CrossFit Games Update Show w/ Young, Ingraham, Brandon & Smith

Sevan Matossian (00:00):

Smart, smart. Bam. We’re live. Welcome Chase. Welcome, Mr. Young. Welcome. Yes, happy Friday. I don’t see Caleb. I know he’s going to be joining us soon. I don’t see Danielle, Brandon, I know she’s going to be joining us soon. I know you guys were wondering whether she’s actually going to show it would fuck with the continuity of the show if she did show, but we’re always open to some change in the plans. I do want to make a quick announcement. I guess I showed my notes up there is, sorry, Caleb, I started without you. You’re good. Apologize. There is this working with large bodies coaching development seminar at Diablo CrossFit in Pleasant Hill, California. It’s right just outside of San Francisco. A mission to improve the lives of athletes living with obesity by empowering their coaches through the education and advocacy. This is put on by a dear friend of mine named Athena Perez.


She’s been a guest on the show. Good show. She tore me up a little bit. Approved c u Provider CrossFit certifications. It’s on September 30th, 2023 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM I have asked her, I called her today. First I text her, so not to ambush her, and I’ve asked her if I could come film this event with, film all of the lectures and then interview the participants like I used to do for the level ones before, during, and after the event all through. And basically it’s my way of getting an education on what’s going on there. It’s always been a mission of this podcast from the beginning to support the great Glassons message that CrossFit has a cure for the world’s most vaccine problem, chronic disease, which really has been changed to be called a bunch of other things. Type two, diabetes, obesity, cancer. So many of these things are just because people are addicted to refined carbohydrates and they’re not moving.


And so Athena has made it her goal. We’ll have her on soon to promote this a little bit too, but in life to make it so that people who are large bodied feel extremely comfortable entering these CrossFit gyms on all the continents on this planet we call Earth. And she not only make them feel comfortable by speaking to them directly, but also by offering seminars to coaches. So you know how to work with someone who might feel inhibitions about going to a CrossFit gym because of their size. And to be honest with you, that’s like 50% of the fucking population in the United States now. So I love this. I’ve asked her if I could go there, film it, I’m going to completely film it to death, interview the people, ask ’em why they went there, what they’re learning, and at the end ask them, Hey, are you glad you came? And I think we will get a lot of really serious and honest responses like John Young is not gay,


Therefore I’m pumped. I’ll be continuing to Oh yeah, more than 15%. 50%. Okay. Yeah. So this is a tremendous value. Anyway, my thing is I’m going to be at this thing. So September 30th, 2023 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM just outside of San Francisco, Oakland. It’s in the Bay Area. I’m going to be at this one if you want to sign up for this one. I’ll also get to see you if you are a listener to this podcast. 42 days, 12 hours, 56 minutes and 20 seconds until the seminar kicks off. But you’ll be hearing me talk about this a lot and pump it up. I’m excited for there to be a good crew there so I can get some good content. And then I’ll be giving her the hard drive so that she can use it to promote it in any way she wants with what I believe will be authentic, deep, honest conversations with the participants.

Chase Ingraham (04:05):

That’s great.

Sevan Matossian (04:07):

Thank you. I’m pumped. I’m pumped about it. Caleb, hi.

Caleb Beaver (04:12):


Sevan Matossian (04:14):

There’s something I you in the notes that I didn’t send you. Right? And I also didn’t send you the links to the Coffee Wads and Pods podcast with Adrian. I gave you the time codes, which will also, I’m sure be off. And then Ben Smith is coming on at six 40, so we’ll have Danielle Brandon for 30 minutes and then we will get Ben Smith and then I presume that John Young and Chase, and you’ll stay on for the entire show so people will get you guys for the entire show.

Caleb Beaver (04:46):

You’re welcome.

John Young (04:47):

Is Adam Clink not coming on anymore?

Sevan Matossian (04:50):

Clink is running, I think the race that

Caleb Beaver (04:56):

He’s running, the same race that Rich rode.

Sevan Matossian (04:58):

A hundred mile run.

