Regionals is fast approaching! The team heads off to Portland tomorrow and the events start up Friday morning. In the days leading up to the competition, we sat down with each of the athletes to check in and see how they are feeling about competing this weekend. We’ve heard from 4 of the competitors already, so next up are the final two male athletes, Richard Liddiard and Andrew Sabarre. Here’s what they had to say:
How does it feel to have made it to regionals this year?
Rich: It feels good, I’ve competed before and I’m happy to be going again. It’s always fun competing with a bunch of my friends.
Andrew: Oh my end, it’s a big surprise for me personally just because I wouldn’t have expected to be selected on the team as an alternate. I’m really excited to go to regionals and see it all go down.
I’m fully committed to playing the role of alternate. I’ve been trying to train as much as possible so that I am ready if anything happens. I’m excited to take in the whole experience and to cheer my team on – I’m a great cheerleader.
What was the hardest part of the open?
Rich: The workouts! Every year they get more challenging.
Andrew: The hardest part for me was any workout that involved thrusters.
What was the most rewarding part of the open?
Rich: When it was over!
Andrew: For me, the most rewarding part was participating in the open with everyone at the gym and the atmosphere of pushing ourselves together as a group.
What events are you looking forward too and which ones do you wish you could avoid?
Rich: I wish I could avoid all of the dumbbell events. On the other hand, I’m looking forward to the worm events.
Andrew: I’m personally looking forward to watching the events with overhead squats and snatches. These exercises are huge tests of mobility and movement, so I think it’s going to be interesting to see who has kept that aspect of their game up and not just focused on the traditional barbell or CrossFit movements.
What does it mean to you to represent CFNV?
Andrew: It means a lot, it’s kind of like a badge of honour. I feel very privileged because CFNV has such an awesome community and there are a lot of amazing athletes here who are equally deserving of representing the gym, so it truly is a great privilege.
Rich: For me, it represents friendship and community for sure. Another big aspect of being on the team is representing the coaches, they are the ones who put all the effort in with the training schedule and programming.
Any words of advice or encouragement for CFNV members who are considering competing next year?
Andrew: The biggest thing is to continue with the training and programming, keep it up. Spend time working on the things you are not good at because it’s easy to work on the things that come more natural to you.
Rich: Just enjoy it. If you’re not having fun it’s not worth it.
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