#757 – Wodapalooza 2023 Teams Day 1 Event 1

Sevan Matossian (00:00):


Brian Friend (00:01):

So this

Sevan Matossian (00:02):

Man, Hey, I we’re live. Susan, I’ll be get back to you in one minute, buddy. Mr. Bryant. Fran. Hi.

Brian Friend (00:10):

Good morning.

Sevan Matossian (00:12):

Uh, what time is it? Uh, local time there.

Brian Friend (00:14):


Sevan Matossian (00:16):

You having a good time?

Brian Friend (00:18):

Great time. I didn’t realize we, that you guys just started.

Sevan Matossian (00:21):

Yeah. Literally just seconds ago. Uh, we’re two minutes late today because we’re trying to figure out some audio issues, which I think su just, uh, solved.

Brian Friend (00:31):


Sevan Matossian (00:32):

Uh, any changes to the, uh, leaderboard last night? Individual? We have, uh, page powers as the winner, uh, when we went to bed and when we woke up. Uh, is it still Page Powers and Ricky Girard?

Brian Friend (00:43):

It is.

Sevan Matossian (00:44):

And, uh, and second place. Oh. But we have a change between second place and third place.

Brian Friend (00:49):

I don’t think so.

Sevan Matossian (00:51):

Uh, they have Patrick Vener now as Second place.

Taylor Self (00:56):

Wow. I knew that was a fucking error. And

Brian Friend (00:59):

Show me the leaderboard.

Sevan Matossian (01:00):

Okay. Stand by my friend. I don’t mean to ambush you. Sorry. B uh, I didn’t even check. Uh, I didn’t check this till just now.

Taylor Self (01:08):


Sevan Matossian (01:09):

By Four Points. We have Patrick Vener in second place with, uh, taking home the, uh, 35,000

Taylor Self (01:14):

And what were we saying last night? It just made no sense how relevant

Sevan Matossian (01:17):

And hey, here’s something else, Brian. We got Cole sh Gray Shaver in fourth and Kowski and fifth Kowski is taking home the Litness pocket.

Taylor Self (01:24):

Can you go to a elite? I

Brian Friend (01:26):

Haven’t heard, I hadn’t heard anything about this until just now, but now you’re making me wanna leave and go find

Sevan Matossian (01:31):

Out. Okay. Do you wanna go find out and then get back to us?

Brian Friend (01:34):


Sevan Matossian (01:35):

Okay. I appreciate it, brother. Thank you.

Taylor Self (01:37):

Can you click the Women’s leaderboard?

Brian Friend (01:38):


Sevan Matossian (01:39):

I can, I I can do all sorts of amazing shit. You know what I’m gonna do? I’m gonna get off of that and I’m gonna let, uh, should I let you do it, Caleb?

Brian Friend (01:46):

Yeah, I

Sevan Matossian (01:47):

Can do it. Okay. Uh, dark Lord Revon with the first donation of the day, $2 99 cents. Thank you very, very much. Welcome, Heidi. Kru to the broadcast.

Taylor Self (01:56):

What’s, what’s most shocking is that there’s not an adjustment to Emma Care and Sydnee Tian, but that one doesn’t make, that one makes less sense than the Romanoff Vener, uh, switch up. So we’ll see if they make an adjustment to that as well.

Sevan Matossian (02:11):

Can you go over there back to the, um, uh, men’s Leader board and can you go over to the last two workouts and can you speculate for us, Mr. Thum? By the way, guys, I wanna apologize yesterday for leaving the show so quickly. Um, I, you guys were right. I accidentally clicked the wrong button <laugh> before we got the SMTP commercial out. And, uh, so I have to pay, um, oh, let, let, let’s check in with Susan real quick and then I’m gonna ask, uh, Taylor Tyler, uh, to, um, no, actually we’re not going to Suza. Oh, here we go. Let’s go to Su uh,

Taylor Self (02:50):

No, that’s Mike Halpin in his crash hoodie.