John Young (04:59):


Chase Ingraham (05:01):

Yeah. Didn’t he try that last year and just his body couldn’t

Caleb Beaver (05:05):

Do crazy rhabdo last year.

Chase Ingraham (05:07):

Dang. He back at it again. That’s awesome. Blinks a stud man.

John Young (05:12):

Is he the biggest guy? Would he be the biggest guy to complete that?

Chase Ingraham (05:17):

Do you have to

Sevan Matossian (05:18):

Qualify for

John Young (05:18):

That? He probably mile races, a hundred mile races. People don’t do those unless they’re

Chase Ingraham (05:23):

A hundred pounds people north of 200 pounds. Don’t. That’s what I’m saying. Yeah.

John Young (05:29):

He’s bigger than Hunter. I know Hunter might be the biggest that other than I can’t think of anybody else.

Sevan Matossian (05:35):

I do Wad Zombie have a Ben Smith card. That’s a great point.

Caleb Beaver (05:41):

Legendary Ben Smith card.

Sevan Matossian (05:44):

Yeah. Not even opened.

Chase Ingraham (05:46):


Sevan Matossian (05:47):

Not even opened.

Caleb Beaver (05:49):

That’s dope.

Sevan Matossian (05:52):

Ben Smith. That’s cool.

Caleb Beaver (05:54):

His dream is right down the road from me and I haven’t been yet.

Sevan Matossian (05:57):

Oh really? Is that close to you?

Caleb Beaver (05:58):

Yeah. I mean it’s like 40 minutes, but

Chase Ingraham (06:01):

Oh, okay. That’s not quite right down the road. I mean

Caleb Beaver (06:03):

Here it’s like next door.

Sevan Matossian (06:07):

Lucky camera straps. Australia, 1499. Hey, everyone will field one question before Danielle comes on. I’m sure she’s racing to her computer. She’s probably really stressed out now that she’s a minute late. Hey everyone, any speculation on format changes for the more relocatable CrossFit games, more relocatable? I dunno what that means, but any speculation? Chase probably has too much information to speculate, right? You probably have insider information.

Chase Ingraham (06:36):

No, I don’t have insider information.

Sevan Matossian (06:38):

Okay, so with your outsider information, is there anything you want to say about a new location in terms of what it looks like, what it

John Young (06:46):

Means, it’s where you are?

Chase Ingraham (06:49):

No, it’s,

Sevan Matossian (06:54):

I think it has been spoken pretty loudly. Caleb ran it to someone at the airport who told him that it’s going to be in Texas.

Chase Ingraham (07:00):

There’s all that noise out there, but it was Birmingham, Alabama.

Sevan Matossian (07:05):

Sorry, Caleb. Sorry Caleb. I didn’t say

Chase Ingraham (07:09):

It was a done deal. Birmingham and then it wasn’t. So until it’s announced officially, who freaking knows what should it be or could it be? I don’t know. I know they’ll make the right choice. I’ll give ’em the benefit of the doubt there. They’ve done pretty good so far.

Sevan Matossian (07:24):

I am excited. I’m glad it’s not in la. I love Madison. I hope it’s in another, what do you call Madison? A big, big small US city. What’s the term for that

Chase Ingraham (07:36):

Little big city? Big city. Little big city or big city? Small town.

Sevan Matossian (07:40):

Yeah. I like little big

Chase Ingraham (07:42):

City. It’s not a big city. Yeah, little big city. That’s much better.

John Young (07:45):

Fort Worth’s bigger than Madison, isn’t it?

Caleb Beaver (07:47):


John Young (07:48):

Yeah. I mean, because it’s connected with Dallas, essentially. They’re the same

Caleb Beaver (07:52):

Dallas border, one big city.

Chase Ingraham (07:54):

It’s right up the road.

Sevan Matossian (07:56):

What about San Antonio? What’s San Antonio like? San Antonio

John Young (08:00):

Is the sixth biggest city in the world. San

Chase Ingraham (08:02):

Antonio is huge.

John Young (08:03):

Or United States. United States.

