“The atmosphere of a sectional or regional greatly prepares you for an event like the Games because the Games is just physically, you know, physically I can do three or four WODs a day and you know it’ll beat you up but not bad, but psychologically it takes a little bit of a toll of you,” says Rich Froning Jr., the second-place finisher at the 2010 CrossFit Games.
“You’ve got a hundred thousand eyes on you all the time. You know you give a hundred percent in the gym, but you give that extra, a little extra when you’re out there too,” he says.
Froning reflects on his experiences at the 2010 Games and plays back some of the highlights from his perspective. One of the more poignant moments was the rope climb of the final workout, where Froning struggled to find the technique to climb efficiently.
“It was frustrating, extremely frustrating,” he says. He has since added ropes at his gym and has developed the skill. “It’s CrossFit—you have to constantly tackle those things you’re not good at and get better at them.”
Froning, of course, is aiming to eradicate any weaknesses in hopes of winning the 2011 CrossFit Games.
“I want to win, you know. I don’t like to lose at anything I do,” Froning says.
Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 144, originally aired Nov. 3, 2010.