Brian Friend (02:53):

<laugh>. That’s, that’s Mike Halpin in his crash. Hoodie is right. Hold on. Where’d my swap

Sevan Matossian (02:58):

This, uh, Taylor Self. Um, I would like you to look at the Men’s Leader board and as we scroll over, maybe speculate for us what you think could have happened here and, and talk slow. Um, cuz remember, I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed, please.

Taylor Self (03:19):

So, if you look at these final two events, Vener picked up 160 points in those two final events, and Roman picked up 138. So that’s a 22 point margin between Vener and Roman. And last night Roman was in second place, and Vener going into that event was, I believe,

Sevan Matossian (03:45):

I think it was,

Taylor Self (03:47):

It, it, it wasn’t, it was like 15 points or 20 points between him and Roman going into that event. Um, and they just booth the scoring up, which is interesting. Now they have that adjustment, which I guess is not the end of the world seeing as they were both already on the podium. It’s just a, it’s just a two spot swap. I’m still far more confused on the women’s finishing because going into that event, I could have sworn that Emma Carey was a ninth place and I don’t understand how she made up six places in that workout doing as bad as she did on the first part.

Sevan Matossian (04:23):

I’m gonna see if I can get Patrick Vener to come on for a second. I know he competes in just a second, second place. We knew it. Uh, okay. Uh, Chris Thompson, thank you very much. Appreciate you guys. No, we appreciate you. Thank you. That’s, uh, all that loot helps. They didn’t count the mail-in points yet. Wad zombie. Good point. Yeah. Um, the swing votes are coming in. Ballot

Taylor Self (04:55):


Sevan Matossian (04:56):

Uh, starting the Karin David’s daughter virtuous movement fund. Oh, that is very good. Be sure. Oh my goodness. Okay, so, um, where did that, where do you think that happened? So now you’ve shown us why Vener won. What do you think happened yesterday that made it, that it took, um, overnight to figure this out?

Taylor Self (05:20):

I’m not sure. Um, I don’t understand how they didn’t calculate the points correctly. Maybe they, you know, the one thing we were speculating on is how it was a 10 point difference or you were rewarded so much for doing well in those workouts and punished a lot differently if you did poorly. You know, they cut the field, right? Right. They cut the field to 20 athletes. So they may have had a scoring distribution issue between like a point distribution issue, um, cutting the field and then not adjusting that in the scoring system.

Sevan Matossian (05:50):

Uh, and what about this, um, this, this thing also, let’s not forget, uh, Brent Vikki got knocked down a spot too. He was in the prize money and now he’s flip flopped with, actually I think it went Brent Falkowski then Nick Matthew, then Cole Gray Shaver.

Taylor Self (06:05):

Gray Shaver was fifth.

Sevan Matossian (06:06):

Oh, he was? Okay. So Brent and Cole Gray Shaver have switched also.

Taylor Self (06:10):

Yeah. This is very interesting and even more interesting that we are hearing news before it even Vener is,

Sevan Matossian (06:17):

Oh, you don’t think Vener knows

Taylor Self (06:19):

Barbell spin? We just pulled up a comment that said Vener hasn’t heard anything.

Sevan Matossian (06:24):

Wow. Uh, yeah, sure. You, you on now? Yes. Okay. Please. Okay.

Taylor Self (06:28):

It just seems odd that the internet knows before he does.

Sevan Matossian (06:31):

Okay, I gotta take this call. Keep talking. I’m gonna mute myself.

Taylor Self (06:35):

All right. So Caleb, if you wanna go back over to the women’s points. Um, last night on the show, people were making fun of me cuz they thought I was falling asleep. What all I was trying to do is add up the total of Emma Carey’s first, uh, six scores, her f first six points and Sydnee Han’s first six points. And the way it it shook out is that going in, it looked like there was only a three or a seven, I can’t remember point difference between the two, but on the leaderboard there was six places. Emma Mc Carey going into that workout. I wish we could go back. I wish I had grabbed a screenshot, but it looked like em. Mc Carey was six places down and far more than three to seven points back from third. And I didn’t understand how she could make up those six places taking a 13th in Miami Meat Market. And so it’s just, I I’m not sure what happened there. Um, I know I’m not remembering incorrectly. I just wish I had grabbed a screenshot of that before they, before they adjusted the scores for the last two events because this one makes far less sense than the Roman and, and, uh, Vener snafu.