Chase Ingraham (08:05):

But it’s just spread out. I mean, it’s not, I think there are, oh, who sent this to me today? Somebody sent this to me today. Oh, my buddy Drew sent this and he says there are more people in the D F W area than 35 states in this country. Whoa. Wow. Not combined.

John Young (08:22):

Isn’t there more people in Houston though than the D FW area?

Chase Ingraham (08:26):


John Young (08:27):

Because Houston’s the fourth biggest

Chase Ingraham (08:30):

Houston ass.

Sevan Matossian (08:34):

The show

Chase Ingraham (08:36):

San Antonio to Dallas is about five hours driving the speed limit and 35 is not a shit show.

John Young (08:42):

And the speed limit’s 75 miles an hour in Texas.

Chase Ingraham (08:45):

Yeah, that’s great.

Caleb Beaver (08:47):

Speed limit. Yeah.

Chase Ingraham (08:49):

Nice. But then I always take that toll road where it’s 85.

John Young (08:53):

No, I don’t have money for that Chase. Oh

Chase Ingraham (08:55):

Man. Once I started working for CrossFit,

Sevan Matossian (08:58):

I was taking road. Wait. That’s true. That’s true. Toll Road 85.

Chase Ingraham (09:01):

85. It’s awesome. There’s

John Young (09:04):

An 85

Chase Ingraham (09:05):

Austin, Texas, which is, I’m all for

John Young (09:10):

Somewhere in West Texas. It’s just 85 is the speed limit for everywhere. It’s just one road

Chase Ingraham (09:18):

Every five miles hour.

Sevan Matossian (09:21):

I will say this, I do like the change of locations. A theme that we’ve heard from both Adrian and Dave repeatedly about new locations is they do inspire new kinds of workouts. They inspire them with their creativity. And something that Adrian said that I thought was way interesting, he said a bunch of stuff. That podcast is great, and I like it when Pedro interviews people that I’m friends with because he asks questions that I probably wouldn’t ask that I would probably stay away from. And he asked Adrian a lot of good questions, but this one question he said to him was, did you take Dave’s job? No. We’ll get to that one in a minute. That one is not one. I would’ve asked him.


Oh, Adrian says, I’m paraphrasing, but he says, if an event isn’t making some sort of errors, you’re not pushing hard enough when you put on the event, there needs to be an element of risk in all creative endeavors. And what’s interesting is just earlier today when I was watching some Sean O’Malley videos, Sean O’Malley basically said the same thing about fighting. He says the hardest thing basically about fighting is that to get better, you always have to be failing in practice. And I think I heard Serena Williams say that too. That practice is just all about losing so that you can win on game day.

Danielle Brandon (10:39):

And Alexis Poppies says similar things.

Sevan Matossian (10:45):

Who’s Alexis Poppies?

Danielle Brandon (10:47):

She was an Olympic runner. I cannot tell you specifically what event I know as distance. I think

Sevan Matossian (10:54):

Danielle, be honest with me. Was it like 10 minutes ago you were like, oh shit, I got a podcast to you. It was like 30 seconds ago. You’re like, oh shit. I’m on a podcast. That started already,

Danielle Brandon (11:04):

Honestly, I was texting, or sorry, on a FaceTime, not texting. I was on a FaceTime and I got caught up in a good conversation. So I am sorry about that.

Sevan Matossian (11:15):

No, I am actually concerned that you’re here because it kind of breaks the continuity of

Danielle Brandon (11:20):

I thought about it.

Sevan Matossian (11:21):

Good. Hey, did someone twist your arm? Was a friend of yours? Like, Hey, just do it. Come on, be cool.

Danielle Brandon (11:30):


Sevan Matossian (11:30):

No. Okay. No one twist. Danielle Brandon’s arm. Hey dude, congratulations. Another one down.

Danielle Brandon (11:38):

Another one down is right.

Sevan Matossian (11:40):

You pumped.

