CrossFit Games Update Show | Jessica Cahoy, Mertens, Spin, Pedro, Ingraham

@coffeepodsnwods (00:00):

Snapped that off in the armrest of the airplane. I turned my headphones into wireless headphones,

Sevan Matossian (00:05):

Basically. Wait a second. Bam. We’re live. Wait a second. Your podcast runs on such a shoestring budget that you broke your headphones on the flight back to What island do you live on?

@coffeepodsnwods (00:17):

No, I broke my headphones on the flight to America. So I have

Sevan Matossian (00:20):

Actually America,

Chase Ingraham (00:22):


Sevan Matossian (00:23):

Hey bro.

Chase Ingraham (00:24):

My flight to Dubai.

Sevan Matossian (00:26):

Okay. Will you pull up Amazon? Have you bought new ones, Pedro?

@coffeepodsnwods (00:35):


Sevan Matossian (00:35):

Okay. Yep. Those road headphones. Can we get those for Pedro and send those to Ireland? Can we buy those on Amazon? Send those. Love. Have you bought new ones yet? Pedro, I want to gift you a pair for your, I don’t normally pay people for coming on the show, but I want to gift you a pair of headphones for coming on the show. No,

@coffeepodsnwods (00:55):

I haven’t. That would be very kind of you. No, I haven’t.

Mattew Souza (00:59):

Do you want that change this whole setup? Because in a lot of,

Chase Ingraham (01:01):

No, not the Jack. They have actual headphones that can just plug too.

Sevan Matossian (01:05):

It’s both those road ones can do whatever. Either

Chase Ingraham (01:08):

Use it with the mic or not.

Sevan Matossian (01:09):

Yeah, those are bisexual. Those can go. They do. They

Mattew Souza (01:13):


Sevan Matossian (01:14):

Yeah, that’s, you can take those on the road. Okay. Road headphones.

Mattew Souza (01:22):

They have a mini road caster for traveling.

Chase Ingraham (01:25):


Mattew Souza (01:26):

That’s sick.

Sevan Matossian (01:28):

Did they have the

Mattew Souza (01:29):

I headphones on or anything? It

Chase Ingraham (01:30):

Looks like a GoPro.

Sevan Matossian (01:31):

What the fuck’s up with your setup? Suze, I can’t even hear you. I

Mattew Souza (01:34):

Wasn’t planning to be on the show. I was

Sevan Matossian (01:36):


Mattew Souza (01:36):

Stuff in the background, so I didn’t have the road cast or anything turned on. I mean, we had a full house and nobody wants to hear about my stuff for the games.

Sevan Matossian (01:44):

You look good, by the way, with your beard like that.

Mattew Souza (01:48):


Chase Ingraham (01:49):


Sevan Matossian (01:50):


Mattew Souza (01:50):

Rugged. I look

Sevan Matossian (01:51):

Rugged. Pedro, what are some of the slang words? Do you have words for fellatio? Is head a word for fellatio in Ireland? Yeah. Oh it is? Okay. Like, oh, I got some good head.

@coffeepodsnwods (02:04):


Sevan Matossian (02:05):


@coffeepodsnwods (02:07):

We say pp slurping as well.

Sevan Matossian (02:10):


@coffeepodsnwods (02:11):

Oh, you don’t?

Sevan Matossian (02:13):

Oh, you don’t? Okay, good. Oh my goodness. Please don’t ever say that on my Goddammit. Start the show over. Please hang up and start the show over.

Mattew Souza (02:23):

We’ll come back

Chase Ingraham (02:25):

Three minutes early.

Sevan Matossian (02:27):

What’s up? Hey, there’s always one guy who takes it too far.

Chase Ingraham (02:33):

It’s always the same guy

@coffeepodsnwods (02:36):

And it’s usually pretty quick.

Chase Ingraham (02:38):

It’s that monkey in the middle.

Sevan Matossian (02:40):

Damn. Wait, hold on, hold on. There we go. There. It’s

Chase Ingraham (02:46):

Also that shoe fits too.

Sevan Matossian (02:49):

Speaking of head, keep your head up, Pedro.

@coffeepodsnwods (02:52):

I’m trying to put on my fucking toe spacers.

Sevan Matossian (02:54):

Oh wow. Mr. Spin. Hi. Thank you for joining us.

