If the WOD was careening across the U.S. in an old Beemer and interviewing CrossFit Games athletes, Ian Wittenber would have one killer time going. In only two short weeks, Wittenber has managed to chat with a host of Games competitors in advance of the main event in Carson, Calif.
In this installment, Wittenber has touched down in Colorado to catch up with some of the stars of the North Central Regional: Ryan Lilienthal (second), Jeremy Christofferson (fourth) and Jasmine Dever (first).
Lilienthal, of CrossFit Parker, is a firefighter and new gym owner who also served in the Marines. After deciding in December to make a run at the Games, he’s cleaned up the diet to a Paleo/Zone combo and has continued to keep an un-biased program going. Something must be working right as he managed to best all but one competitor in the North Central region.
Christofferson and Dever both train at Front Range CrossFit among a tightly knit group of friends under the watchful eye of Skip Miller. For Dever, the 2010 Games won’t be her first rodeo, as she competed in 2009 on the Front Range affiliate team. Christofferson, on the other hand, will be trying his luck at the Games for the first time.
Will their high-altitude training pay dividends in the sea-level basin of L.A.?
Additional reading: North Central Weekend Wrap-Up.