Danielle Brandon (11:42):


Sevan Matossian (11:42):

You pumped, you invigorated. You charged. People are always like, oh, are you recovering? And I’m like recovering. I’m fucking, I got shot out of there like a cannon. I’m more excited than ever, but I didn’t work out.

Danielle Brandon (11:56):

Yeah, I’m not necessarily pumped. I’m excited to make sure a lot of the things that happen don’t happen again. But I feel like that happens every year. But this year, I think more so than ever, there’s some changes that need to be made that I think I’m ready to make.

Sevan Matossian (12:21):

You’re going to H W P O? No.

Danielle Brandon (12:26):


Sevan Matossian (12:27):

Not that big.

Danielle Brandon (12:29):

No, no, no, no, no.

Sevan Matossian (12:33):

Okay. What about that documentary crew that was following you? Can you tell me about that, how that worked out? Did someone come up to you at some point during the week or right before the game started and was like, Hey Danielle, there’s a documentary crew here. Do you want to be a part of it?

Danielle Brandon (12:46):

Yeah, right before, I want to say check-in. Actually, Dave introduced me to two women. I wish I could tell you their names, but he was like, essentially, do you want to be a part of this documentary that we’re doing? It’s completely separate from CrossFit. Gave me a little bit of background on ’em and he is like, they want to follow you throughout the weekend. And I was like, I would love to be a part of that. And so they followed me around. He mentioned they do know nothing about CrossFit, which was cool because you really got a fresh perspective.


What I hope they’re going to portray is a very, have you watched any of the documentaries on Netflix about the tennis one, the golf, how they do such a great job at explaining this sport that you think a lot of people know about, but I’m learning things about these sports that I had no clue about. Sure. I believe that they’ll do something very similar. It’s cool that they’ll explain CrossFit as if they’re telling somebody who knows nothing about it at all, which they really did. They asked so many questions, which they felt were really dumb, which were kind of basic to me, but it’ll help get the point across.

Sevan Matossian (14:03):

It wasn’t a distraction in any way. You were happy to be a part of it.

Danielle Brandon (14:06):

No, they were so nice about it too. There are also people who I think could just read my emotions and if I was upset, they weren’t going to immediately blast me and they were like, let me give her some talk. Yeah, yeah.

Sevan Matossian (14:27):


Danielle Brandon (14:28):

They know

Sevan Matossian (14:28):

He’s got to be told by Matt to back off. Listen, listen, listen.

Danielle Brandon (14:33):

I think there’s a time and place right, to get, I understand they’re trying to tell this story. They want to get that emotion. They were good at balancing it though,

Sevan Matossian (14:46):

By the way, do you know Chase? He’s got the Dave Castro logo on. I

Danielle Brandon (14:49):


Sevan Matossian (14:49):

Know Chase. And do you know John Young? Yes. Oh, okay. How the fuck does my finger work over there? Hi. And you guys know Danielle Glad Meet. I told you Danielle was coming on.

John Young (15:00):

Yeah, I’ve seen Danielle before.

Danielle Brandon (15:02):

I don’t think we’ve ever been on a podcast together though.

John Young (15:05):

I don’t think so.

Danielle Brandon (15:06):

Time. I’ve watched plenty with you in them though.

John Young (15:08):

Okay, that’s good to hear.

Sevan Matossian (15:11):

Oh, you made him

Danielle Brandon (15:12):

Turn not because it was only you

Sevan Matossian (15:13):

Made him turn red.

John Young (15:17):

Well, spin said she was going to win the games and I was pretty down on that call, so that’s why I turned red.

Sevan Matossian (15:24):

Is that your favorite podcast? The one Brian Spin does the one that chooses you to win the games?

Danielle Brandon (15:29):

Me? Yeah. Brian didn’t choose me to win the games.

Sevan Matossian (15:31):

Brian Spin, who’s that?

John Young (15:37):

Poor spin.

Sevan Matossian (15:40):

He loves

John Young (15:42):

Hurt feelings, so, oh my

Sevan Matossian (15:43):

God. He’s down and out. Lemme see. Oh,

Danielle Brandon (15:46):

I feel bad kind.

