An innocent workout can turn into much more
Date posted: June 18, 2013
Is CrossFit a sport? Probably not, in and of itself. Does it assist people to become stronger, healthier, so that they can run marathons, talk nicer to others, lift other peoples’ heavy children? Yes.
While you are entitled to your opinion as to what constitutes a “sport,” I am disappointed that you did not cover the “experience,” of Erika Jorgensen who recently participated in the CrossFit Regional Competition. She is from, lives and works in Wyoming and was the only Wyoming woman there, and that ought to have carried some weight for a story. Especially in a transitional time frame, when we move from winter sports into summer sports.
Summer sports: Rodeo, baseball, softball. Soon stories will appear in The Press regarding teams competing in the “championship” for slow-pitch softball. That’s great. These people playing are friends of yours and mine.
However, from my stand point, is “slow- pitch softball” even a sport?
I spent my youth with a father who played fast-pitch softball, nationally.
Wondering if the slow pitch will even get over the plate is different than a softball whizzing by you at 80 mph. Fast pitch does not start with a 1-1 count; nor is slow pitch the “warm-up” game to fast pitch.
So the warm-up is going to the gym; whether it be Cloud Peak CrossFit, Purenergy Fitness, or … That’s where we exercise, gain our endurance, strength, mental toughness, confidence.
When you take similar movements and you put all the women (and men) of similar years of age into the event, it becomes a competition and perhaps, a sport; much like bull riding, basketball or even slow pitch softball.
Add a young woman from Wyoming, who finished 21st out of 2,000 women, and you don’t report on it?
Sheridan is a “destination” on its own. People consider the “health club” when travelling.
Someone could plan a trip to a nearby town, seeing that Sheridan has a CrossFit gym decide to come here to work out, then lunch at Frackleton’s, Vaudeville at the WYO, and see “The Mint.”
An innocent workout turns into an all-day event where tourist dollars are supporting our community.
I’m surprised that you wouldn’t report on a story that is amazing on its own, when it could in turn, promote the very town for which you live and work — and have that ability to do so.
Mary E. McDougall
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