Chase Ingraham (03:00):

Yeah, man. How are you

Sevan Matossian (03:02):

Looking? Good. Sorry,

Chase Ingraham (03:03):

I just swore three minutes in. Sorry. Now we got the set up going.

Sevan Matossian (03:13):

Chase Ingram, a professional commentator for a sport that is actually a professional sport. It’s not like women’s gymnastics in the Olympics, which is just a bunch of judges who judge it. Amateurs. It’s not like diving just judged by judges. How fucking unprofessional are those stupid ass sports? Oh my God. CrossFit’s not professional. Well, at least our scores are empirically driven by a fucking timer. Oh, but it’s not professional. Oh, that’s true. It’s not professional, huh? Well, did you know that Don Fall and Dave Castro, two of the main leaders of this sport, of the decisions they made determine whether people lived or died? Well, I guess that would make pharma a professional too. The head of Pfizer. Caleb, hi.

Chase Ingraham (04:04):

Hi headphones.

Sevan Matossian (04:05):

Yes, Caleb, just because I brought you in doesn’t mean you get to stay.

Chase Ingraham (04:08):

I’ll leave. He could stay. I could go. No.

Sevan Matossian (04:14):

Welcome. CrossFit games

Chase Ingraham (04:16):


Sevan Matossian (04:17):

Show. We have one professional commentator we have for the D e I reasons. We have someone from Europe. We have Mr. Spin, the fastest new source in the CrossFit space. We have Caleb hiding in the back with Matt Susie, the executive producer of the Seon podcast. Today we have two great guests, Jessica, I think her last name now is Kahoi. We’ll find out if I’m pronouncing it right. It’s been a while since I talked to her last time. I talked to her during the behind the scenes. She was a fittest nurse. Chase. What was her deal? She was like the fittest nurse on Planet Earth or something. Competing at the CrossFit games.

Chase Ingraham (04:56):

Yeah, I think she had that occupational title,

Sevan Matossian (05:00):

Which is pretty crazy to have an occupational title and be at the games right

Chase Ingraham (05:08):

These days.

Sevan Matossian (05:11):

And I ran into her again and he either has a kid or she was pregnant or both, I can’t remember, but she was back by the corrals. I’m like, girl, what are you doing here? And she goes, that’s my athlete. And I’m like, holy cow. And it was Ty Jenkins, a young man that Brian f friend had pointed out to me who is a complete savage. So we have her on the show today to talk about the CrossFit games, what it’s like coaching, what it’s like going from a CrossFit athlete to coaching a kid who looks like he’s going to be a superstar in the sport. And then also, of course we have the great Colton. I feel like I birthed him myself. I apologize to Colton’s mom, but I have some of those fresh marks and Colton be on here, prepares to go to Rogue.


We will be talking about the rogue qualifier. I have been bugging the owners of Rogue, dear Bill and Katie, to try to get one of them on during the Rogue Invitational every night. So hopefully we’ll be covering that and harassing them. And then I think invitations for Dubai have come out. And then the climax of the show is Mr. Spin’s top athletes in the world. You think the CrossFit Games, crown’s the top athletes in the world. That is actually not true. That is a proxy, I dunno if I’m using that word, a proxy that is a proxy to something that Pedro votes in. Please. Pedro has gotten up in the middle of the night to join us, and so I told myself before I got on the show today, allow Pedro extra talking time. So if any you have any questions for Pedro, if you want to see him get to the say to the Choppa or you want to ask him who the queen of his country is or whatever, feel free to pepper him. You can also call in periodically. We’ll run this number down on the bottom. Okay, so we’re off in one minute. Jessica will be joining us. Mr. Spin. Oh,


There is a chance at some point during the show we’ll be talking about these crazy rumors that are flying around everywhere, that there’s going to be some big, big changes at H W P O

@coffeepodsnwods (07:30):

That are flying that are, oh, sorry, those rumors. Sorry.

Sevan Matossian (07:32):

The ab brut and at proven all three camps have some crazy, crazy fun rumors. Fun. It’s fun.

Chase Ingraham (07:41):

There he

Sevan Matossian (07:41):

Is. It’s fun. They’re fun. Don’t you think? They’re fun. It’s fun, right? We love the athletes. We want to know where they’re going. Why are you leaving?

