Wednesday, July 11th is now a full day of competition for the men and women. Four scored events await the athletes off-site from the Home Depot Center at the U.S. Marine base, Camp Pendleton.
The athletes arrived in L.A. and registered today (Monday). They gathered tonight for an athlete-only dinner where Dave Castro, Director of Training, made an announcement that shocked the athletes.
Castro explained the first event of the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games would be a swim, bike, run event at Camp Pendleton. The race starts with a 700-meter ocean swim with fins, followed by an 8-kilometer bike ride across undulating terrain and soft sand, and finishes with a 11.3-kilometer run across steep hills and more than 427 meters of elevation gain.
After about an hour of rest, athletes will complete the Camp Pendleton School of Infantry Obstacle Course. They will race against each other head-to-head in a three-round bracketed tournament. This is the first time in CrossFit Games history that any event has been executed in bracketed heats.
This means four athletes will race against each other in heats. The top finisher from each heat moves on to the next round of the obstacle course, competing next to the other heat winners and four wildcard athletes. These are the four best times of all the athletes who didn’t win their heats in the first round. The winners of the four heats in the second round then move onto the final round for the win.
For the final piece of the day, athletes will be tested in a standing broad jump for distance. They will have three attempts and will be ranked by the distance of their furthest jump.
Having a fourth day of competition early in the week is both completely unprecedented, yet fully within the CrossFit Games core premise of being prepared for the unknown and unknowable.