Game On

May 7, 2015
Fire in the Belly.  Andrew Brischler, 2013

Fire in the Belly. Andrew Brischler, 2013

It’s official: I received my invitation today to spend three days in July at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, competing in the CrossFit Games. I’ve worked incredibly hard to get to this place, but what I feel most is the honor and privilege to be in the company of the many amazing athletes heading to the same place.

After all, this is an event created to test fitness in a way that no other athletic event has ever done. With an emphasis on functional movements, athletes come to the field with no idea what is in store for them: there could be an open water ocean swim, a long run in the mid-summer heat, a rope climb. We might have to lug a bag of sand, or a log, across a field. And any number of more refined movements—like Olympic weightlifting or handstand walking—might pop up as well. This is a contest to crown the “Fittest on Earth,” so we better be prepared to do anything we are asked.

I will be following a training program prepared for Master’s Games Athletes by Invictus and supplementing it with sessions with Sean Waxman and Maddy Curley, a more intensive extension of the work I did to prepare for the Qualifier round.  I will also be adding in some other fun stuff: strongman training, Wing Chun (martial arts), Pilates, and parkour are some of the ideas I have been talking about with Jessica, my training partner (we are pretty much joined at the hip at this point).

This arduous work requires special fueling, and I’ll detail here in the future what kind of meal plan I’m following to optimize my performance and recovery. I won’t be going out to restaurants much, but I hope to be able to entertain at home more, especially because I need the support and love of my friends now, more than ever. And I’m always eager to get a mental break and have interesting conversation about topics unrelated to my work.

Now, I have 90 days to make myself into the fittest person I can be.

Jack Pierson, 2002

Jack Pierson, 2002

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  • Reply Doug Naquin May 8, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Good luck, Sandy! I’ve been following your blog and heard you recently on the Wodcast Podcast. (I came in 29th, so I have even more work to do). Doug

  • Reply Geoff Westmoreland May 8, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Congratulations Sandy!! So happy for you and hope to catch you on line or on tv! As a masters CF’er (age 46) – you are an inspiration to all of us. Your achievements and your blog allow many of us to dream that maybe, just maybe, if we keep working hard at it, we too might make the Games one day. For me it will have to be in the 49 and over divisions. The guys in my age division are just too good!! Wishing you a great Games and a podium finish!!

  • Reply Mickey May 8, 2015 at 11:51 am

    How wonderful, my sincere congratulations. Looking forward to your performance at the Games.
    It would be nice to see your meal plan etc. I am 60 and started CrossFit just one jear ago. I can learn a lot from what you post.

  • Reply Sandy Hill May 8, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks Mickey! I am still working out the details for the meal plan I will follow for the next three months. When complete, I will share it here. Meanwhile, take a look at the offseason plan which has served me well (pun intended) here:

  • Reply Kathy Dotson May 8, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    What type of protien powder do use use?

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