Owner: Optimum Performance Training
2007 Games Results
Hopper WOD: 2nd
Murph - 31:50 w/20 lb pack
Heavy Cindy - 24 rds w/ 20 lb pack
Linda - 13:01
Angie - 9:54
Cindy: 32 rds
Mary: 20 1/3 rds
Tabata something else: 551
Back Squat: 359
Max Chin Ups: 51
Clean and jerk: 229lbs
5K Run: 18:15
500m row: 1:28
James's thoughts on the Games
Seeing it's only the 2nd time the games have gone off, my experience in approaching the games this year and for the future will be, "If it's not broke, why fix it"?
I have been committed to fitness in all domains since starting CrossFit 3 years ago and I'm confident in my abilities. There will always be improvements to make in skill, and so I am always trying to improve on those areas. I tell those who compete with me day in day out that I am not the most talented in all aspects but the stars aligned for me last year and I had a good 2 days...but my commitment to fitness is hard to beat as it is my life as a coach/athlete
Are you training specifically for it?
Over the year since last years games I have taken time to work on things I needed to improve - O-lift skill and gymnastics elements - and did for a while enjoying the 3 on 1 off on CF.com; I have found since early Jan that there were too many repeat workouts and named workouts, and for me it was not the best fit for my fitness mentally... so I found other ways to be challenged and that has kept me on my game. Lately I have loved the new WOD's - they inspire me to be at my best again and that is important.
Are you doing anything different?
No, as I feel it is anyone's game any year. I try to keep all aspects of my fitness at top levels and feel this is the best way for me to train. My belief is that CF is a sport in which you have to train against and improve your own capabilities and not focus on others. Do the best you can do and all good things will come.
Is it a focus or just another thing you're doing? What is your diet?
Food is fuel for me, I am quite intricate in how I fuel myself. To sum it up I eat to train more effectively.
Are you changing it for the Games?
No as my food profile is centered around longevity and low toxicity tied in with performance so what I eat never changes that much, just some experimenting here and there to optimize what I am doing.
What is your mentality going in?
Right now a little perplexed with a calf strain I have going on, but I know that all the time I have spent on training this year will back me up when its go time.
How do you prepare mentally also?
I visualize a lot. I workout at 4 am and noon most days. The early morning time allows me time by myself to attack what I need to; to fight the demons that come with fatigue by myself, and to allow me to create a rhythm to both the competition and the anxiety around competition each and every day. All so that when it comes time to fight, I have done it over and over, and there are no surprises.
There are no secrets to my training; I consistently post a lot of videos of workouts for my clients, for my own analysis and for fun competing against other peers in the sport. I workout intensely, I treat CF as my sport, and I do all the little things to try to excel at it. I know there are many others doing that now as well. This is exciting for the CF sport and for me, as I'll have to raise my game now alongside all the others raising theirs.