Graham Holmberg finished 19th in the 2009 CrossFit Games, and he’s pretty sure he didn’t train properly for the July showdown at The Ranch in Aromas. He worked plenty hard enough, but he doesn’t believe he worked smart enough.
In 2010, Holmberg obviously did something right because he walked away with the overall title.
In his training leading up to the big event, Holmberg really focused on his conditioning with the realization that he might not win a max-snatch or max-deadlift event but would be able to do well in light met-cons requiring a lot of gas. Interestingly, Holmberg was 10 lb. heavier last year and competed at 185 this time around.
Additional reading: The Quick and the Deadlifts by Mike Warkentin, published July 17, 2009.