The 2010 CrossFit Games
The ultimate proving grounds of the world’s fittest athletes.
July 16-18, 2010 • Carson, CA
The Home Depot Center Sports Complex
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United States Qualifiers
Q & A with Lauren Plumey
Games veteran is focusing on mental toughness
Do you feel more prepared this year, and if so, why?
Yes, I feel stronger both mentally and physically. I have PR'd on all lifts and "girl" WODs since last year and really worked on that inner voice that tells me to slow down in WODs. Now that I have made it to the Games a second year, I also feel that it is not a fluke and tell myself that I am just as good as any other athlete competing.
What athletic attributes have you been working on the hardest?
Mental conditioning. Every WOD is game day. Suck it up. Never making excuses; i.e., “This is my second WOD today, I'm tired, I ate poorly yesterday,” etc.
Can your fans expect you to be the sole winner of the shortest shorts title in 2010 after you tied with Libby Dibiase last year?
You know it! Can't let the people down! I may not beat Libby in much, but I think I took it for the shorts last year. (I) told Castro that I'll be auctioning off the shorts from the hill run last year to pay for my plane ticket to Cali.
What would your dream WOD be at the Games?
1-rep-max deadlift, then 20-inch box jumps, 95-lb. hang power cleans, 1.5-pood kettlebell swings and double-unders in any format and any rep count, or just the Filthy Fifty.
What would your best strength event be?
Deadlift. Certainly not shoulder press or bench.
Besides yourself, name three women you could easily see on top of the podium at the end of the Games.
If you could "steal" something from one competitor--Annie Thorisdottir's raw athleticism or Kristan Clever's strength, for example--what would that be?
There's a track at the Home Depot Center. How does that make you feel?
I am not too worried about it. I run better on a track (but so does everyone else). However, I am a better distance runner than sprinter. I am just glad that they can't get a pool in the Depot Center—or can they?
Do you have your competition outfits planned already? Any hints you can offer?
Less is more. It is hot in Cali. No definites yet, though. LuLu, I'm comin' for ya!
Have you set a goal for yourself this year? Winning it all? Top 5? Top 10?
Making it to day 2. Ultimately, as I told Ian from Again Faster in my interview, I do not want to collapse mentally in any WOD. There is a quote I have been keeping in mind that reads, "It is shameful for the soul to quit when the body perseveres." That's it in a nutshell, no mental breakdown before the physical!
Whose voice do you need to hear to get you through the last minute in a brutal AMRAP?
Well, Zack de la Rocha from Rage can get me through almost anything. But there is nothing like my original CF coach, Ben Kelly (CrossFit Performance), and good friend Jocelyn Leydon (CrossFit Milford) inspiring me to keep going (something about a crazy Aussie and a 5'2" hot blond screaming at you in unison that won't let you stop moving!).