Chase Ingraham (07:50):

What they’re doing, who they’re doing, whatever. Yeah, hear it all. And we have Mr. Mayor,

Sevan Matossian (08:02):

Do people send you rumors to your dms?

@coffeepodsnwods (08:09):

Sometimes, yeah. Questions like, oh, have you heard anything about whatever? But I never hear juicy stuff. I always hear

Sevan Matossian (08:19):

That. Have you heard today that Daniel Brandon’s moving to Vegas? Have you heard that today?

@coffeepodsnwods (08:23):

Yeah. Some guy living in Newport sent me that a while back.

Sevan Matossian (08:28):

Oh, alright. Mr. Asshole. Mr. Spin was in your text message. I told you that. Not in your dms. Mr. Spin, do people send you rumors?

Brian Spin (08:39):

Occasionally, occasionally, daily? Maybe not as much as some is like the Hiller side of things, but I wouldn’t say daily. I think when different competitions come up and things like that, I get more of it. I’ve gotten some rumors where the games might be, or possibly semi-finals next year from people, but not enough that I could go pull another news source and publish something like that yet.

Sevan Matossian (09:07):

Okay. And Chase Ingram, is that true that the cross the games are moving to Fort Worth, Texas?

Chase Ingraham (09:13):

I have no idea. Liar. You liar. Sips coffee slowly.

Sevan Matossian (09:27):

Okay. Do you guys know about Ty Jenkins? Do you guys know about the lad? How do you finish? How do you end up finishing? When I ran into Ty, he won four straight events. I saw him over at the ice baths outside of North Park, which was a really cool setup. CrossFit had a really cool setup. Right? Were there enough ice baths there for everyone? I think there were.

Chase Ingraham (09:51):

It looked, I think

Sevan Matossian (09:52):

There were 40 ice baths. I never saw anyone waiting fresh with ice. Oh, I may have even the only one back there. Sorry, I’ve forgotten. None of you guys had credentials to go back there. And Chase was actually working.

Chase Ingraham (10:04):

That was a total,

Sevan Matossian (10:05):


Chase Ingraham (10:05):


Sevan Matossian (10:06):

Sorry. So right outside of North Park, you would go under the bleachers. Oh my goodness. Okay, so the kid won by it. I didn’t even know that. Wow.

Chase Ingraham (10:14):


Brian Spin (10:15):

He had five out of eight first place finishes, so pretty strong.

Sevan Matossian (10:20):

Holy cow. Okay, so a first, A first, A first, A first. And then I think I saw him after the Pooling power event if that was in the North Park. And that’s when Brian friend pointed ’em out to me and that’s when we were over at the ice buckets. Doesn’t even flinch gets in talking to me while he gets in. Oh, it’s Colton. Colton is here.

Mattew Souza (10:40):

I was going to introduce him, bring him in and I thought you were going to do it. And then I was like, maybe he

Sevan Matossian (10:43):

Didn’t. Oh, I can’t see him. I can’t see him. Alright.

Chase Ingraham (10:46):

Was that when you said here he is that about 10 minutes ago? Maybe he’s not. I dunno. I

Mattew Souza (10:53):

Thought you were building something up so I was like, maybe he’s going to introduce him. I didn’t want to step on your toes.

Sevan Matossian (10:56):

Oh no, thank you. Fuck you, Ty. Sorry. There he is. Colburn. Jesus Christ. Oh my.

Chase Ingraham (11:01):

Hi Col.

Colten Mertens (11:03):

What’s up guys?

Chase Ingraham (11:04):

I thought that was your boy sitting in there hanging in the wind.

Sevan Matossian (11:08):

I’m on a laptop with a little tiny travel monitor on my left. I didn’t even see Colton. He was down low. Dude, you look loose. Oh, you look kind of like you’re outside of a seven 11 and I’m supposed to see how tall you are as you still, you know what I mean with that line right there.

Colten Mertens (11:23):

CrossFit kilo.

Chase Ingraham (11:24):

Hey, there you go. Yeah, that place is huge.

Colten Mertens (11:28):

Yeah, it’s nice.

Sevan Matossian (11:29):

Hey Colton, is CrossFit kilo in any way related to the people who do the websites who do my website?

