In this four-part series, Gary Roberts and Travis Cosentino make their rounds among the elite athletes of the Masters competition at the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games. Watch highlights from the events, interviews with the athletes, and footage of the trash talk and words of encouragement that motivate some of the Fittest on Earth to push themselves harder than ever.
In Part 1, veterans and rookies reflect on the differences between their plans and their performances. Robert Caslin, a competitor in the Masters Men 60+ Division, says the only thing he told himself before Triplet was, “Have fun and don’t finish last.” Caslin exceeds his expectations.
Less fortunate surprises are in store for Kim Holway, the 2014 Masters Women 45-49 champion, who has to withdraw early in the competition due to injury. Other athletes rally around her as she copes with the realization that the Games are over for her.
Some of the remaining athletes talk strategy and motivation. Diane Urban and Tracy Maceachern agree on a simple plan: “Go.” You have to “go to the dark place,” Urban says. Steve Marino says his only strategy is “chasing Will (Powell),” the 2014 Masters Men 50-54 champion and a new competitor in the 55-59 Division.
In Part 2, Powell describes the experience of changing age brackets in 2015.
“It’s kind of cool because you’re going in the younger guy,” he says. But he admits that moving up also has its disadvantages: “The weight is lighter in this division, and my strength is lifting a little bit heavier loads so I kind of lost that weapon.”
Part 2 follows Powell and the other athletes into Long Chipper and Double Hanger, and the competition continues the next day. Follow the action in Parts 3 and 4.
Video by Gary Roberts and Travis Cosentino.
Part 1: 22min 7sec
Part 2: 16min 42sec
Additional audio: “CrossFit Radio Episode 284” by Justin Judkins, published July 14, 2013.