Sevan Matossian (07:46):

Uh, just so you guys know, uh, this is not uncommon by the way. This is not, uh, exclusive to this event. It is not uncommon, uh, for there to be, uh, significant changes overnight in leaderboards. Uh, Katie, uh, for the SevOne and Madison Fund, uh, 2023. Thank you.

Taylor Self (08:03):

I think the only thing unique about this is that they announced the podium and then they made an adjustment.

Sevan Matossian (08:08):

Yeah, that part’s tough that yeah. Uh, we have seen that at the games obviously, but it was because of, uh, some drug protocols. Um, but we are gonna have Patrick Vener on here in two seconds, uh, to see, um, what’s going on Patrick? Hi. Good morning. Thanks for coming on. Hi.

Patrick Vellner (08:28):

Good morning.

Taylor Self (08:29):

Good morning. What the fuck’s going on man? You see this? Hi,

Patrick Vellner (08:32):


Sevan Matossian (08:32):

You hear me? Okay. Congratulations. You made uh, $25,000 while you were speaking.

Patrick Vellner (08:36):

I mean, I just heard about it. You kind of,

Sevan Matossian (08:39):

Well we just, oh, thank you for eating cuz we were missing John Young. For all of you who are into the Fetish Eating podcast, uh, Vener will now fulfill John Young’s role.

Taylor Self (08:48):

What are you eating?

Sevan Matossian (08:52):


Patrick Vellner (08:53):

<laugh>, some Turkey and some rice. I’m getting ready for a team, team competition here baby.

Sevan Matossian (08:57):

I wish you were sliding sardines down. I

Taylor Self (08:59):

Fuel out my boss, my boss cooked sardines in olive oil at the gym and it stinks the whole fucking box up

Sevan Matossian (09:04):

<laugh>. That’s gotta be good for membership.

Taylor Self (09:06):

It’s so disgusting. <laugh>.

Sevan Matossian (09:09):

So Pat, uh, Patrick, um, have you looked at the, so we pulled up the leaderboard this morning and we have Ricky Gerard in first, then we have you with 6 0 7 and Roman Krek with 6 0 3. We were actually surprised yesterday when they announced Roman in second because we thought, um, that you would, you did enough. Uh, JR said right before they called second Place Jr. Said Patrick Vener. And uh, so we were all kind of shocked. So there’s some been some sort of a scoring adjustment. Have you heard anything?

Patrick Vellner (09:36):

I haven’t heard anything official. I had somebody else message me just before you guys and mentioned that, I mean, I’ve kind of like, I got up this morning getting ready for doing the elite team thing, so I haven’t actually thought much about it. I’ve kind of moved on, but, uh, it’s, I I don’t know what the scoring thing was to be honest. We didn’t know the scoring system after the cuts. Um, some of the guys actually asked, you know, in the corralling area, uh, what the scoring system was gonna be moving forward and they didn’t know. Uh, so it was hard for us to even know on the floor, like, you know, whether I should e try to contest that or dispute it, but I had no idea cuz I didn’t even know the scoring system they were applying. So, I don’t know, maybe, maybe I am, maybe I’m not. I’m sure I’ll find, hear something more official in the next little while if it is the case. They,

Taylor Self (10:24):

They just changed it again. Wow, that’s so weird. They changed it back. That’s what it was last night. It was 11 points, right?

Patrick Vellner (10:37):

Yeah. Yes, I think so. Something like that.

Sevan Matossian (10:41):

Well, that’s weird.

Taylor Self (10:44):

And Cole Gray shavers back to fifth.

Sevan Matossian (10:46):

Hey, let me ask you this. Uh, and, and then, and then I wanna ask you about, um, how your body’s doing. Isn’t it important for you to know the scoring system at the start of the race so that you can game, uh, the, the field so that you can look and be like, I need to be in front of this guy, behind that guy. I need to make sure if I have to, I’ll just reach over and kick over Ricky’s, uh, you know, back squat stand?

