Heading into Regionals in Salt Lake City, UT Crossfit Fury had been through so much. We started preparing back in January for the Open. Then we moved on to honing our team and individual skills for the two months leading up to May 31st. After months of preparation we were down to fine tuning the details when the unthinkable happened. On May 22nd I woke up to a text from Peter about Alfred’s accident and Regionals suddenly seemed so insignificant. While we tried to wrap our heads around what had happened to Alfred we still had a job to do. Now we just had a higher purpose, make Alfred proud.
We did our best to regain focus and work to get our alternate, Jason Jamison, as prepared as possible. With a knee injury and only 3 working days to prepare we threw Jason into the deep end and gave him just enough help to keep him from drowning. We didn’t know what the other competitors would throw at us, but we arrived Thursday afternoon intent on sending the team and Peter to the Games.
The weekend presented us with lots of high and low points. The overhead squat workout saw several PRs, including Peter’s 275×3 and Jason’s surprise 205×3 (as a team member for the funny story behind this one). Event #5 left us on a high with Peter finishing in first place by blowing away the field and the Bomb Squad in 5th with another strong performance. We also struggled with some of the workouts. #6 was a tough event for both the team and Peter, but we hung together knowing that we still had another chance to finish strong.
Event #7 was made for Fury. This was a chance for us to show off our speed, agility and strength. Each person knew their job and everyone put in an amazing performance. While everyone was busy watching the other top teams struggle with the bar and fail on rope climbs the Bomb Squad crushed the workout to finish in 3rd place. Peter followed up with impressive speed and finished the workout in 7th place.
With ups and downs all weekend and the Bomb Squad’s performances mirroring Peters, both finished in 6th place overall. While we fell short of our goal to return to the Games again, we feel like we succeeded in so many other ways. We worked hard to represent Fury and all of its amazing members on a bigger stage. It is the people in each and every class at Fury that motivate us. The whole team had a blast this past weekend and left everything we had on the floor to represent the hard working and amazing community at Crossfit Fury. This weekend was about overcoming obstacles and relying on others for strength. Fortunately for us we come from an unmatched group of people. Next year, we will take that group of people all of the way to Carson, CA.