The atmosphere in the Stadium was electric throughout the weekend, and Kelsey said the “awe-inspiring” setting was one of the reasons athletes were able to rise to new heights despite the large number of WODs. Kelsey was also clear that the CrossFit Games require mental toughness, not just physical capacity.
“You can get someone to a point physically that of course they can do it—but mentally can they do it?”
As for training, Kelsey reveals that he doesn’t follow a set pattern of days on and off but rather just listens to his body. As a firefighter and new father, Kelsey is well aware that his schedule is usually up in the air, so he just strives to be consistent overall, even if he had to miss a week of training when his daughter was born on Halloween.
As for the future, Kelsey is toying with the idea of going Zone or Paleo for a block of training, but his current diet got him to third place at the CrossFit Games, so he must be doing something right.
Additional reading: The Sweet 16 by Mike Warkentin, published July 22, 2009.