Patrick Vellner (11:11):

Yeah, I mean it makes a difference. I think it’s, you know, depending on who you ask, it’s maybe not the most important thing. But in a two-part workout like that with a scoring system that the top drops by 10 points, like there’s a significant amount of gaming that can go on with that. And we saw it in the individual competition. Um, guys like Henrik Caplan and he just sort of, you know, took a miss on the first one and then tried to get big points on the second one. And then I think it averaged out to like six place points across both events because of the way he, he, uh, gave the scoring system. So that stuff is kind of important. I think it’s weird to be able to take the floor and not know. And I think it’s the fact that, you know, we had asked about it and nobody could tell us was a little bit too bad, but, uh, but yeah, I don’t know. It should be, it should be known. It should probably be known before the competition starts, like at the initial briefing pre-day one.

Sevan Matossian (12:05):

Right. Okay. Um, how, how is the, uh, Patrick Vener, uh, physique besides beautiful? How’s it feel?

Patrick Vellner (12:16):

My legs are sore. I think other than that, not too bad. My chest will probably be sore tomorrow.

Sevan Matossian (12:22):


Patrick Vellner (12:23):

So we’re trying to, we’re trying to figure out how to apply that to the, the team landscape. I think we’ve got Jeff Adler that’s fresh and then Brent and I who both competed this weekends already. So, uh, we’re trying to figure out where to put the pieces in.

Sevan Matossian (12:36):

Is, is any part of you like, uh, hey, I wish I wouldn’t have signed up for team two, or even if you did think that you would just push that away now?

Patrick Vellner (12:43):

Uh, I think I was feeling more like that maybe yesterday and then it’s, you know, it is what it is. Once you get your body moving, it’s not that bad. Um, I ki I heard a couple people were thought talking about dropping out, uh, the first couple days. The first two events were a pretty big beat down for the individual competition. And then other than that it wasn’t too bad. So I think, you know, I made my bed, I’m happy to lay in it cowards if they’re pulling out.

Sevan Matossian (13:08):

Oh, I agree. Uh, will, will, will this, um, is this a good training stimulus for you? Like after a weekend like this, uh, individual than team? Do you leave here being a better athlete, a net gain, uh, stronger, better, more experienced, you know, do you add a little?

Patrick Vellner (13:24):

I think more experience is never a bad thing and I think even I’ve got lots of experience, but you know, every year is a little bit different and like you get a little bit different, your skills change. Um, so it’s, it’s good to check in when you can, like for instance, the individual competition was fast and furious, right? It was very short, very compact. Um, and I think durability still played a factor. Like I’ve always been quite a durable athlete and in the last day, like those last back-to-back events, guys were starting to really fall apart and like, you know, I’m, yeah, I’m getting ready for the team competition and I’m a little sore, but I’m happy to con two more days. And so I think for me that’s a good confidence thing that, you know, I’m, I’m one of the oldest guys in the field now and I’m still, I’m, I’ve got better durability than a lot of the guys who are, you know, 5, 6, 7 years younger than me. So I think that that’s kind of a nice checkpoint to just be like, yeah, it’s cool on the back end of weekends I can score points because I’ve got, I, I’m just like, I don’t know, I dunno what it is, but I’m willing to do it. So,

Sevan Matossian (14:25):

Hey, is it a trip being in Miami? Like I I’m in this room all day looking at you guys in the sun, but outside it’s like gray all day for me here in California and it’s been raining for two weeks. Is it a trip to be there and be like, like I mean you just came from freezing world, right?

Patrick Vellner (14:41):

Yeah, it’s winter back home. We don’t have much snow where I live, but it’s, it’s nice to have a, an escape. I’d say it’s a nice little holiday to get away from the cold weather and the gloomy weather while you’re, uh, in the middle of winter. So it’s good.

Sevan Matossian (14:54):

Will you head

Patrick Vellner (14:55):

Like, I don’t love the hot, hot heat. So today’s actually quite chilly here.

Sevan Matossian (14:58):

Will you head somewhere like you did last year? You headed somewhere right after this? You didn’t go home, you went out to the islands?

