road2thecure

Day Four

We all slept a little uneasy leading into day four, knowing what the next day held in store for us - a WOD at a Marietta, GA fire station in the predicted 106 degree record heat. We were greeted warmly (pun intended) by the crew on duty and many others who were off duty and came in just to meet and support SeeFit. The Mopsick family showed up with a big group of their friends and we were all briefed on what was about to go down.

We’d be completing “Blitz,” their benchmark WOD and we were going to get geared up in 50 pounds of fire suit including a tank, gloves, and helmet…


 

Needless to say, we were all a little nervous. Doing a WOD by itself is hard enough, now add the element of a full fire suit and 105 degree weather and we weren’t just sweating from the heat trapping suit…

After about an hour of running through waves of the team individually completing Blitz, it was all over. Brutal. The heat normally generated by your body gets trapped in the suit from head to toe, so at times it’s almost overwhelming enough to stop you in your tracks. But after everyone was fairly recovered, we were able to run through their training obstacle course, and then to our surprise treated to a HUGE breakfast cooked by the squad on duty. 

All in all, we couldn’t possibly have asked for more. It was a good change of pace from the typical CrossFit box, we met a ton of great people, and the kids had a blast, running around and through the obstacle course in their plastic fire hats and sticker badges. 

Throwing up “the U” in front of the G.T. football stadium with two kids touring the campus from Memphis, Tennessee. 

The night took us into the city and onto the Georgia Tech. campus. After an awesome dinner at Publik, we met and socialized with a few on campus fraternities and sororities. We decided to make it an early night in preparation for our team competition at CrossFit Atlanta the next morning. Check back in to see how we almost missed it!

Day Eleven

CrossFit Cental. One of the oldest, most well known, and successful CrossFit gyms in the nation. SeeFit stop #11. 

This is one that we were all looking forward to and expecting a big turnout from. In itself, it was pretty cool showing up to be greeted by Jeremy Theil (3rd place in the 2008 CrossFit Games), Carey Kepler (1st place in the 2011 South Central Regional), and the rest of their badass team that qualified for the Games this year. Carey brought a high energy that got us all pumped from the get-go. 

More and more people from surrounding gyms showed up and before we knew it, we had a packed house! After Jeremy’s enthusiastic and heartfelt introduction, we got the ball rolling and as always, saw some awesome stuff. “Bike Mike,” whom a few of us had seen in videos performing crazy feats of athleticism, set our high score on the row for calories with a huge 66 in just 2 minutes! As each member of the SeeFit team manned and judged our respective stations, we got to know a lot of the people competing. 

Once the event was wrapped up, Noah squeezed in one of the recently released Games WODs (3 rounds for time of 8 split snatch (115), 7 bar muscle-ups, and 400 meter run) with the Road to Games crew that showed up mid way through the event. Interested to see how his 8:30 time holds up against all of the Games athletes in less than a week!

All in all, another great event and afterwards we met up with the Central crew at Sam’s Boat to watch Anderson Silva successfully defend his title for the 10th time. Thanks to Jeremy, Carey, Ingrid, and all the others that lent a hand in supporting SeeFit’s Road to the Cure. Day 12 holds a grueling 16 hour drive from Austin, Texas to Scottsdale, Arizona. The drive should pay off when we get to spend the next afternoon at OPT to “get comfortable with the uncomfortable” and work with the 1st ever CrossFit Games champ, James Fitzgerald. Keep following our journey, almost there!

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