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Jackeroni and Cheese

Jackeroni and Cheese

Whitnasty Simpson during Bring a Friend Week


Bench Press: 3×5

Power Clean: 15 minutes to build to heavy double

MetCon – 3RFT:
15 Toes-to-bar
10 Power Cleans (85% of heavy double)

We had some stellar performances in 13.1 this past week and weekend.  Congratulations to everyone completing those seventeen minutes!  It looked fun and miserable.  I want to take a few minutes and educate everyone on our team setup this year for the Open and Regionals.  Then I want to highlight everyone that scored for team Jackeroni and Cheese on 13.1.  Tomorrow night I will speak about each member of Jacked and Tan to score on the first workout of this year’s Open workout.

2013 is unique in that CrossFit Ktown has a chance to be represented by two teams at the Regional level.  As most of you already know, team Jacked and Tan was less than ten seconds away from qualifying to go to the 2012 CrossFit Games last year.  The team last year was Crissy Cannon, Meaghan Galindo, Jessica Layman, Caleb Boaz, Patrick Dickson, and Taylor Layman with Jessie and myself as the alternates.  This year we are hoping to have both Jacked and Tan AND team Jackeroni and Cheese qualify for Regionals in June.

The way the CrossFit Open works is that if you are going to send two teams to Regionals, you must have the both pools from which you can draw team members from locked in before the Open begins.  This means I was unable to use the Open as a decider or data point in my decision on who to put on each team.  This was one of the most stressful decisions I’ve faced because it affects so many people, all of which are good friends, on so many different levels.  Knowing that my task would not be easy and inevitably hurt some feelings, I begin the process of team building.

Over the past several months I have asked certain people if they would be willing to try out for Jacked and Tan.  I was upfront in that I would narrow the focus down to just a few athletes by the time the Open started.  I was also approached by several members that knew how the Open worked and wanted to vie for a spot on Jacked and Tan.  So I built a pool of almost two dozen athletes and began the process of programming for competitors – a process we go through every year to make sure the team is ready for the Open and Regionals.  This year just happened to be very different because I had a lot more people wanting to compete.

Over several months of testing I narrowed the Jacked and Tan team down to those athletes that are currently on the roster as it reads on the Games website.  There were some hard conversations: my phone call to Patrick Dickson lasted almost 20 minutes.  I gave him the option to be what I termed a “fringe athlete” on team Jacked and Tan or to join Jackeroni and Cheese in hopes of qualifying that team and representing them at Regionals.  We had a great conversation that was very insightful, and I must say we have such a high caliber of people at Ktown because every conversation I had with an athlete letting them know what my decision was turned out to be positive, cheerful, and very honest.  Patrick, along with several others, chose to join Jackeroni and Cheese in hopes of scoring big and having Ktown represented with two teams.

And so now we are one workout down in the 2013 CrossFit Open.  Jackeroni and Cheese sits 98th in the Central East region while Jacked and Tan sits 7th in the region and 67th out of over 2800 teams worldwide.  We had some game-time performances from several athletes on both teams.

Jackeroni and Cheese’s six scored athletes ended up being Whitney Simpson, Caitlin Quinn, and Lindsey Crosnoe all with 150 reps for the ladies and Brad Griest (158), Patrick Dickson (155), and Andrew Burch (152).  All three of these ladies had a chance at the 100lb bar, but it wasn’t their day to lift it.  Whitnasty Simpson shelved two reps and almost stood up the 2nd one at 100lbs!  Alas, she lost it on the way up and so would not PR her snatch 16 minutes in to the workout on Friday.

But WHO are these athletes?  Let me tell you so you can get to know them on a more personal level!

Whitney Simpson was part of the first batch of Pilot Flying J (at the time just Pilot) corporate employees foolish enough to follow Dave Parmly over to Ktown 1.0 for a fortuitous fundamental session.  If I remember correctly there were a total of 10 Pilot employees that day, and all ten ended up signing up.  (Whitney or Dave can correct me in the comments, but I think we can boast that 8 of the 10 are STILL Ktown members.)  It has long been said that Whitney has the best squat in the gym, and if I ever get around to making more instruction videos to put on the site you better believe I am using her for the squats.  Her quiet fortitude is infectious for the rest of the noon and 6:30PM crowd – the two classes she frequents.  She can be sassy, but always works hard.  And her smile could launch a thousand ships.

Caitlin Quinn is a transplant from Legion CrossFit that sadly shut its doors when the owner had to move.  Right from the beginning I knew that Cat, as she is affectionately known, was going to be trouble.  She has a sense of humor that can derail a class, and she isn’t afraid to speak her mind even in front of the most sensitive of ears.  This is why I love her so!  I like to think that I have helped her think about human movement in a way that would only augment her physical therapy practice at Foothills Physical Therapy (plugged for ya, Cat!).  I know that she has most certainly helped improve my knowledge on anatomy and biomechanics.  She was a fixture at our Thursday night O-classes for a long time, but now she just self-diagnoses her problems and gives her own cues to correct herself.  If you ever see someone doing push-ups with an awkward cant to one side, that is Cat.

