The First Annual Arizona Team Invitational

All 8 teams get ready for the first workout of the day-a team relay of rowing, double unders, heavy deadlift and a short run.

All 8 teams get ready for the first workout of the day-a team relay of rowing, double unders, heavy deadlift and a short run.

It’s February and in the CrossFit world, that means that in less than a month workout 14.1 of The CrossFit Open will be released live via the Games site. If you are new to Fury or new to CrossFit, The Open is a series of five different workouts over five weeks and is open to every athlete regardless of skill or experience. Every workout is judged, scored and recorded and every athlete and every team is ranked. This is also a time for some of the fittest athletes in CrossFit boxes around the world to prove themselves and to prove that their training has paid off. It is also the official lead in to Regionals.

At the end of The Open, the fittest 48 men, 48 women and 30 teams from each region will earn invitations to one of the 17 Regionals. And, in case you were wondering your very own Fury is vying for a spot in this year’s South West Regionals with their competitive team aptly named the Bomb Squad. If you have never seen one of your coaches or one of the Bomb Squad members in action, it is pretty impressive. This past weekend, in fact, two Bomb Squad teams faced athletes from five other valley boxes in the First Annual Arizona Team Invitational. The invitational was a “regional style” event programmed to keep the level of competition high between Arizona gyms and to prepare teams in the Arizona South West Region for what they may see at Regionals.

Fury Bomb Squad 1 was comprised of: Peter Egyed, Will Trujillo, Kyle Taylor, Aimee Berencsi, Deana Gillespey and Liz Khoury. Fury Bomb Squad 2 was comprised of: Marcus Neal, Cole McGuire, Mark Schurkens, Katie Jo Peterson, Tesa Ewoldt and Emily Lilo. Members of both Bomb Squad teams have incredible talent and despite overcoming challenges –like all elite athletes do – both squads had their first taste of team competition and had strong performances.

Fury's Second team represented by Cole McGuire, Katie Jo Peterson, Tesa Ewoldt, Emily Lilo and Marcus Neal and Mark Schurkens (not pictured).

Fury’s Second team represented by Cole McGuire, Katie Jo Peterson, Tesa Ewoldt, Emily Lilo and Marcus Neal and Mark Schurkens (not pictured).

So, what did the three-hour event look like? Here is an overview. Each six person team had to complete the following:

Event 1 – For time, each member of the 6 person team must complete the following: 1000m row, 150 double unders and 10 deadlifts (352/242lbs) followed by a 700m run.

Event 2 – 3 Women, then 3 men.  6 min to find max HSPU from a deficit: For this event, men and women will go separately. The female members of each team will perform this event while the male members perform Event 3. After the 6-minute time cap, teams will have one minute to switch workouts, and the women will move to Event 3 while the men move to Event 2. 

Event 3 – 3 men then 3 women. 6 min to find max weight for 3 rep hang squat clean (events 2 and 3 are tandem workouts)

Event 4 – For time, all 6 athletes (20 min cap): Buy-in of 144 chest-to-bar pull-ups, Then immediately into the following pairs chipper (1 male + 1 female), 60 toe-to-bar, 50 dumbbell ground-to-overhead (55s/35s), 40 weighted pistols (1.5/1 pd), 30 synchronized hand release pushups.

Event 5 – 1 female then 1 male must complete the following 60 second AMRAP, 3/5 muscle ups, Max burpees over an obstacle, 1 female then 1 male must complete the following 75 second AMRAP, 3/5 muscle ups, Max burpees over an obstacle, 1 female then 1 male must complete the following 90 second AMRAP, 3/5 muscle ups, Max burpees over an obstacle

Fury 1 consisting of Peter, Will, Kyle, Deana, Liz and Aimee took the the top time in event 1, being the only team to finish the wod in under 30 minutes.

Fury 1 consisting of Peter, Will, Kyle, Deana, Liz and Aimee took the the top time in event 1, being the only team to finish the wod in under 30 minutes.

Sounds fun, right? Well, as Peter Egyed put it going into the second event “things are about to get spicy.” And they did. By the conclusion of Event 5, every athlete and every spectator was on their feet and the energy at Fury was intense. There was a 3/5 (women/men) muscle up buy-in and then a max effort burpees over a rower. As team members came off the rings and hit the floor for burpees the decibel level went up a few notches and the cheering drowned out the music – only in CrossFit, right? At the end of the Invitational, Fury 1 secured first place and Fury 2 finished 6th place out of eight teams.

It was a great day of competition and gave all teams a “taste” of what to expect this year at Regionals.  Now, bring on the Open so the fun may begin!