Heading into the final event at the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games, Kari Pearce didn’t know if she was going to be able to compete. She had fell on the rings in the first of the two Ringer events and struggled to make it through to the second Ringer round. She battled through, and was able to persevere and snag a last place finish in Ringer 2.
Pearce, who is a five-time competitor at the Reebok CrossFit Games, may have been hurting at this moment, but she wasn’t going to let anything get in the way of competing in the final event.
“To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I could complete the last event,” Pearce told us, “But, my coach gave me a little pep talk and I did what I had to in order to finish strong.” Pearce ended up finishing in fifth place overall at the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games, one placement higher than her performance at the 2018 Games.
The 2019-2020 CrossFit Games Open season is right around the corner, with the first workout announcement set for October 10th. It’s a quick turnaround for a lot of these athletes who just competed at the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games in August, so we were eager to hear from Pearce how she’s feeling during this period leading up to the Open.
“The biggest challenge this year will be figuring out my schedule. It’s nice that there are so many Sanctionals™, but at the same time, that means no true off-season. Between my coach and I, we are deciding what is best for my body and having some amazing experiences.”
Pearce is focused on getting to the podium in 2020, and said her goal is to be as fit as possible.
“I know I need to get my legs stronger and work on my clean technique. That is one thing that is holding me back from the podium. I will also continue to work on my strengths because it’s equally as important to work on those. Obviously, I look at the big picture and getting on the podium at the games, but that will be the result of training hard and giving my best every day.”
Pearce is looking strong, and is consistently sharing training videos on her Instagram about what she’s getting after. She told us that a typical day of training for the Open is a combination of several movements and skills. “My coach and I don’t necessarily train for the Open. We are still incorporating a lot of strongman, high skilled gymnastics movements, and running/swimming.”
“A typical day usually includes an endurance session (written by Rob Carson), then the second session will be weightlifting, with a metcon or two, and accessory work. I workout five days a week with one active recovery day and one complete rest day,” Pearce said.
Pearce is looking to make her sixth Reebok CrossFit Games appearance, and we’re excited to see how she adapts to the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games season. With more Sanctionals™ than ever, a re-worked Open, and a relentless mindset, we’re confident Pearce will persevere her way to the top.
Featured image @karipearcecrossfit Instagram page.