Patrick Vellner (15:04):

Yeah. Different though. My, my wife’s not here with me this year, so she’s actually visiting her family and she’s got the baby with them, so, oh, I’m coming pretty much right back. I leave Monday afternoon. Um, and then I beat them home by like a few hours, so I’ll be back there to greet them.

Sevan Matossian (15:20):

This is the first competition you’ve done without your wife and your baby

Patrick Vellner (15:24):

Rogue? They weren’t there as well this year.

Sevan Matossian (15:26):

Oh, okay. Well good. Congratulations. That is, is that nice?

Patrick Vellner (15:31):

It’s different. Like I, I think it, it’s sort of most of my career they weren’t like, I mean I didn’t have a baby for most of my career and my wife wasn’t around as much cuz she was working lots or in school. And then the last sort of 2021 when she was on maternity leave was like the first time they were actually able to come to things and it was like a full year and a half where they kind of were able to do a lot more stuff. Um, so I, yeah, you kind of get used to that and then now it’s sort of back to real life where she’s gotta stay home and work or we’ve got other responsibilities that need to get done. So it’s, it’s interesting, you know, I, it’s nice to sometimes just be able to come and sit in a clean hotel room and not have to worry about things and just sort of like have your own space to manage. But I miss them for sure. It’s fun. I get she’s good. She sends me a lot of videos and photos of him and I get like, I can come off the competition floor pretty much any event and have a bunch of photos and things like that that she sent me for the last couple hours. So it’s nice. I feel like I’ve got a lot of checkpoints and I talk to him every night. But yeah, it’s let her know it’s, it’s okay to have some space for, uh, for four days here.

Sevan Matossian (16:35):

Yeah. I get that part of you misses it and part of you appreciative of time alone. Yeah. Hey, when you go out there, you, you seem so mellow right now and you and Falkowski have already put in two hard days. When you go out there, will you flip the switch? Will you be like, okay, Adlers here Falkowski is here, we’re a team and will you just turn the volume up to 10?

Patrick Vellner (16:54):

Yeah, I think there’s, you only know how to do it one way, right? We talked a bit about it this morning and Jeff was kind of joking cuz we’re, you know, it’s like how seriously are we taking this team? And, and I think any one of us given just how the way that we do CrossFit and the way our personalities are, we have a hard time turning it down like, you’re gonna get on the floor and when it’s go you’re gonna do your job and you’re gonna do it as hard and fast as you can. Um, and Jeff was like feeling stressed this morning. He’s like, man, I’m like nervous and stressed and I know it doesn’t matter, but we, and we are kind of past that cuz we’ve already put two days in and you kind of get past those first event jitters and you just get used to the competition floors and it’s just like another rep.


But, uh, it takes, it takes sometimes a few events to feel that way and get back into the groove. And so we’re past that and Jeff’s not there yet, so I think he’s gotta get a couple under his belt before he’s feeling really loose. Um, but yeah, I mean we’re like, I’m not trying to, you know, do anything stupid or reckless in the team competition. I think we’re really, we’re here to not, we’re here to not to win the competition. We’re gonna, we’re gonna try our hardest, but, uh, I’m certainly not stressed about the outcome of the team competition. So I think it’s kind of fun. The whole team event I think is gonna have a fun vibe. Like every, it’s gonna be some really, really cool teams and uh, I think there’s gonna be a lot of fun on the floor.

Sevan Matossian (18:11):

Yeah, so do I I do all, I do think you guys have a, uh, this a very good chance of, uh, winning. I think Noah and Travis and Chandler are really good, but man, uh, you, you have a pretty freakish, uh, team with a lot of, uh, possibilities and a lot of utility. So congratulations.

Patrick Vellner (18:26):

Yeah, we’ll see how we work together.

Taylor Self (18:28):


Patrick Vellner (18:28):

You guys, I think of an anchor that, uh, Brent and I are after two days,

Taylor Self (18:32):

<laugh> was the last time you and Brent competed on a team together. The invitational, the team Invitational.

Patrick Vellner (18:37):

Yeah. It would’ve been 2017. Wow. Probably in Australia. Um, yeah, that would’ve been it. And then I don’t know, uh, if I’ve done any real team competition since then, uh, I’d have to think. I don’t think so.

