and when any of us choose to go compete somewhere, they’ll be there rooting and encouraging every way they can.  Regionals – here we come!

As we were exiting the building, high on adrenaline from watching Nicole win the last event and take 1st, a guy stopped us (we were in our Roots gear) and said, “Where is CrossFit Roots?” and followed with “You guys really represented!” (and he did not mean we were all wearing T-shirts).  He was in awe of our gym, our athletes and our camaraderie.

It took us by surprise too.  As we drove home with some tears (yes it was emotional), we are in awe of our gym, our athletes and our camaraderie.

17 Responses

  1. Chad

    Great write up Scott – we appreciate all of you Grahams showing up and cheering us on, especially keeping your two little ones occupied the whole time. Not an easy task speaking from experience. Superb job everyone competing and cheering. Congrats to our #1 Coach and Woman’s Sectional Champion as well as Tracy in 8th place – you are going to represent us well at Regionals!

  2. Jasmine

    Awesome write-up, Scott! I’m glad everyone did amazingly (as if there was any doubt)! Congratulations to all and great job Nicole and Tracy!

  3. June, thanks for volunteering. I know the folks over at Verve really appreciated it and it was awesome to see your smiling face first thing Saturday morning at check-in!

    Karl, Jennifer, Ethan, Jeremy, Scott, Blakely, Elden, Lula, Nisha, Ryan, Jason, and Nathan thanks for being there to cheer us on.

  4. Nisha

    You guys were amazing. Nicole, I was proud to brag about you to all the Verve people I talked to : ) I’m sorry I couldn’t come back to watch on Sunday. Great job Roots Crew!

  5. Nisha

    Also, Molly, that picture is my favorite. I loved the excitement on your face in the middle of the snatch!

  6. jason E

    Athletes- you friggin rocked. It takes balls to get out there and give it all you’ve got, and you did it. Everyone seemed so humble and determined and it was totally inspiring. What an amazing weekend!

  7. Stephanie Baltz

    Congratulations to everyone that competed ~ you were all so inspiring. Thanks to everyone who came to cheer us on in body or in spirit! And, Nicole, thanks for your enthusiasm and the energy it must have taken to take first and still be an awesome coach!

  8. ChrisD

    Awesome job all! Congrats! This type of effort and inspiration makes me want to push even harder during the workouts. I am psyched to get into the gym today

  9. Joylyn

    Heya Roots crew! Just wanted to say congratulations for this last weekend. Y’all rocked it. Thanks for all the help volunteering, the friendly faces all weekend, and those of you competing had a great showing. So happy to be part of a great community with all of you.

    Nicole, congrats again girl–you were inspiring to say the least.

  10. Tracy

    wow! what a fantastic weekend! i am so very proud to be a part of the ROOTS team! our whole team competed with such enthusiasm and grace! a HUGE thanks to nicole, eric and ryan for preparing us SO WELL for this competition! definitely couldn’t have done it without your methodical attention to detail and strategy. and another HUGE thanks to the ROOTS community for cheering us on in person and in spirit – it was definitely motivating to look out there and see all of your faces and hear your encouragement!

  11. Kevin

    Congratulations, Team Roots! It sounds like you all did an awesome job and represented Roots with fierce determination and class. Thanks for being so great that I can be great by proxy.:-)

    And a big CONGRATS to Nicole! I always knew you were a badass, and now you’ve got a 1st place to prove it.

    Thanks to all of you for making us proud.

  12. Mari

    What an awesome writeup, Scott! Congratulations to all the kickass Roots men & women! So impressive and inspiring! Nicole, Flava Flav called and he wants his bling back.

  13. Christy

    Whoo Hoo!
    Great job Roots crew! I wish I could have been there to cheer you all on, but you all rocked it none the less.

    Thanks for writing up the story, Scott! It filled me in on what I missed.

    CONGRATULATIONS Nicole! I’m so happy that you won 1st place! I so wish I could have seen you compete. You’re such a great coach and an inspiration!