CrossFit Games Wild Card Invite

On Tuesday, CrossFit officially announced the Games invitation they extended to Hunter McIntyre, a professional obstacle course racer. Many CrossFit Games competitors and some people covering the sport from the media side of things really hate the wild card invite. Their biggest argument seems to be that athletes should “earn” their spot through the other qualification methods, which, by the way, have all changed a lot for this season.

First off, what is this wild card invite? For years, the CrossFit Games Rulebook has had a section allowing the company (CrossFit) to invite people of their choosing to compete at the Games without going through the other qualification methods. Here’s the part from the rulebook for the current season (link to PDF).

4.06 – THE GAMES – INVITATION PROCESS FROM AN AT-LARGE BID
CrossFit Inc. reserves the right to invite four individual athletes to compete at the Games. The means by which an athlete can earn one of the
four at-large bids is solely up to CrossFit Inc.’s discretion.

Personally I love the invite. Before I get into why and a key point of the whole thing, let me just point out a few things about Hunter. He’s a great athlete and very fit. Check out this comparison of his 2018 and 2019 Open workouts compared to Brent Fikowski, who has been top four at the Games for the last three years..

Hunter beat Brent in 4/11 scored events over the last two Opens, which is pretty damn good. Overall Hunter placed much higher than a lot of the national championships from the 2019 Open. Some of those national champions have no business stepping up to complete alongside the best of the best. Hunter will actually be competitive in some of the endurance type events, with the potential to grab some wins.

Now on to the real meat of this thing. Games athletes and some media people seem to be missing the whole point of the wild card invite! The invite is for the athlete NOT to earn it through normal qualification methods. I remember an old CrossFit video of Greg Glassman talking about these invites, which I couldn’t find. They were basically created as a way to invite athletes from other sports to compete at the Games and see how they compare to CrossFitters. The idea is to answer the question, “Can an athlete built by another fitness program or sport compete and win the CrossFit Games?” If we forced Hunter McIntyre to earn his invite like the rest of the Games competitors, it doesn’t tell us anything new because at that point we’d consider him a CrossFit Games athlete, when at this point he’s still an obstacle course racer.

I think it’s pretty simple to understand and it’ll create some excitement at the Games. I hope he destroys the field in some of the early workouts. Here are some videos with Hunter if you’d like to learn more.

 

Link Dump – 2019/05/30

 

Golden Buzzer

I rarely watch random live TV anymore. Last night nothing on YouTube was catching my interest so I put America’s Got Talent on just before this aired.

Tesla Wall Connector

Two weeks ago, I forgot my mobile charger on a trip up to Rogers City, where I charge with the same type of plug I have in my own garage. After 50 minutes on the road I turned, drove home to pick up the charger, and then had to stop in Bay City to supercharge because I’d already used over 100 miles of range. As I thought about it later that day, since the weather isn’t freezing anymore, I could have made it to my parents’ place with enough range to take a different route home, and supercharge in Gaylord.

Oh well, it was better to be safe than sorry. That night I told myself I wouldn’t let it happen again though, so I ordered a unit I could install in my garage. Then I could keep the mobile charger in the trunk where it belongs.

I also bought a new circuit breaker and wire in order to supply more current (amps) to the unit.

  • Tesla Wall Connector – $530
  • 25′ of 6/2 Romex Wire – $46
  • 60 Amp 2-pole Breaker – $19
  • Labor – $0

My total cost was just under $600 since I did the install myself. I’ve read on various Internet forums of people paying anywhere from $300 to over $2,000 for an electrician!

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I found a good spot in my garage to mount the plate and ran the wire from there down to the electrical panel.

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Installing a breaker and wiring it up can be scary and extremely dangerous, so a lot of people are smart to pay a professional. If you take your time and understand how the system works, it’s quite easy to do though. I turned off the main line and confirmed with a multimeter. The 30 amp 2-pole breaker in the lower right had been used for a hot tub several years ago and wasn’t even wired to anything anymore. I swapped it with the new 60 amp breaker. I closed everything up, turned on the main, flipped the breaker, and voila!

I love when everything works on the first try. Of course, I installed everything to code. 😉

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My Model 3 was already charged to 90%, which is as high as you want to charge the car for normal daily driving. I bumped the limit for a quick test and plugged in the car. With a 60 amp breaker, the maximum output of the charging unit is 48 amps, so I was in business. According to Tesla’s documentation, this should charge at a rate up to 44 mi/hr of range. It showed 36 here, but in my experience it takes a few minutes to ramp up and the chargers tend to slow down as they approach the charging limit, so I’ll have to check again after a day of driving. With the mobile charger and a 240 volt 20 amp outlet, my previous charge rate was 14 mi/hr of range, so it’ll be nice to have this boost.

The entire installation took a little over 2 hours since I was working alone and went slow to avoid mistakes.

Saturday Surprise

We got slammed with storms last night and about 20 gallons of water came in by one of the basement windows. Really glad all of my big tools are on castors.

I Would Rather #5

Would you rather have unlimited international first-class tickets or never have to pay for food at restaurants?

Unlimited international first-class tickets. I’d love to travel to other countries more and flying first-class would be sweeeet!

Would you rather see what was behind every closed door or be able to guess the combination of every safe on the first try?

See what was behind every closed door I guess because being able to guess the combination of every safe seems like a skill that would only be good for criminals.

Would you rather be an average person in the present or a king of a large country 2,500 years ago?

An average person in the present. I have no desire to live 2,500 years ago.

Would you rather be able to dodge anything no matter how fast it’s moving or be able to ask any three questions and have them answered accurately?

Dodge anything no matter how fast it’s moving. Trying to come up with three questions would be stressful.

Would you rather be forced to dance every time you heard music or be forced to sing along to any song you heard?

Sing along to any song you heard, which I do all the time by myself. I rare bust out a dance move though.

Would you rather have all your clothes fit perfectly or have the most comfortable pillow, blankets, and sheets in existence?

Have all my clothes fit perfectly. It’s not easy finding clothes for a body built by CrossFit and that’s just truth.

Would you rather 5% of the population have telepathy, or 5% of the population have telekinesis? You are not part of the 5% that has telepathy or telekinesis.

Telekinesis because then I wouldn’t have to wonder if people are communicating about me when I was with them.

Would you rather be an unimportant character in the last movie you saw or an unimportant character in the last book you read?

I don’t remember the last book I read completely, so I’ll go with movie, which was John Wick 3.

Would you rather move to a new city or town every week or never be able to leave the city or town you were born in?

Moving to a new city or town every week would be exciting.

Would you rather travel the world for a year on a shoestring budget or stay in only one country for a year but live in luxury?

Stay in one country for a year living in luxury! I could travel the world at another time.