The next team members to share their thoughts on competing at regionals are two of our female athletes, Roe Stewart and Bre O’Neil. These two trained together throughout the past year and they are very excited to get to compete at regionals together!
Here’s what they had to say about making it to this point:
How does it feel to have made it to regionals this year?
Bre: It feels so awesome! I actually joined CFNV because I wanted to go to regionals. I drive 30 minutes a day to train because of the community, Chris and the people. I knew they would push me. I wasn’t sure I would be on the team because there are so many strong women at our gym but I’m ecstatic because it was on my goals list and now I get to check it off!
Roe: It was a bit of surprise but it’s very exciting! I have been on a team before where I knew everyone but this year is so different since we have some new people. I feel like it is more challenging this year and it’s great. I’m excited but also really nervous. Having competed at regionals the most I feel like I have to hold everyone together… but not really because they hold me together!
What was the hardest part of the open?
Roe: The hardest part was knowing what day I should do a workout because I get so anxious. Is it beneficial to do it when it comes out or to wait a day and see what people are doing and make a strategy? I found this part tough.
Bre: Oh my goodness, honestly just myself. I have such high standards about what I should be able to do. Also, it was hard getting myself to the gym to redo the workouts, even though I knew I could do better.
What was the most rewarding part of the open?
Bre: Hitting a 135lb snatch three times! That weight was my previous one rep max. When I was doing this workout, I was surrounded by the entire team cheering me on. It was a pretty amazing feeling!
Roe: Achieving my goal that was written on the goal board, which was to say one positive thing about my workout each week! I also found it very rewarding getting to judge other people in the gym. It felt great to be able to help push them a little bit harder and help them realize their potential. Seeing their excitement when they achieved something they didn’t know they could do was awesome.
What events are you looking forward to and which ones do you wish you could avoid?
Bre: I’m looking forward to Event 1 because it is driven at my own pace and I can push myself beyond the point of being comfortable. I have never done a strict handstand push up WOD so I am excited to see which Bre shows up under the gun. Also the synchronized one because Roe and I work so well together. I’m excited to see how we do under the pressure.
I’m not actually dreading any of the workouts but it’s hard because in a team you all have to move as one. You can’t control the other people and you can only be as fast as your most tired person. I’ve never competed on a team this big so it’s hard to ensure everyone is on the same page. It’s all about communication – you have to be so present and in tune with each other. It’s our first time competing together so it’s hard but also exciting.
Roe: The worm has been the most challenging of the workouts but I am still excited about it. My favourite is the synchronized partner workout, with the airdyne, wall balls, muscle ups and rowing. I also like Event 5, which includes the overhead squats and I’m really hoping we make it that far. However, I wish the pull-up and toes to bar portion of that workout would go away!
What does it mean to you to represent CFNV?
Bre: Honestly, I’m super humble and very proud to be a part of the team. I train 6 times a week and sacrifice my personal life, so the fact that I was chosen to be with this amazing group of people who are also my friends is amazing. I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity.
Roe: It means a lot. CFNV is such a community based gym and I am happy that I can represent for them on a regional level. Everyone here contributes to my training and helps me be the person I am, so getting to show people what I can do in the regionals makes me proud. I am proud to represent CFNV, everyone here is so great that I want to be better for them.
Any words of advice or encouragement for CFNV members who are considering competing next year?
Bre: Anyone can be a part of the team. It takes dedication and knowing that each individual has their own weaknesses. Don’t focus on the weaknesses, instead come in and accept feedback and you will get there. We have so much support here, we want everyone to get better and be part of our growing community.
Roe: Just don’t quit. I remember when I first started, everything was hard but if you have a goal just work towards it each day. Learn until you can do pull ups in a row. Just don’t give up. Keep pushing, we all have bad days and good days but those bad days are still getting you to your goal and helping you progress. Stay in that pain cave an extra second or minute each day, whatever it takes for you to get there. Also, do more running!!!
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