This coming weekend Team CFNV will be competing at the West Regional in Portland, Oregon. Leading up to this point, the team has been working extremely hard, putting in extra training hours and practicing the events. We had a quick moment to sit down with the athletes and asked them a few questions about their thoughts on the open and on competing at regionals.
The first two athletes we spoke with were Nick Jacklin and Matt Ciolfi. Here’s what they had to say.
How does it feel to have made it to regionals this year?
Nick: It’s a great feeling to have made it and to see everyone’s hard work pay off. Personally, it’s my first time competing at regionals so it’s a little bit of excitement mixed with a whole lot of nervousness.
Matt: For me it’s a little bittersweet as my goal this year was to make it as an individual but it’s still awesome. To do it alone would also have been bittersweet because I wouldn’t be competing with my friends. To me, regionals is more than just competing. It’s a big trip with everyone, we get to hang out together all weekend. Also, when there is someone on the floor with you, you have their support and the celebrations are bigger.
What was the hardest part of the open?
Nick: I would say the hardest part of the open for me was to not get to caught up leaderboarding or comparing myself to others.
Matt: The result, not making it as an individual. I really wanted to get there this year but I’m still excited to have the opportunity to compete on the team.
What was the most rewarding part of the open?
Matt: Seeing the progress I’ve made. For me, the reward was seeing that I could hold my own and beat some of the top guys in our region.
Nick: The most rewarding part of the open for me was seeing how stoked others were when they hit PR’s or nailed a new movement.
What events are you looking forward to and which ones do you wish you could avoid?
Matt: I’m looking forward to the male pair event, where each guy completes 20 calories on the assault bike and then moves onto the synchronized wall balls and muscle ups. I get to compete with Nick for this event and him and I train together all the time.
We are such good friends, we have the same Fran time and the same Nate score. It’s cool to get to do something side by side with him and really push it. On the other hand, I’m really not looking forward to completing 50 worm clean and jerks. I just don’t love the worm in general.
What does it mean to you to represent CFNV?
Nick: Representing CFNV is big. The gym has been a second home to me. It means a lot to be representing our community.
Matt: It’s cool to get to represent CFNV because everyone supports us so much during the open and through the day to day training when we need to take up a corner of the gym. Everyone supports us and asks how we are doing and what we need. We feel like everyone is behind us and to be one of the 15 teams in Canada West who make it to regionals is a big deal. It represents all of us, we are not just a small team. CFNV as a whole made the team, not just us.
Any words of advice or encouragement for CFNV members who are considering competing next year?
Matt: Anyone can do it, a lot of people think that it’s an impossible level to achieve but we all started somewhere. When I first started CrossFit, I couldn’t front squat a bar and I could only back squat a fraction of what I can now. It’s about putting in the work.
The most important thing about being a competitor is making sure you are doing every movement as well as you can. Don’t worry about posting good scores or beating the person next to you. It’s more important to move well than to move fast.
Nick: For anybody looking to compete I would say the following:
- Don’t take it to seriously, we do this for fun remember.
- Attack and crush your weaknesses everyday.
- Surround yourself with like-minded individuals.
- Wear 5 fingers.
We want to wish good luck to all our competitors! We want you to know that when you are on the competition floor the entire gym will be rooting for you. You guys earned this. Go out, get after it and most importantly, have fun!
Want to watch your team compete at regionals? The entirety of the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games Regionals will be streamed to Games.CrossFit.com, CrossFit’s YouTube channel and the CrossFit Games Facebook page.
The competition starts at 9 a.m. each day and ends by 5:15 p.m. When heat schedules are available, they can be found on the CrossFit Games website.
For our West Regional heat times, visit https://games.crossfit.com/regionals/regions#regionWestNav