The CrossFit Games push the body to its absolute limit, but the annual event might be even harder on an athlete’s mind. Managing exhaustion while competing against the best athletes in the world in front of thousands of fans forces athletes to question themselves, and only the strongest can push through to the finish.
In this four-part retrospective on the 2009 CrossFit Games, women’s champion Tanya Wagner talks about what it takes to maintain your composure when you hit the wall. Each athlete has his or her own strategy, and Wagner was able to draw on her high-pressure experiences as a soccer goalie in college to help her remain focused and positive in the face of adversity.
As for training, Wagner explains that her preparation for the Games was very random but included periods where she slightly emphasized one aspect of fitness before moving on to another. She essentially programmed her own WODs and used the results of the Regional Qualifiers to gauge where she was at in her training. The final step was dialing in the diet and booking a week of rest before the Games opened in Aromas.
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