The 2016 CrossFit Games season has brought with it a ton of new faces, and I’m excited to compete in Carson alongside other Games rookies. On the individual side, one such new athlete is Meg Reardon, who finished third at the Atlantic Super Regional to earn her first trip to the CrossFit Games.
I caught up with Meg for a quick chat on training, qualifying, and what made this year so different.
1. What did you change this year in training?
I didn’t qualify for the 2015 CrossFit Games Regionals, so I got a coach and had more structure to my training. With the growth of my physical capacity also came my mental toughness. That has probably been my biggest change this year in training: understanding that I am my own person and I can’t compare myself to anyone else. I take each workout and each day as a new opportunity.
2. What have you sacrificed to take your game to the next level?
You have to be ok spending every day in the gym training. A session may be 5-6 hours, and that is extremely draining, but worth it. Luckily I am a co-owner of an online company called Wags and Weights which gives me the flexibility I need to train all day.
3. Do you have a coach ? If so, who, and what is your relationship like?
Alex Cardenas, Margaux Alvarez’s fiancé. He is extremely intelligent and really takes time in the programming he creates for us. Margaux and him make an amazing team and have helped me succeed in more ways than I ever thought I could. I am very fortunate to have them both in my life.
4. What are your expectations for the Games?
I set the standard high for myself, but ultimately I want to have an amazing experience and enjoy the journey.
5. What are you most excited for as a new Games athlete?
Being able to be a part of the CrossFit community in a different way, by being an athlete. We wouldn’t have the opportunities we do without the incredible people that come to watch.
6. What does your diet look like?
I eat pretty clean, but really focus on getting carbs throughout my training day. I love balance, and will definitely enjoy some sweets here and there to keep me sane.
7. Who is your favorite CrossFitter?
I can’t say I have a favorite, but I definitely admire and respect the work ethic that each athlete puts in to compete.