Colten Mertens (11:38):

I don’t think so. Who does your website?

Sevan Matossian (11:39):

I think it’s, isn’t it someone called Kilo Susa? Because there were a bunch of people sitting at the finish line inside the Coliseum and they had kilo shirts and I kept filming them for B-roll thinking that it was going to be, yeah, these guys, oh, it’s the same logo. Are these guys, they’re not affiliated with your gym?

Colten Mertens (11:58):

I don’t think so. Not that I know. Unless they have a side business. They have a lot of businesses going on, but I don’t think they’re doing websites maybe though. I don’t think so.

Sevan Matossian (12:08):

Hey Susa, this is the problem. Elise Savon has a website. Hey, how are you doing fully when you leave the games? Do you need there it is. When you leave the games? Is it like me? I’m invigorated when I leave the games and people are like, Hey, did you recover? I’m like, did I recover? I’m fucking pumped. Do people ask you that? Do you need to recover or are you recovered?

Colten Mertens (12:37):

Yeah, I’m recovered. There’s about two days where I was pretty tired and just wanted to relax, so I just did my farm work, worked on the house and tried to relax a little bit. But then it was Wednesday and I was kind of ready to work out again, but I took a full week off from doing a training and then started doing one workout a day after that and now I’m starting to ramp it back up again and we’ve got the road qualifier going on right now. So I just did two workouts for that today. I just finished the second one like five minutes before I got on here. How

Sevan Matossian (13:06):

Was that one?

Colten Mertens (13:08):

It was good. Well, I didn’t do ’em in order. I did events one and four today, so I got two and three tomorrow. I figured these would be the two that are the least damaging and easiest for me to recover from personally, just based on my strengths. The Anand pushups and snatches aren’t going to be super damaging and I didn’t think the overhead squat and clusters would be either.

Sevan Matossian (13:31):

So what’s the deal with the road qualifier? Is it the same as last year? 15 people are invited and five people have to qualify? Men and women. So 2020,

Colten Mertens (13:39):

As far as I know, I know it says at least five will get come from the qualifier. So I’m not sure how many they invite or who they invite or if they do any backfills at all. Yeah, I assume they invite top 15 and then they take whoever accepts and then maybe invite a few more people that they want to come. And then after that it’s five plus from the qualifier.

Sevan Matossian (14:05):

Colton, last year, I think it was, correct me if I’m wrong, anyone jump in, but I think it was Travis Mayer who somehow had some sort of, and maybe someone else, D and Pepper, someone else. There was a couple guys who had an issue with the filming. Right. There was just a minor error and they didn’t get to go that too. You got that too,

Chase Ingraham (14:22):

Right. And Colton had it.

Sevan Matossian (14:23):

Oh, you had it Colton.

Colten Mertens (14:25):

Well, I think Travis didn’t weigh his weights and his video, his submission video didn’t weigh his weights. I think he was using road gear and figured it would be okay, but it says you had to weigh it no matter what. And then my problem was one of the workouts was, I think it was like you do X amount of cleaning jerks each round and the reps go down and weight goes up and you have some other stuff afterwards. And I think my or second round I did one rep too few, so they just stopped my workout right there. So I only got one or two rounds in, so that ended up taking me out of qualification.

Sevan Matossian (15:03):

Does that stress you out now this year? Does that give you some O C D? No,

Colten Mertens (15:09):

No. I used to, but I mean I could just try and be prepared when saying, have the workouts go over them. Well read the standards very thoroughly and yeah, I mean if you make a mistake, shit happens sometimes, but I’m not going to waste my energy worrying about it. I’ll just focus on performing my best. We’ll see what it happens.

Sevan Matossian (15:30):

You really want to go, it’s like, hey, that’s an important thing for you to go to the Rogue Invitational.

Colten Mertens (15:36):

It’s very important to go to Rogue. It’s probably the most well-run competition I’ve ever been to in the past and it’s really good exposure. It’s only 20 athletes there and it’s a good payout as well. And I believe last year and the year before they started covering 100% of the athletes travel or you got a sizable travel stipend. So yeah, that’s the main event that everybody wants to go to every year outside of the games. In my mind,

Sevan Matossian (16:06):

I said it was the most exclusive event in the world.

