In this video filmed in Boston after Tanya Wagner was named the World’s Fittest Woman in Aromas, Calif., the champ reflects on her experiences during the first day of competition at the 2009 CrossFit Games.
Wagner’s strategy for the first WOD was simple—just get through it and don’t finish last. The eventual winner confirms what other competitors have already said of the hill run: it was a brutal, grueling challenge that truly set the tone for the rest of competition.
After notching a 25-lb. PR in the deadlift WOD, Tanya battled through three more events, including the row-sledgehammer-row event that introduced a new movement to the CrossFit arsenal. Tanya also had the “advantage” of watching her husband Josh suffer through the last event of the day before she had to grind through the wall-ball/snatch WOD herself. Tanya finished fifth in the challenging couplet and solidified her place in the Top 16.
With Day 1 behind her, she had precious few hours to recover for Day 2, where three WODs stood between her and the overall title.
Video by Again Faster.
Additional Reading: “Capacity, Standards, and Sport” by Tony Budding, originally published June, 2008.