This past Saturday, Fury opened its doors to host the second event of a three part series put on by the Industrial Athlete Championships (IAC). The IAC is a one-of-a- kind event that derives its challenges through the combination of CrossFit and SealFit programming along with mainstream strength and endurance events. Put on by Derek Price of CrossFit Preferred and Mike Gillis of Tru Strength Fabrications, the Fury event was more CrossFit than SealFit and truly tested athletes endurance and stamina in quick very “Open-like” workouts.
There were close to 300 people in attendance, 200 of which were athletes and 16 of which were our very own members! Fury was well represented with 3 teams (teams of 4) and four individuals competing, many of which competed in their very first competition. Our three teams included the Married Quads: Melanie and Julio Laboy along with Molly and Mike O’Hara; the Josh Squad: Josh Waldeck, Josh Hahne, Stephanie Colton and Chrissy Greer; and the First Timers: Jen and Todd Link, Nicole Orozco and Ruben Baca.
The teams competed in two events: “300 the hard way” which included 100 GHD situps, 100 dumbbell snatches and 100 plate burpees completed as a team with some bear crawl and crab walks thrown in. The second event was a team relay called “Ski Jump Relay”, a 500m Ski Erg, 150 single jump ropes, 20 deadlifts and a 400m run. Melanie Laboy competed with her husband and said, “I thought the events were challenging but not so much that they were intimidating. My favorite was the second as it was very close to how a regional/games team event would be held”. Chrissy Greer, competed in her second team competition, as part of he Josh Squad, and stated, “I decided to do another team competition because of how exciting it is to celebrate how far we have come with our daily training and for motivation to continue to develop skills. The events were decent but I would have liked to see a bit more weight and gymnastic skills to help separate the competition more (as it seemed to be more of an endurance race).” The Josh Squad finished the day 6th overall among 25 teams.
On the individual side, we had three newcomers to competition: Leigh Gilchrist, Kristin Coleman and Marc Lamkin as well as Fury newcomer Kasie Dion who has competed in a few competitions at her old gym. The individuals competed in 3 events, all with 6 minute time caps, truly testing their endurance in quick explosive workouts. Kasie decided to compete because “I have enjoyed the competitions I have done in the past; they are fun and motivating to watch. This particular one was convenient and I was easily talked into it by others doing the competition”. She added, “I liked how they (the wods) were all time capped to keep things moving along. My favorite event was KBS/box jumps. My least favorite was ski erg/thrusters/pull-ups- but only because I wasn’t familiar with the ski erg and need to work on my pull-ups big time”.
Leigh Gilchrist, a first time competitor, said she had seen a few competitions and had been thinking about doing one herself but it was her friends and workout partners Nicole and Kasie’s decision to compete that prompted her to do it along with the scale division option. Kristin Coleman also did her first individual competition mainly to get ready for the CrossFit Open and challenge herself in a competition setting. Kristin did well, finishing the day 8th overall.
The IAC competition at Fury was a well-run, exciting event held one week before the Open begins, giving many of our a taste of competition and the itch to sign up for the five week worldwide competition. Stephanie Colton said she was signed up and ready to go and can’t wait to challenge herself. “It’s cool knowing I’m doing the same wods as Games athletes and I like to see where I stack up in the Crossfit community”.