Taylor Self (18:52):

What do you, what did you think about after the hurdle event, prior to the hurdle event, uh, in the individual competition? What did you think about going into that? Did you like the implement and then how did you feel after?

Patrick Vellner (19:05):

Uh, that’s a good question. I kind of thought it was a little bit silly.

Taylor Self (19:13):

I thought it was a lot silly <laugh>

Patrick Vellner (19:15):

And you know, I think you get a similar stimulus doing like a rebounding box jump over or something. But, uh, it’s something slightly different. I think the biggest thing it did was it created a risk factor in that workout that wouldn’t have been there otherwise. So if you, if you tip it even a little bit, first of all, if you touched it, it was a no rep. Uh, even if it didn’t fall over and if you knocked it over, you’re gonna lose five seconds really fast. And it was just a very, very quick workout. Um, so I think that that was an event where mental errors made a big difference. Like you had to remember, you had to be very, very precise on the jump. Uh, and precision was really important. You don’t wanna jump too high, you wanna rebound fast, but you don’t want to touch it.


You had to be snappy on the toast of bar and that with a lot of that hip flexion, it affected the way you could kinda lift your hips fast on the rebound. And then the shuttle runs were just like, you needed to make sure you had good, like good foot position and good smooth turns and you didn’t need to be really fast, but it had to be kind of smooth and you had to know which lines you were going to. So it was just like, there was a lot of things to keep in your head at once. And, and it was in a, for a two minute workout, two and a half minute workout. So I think it was just like a very frantic kind of paced workout, but that had a weird level of precision in it. So I thought it was funny cuz a lot of guys, some of the analysts were joking with us afterwards. Like how, how did Brenton and I be the two fastest guys in that like fast explosiveness, rebounding workout And I just, I was joking that it’s cuz all the other guys never played real sports.

Sevan Matossian (20:45):

I was gonna say, you look like an athlete out out there. I mean that’s what it basically, it it exposed that you were a real athlete. I mean, you were, you

Patrick Vellner (20:51):

Looked amazing a lot. A lot of guys have not done a lot of lateral movement. And I mean, to be fair, I haven’t in a long time either, really. Um, but we, I did a long, a lot of lateral movement and explosive jumping and things like that in my life. So I think that stuff’s in there still. And I, we, we, it’s good to expose some of those holes. Cause I think some of that stuff, uh, in a lot of the modern ath CrossFit athletes training is, is lacking. Um, we’re really good. Like it shows in the heavy late weight lifting events, like some of these 20 year old kids are clean and jerking like 3 85 and like, that’s absurd. But like, you know, they, some of the basic athleticism skills are not necessarily very good. So, um, I think it’s good. It was in a bit of an exposing component in that regard, but it was, it was fine. I didn’t expect to like win it, but, um, I figured if I was, if you did clean it would be fine. That was more of the focus is like, be clean, don’t make a mistake. And if you do that, you’re probably okay. So,

Sevan Matossian (21:47):

Hey dude, uh, we are so lucky that you take our calls, uh, 30 minutes before the event. I can’t thank you enough, pat, you’re the man.

Patrick Vellner (21:53):

No sweat guys. We’ll see you later.

Sevan Matossian (21:55):

All right, thanks again dude.

Patrick Vellner (21:56):

Bye. Bye.

Sevan Matossian (21:57):

Bye. Uh, if, if you don’t, uh, follow Pat Vener, you should. That’s crazy that we get an athlete of his caliber on, uh, 30 minutes before the event. Uh, Eric Weiss, thank you so much. Theon podcast is the only real media organization I trust. Good luck in the team competition, Patty V Thanks Eric. Uh, Jacqueline Robinson always. Fuck both you guys. Eric and Jacqueline, you guys are so generous to the show. Thank you. Uh, $10 and Syrah ulu soy, uh, 4 49. Uh, by the way, she uh, gave you a comment, Taylor on YouTube. Uh, I dunno if you saw it, Brittany, she said, uh, you good. We, we were kind of making light yesterday of, uh, okay, here we go. Here’s Brian, friend Brian. Hi.

