Kristin Holte takes a sip of her coffee, eats breakfast, and writes out her training goals and plan for the day. In August, the Norwegian CrossFit Games veteran finished in second place at the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games. And while being titled the second Fittest Woman on Earth is more than most of us can say, or even imagine accomplishing, it’s back to the drawing board for Holte.
The CrossFit Games Open is just around the corner, so really it was just a quick few days of recovery for Holte after the Reebok CrossFit Games. Holte, who has made six Reebok CrossFit Games appearances took four days completely off once the action concluded in Madison. After that she dove into one session a day primarily focused on cardio and body weight movements for a couple of weeks.
Now she’s fully in prep mode and caught up with BarBend about her goals for the 2020 season.
“[The Reebok CrossFit] Games is the ultimate goal for the year, so when that is over I always feel empty and kind of lost,” Holte told BarBend. “It was the same this year, even though I was super happy with my effort and the result, I don’t think I understood what I had achieved.” Holte admitted she still isn’t completely sure she knows what she accomplished. And this is where we come in.
Holte won the Asia CrossFit Championship, and finished with the third place Open rank heading into the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games. At this year’s Reebok CrossFit Games, her performance looked like this:
- Sprint Triplet: 5th place (16:10.92)
- Clean: 5th place (225 lbs)
- Swim Paddle: 6th place (30:17.62)
- Ringer 1: 3rd place (5:43.70)
- Ringer 2: 7th place (3:49.14)
- The Standard: 4th place (9:38.26)
- Total points: 876
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It was her best Reebok CrossFit Games performance to date, with her best finishes prior to this year being 7th place in both 2017 and 2018. It’s fair to say that when it comes to CrossFit, Holte is really good, however she admitted to us that there were moments this past season that she wished she didn’t just settle for being “good.”
“I think the biggest obstacle for me this last year has been to trust myself and believe in my abilities,” Holte said. “I knew that I was stronger and better than ever this year, but at the Sanctionals™ competitions that I did, I wasn’t really trusting my abilities to perform really good, so I kind of settled with good. After the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games, I hope that I can see and understand that I am able to perform really good, so I can trust myself and dare to attack workouts and competitions with more confidence this year.”
So what is Holte doing to make sure her confidence is radiating and her workouts are really good this season?
“I attack every workout and give it my absolute best every day,” Holte said. “When it comes to competition day, I want to know that I put in the work. I [want to] perform to the best of my abilities and then I will get the placement that I deserve.”
Holte is training twice a day right now ahead of The Open and gets her workouts in at CrossFit Oslo. Her typical day consists of waking up at 7 a.m., drinking coffee, eating breakfast, logging and planning for the day ahead, and then getting after it. She’s in bed by 10 p.m.
We’re looking forward to seeing Holte compete this season, and we have a feeling it’s going to be a really good year for her.
Featured image from @holtekristin.