Sevan Matossian (15:47):

Hey, you know what’s crazy too is he’s not like an emotional picker. He’s like a little bit emotional.

Danielle Brandon (15:55):

Danielle walked asked me a month before the games if I was going to win the games and I would’ve told you yes, but asked me the days leading up. No.

Sevan Matossian (16:06):

Oh yeah, look at that. So, oh,

Danielle Brandon (16:11):

Okay. I’ve seen this page.

Sevan Matossian (16:14):

So that’s the old one. That’s just prior to the games, two people in the poll picked you to win the games. Yeah. Wow.

Danielle Brandon (16:21):

That’s cool.

Sevan Matossian (16:22):

Yeah. That’s crazy. Cool. Gray Ghost, $5. Fuck. Yeah. Danielle, Brandon, energy. D b e. Danielle. What changed? I got to go back to the documentary thing, don’t forget, but what changed? Why, what change that you went from? Dude, I’m going to put the hammer down out there to, oh, where’s my hammer?

Danielle Brandon (16:51):

As every athlete goes through the weekend, there’s a lot of different circumstances that kind in. You have to come together as an athlete on this one weekend. Essentially, everything has to be just right, physically, mentally, and unfortunately, I just wasn’t in a place where I think physically I was necessarily as capable as I was three weeks before the games. There

Sevan Matossian (17:20):

Was something specific that you’re not, is it like, Hey, I hurt my big toe or my back hurt, or I’m pregnant.

Danielle Brandon (17:26):

It’s so silly. I think I almost hate saying it out loud. Sometimes it can feel as an excuse, but I think it’s more just unfortunate timing and circumstances. I had a messed up tooth and an infection in my mouth and I had to take a week off and

Sevan Matossian (17:44):

Were you on antibiotics? Yeah. Oh,

Danielle Brandon (17:48):

It just, I hate thinking about it because it’s so stupid and yeah, I don’t know. I

Sevan Matossian (17:55):

Don’t hear it as an excuse. I am asking, you’re painting the picture for us and I appreciate you sharing it. Antibiotics suck when you’re competing at that high level, especially if they’re, I’m guessing you took a lot.

Danielle Brandon (18:05):

Yeah, it was. I think it’s just, I don’t really know exactly what it was, so it’s hard to pinpoint it on that. But you asked Matt or anybody who was near me in training three weeks before the games, I was on this amazing trajectory. The things I was doing in training were amazing. And then I kind of got to the games and I was on antibiotics for over a week and had to take that week off and just kind of got to the games and felt like the first couple of days, kind of how you feel when you take two weeks off. Just unfortunate timing. But I don’t walk away from the weekend with any less confidence that I can win the game.

Sevan Matossian (18:53):

Does any of the pressure get to you? The notoriety and the eyeballs. And do you ever get anxiety, you pull up to the venue and you have to get out of the cart and does any of that get to you?

Danielle Brandon (19:04):

Not that, but I think it only can. Maybe it seems like it gets to me or whatever, because I put that pressure on myself now, if I wasn’t putting that pressure on myself and other people were share would be like these people getting to me. But because I’ve put that pressure on myself of having the same expectations that other people do, I take responsibility for feeling any of that pressure

Sevan Matossian (19:31):

Because I don’t mean that pressure to win. I mean just the straight fame pressure. You pull up, you get out of the car and it’s like, you know, have 60 feet to go from getting out of the car across that cement, then another 30 feet to get into the athlete area before and you’re going to interact with a shitload of people. And I saw you be gracious with everyone. You don’t walk with your head down, you make eye contact. But I see the whole way. It’s two steps, picture two steps, picture two steps, picture. And I’m thinking to myself, God, I wonder if she starts getting anxious.

Danielle Brandon (20:04):

It’s a choice that I’m willing to make to do those things. I wouldn’t say anxious is the right word.

Sevan Matossian (20:12):

Okay. You’re not tripping. You’re not embarrassed or high strong by it or feel energy getting taken from you. It’s not like that.

