In this short post I am going to answer a few questions that I have been asked in the last few weeks as the CrossFit Regional competition draws closer.
- What motivates you to compete in a competition like this? I believe we were all given certain skills and abilities and it is our duty to make the best of these. Rugby used to be my life for so long and it was always my goal to play the best rugby I could. When I first competed in CrossFit in 2011 I was disappointed with my performance and set a goal. I wanted to be the best I could be at it, that involved setting hundreds of small goals and they keep me motivated on a daily basis. I love testing my bodies limits and I find through CrossFit I am able to do that quite well, that's another huge motivation.
- What training have you been doing? When I was preparing for 2012 I followed a strict training regime across all areas of performance (sleep, food and physical) Toward the end I was tired and not enjoying myself. When I got back from Korea last year I went back to a theory I had used during my rugby career which was to "listen to your body". This year I have not followed any training program. I have done what feels right in the gym. Some days I have woken up and felt like running 20km so I have gone and done it, one day I woke up and just wanted to squat 100kg 100 times so I went and did that and another afternoon I was bored on holiday so I did 1,000 push ups. I probably haven't been as tight with my food either. I generally workout at least twice a day so I have to eat a lot, it's been all about volume this year on the food front. The only pillar that I have not changed is sleep. I have aggressive sleep goals and take great pleasure is smashing them apart.
- What event do you fear the most? There are 7 events which all test you in different ways. Clearly event 4 which is 400 reps on 4 different exercises is a huge mental challenge but that excites me in a weird sort of way. I know there will be times in that workout where I may be asking myself question 1 above, the cool thing is that I have that in check so it helps. I can not lie 400 reps is a whole load of work but I am not sure fear is the right way to describe how I feel about it.
- What is your favorite event? It would have to be 1 or 5. 1 has rowing in it which I love and 5 is an event from 2011 which I did well in. I have still practiced these a lot and to be honest the more you practice them the more you manage to totally bend yourself on them. I am not less smashed after these than after all the other events.
- (And the million dollar one) How do you think you will do? I obviously have a goal in where I want to finish at the end of Sunday. This is my third year competing placing 5th in 2011 and 7th in 2012. The ultimate would be to get top spot and a trip to LA, let's see how it pans out over the three days. I am looking forward to a lot of fun and seeing what this 34 year old body of mine can come up with. Any which way it's going to be epic.