Lindsey Crosnoe is a recent UT grad who is biding her time until the medical schools come calling.  Most of the moms know her as the creepier of the two girls that volunteer their time to watch the babies and children every MWF 9AM.  I knew Lindsey was all business after having the pleasure of running the Ragnar Relay with her.  This is an almost 200 mile road race running from Chattanooga through the night to Nashville.  She was still relatively new to the gym when I asked her to join us, but even though she was a self-professed non-runner, she agreed to join us in our quest.  I have a great deal of respect for Lindsey from that race.  She was always fired up and ready to run even if it was 3AM and freezing.  If you ever need someone to do something physically arduous or crazy, look no further than Crosnoe.

Brad Griest is a very new member to Ktown.  He joined us soon after our move to 3.0, but by the nature of his job as a GSMNP forest ranger, he just can’t make it in as often as he (and I) would like.  Luckily, he has a good home gym and does a great job following the programming.  He is the oldest member to have scored on 13.1 coming in at 36 years of age – so I don’t want to hear any more excuses about age (if you are <36yo)!  Brad has one of the best engines on either team, and I am told his running does not break down whether he is running 10 miles or 800m sprints in the middle of a 30 min AMRAP.  If you ever see a quiet, reserved guy moving through his workout in business-like fashion in the corner, that is probably Brad.  Go introduce yourself to him!

Patrick Dickson was a huge part of team Jacked and Tan last year and an individual Regionals competitor the year before.  He scored for the team in almost every Open workout the past two years.  At Regionals last year he was the wise old sage that could give those his junior some life experience lessons before workouts.  Really though, he’s only 31, and even then he only jokes at a college level.   In all seriousness, he is a card-carrying member of MENSA.  He is a teacher out in Maryville and lives in west, west Knoxville, so we do not get to see as much of Patrick as we would like by a long shot.  His better thirds are his wife Amber and his daughter Kaylee.  If you see him in the gym please implore him to come in more often.  We all need a little more Patrick Dickson in our lives.

Andrew Burch is a student at the University of Tennessee.  He has been at Ktown since the early days of 2.0.  To score the 152 that he did on 13.1, he had to snatch his bodyweight twice after doing 120 burpees and 60 previous snatches at lighter weight.  What a boss!  Andrew just recently competed in his first weightlifting meet up at ETSU.  He competed as a 77kg lifter snatching 87kg and clean and jerking 100kg.  This total of 187kg puts him within a few kilos of qualifying for Collegiate Nationals!  So not only is he putting up big scores on Open workouts, dude knows how to snatch and clean and jerk a bit.  No matter the situation or workout, you can always expect Andrew to have a positive attitude.  He applies himself fully to the work every day in the gym and should be a touchstone we hold all of our efforts to.

And so those are just six of the SIXTY-THREE athletes on Jackeroni and Cheese.  Who will score for us in 13.2?

Coach G

By | 2017-04-25T14:38:21+00:00 March 12th, 2013|CrossFit Ktown Knoxville, Uncategorized|6 Comments


  1. G8rDave March 12, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Great post. The description of each athlete is insightful, reflecting the closeness of the observations, internal and external, that our coaches devote to us..

    Your numbers are correct, G AFA the Pilot Peeps who went to 1.0. I count KW (Karen Wesner) even though she trains at Smoky Mountain CF, simply because it’s closer to her home. The physical and mental transformation we experienced is impressive siince those misty, watercolored memories of the way we were. Yesterday I smiled, while watching Elizabeth Patterson yanking that bar off the ground, time after time, as I recalled her first weeks/months after Fundamentals, so unsure of herself, now pulling with fierce confidence.

    I am delighted to have the Open upon us. Now the entire gym is focused on the same work. The hard part, the sorting of the sheaves, is over for you, G. Now it’s up to us. Remember too, that no matter where you are on the Leaderboard, no matter your success or disappointment in a WOD, your encouragement of someone else, merely by your presence to cheer for a friend, your voice of experience earned the hard way can spell the difference in a person’s performance. Don’t miss out on this special time! Come back to score and yell for other classes. Come on Saturday morning to watch some amazing work being done. Hang around for the next class. Be amazed at what you may see.

    Now is the time, this is the reason, you joined this sport. The Open is the crucible through which our shared experience must pass to emerge with closer bonds of fellowship. Scores, rankings, winning, losing…important but not what makes this time most special. This is a sweet and rare opportunity in this jaded, cynical world. Don’t miss out!

  2. Coach CBo March 12, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    An inspiring read! I like this “recap” post of the Open workout and those who scored for Jackeroni & Cheese. There were also a few ladies and gentlemen that were right up there on this workout and almost contributed to the scoreboard…so close! Keep up the great work, guys!

  3. Ben March 12, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Such a great post! The Open has always brought out the best in our gym.

  4. Katie March 12, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    I love this so much!! Love our community!

  5. Brosno March 14, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Great post, Grant

  6. Patrick March 14, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I’m humbled, G. We’ll have to see what the rest of the Open has in store for Jackeroni and Cheese, and it’s really cool to see the numbers being put up by Jacked and Tan.

    Even at my ripe old age of 31, I know that I am better than last year and the year before, so to have Jacked and Tan members greatly surpass my best effort on 13.1 is amazing.

    I’m stronger than ever and my engine is as good as ever. I gave 100% on 13.1. If my absolute best is still not enough to make me an asset to Jacked and Tan, I can accept that. More power to them!

    That being said, my focus has changed in that I would love to be a part of a second Ktown team that gets to compete at Regionals. We have to make up some ground over the rest of the Open, but if anybody can do it, it’s us Ktowners!

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