Danielle Brandon (20:20):

No. I mean, if I do feel energy taken from me, it’s like that’s on me and that’s my fault because damn, you’re good. I’ll only allow so much of that. I’ll know it. I’ll be like, okay. But I thrive on people’s energy. That’s how I get my energy is because of people around me. I’ve always been like that.

Sevan Matossian (20:41):

I could see that you were great with I never saw, I mean, you’re exceedingly cool to everyone. Wow,

Danielle Brandon (20:47):

Thank you. But yeah, I mean the only time that it does really take away from me is if I allow it or I mean, people are going to be people and they’re going to take it too far sometimes, but I’m just like, damn, that person could chill a little bit. Torre

Sevan Matossian (21:01):

Get ’em.

Danielle Brandon (21:02):

I don’t know

Sevan Matossian (21:07):

When were doing, I didn’t see the weightlifting event. I was inside waiting for people to come in and I was interviewing people and I heard started hearing rumblings of people. Oh shit, Danielle. Brandon’s on the floor crying. Were you on? Were tears coming out of your face on the floor?

Danielle Brandon (21:23):

I was struggling on the floor. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (21:25):

Water was coming out of your face

Danielle Brandon (21:27):

Probably a little bit. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (21:29):

And when you do that, so let me go a little further. So then you come off the floor and all the other times that you’ve come off the floor, you’re surrounded by cameras and you come out and no one is fucking getting close to you.

Danielle Brandon (21:47):


Sevan Matossian (21:48):

Good. It’s a little old me ran. You walked over to the stairs. I’m like, okay. And I run over there and you’re by yourself and I see the documentary crew and everyone’s like, oh fuck. No one wants a piece of that. And you bent over, and I think you were fiddling with your shoes. I think you were loosening your shoes, I’m guessing

Danielle Brandon (22:08):

Before. Yeah, my lifters

Sevan Matossian (22:10):

And I hadn’t seen your face yet. And I’m like, okay, sbi, you got to fucking break the ice. And I think I said to you, how the fuck was that? And you froze for just a half a second and you looked over and there’s this smile in your eyes. It’s like, I don’t want to say you were mad at me, but it was a little bit of a forced smile. But I’m like, Hey, I’m justifying it. Like, okay, she might be pissed at me now, but she’s not going to be pissed at me afterwards. And the behind the scenes when she sees this, and then I start walking with you, and as I’m walking with you, you’re walking towards Matt Torres and I see him going,

Danielle Brandon (22:52):

Oh, that’s funny. I didn’t know that

Sevan Matossian (22:54):

Dude waving me off. Oh, you’ll see the footage of it. And I was just like,

Danielle Brandon (22:59):

Oh, that’s funny. I didn’t know that.

Sevan Matossian (23:05):

Can you share with me the, in Matt’s defense too, Matt looked terrified too. Oh shit. He’s about to have to fight one-on-one with a cheetah. Like a wildcat. But he stepped into it and then you guys walked off down the hallway. What’s that conversation? What do you guys,

Danielle Brandon (23:25):

I guess I’ll just walk you through the events, appreciate

Sevan Matossian (23:29):


Danielle Brandon (23:30):

Typically on weightlifting events, we’ve learned, I work really well with Dom. So Dom took me through warmup. We went through kind of a similar warmup that we went through at semis because Dom kind of coached me through the snatch at semis and it went really well. And we did the same thing at the games. This time we’re having to warm up for snatch and clean and jerk. Everything’s feeling as good as it can. At that point. I actually, I think that was the first time I felt a little more normal and I was like, dang, I do kind of have a little more energy than I’ve been having. And I was really confident in my weightlifting because that’s something we’ve worked on a lot this year. Typically I’m a really consistent snatcher, clean and jerks. We’ve been doing a ton. Before I’d hit two 20, I hit a two 30.


