16.1 – Perpetua Friday Night Lights

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February 26th, Friday Night Lights returned to CrossFit Perpetua Dublin for the 2016 Crossfit Games Open. With 116 Perpetua athletes entered into this year’s Open it promises to be an exciting 5 weeks. To host over 100 athletes in one night is a big task for most, but with seasoned pros Dave Price & Andy Ewington at the helm things were always going to run smoothly.

16.1 challenged everything, as Perpetua coaches spent a few hours figuring out how to fit a 20min AMRAP into a 3.5hour time slot. Beyond that, it challenged the athletes as, testing their overhead stability, gymnastics, their aerobic capacity/muscular endurance, and most of all, their ability to ‘go down the rabbit hole’.

Since the turn of the new year things have been heating up in Perpetua with a lot of talk of who would win this year’s Open. Last years winner, Bernie “The Champ” Broderick doesn’t want to give up his crown anytime soon but definitely won’t have it all his way this year as he sits 5th after week 1. Seasoned pros Daragh “Poncho” O’Murchu & John McCall took 2nd & 3rd respectively, while Tom Gleeson’s extra work before classes saw him sit nicely in 4th. It was however new guy Sarkahn who rose to the top of the table after 16.1 breaking the 200 barrier for 208reps. In the women’s RX Jessica Long leads the way just missing out on 200reps, and we saw solid performances from Jayne & Patricia hitting multiple C2B in a challenging workout!

With over 40 people in the Men’s scaled and around 20 in the Women’s scaled, it will be a long battle for top of the leaderboard. 16.1 saw Paul Byrom take the win, if you haven’t heard yet he is sure to let you know at some stage. Rumour has it he has even written a song about it. Aidan Baird won’t let him away with it too quickly though as he takes a break from the GAA season, he’ll be hoping to add this to his ‘champo’ win from last season. Nuala put in a phenomenal score to lead the Women’s RX ahead of Amber & Lynn. With seasoned regulars and new faces in the women’s scaled it will be a great 5 weeks, but also something that we at Perpetua are so happy to see.

Whilst this may highlight some competitive sides and give a light hearted description to the “competition”, the Open to me is about the experience. No, really it is! I love judging and witnessing everyone push themselves as much as I do competing. For me everyone has won something so far. Whether it was getting more C2B than you ever have, or taking that first step into the scary world of a competition workout there is a lot to gain and be proud of from doing the Open. Most of us probably pushed further than we ever realised. When we judged we pushed our team mates / opponents to get more reps. The Open creates an atmosphere like no other. It brings together a community. 16.1 was the beginning of an amazing 5 weeks ahead.

To all the coaches, judges, athletes, sponsors & supporters, well done on smashing 16.1 out of the park! Welcome to Perpetua.  And thanks to all who helped out on the day.

Coach Conor

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