Episode 75 of CrossFit Radio was a special edition focusing on preparations for the 2009 CrossFit Games, scheduled to begin 39 hours after the program was webcast live at 6:00 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, July 8, 2009.
01:12 In a live phone interview from The Ranch in Aromas, California Tony Budding offered tantalizing hints about what to expect, but stopped short of revealing much more than had been posted moments earlier on the Games website. Justin and Tony discussed the role strategy might play in the team workouts for the Affiliate Cup. They also talked about how the individual workouts will reflect the theme of this year’s Games: “The Unknown and Unknowable.”
13:46 Harold Doran is a PhD statistician and CrossFitter who couldn’t resist the temptation of having some fun by crunching numbers to take a shot at predicting which athletes might do well at this year’s games. Harold calculated “a CrossFit ability measure” using a methodology that has some features in common with SAT tests, but emphasized there are many data limitations and possibilities for error. He said that based on his calculations the top male athletes to watch are: Chris Spealler, Josh Everett, Mike Giardina, Rob Orlando and Pat Barber. The top females to watch are: Caity Matter, Gillian Mounsey, Charity Vail, Michele Vieux and Kim Ball.
25:01 Justin interviewed Rob Orlando on his final preparations for the Games. Rob is a strongman who started doing weekly track workouts as training for the Games. He also did something else he hated: burpees.
37:10 Ricky Frausto is former wrestler and Justin is a high school wrestling coach. Both men have competed in collage tournaments that had 8 matches in day. They discussed how experience like that might help athletes, given what’s known so far about year’s Games workouts.