After the extensive whining of 14.1 from the group below, Martin, our resident analyst and numbers guy began his normal research and spreadsheet making. Thank you Martin for your diligence in looking up what we were too scared to know. Weekly e-mails flew after 14.1…below is Martin’s summary.
After 14.1, we had three competitors (Mark, Rich and Bill) who placed well enough to be vying for a spot in the next round of competition (to qualify, athletes need to be in the top 48 in their region for individual competitors and top 200 in the world for the 40+ crowd). Now that 14.2 has finished, The Cave has seven competitors who are in the hunt for post-Open competition! I think that is an amazing number coming out of our little gym!
Amanda is in 44th place in NorCal, which is an extraordinarily competitive region, and she can only solidify her position as heavier workouts come up. Martin, Karen and Jimmy all did well enough in 14.2 to sneak them below 200th place and so they all have something to lose in 14.3 … no pressure! Last but not least, Mark, Rich and Bill improved their positions by putting in great performances for 14.2 and climbed closer to the top of the leader board.
For the most part, the competitors on this list are in the top 10% of their respective divisions, both in NorCal and worldwide. Our 40+ athletes are generally ranked in the top 20 in their respective divisions in NorCal. Let’s hope that the trend continues after 14.3 results are in!
So after 14.2, Karen was so determined to move up the rankings that she called Dave Castro at Crossfit HQ and said: “Make 14.3 work for me, otherwise I am going to be very angry”. Well, he listened and voila! Deadlifts and box jumps, nice. Karen crushed the WOD, turning in 155 for the 5th best score in the world. This was an amazing effort which moved her from 127th overall after 14.2 to 68th overall after 14.3. Of course, as is typical, she was still pouting that she didn’t complete the 5th round of deadlifts to make 160, but I have no sympathy.
For most of the rest of us, 14.3 did not help. Amanda, Martin and Mark fell outside the cutoff, although they are close enough that there is still a chance to make it back. Rich and Bill ended up marginally worse off, but cemented their place high up the leader board and are very likely to move on to the Masters Qualifier. Jimmy remains just inside the cutoff and is handling the pressure like a pro. Ehren, Shari and Ashley improved their positions, both in rank and percentile. Hopefull,y everyone is still having fun. 14.4 is coming! We are still to see muscle ups, wall balls, burpees, thrusters, toes-to-bar and clean and/or jerk … what will 14.4 bring?
As Bo predicted, they didn’t save muscle-ups for last! For the non-Masters divisions, the muscle-up requirement was a real separator. If you didn’t have at least a few, the result was that you would plummet down the leader board. The same was true for the Men’s 40-44 division — over 1,200 men got at least one muscle-up, so not having one was very detrimental. For the other Masters divisions, the important thing was to finish the cleans as fast as possible. A muscle-up after that would be nice, but not necessary. For instance, in the Women’s 45-49, only 46 women got at least one muscle-up, so not having one did not really hurt your score at all unless you were in the top 20. Fortunately for the Cave, the people that had to have a muscle-up had them, and the people that didn’t have to have a muscle-up moved fast, so it really turned out to be a win-win for almost everyone!
* Mark banged out 4 muscle-ups after completing the cleans in 11:23, good enough for #41 in the world! Overall he went from #202 after 14.3 to #145 after 14.4!
* Karen raced through the WOD and finished the cleans in 11:05, good enough for #49 in the world! She improved her overall position from #68 to #59.
* Amanda made 10 muscle-ups to finish #33 in Norcal, bringing her up the leader board from #50 to #47 overall, back into a guaranteed Regionals spot.
So, we are down to the last WOD. What will 14.5 bring? Karen, Rich and Bill are almost a lock to make it to the Masters Qualifier. Amanda, Mark and Martin still have to put in really solid performances to progress to the next round of competition. We still haven’t seen burpees, thrusters or shoulder-to-overhead. Could it be bar-facing burpee Fran? Or 7 minutes of 3-6-9-12- bar-facing burpees and thrusters? Or some kind of long, medium-heavy triplet?
14.5 really, really hurt. But now the Open is over and we have one athlete going to Regionals (Amanda!) and five athletes moving on to the Masters Qualifier! Given that there are about 10,000 affiliates around the world, having that many athletes from a single affiliate moving on to the next round is amazing.
Highlights (Congratulations to you all!):
* Amanda reached her goal of making it to Regionals and although it was widely anticipated to be a nail biter, she had plenty of buffer, finishing #38 in NorCal with 38 points between her and #48, so she has a guaranteed spot for Regionals. This is an outstanding performance as she finished in the top 1.1% of NorCal, out of a field of ~3,500.
* Bill crushed it yet again and has a legitimate chance of going to the Games again! He finished #18 in the world, sneaking under #20 by laying it all out there in 14.5. His sweat angel is still on display somewhere. He finished top 3.5% in the world, and #5 in NorCal.
* Karen beat her nemesis, Leka, out of Crossfit Oakland. For those who don’t know, Leka won the 2014 NorCal Masters in Karen’s age group and Karen’s excuse for not competing was “I’m not good enough”. Well, that excuse didn’t fly then and it doesn’t fly now. Karen finished #3 in NorCal (Leka finished at #5) and #53 in world, which puts her in the top 1.6%.
* The other half of the LeFurgy power couple, Rich, finished #44 in the world and #4 in NorCal. Although outside the top 20, he still has a chance to make the Games. Top 3.9% in the world and #4 in NorCal is no mean feat either.
* Mark and Martin both made comebacks after a poor showing in 14.3. Mark finished #125 in the world, which is top 5.4%. Martin had the worst rank in the qualifying group at #149 in the world (top 1.4%) and managed to squeak in at #10 in NorCal.
* Despite not making it to the Qualifiers, Jimmy got close at #257 worldwide and #21 in NorCal. Ashley was in a similar position at #243 worldwide and #19 in NorCal. She kept on improving her rank every week … if only the Open had a sixth WOD!
* Sera finished #204 in NorCal, which is an awesome effort in an extremely competitive region. Watch this young lady Amanda, she is coming for you!
There was a very obvious trend with the performances at The Cave: as a group we have a pretty good engine, but our strength (or lack thereof) is a weakness. We need to fix this!
* Does anyone have any thoughts on what the Qualifiers bring?
* Are Amanda, Bo, Ehren, Ashley, Sera and Shari willing to be guinea pigs for the Qualifer WODs?
* Do the athletes want to schedule heat times over the Qualifier weekend so that we can compete head-to-head (and cheer each other)?