Brian Friend (22:44):

Talk to you later on. Yeah, I’m hurting. Yeah, I’m really not looking forward to it. Sorry. Hi, Savan.

Sevan Matossian (22:50):

Hi. Who’s hurting? Who’s not looking forward to what?

Brian Friend (22:54):

Uh, let’s not worry about that.

Sevan Matossian (22:56):

All right. That’s that. I figure that’s what I figured you’d

Taylor Self (22:58):

Said. Do I know that athlete, that voice is very familiar.

Brian Friend (23:02):

You know that athlete? Yes.

Taylor Self (23:04):

She’s from North Carolina.

Brian Friend (23:06):


Taylor Self (23:07):

Yeah, I know who that was.

Sevan Matossian (23:09):

Uh, Brian. It looks

Brian Friend (23:10):

Like we actually know something.

Taylor Self (23:12):

Okay. Okay.

Sevan Matossian (23:14):

<laugh> Brian, it looks like the leaderboard has, uh, changed back

Brian Friend (23:17):

Little information. It has changed again, but not back to what it was last night exactly.

Sevan Matossian (23:23):

No. Um, so is it correct now you think? Or we should, we should just wait until a couple more days

Brian Friend (23:29):

Now. Now it’s correct.

Taylor Self (23:32):

And what happened with I wassup, I could have sworn Emma Carey was going into that final double back to back in ninth place?

Brian Friend (23:39):

No, she entered the double back to back in fifth place. Okay. After the first part she was in ninth place. After the second part she was in third place.

Taylor Self (23:48):

Interesting. Okay.

Sevan Matossian (23:51):

Okay. Uh, these things are, uh, these things happened Brian, right? Someone just with a big thumb accidentally hit the keyboard or something?

Brian Friend (24:00):

No, there was a, there was a data entry air yesterday during the lifting event in the morning for one male athlete and to a score of 370 pounds. It shouldn’t have been that it should’ve been 3 37. I don’t know who the athlete was. It doesn’t necessarily matter when they maybe was that when they changed, uh, when they changed that, obviously something changed and everyone took notice of it. Uh, and then the people who needed to know found out about it and addressed it and made sure that we got everything right at a little meeting. And now it is what it will continue to be.

Sevan Matossian (24:39):

Uh, Brian, um, any, we just had Vener on the show and we, uh, we were talking about how his body feels. Have you heard, he says it is a little bit, uh, sore. He says he, his legs are sore now and he thinks his chest will be sore tomorrow morning. He also said that for him and Falkowski, the jitters have completely left. And you know, it’s interesting that Jeff Adler, you know, all the athletes come there with jitters, but Jeff Adler’s gonna have to deal with those jitters and all the new athletes are gonna have to deal with those jitters in the first event. But, um, he also is speculating that some of the people who committed to team are now gonna drop out that it’s just gonna be too much for them.

Brian Friend (25:12):

18. I dunno what they’re gonna do, but, but I don’t think very many of them are excited about competing again today.

Sevan Matossian (25:18):

Right. Okay. And that’s kind of the impression. Uh, I, I asked Vener, Hey, are you tripping? But you just pushed that outta your head. He goes, Hey, I’m not gonna be a coward. So,

Brian Friend (25:29):

Well, it depends on who the athlete is and there’s a difference between being a coward and making a decision that’s gonna set you up for a successful season or not.

Sevan Matossian (25:37):

Uh, meaning you could push yourself too hard now and hurt yourself and like people are like spinning up a story that it would be best for their games.


People are spinning up stories in their head that like, Hey, it would be better for my game season if I didn’t push, uh, through the teams. I need to think about myself.

Brian Friend (25:55):

I think that that’s something that they should definitely be thinking about. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (26:00):

Right, right. It’s, it’s, it’s interesting now to think about it though, after you do two days of hard competition, it’s hard to tell what stories are real that your brain is spinning up versus what are uh, uh, just excuses not to push through. Correct.