It wasn’t anything of you kind of on a weightlifting event. You know what you’re going to do typically. And so we’re warming up for snatches, it’s going great. And then we kind of switched to clean and jerks and I’m warming up and I’m like, dang, my pole is really great. But then we kind of get to 1 75 and I kind of just fall back and I’m like, oh, I just caught it kind of weird. And then I do another one and my legs just didn’t work. I just dumped it forward. And I’m like, I was just like, whoa, that was weird. I don’t know, my legs just feel off. And I think I tried again and I literally just couldn’t, I don’t know, my legs didn’t hurt, they just weren’t working.


And so then I started freaking out. I’m like, what the fuck’s going on? It? Domed didn’t know what was going on. So we’re kind of like, what do we do? And then they’re calling us out and we’re like, okay, well we’re like, we have to get something on the board. We have to do something. So I was like, okay, power. We just have to, so I powered 180 5 in the back or 180 5, 1 95. And I’m like, well, whatever. And then they’re calling us out and I’m like, alright, get through the snatch and then get to the clean, open up with 1 95. And then for some reason I have Cooper yelling at me to go to two 15. And I was like, at this point I’m like, whatever, that’s an aggressive jump, but if someone’s telling me to do that, I’ll do it failed kind of knowingly.


That just wasn’t going to happen that day. And then it was really tough to be on the floor when I didn’t know what was going on and I don’t want to, that’s such a fun event where you’re literally watching all of your competitors go through and everybody’s cheering for them and it’s like the super happy, everybody’s hitting prs and I’m just like, damn, I’m not having fun out here. I don’t care that my competitors are doing well right now. I don’t care. I think a lot of people look at it as like, oh, what a poor sport. She’s not watching. And I’m like, you think any competitor wants to watch their competitor do good? No. So honestly just struggling. And I was laying out there and I’m like, damn, what is going on? This is really hard. Walked off. There was just nothing more to it. I just didn’t do what I thought I was supposed to do.

Sevan Matossian (27:02):

How long did it take for that to get behind you?

Danielle Brandon (27:06):

Honestly, in a situation like that where mentally I was showing up, even with two 15 when I walked up to the bar, I was like, there’s potential. I could just randomly, I’m like, I’ve hit this before. I’ve hit this in training, I hit this all the time, I could do it. And then it just didn’t happen. It is tough when I mentally showed up and just physically was not there. So it was very easy to walk away and be like, well, we just don’t know what happened.

Sevan Matossian (27:39):

And it was the worst finish of the day for you. 26th,

Danielle Brandon (27:43):


John Young (27:45):

Do you think that fueled your Sunday because your Sunday you had your best day of the games?

Danielle Brandon (27:52):


John Young (27:54):

Just a pissed off attitude or nothing to lose.

Danielle Brandon (27:57):

I think it was nothing to lose. I think what the first event on Sunday was the log one. I mean, it was tough because Sunday also, if you look at those events, the muscle up one, the Traverse one, and I mean maybe not necessarily the final, but you would look at those events and you’re like, oh, these aren’t terrible events on paper for Daniel Brandon. But yeah, I mean Sunday, I definitely physically finally felt better. I don’t know what was going on with my body, but I finally had a little more in me and wasn’t just suffering right away. And then, yeah, I literally had that nothing to lose. I remember doing the muscle ups and I was like, I’m just going to go out here and just do CrossFit the way I know how to do CrossFit. And I think even that was the one event where we didn’t hammer down strategy as much because of the position I was in that it was like, let’s just get you to somehow do a workout and just survive. And that was the one workout I walk away where I’m like, dang. I definitely had a little more if I had been in this position of fighting for every little thing in that workout. Not to say I didn’t, but I think I left a little bit out there as far as my best strategy.

Sevan Matossian (29:28):

And you took, and that one you took, what would you take? Seventh? I think.

Danielle Brandon (29:32):

Seventh? Yeah. Yeah. There was a little bit where after I finished I was like, oh, if we had maybe been in a head space or a little bit different with this workout, I think I could have done a little bit better. The way I approached the muscle up, I kind of figured it out, made workout, but I was still really, I was essentially happy with that one. And then the Traverse one, I was like, honestly, I’m just going to try to do what I know how.

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