April 18, 2015
On Episode 377 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed two athletes who were at the top of the regional leaderboards in the CrossFit Games Open. Carleen Mathews placed first in the North West, and Christian Lucero was No. 1 in the South West. This episode was webcast on April 15, 2015.
2:18 Best in the North West, Carleen Mathews was also 17th worldwide, putting her in very elite company. The owner of CrossFit Saint Helens in Oregon said her Open performance has given her confidence as she prepares for the West Regional, to be held May 29-31 in Tacoma, Washington. Mathews talked about her work on the mental side of competition and offered advice on choosing a trustworthy coach who can help an athlete prepare for the tough CrossFit Games season. As an affiliate owner and competitor, Mathews explained how she finds balance in her busy life.
12:12 Christian Lucero talked about his results in the Open and described his athletic background. With the South Regional set for May 15-17 in Dallas, Texas, Lucero reflected back to the 2014 South West Regional, where he and several others contracted a debilitating case of the flu and had to drop out of the competition. He explained how last year’s unfortunate results motivated him in 2015. Lucero, a coach at Backcountry CrossFit in Littleton, Colorado, offered some insight into his training as regionals approach, and he said keeping things light and fun helps him prepare for the pressure that will come in less than a month.