Colten Mertens (16:10):

Yeah, I mean you could be a games athlete and still be a long ways from qualifying from for Rogue. It’s interesting, but makes

Sevan Matossian (16:18):

It very, I want to come back to that in one second when you just said, don’t forget what he just said. That was a bit of a brain teaser right there, a bit of a riddle. But I want to go back to what you just said Chase real quick about it being an exclusive event. One more thing that someone said on the show this morning and I didn’t see it and afterwards I was talking with Andrew Hiller about it. Let me tell you how inclusive CrossFit is, by the way, for anyone who thinks that it’s exclusive, let me tell you what exclusive is. Exclusive is the N F L exclusive is the N B A exclusive is the N H L. These are not that I give a shit. I love exclusive. I love exclusive. I love an all men’s club that only billionaire pygmy dwarfs are allowed into.


I love it. Don’t get me wrong, I ain’t shitting on it. I love that we’re play an island that only inbred Irish dudes that eat potatoes are allowed to live on. I love it. What fuck did I do? Nothing. Nothing, nothing. Just want to make sure you’re awake. I just want to hear you talk. Thank you. But you are not getting into the N F L unless you fucking go to college. You play high school, you jump through all their fucking stupid little hoops. You’re not going to the Olympics unless you jump through all their stupid little hoops. Anybody, anybody can become the fittest man in the world in what is the premier crown for fitness on planet earth? Hands down, everyone knows shut the fuck up. So just remember that the next time you try to say that this fucking thing and that’s what makes it such a Premier Crown title. Also this net is wide. So tired of this shit calling anything that CrossFit does. Exclusive. Okay. Sorry, what did you say, Colton? Sorry, on my high horse. What did you say?

Colten Mertens (18:04):

I was just taking a shot at Hunter McIntyre.

Sevan Matossian (18:06):

Oh, thank you. What’d you say? Tell him. Oh yes, yes. Thank you. Please say it again. He deserves a shot.

Colten Mertens (18:12):

You can even get invited if you don’t qualify sometimes.

Sevan Matossian (18:15):

Thank you. That’s a shot of Ben Smith too.

Colten Mertens (18:19):

Yeah, I guess so.

Sevan Matossian (18:21):

So what were you saying? You were saying that even games athletes can’t go to Rogue. What are you telling us about Rogue? It’s hard.

Colten Mertens (18:29):

Yeah, I mean it’s more exclusive than even the world championships, which I think is interesting. Definitely don’t think it’s a bad thing, but it’s just most other sports, it would be really weird to see an event where it’s like even people who qualify to compete at the Rogue Championships, half of them aren’t even going to be able to go.

Sevan Matossian (18:52):

Why is that? You’re saying it’s not something bad, but is that because Rogue’s harder or it’s not as well balanced? Or why is that? It’s in the same family. It’s still CrossFit, right?

Colten Mertens (19:04):

Yeah. I think they’re just more interested in showcasing the tip of the spear athletes and that’s top 20 in the world for the strongman comp. It’s even more difficult. They only get 10 dudes and it’s completely invited only. You can’t do any qualifier to get into that. So those guys have a really tough road. If you want to come compete at Rogue, you’re going to have to go to the world championships and then probably place top 10. And then even then you might still have to cross your fingers that you get an invite.

Sevan Matossian (19:32):

Okay, so CrossFit is Toyota. Toyota is good. Make a ton of good cars last a long time. But Rogue is a Ferrari. Exactly. Okay. Not a dig. Not a dig at CrossFit at all. Toyota’s a fantastic car.

Colten Mertens (19:50):

Rogue is. Yeah, I think the test is a little bit different. I think the programming at Rogue typically is not just focused on finding the fittest out of those 20 athletes. It’s more of a showcase as well yet. I think that’s why you have some events. We had the shooting event one year and you have the log lift last year, and I do some different things like that where it’s like, I think that’s similar with some other offseason events as well, where from my perspective, the program is not designed specifically with just finding the fittest, but more so putting on a showcase for the athletes and fans, which is not a bad thing either.

Sevan Matossian (20:27):

If you wouldn’t have made that error last year, would you have qualified for Rogue?