Brian Friend (26:15):

Uh, I mean, you spoke to Vellner. I’ve spoken to half a dozen of the athletes that are coming off individual competition. It’s supposed to do the team competition today and another half dozen that did individual and are not doing the team and the story’s the same. The legs in the back are feeling it, like you said with Pat, you know, the upper body’s probably gonna be feeling it tomorrow. And the guys that are not doing it are very grateful that they’re not doing it

Sevan Matossian (26:37):

Right. Hey, do you, why do you think that they signed up for team? You think it’s just like when you order too much food at a a restaurant, it’s just their eyes were bigger than their stomach. You know,

Brian Friend (26:47):

I mean, I, I think that the difficulty and volume of the each individual competition, the two day team and two day individual is a little bit more than maybe expecting.

Sevan Matossian (26:58):

I am, uh, someone in the comments here, Brian says Aev is calling them all pussies. I’m definitely not calling them pussies. I’m just tripping on the fact that it must be pretty crazy tension between what you’ve committed. Especially if you ha like if you have three guys who already did,

Brian Friend (27:14):

If you’ve done a, if you’ve ever done a cross, the competition, and we talked about this before everything began, you know, what it feels like to end the competition. Like there’s an element of relief, of accomplishment, of achievement, of fatigue. And it’s, it’s just in my mind, it’s not reasonable to expect anyone to wake up the next morning and enter into another high level

Sevan Matossian (27:32):

Competition. I couldn’t agree more. Couldn’t agree more. Hey, it’s like that for the media last night. I was like, fuck, we’re done. And then I wake up this morning and I’m like, oh, most media,

Brian Friend (27:40):

Most media, and I’ll say this, some media are good to go. I feel I felt great then was able to rebound and immediately focus on the teams. I do think that there’s a couple athletes that might be able to do that, but that list is very small.

Sevan Matossian (27:53):

Uh, uh, Rebecca, thanks Devon for the team for the amazing coverage. Uh, Brian from Brian’s bottom of Brian’s heart, Rebecca, thank you very much, uh, for the, uh, money. Hey, so, so if your team, what should an athlete do? If you, if I understand, if you’re on a team with all people who did individual, then you guys can come to the conclusion together to pull out. But let’s say you have two guys who are, let’s say you want to pull out, but two of the guys are just showing up for team. How do you mitigate, how do you, uh, not

Brian Friend (28:19):

Mitigate? There’s several different, uh, there’s several different scenarios, uh, within the context of the one you just asked about. So yeah, it depends how you qualified and who the athlete is that wants to sit out. Cause you, if you, you know, you could fill in with someone. There’s, there are plenty of people here that probably could fill in and do it. Obviously they might not be of the same caliber, but then some of the teams wouldn’t meet the pre-qualification process. And then I don’t know whether what would happen from that.

Sevan Matossian (28:46):

Uh, this guy has an amazing, uh, Brian’s nailing the tactical Dave aesthetic and apathy. Yeah. He’s he’s working it right? He’s working the um, he’s working the angles right now. Uh, I i I I truly appreciate it. Uh, Brian, uh, the, is it, is it a, is it a runaway victory for this team, this male team of, uh, Travis Mayer, uh, Noah Olson and Chandler Smith? Now that we’ve seen that these other teams are beat up?

Brian Friend (29:13):

No, I mean, I think that Sam Conway and Tyler Christopher are as fit as they’ve ever been. And if Rich Froning is the least fit guy on your team, I think you have a chance.

Sevan Matossian (29:20):

Right, right. Uh, Taylor, uh, do you have any questions for, uh, Mr. Friend?

Brian Friend (29:25):


Sevan Matossian (29:26):

Alrighty. Hey dude. Uh, thank you very much. Thanks for checking in. We’re lucky to get you in these mornings. Uh, you, you’re, you’re killing it. Thank you.

Brian Friend (29:34):

You guys are killing it. See you later.

Sevan Matossian (29:35):

All right brother. Bye. We have to report on everything. Wanna break down this next workout? No one get their panties in a twist. We have to report on shit like when the leader board’s fucked up. We like that. That’s fun. That gives us, I’m, I’m seeing athletes alternate legs on the pistol, squats. That gives us 15 minutes of things to talk about. Uh, that might be, cuz this is the RX division.

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