Few of us fully understand the incredible commitment and work it takes to get to the CrossFit Games. Len Dandridge does – he’s made it to Madison. We caught up with him to talk about what it means and how he’s preparing.
Congratulations, you made the Games! What does it mean to you?
It means more training, harder training, more pain, more discipline, more stress, more expense!! but also the chance of an exciting and memorable experience.
What are you aiming to achieve at the Games?
Successfully getting through three days of hard WODs and tough competition.
What would you say it takes to get to the Games as a Master?
I don’t think it’s much different for a master and younger age groups. Getting an injury can happen at any age with the same negative results on a training schedule. However as we all know it can take longer to heal and recover as we age, so ensuring a masters training program has some emphasis on strengthening the stabilisers and recovery is important for any master especially if you want to get to the Games.
Will your training change at all between now and Madison?
I’m following a training program separate from programed WODs in my box. The daily volume has increased substantially, aiming for 5 days a week with one complete rest day and one “mobility only” day. the volume will gradually decrease as I get nearer to the Games ( and of course I’ll be paying close attention to how my body is responding, trying to avoid over training and injuries etc)
What would be Wod-Heaven and Wod-Hell for you in Madison?
WOD heaven would probably be more body weight/gymnastic biased.
WOD hell, heavy dead lifts / rowing etc
Anything that’s surprised you about what happens next?
Having to pay $211.00 to register was a bit surprising (though I do understand it is a business and they have overheads). Also as yet they haven’t released any information regarding the logistics of the event. I expect that might come after regionals. Otherwise, all good…
Who else should we be watching out for in your category?
Will Powell has won two years running so he’s a name to watch.