Colten Mertens (20:32):

Yeah, it would’ve got a spot

Sevan Matossian (20:33):

You would’ve Pedro. Is Colton Merton’s going to, first of all, let me ask you, have you looked at the workouts for Rogue? I have not. So don’t feel bad if you haven’t.

@coffeepodsnwods (20:42):

No, just when Chase sent him in that time,

Sevan Matossian (20:45):

Just when Chase. Oh,

@coffeepodsnwods (20:47):

He sent them into the group chat. I just looked.

Sevan Matossian (20:49):

Oh shit. Oh, you’re on that chat, Pedro, who added you? Yeah, I’m

@coffeepodsnwods (20:53):

Just a wildfire

Sevan Matossian (20:59):

Chase is Colton Merton’s going to outside of any heirs? Is Colton Merton’s going to Rogue this year? Is he going to qualify?

Chase Ingraham (21:06):

It’s tough, man. It’s tough. Exactly. There’s five spots and there’s a lot of great athletes getting left out of the invites. And that’s when we’re talking about exclusivity and it’s not a negative thing at all. It’s like 15 are invited. Backfills could be some of that right from the beginning. Five only qualify. Basically you’re cutting out more than half of the games field to put into the qualifier should they want to sign up. And that’s also including everybody that didn’t make the games this year too. It’s tough. And there’s only four men

Sevan Matossian (21:40):

And these animals. I bet you Jorge Fernandez is also trying to get in. He wouldn’t get an invite, he didn’t go individual, but God knows he’s a savage. Right? And El Chaa and these guys who are going to come over from team also. Right?

Chase Ingraham (21:56):

Well, it’s also those that, like I said, those that didn’t make the games, Colton spent all year competing to qualify and then just wreck shop while he was at the games and had to recover from it. Just like you’re saying, taking some time off. But then you’ve got athletes like GMA Harris that didn’t qualify, who didn’t have to pour himself into games training and could be getting prepped for something like this. Or even Ricky Gerard if he’s healthy

Colten Mertens (22:19):


Chase Ingraham (22:19):

So there’s people that didn’t even make the games that could be physically in better shape and condition to do well on these qualifiers.

Sevan Matossian (22:28):

Colton, will you respond to that? Tell me. I want to push back on Chase and be like, the games actually made you fitter. Am I wrong?

Colten Mertens (22:38):

They probably had a higher peak, but it’s not sustainable. That level of training and stress in your body is not sustainable. You have that big come up for the games and you had to come down somewhat at least on recover. And I’ve really only been doing, I really haven’t been doing a lot of hard training or high super high volume training the past two weeks. I took a week off and then a week of doing one cardio piece a day. And then this week I started doing some higher intensity stuff and now here we are for Rogue. But I feel pretty fit. I feel pretty strong. I feel like I’ve recovered really well. And yeah, I could be a bit of an advantage if you didn’t have to take for the games, if you had an injury or dismiss that on qualifying. And maybe now you’re peaking a little bit more now, but I still think my fitness is as good as anybody’s.

Sevan Matossian (23:27):

Pedro, you impressed with Colton’s performance at the games this year or 18th place? Are you impressed or did you expect more from him?

@coffeepodsnwods (23:37):

I’m very impressed. I think especially when you consider that in January he was almost running the adaptive vision with his autoimmune disease. I think it’s decent.

Colten Mertens (23:47):

Yeah, he’s not wrong.

Sevan Matossian (23:52):

Pedro, what do you think? I’m going to ask Colton the same thing. What do you think is his confidence higher after the games this year? Do you think that Colton went to the games and he’s like, fuck. He feels he believes in himself more or less after the games this year?

@coffeepodsnwods (24:08):

I think if he believed in himself less, he’d be so weird answering this question in front of him. I think if he believed in himself less,

Sevan Matossian (24:13):

That’s what makes his show good. Just make it weird. Embrace the weirdness. Embrace the weirdness.

@coffeepodsnwods (24:17):

I think if he believed in himself less, if he didn’t think he was on course for where he was trying to go, he’d be being very harsh on himself. I think it was an impressive display. I think he did a lot of things that people who don’t watch this show or who don’t follow him might not have expected him to be able to do. And I think he’s surprised a lot of people who weren’t. He announced himself to a lot of people I think this year.

