CrossFit Games Athletes Open up about all things Day 1: Arriving at the ranch, the 7 km run, leaving gas in the tank, and breeding Games athletes to produce future CrossFit Games champions

The 10th CrossFit Games started yesterday in grandiose fashion: A 3 a.m. wake-up call, an unexpected plane ride, and three soul-crushing workouts!

Emily Beers caught up with Blonyx athletes between their events at the ranch—including CrossFit Games veterans Emily Abbott and Carleen Matthews, and rookies Tasia Percevecz and Kristi Eramo—about their experiences so far at the 2016 CrossFit Games.

How did it feel having the media all up in your grill at 3 a.m.?

Emily Beers and Christina Verhagen at the 2016 CrossFit Games

Emily Abbott and Christina Verhagen on the flight to San Jose after their 3:00 a.m. wakeup call on day 1 of the Games. Photo credited to: CrossFit Photo Journal 

Carleen: The media isn't around me much (because) I'm not considered one of the top athletes (YET), so it didn't effect me. I did get past 10,000 Instagram followers, though, and like 300 snapchat followers today from that live feed, though. Yay!

Emily: The people behind the camera make all the difference. They want you to do well—they are simply trying to create a story, drama for the audience to enjoy. I don't mind it at all. They are respectful, except when they take a picture of you sleeping awkwardly on the bus and drooling (kidding).

Kristi: I've noticed that the veteran girls just talk completely normally to the media, or even joke around with them. So I am doing the same and pretending it's just another competition and that they aren't in our face.

What were you feeling when you arrived at the Ranch in the Aromas?

The Blonyx ladies at the Ranch; Kristi, Tasia, Emily and Carleen. 

Kristi: Arriving at the ranch was so cool. I have always wanted to go there and now to be a part of CrossFit history in that sense is so awesome. I was so scared, but so excited all at the same time.

Tasia: When I arrived at the ranch, I was so nervous. I had no idea what to expect. But once Castro announced the workouts, I got excited. It all happened so fast.

Emily:  It felt like some weekend throwdown comp instead of the Games. All the athletes were in this together... No fans—only judges and camera crew. I loved that it threw people out of their element—no coaches, no preparation. You just had to figure it out and adapt. 

Carleen: It was all set up for us, but also so old school. They ran the events as they did when they have the Games there, so  it was pretty cool. When we first arrived, I was feeling a little nervous and uneasy because we had no idea what we would be doing, but at the same time trying to take it all in and embrace the experience.

How badly did you crush yourself on Event 1, knowing you need lots more in the tank because the weekend is long?

CrossFit Games 2016 Event 1- Run at the Ranch

The 7km trail run at the CrossFit Ranch. Photo via: The CrossFit Games 

Emily: I tried to go into this weekend not leaving anything in the tank—but that 7 km run was rough! So gross—I actually thought I was going to pee my pants for the whole thing. Possibly knowing that there was a deadlift coming subconsciously held me back, but my deadlift sucked anyway so it doesn't pay to hold reserves. 

Tasia: Event 1 crushed me. I didn't leave anything in the tank. I wanna give 100 percent on every workout. I think the run affected my deadlift, but I still think it was worth it. 

Kristi: Event 1 for me was actually fairly comfortable. I have a marathon run background so when people all went flying out at the start, I actually sat in last and just let them go. I knew if I rant my race I could catch them slowly but surely. At the end, I was in a spot that I knew I couldn't catch the girl in front of me and was safe with the girl behind me so I let up to let my legs shake out for the deadlift. I hit a 25 lb. PR on my deadlift, so I was pretty stoked for both of those events. (Kristi was 3rd on the run).

Carleen: My goal for the week is to not leave anything for the rest of the week. My coach and I talked last night and we discussed how every point matters, and I need to finish every workout. I kept telling myself, 'Don't look behind you, do your best, every place matters!'

If Sam Dancer and Brooke Wells made a baby, chances are he or she would have a killer deadlift, and might suffer on the run. Which two athletes do you think would produce the best child to have excelled on Day 1 of these Games?

CrossFit Baby 

The Next Generation. Image via: Switch CrossFit Blog

Kristi: Tia-Clair Toomey and Patrick Vellner. Both seemed so consistent in all 3 events!

Tasia: Sam Briggs and Mat Fraser would make a super baby. They wouldn't have any weaknesses.

Carleen: Sam Dancer and Sam Briggs. (Sorry, I haven't looked at the leaderboard and don't plan on it, so I don't know how anyone finished).

Emily: Sam Briggs and Sam Dancer would create veritable mythological God-like children.

Looks like Sam Briggs took that one down!!

 




Emily Beers
Emily Beers

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Emily is a CrossFit coach, athlete and writer. Before her CrossFit endeavours, she played NCAA and CIS basketball and then turned her attention to rowing while completing her master’s degree in journalism at the University of Western Ontario. As a CrossFit athlete, Emily has competed at three CrossFit Games - with her CrossFit Vancouver team in 2010 and 2011, and as an individual in 2014. She has been a regular contributor to the CrossFit Journal since 2011, and freelance writes and blogs for various companies.



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