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Known as the Father of CrossFit, Dave Castro is in the process of messing with everyone’s minds.

In a recent Instagram post, the 2018 CrossFit Open creator showcased the above statue. The comments are incredibly varied as to what this could mean.

Every year, the CrossFit Open is treated like a blockbuster film – misinterpreted clues, mysterious hints, and Dave Castro laughing as people try to figure out what hell he means.

Recently, Dave’s been posting books. This would be normal, except they’re all random and have nothing to do with CrossFit…

…or so it seems.

The first book he put up on the ‘Gram was John Steinbeck’s America and Americans and Selected Nonfiction. For the ‘18 Open, this could mean anything and everything…a patriotic event, or a hero workout, could grace our presence to begin the 5-day competition.

The next one was The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Sticking true to the mystery of it all, this one has people more confused than ever.

The next four are:

  • Scientific Irrationalism by David Stove;
  • Walter Isaacson’s biography of Albert Einstein, Einstein: His Life and Universe;
  • Another David Stove book, The Plato Cult and Other Philosophical Follies;
  • And Michael Wallis’ The Best Land Under Heaven.

These shouldn’t tie in together at all, yet CrossFit athletes are obsessed with guessing what the books mean.

Some people are for sure this exercise or that theme is what lies behind these pages; others brush them off, claiming them to be simple what DC’s been reading the past year.

The last book he posted has people worried though:

Death in the Afternoon sounds like a 3 PM Box WOD, doesn’t it?

I doubt Hemingway intended to be taken this way, but Dave might be taking the 2018 Open to a whole ‘nother level.

As for the statue? That’s Father Antonio of Ascension.

Which definitely implies an Ascending Ladder Workout to kick off the first day of competition…

…or not.

You never know with good ole Dave Castro!

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