Sevan Matossian (24:45):

Colton two part question. Do you have more belief in yourself and is that a good thing or do you think that, because part of me thinks that you need to be a hungry, you’re the kind of guy who needs to be hungry and have something to prove.

Colten Mertens (25:00):

Yeah, it’s kind of like there’s these two forces inside of you going opposite directions. But I mean, so my first year of the games I placed 31st and was disappointed not to make the cuts second year, come back feeling more confident, ended up doing worse. And I was really doubting myself after that. And honestly right after the games was just hard to get back into training. I felt like I was off course and it was really hard to have that fire. And then honestly, that’s when Gabe and Paper Street came in and started supporting me and just feeling that belief from him and myself really lit the fire again. And you

Sevan Matossian (25:41):

Drank a fucking cup of coffee and a guy gave you a thousand bucks and all of a sudden you’re back in the games. What the fuck is going on here?

Colten Mertens (25:49):

I was expecting that last year to be a breakout season and I’m like, now I’m going to be able to get some sponsors. I’m going to be able to train full time. I’m going to be able to build the gym home. I’m not going to have to train in the garage and farm all day, which I like farming, but it’s fucking sucks when you have to do CrossFit training afterwards. And so I was kind of hoping for that and then did worse. It was like, well, here we go again. But yeah, I just kept working, believing in myself for the next year. And yeah, I just really had a big shift mentally where I was not super focused on just results, but focused on effort and preparation and just taking a lot of the stress away from the performance aspect of things. And it’s a little bit ironic, but that mindset leads to a lot better performance in the end.

Sevan Matossian (26:39):

That’s not really Paper Street Coffee because it would be St Coffee. No one go to paper street It’s Paper st. Coffee and please someone report that to our HR department. There was a quote up there from Twitch. Who the fuck watches this show on Twitch?

@coffeepodsnwods (26:57):

Two people apparently, because that’s the second Twitch Coffee

Sevan Matossian (27:01):

Everyone. Hang on, we’re going to hear from Brian Spin. I know, I can see all the comments. Tell the rest of these knuckleheads to shut up. You only want to hear from Brian Spin. Give me a second. I’m going to get to the brain. Colton, do you have an advantage because Seon loves you? No. Oh no WA zombie. Do you have an advantage because you’ve trained on uneven floors for years? Does your ghetto lifestyle help you at all? The hardships of being a poor white farmer,

Colten Mertens (27:31):

It did help me herniate some disc in my back. Graduate quarterfinals. Oh God, no. It life’s a lot better. The gym home, getting close to being finished. Training is exponentially better. Being able to do rope climbs and workouts and doing them inside and not outside, being able to do wall balls inside and lift on a floor that doesn’t give and it’s not slanted and all this stuff turns out makes a big difference. And I’m feeling good doing a lot of progress.

Sevan Matossian (28:04):

Mr. Spin two questions for you. First one’s easy. Is he going to make rogue second one’s hard? At what point does Colton to use the in the U F c Max Holloway, one of the greatest fighters who ever lived who’s still very active, has stopped sparring. Is Colton going to make it to Rogue? And at what point in Colton’s career is he going to have to start dialing it back a little bit and trust the fitness he’s built up?

Brian Spin (28:29):

I think these workouts on the online qualifier set up really well for Colton. We talked about it on Wednesday with the show, and I mean, I’m sure workout four was in your wheelhouse.

Sevan Matossian (28:43):

What was workout for? Can you

Brian Spin (28:46):

It’s the wall facing handstand pushups and snatches.

Sevan Matossian (28:50):


Brian Spin (28:51):

With an ascending ladder. So yeah, I mean you go through these and really you don’t see much that you say Colton can’t do well on. I think they kind of line up for him. I wouldn’t say that there’s a time where he’s got to rely on where his fitness is and not improve. I mean, you see guys still pring years and years later. So I think there’s still, we always talk about the games and how you want to see improvement year over year. And we’ve seen that this year, right? We went from 30 something to what 18th I think it was this year. I mean, that’s a great improvement and that builds confidence and hope to see him continue to build on that going forward

@coffeepodsnwods (29:44):

Are the invites for Rogue. So is it just top 15 of the games get invited no matter what, and then five plus more, depending on how many, if you’re a rogue athlete and you’re 17th, so

Brian Spin (29:58):

There’s some politics in it.

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