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Reflections on The 2015 Games
Jeff Prejean

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And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:17

It is truly by the Grace of God that I was able to achieve my dream of competing at the 2015 CrossFit Games. And I can only hope that my effort was reflective of that Grace. I am extremely humbled and hopeful that my accomplishment can help inspire others to chase their dreams! I also hope I have conducted myself in a way that is an example to others. I don’t think accomplishing things in sport is a reason to boast for the sake of boasting. Staying humble is important to me and I take the responsibility of success serious because I know others are watching.

If I could communicate one take away message to anyone reading this blog post it is this: YOU CAN _______________! Now all you have to do is fill in your own blank with something that you are passionate about and challenges you to be a better person.

The three days I spent competing at the 2015 CrossFit Games were the end result of 4 years of believing I would be there. Never allow anyone to tell you your dream is too big. But believing alone is not enough – you must put in the necessary work to achieve your dreams. But Belief in YOU is an absolute pre-requisite for achieving anything worthwhile.

The belief that I belonged at the Games fueled me on good days and bad days. It gave me resolve when the decisions I made to reach that goal were not always understood or appreciated by others. I can say that the success I achieved this year was built on a foundation of wanting something so bad that it influenced nearly every life decision I made. And beyond that I did not want to simply participate at the Games – I wanted to Win!

Looking back on this journey has taught me the value of pursuing excellence. I think everyone should at least once in his or her life have the goal of being the best at something and work toward that end. What I learned is that the pursuit itself was the ultimate win. The pursuit challenged me to be a better husband, father, son, friend, and employee. I realize now that if I didn’t seek to grow in those areas too the Games accomplishment would be hollow and meaningless. We are never a finished product- onward my friends!

MY FAMILY

Having Jennifer and the twins with me all week was so amazing. They are my world and I am home as long as they are close by. Jennifer has shared this dream with me every step of the way and I guess we make a pretty good team. I love you Jennifer and can’t imagine chasing this without you.

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MY CFSB Family

It was truly overwhelming in the best way to have your support since we opened our doors at CFSB. Every kind word, message, text, email, and phone call meant so much when I was trying to balance it all. And the times leading up to, during, and after the Games you were awesome! I just wanted to make you as proud as you make me every day I’m around each of you. Thank you!

And congrats to Lisa Lauve – such an inspiration to others with her 2nd trip to Carson and the Games! CFSB could not have a better representative of what our community is all about!

My Extended CrossFit Family and Friends

I’ll surely forget some but I’ll try – so many people showed their support and love this year and over the past few years. CrossFit Gyms who opened their doors along the way: NOLA 504 and Red Stick are my go to places on the road. Much of the training this past year took place in those hot boxes and I loved every minute of it. So many other gyms played a role too: CFA, Ragin CF, CF Mandeville, Crescent City CF, CF Lafayette, Hurricane CF, Grapevine CF, CrossFit Dallas Central, Empirical CF, Gym Jones, Project Deliverance, Torrance CF, CF Intersect, Sand Dunes S&C, CF Hammond, and so many more! I love you all!

My Coaches

I am proud to be a brUTE team member. Luckily I have found the best coaches in the world for me. I can’t say enough about these guys: Michael Cazouyx, Matt Bruce, and Nick Sorrel. They have answered every question and provided just the right dose of everything to get me to the Games. The entire brUTE coaching staff and community is second to none!

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My Sponsors and Supporters

These are the folks that believe in me enough to associate their companies with my name. I am so appreciative of every bit of support along the way:

Life as RX
Rx Smart Gear
Atlas Power Wraps
Atomic Strength and Nutrition
Joan Gould (formerly ProAnox)

And likewise I am proud to represent these brands!

My Fellow Competitors

The Masters and Teens were grouped together at the Games this year. I met so many amazing and inspiring people. Sure – we got some sweet swag for making the Games, but the friends I made were a true gift. I was so impressed and inspired by these folks and hope to cross paths with you all many times over. Congratulations on your accomplishment. You will always be known as a Games Athlete!

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Games Recap

Day 1

I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing the stage we competed on was in California. Having been to Regionals 3 times and done big comps like ACO and The Fittest Games I thought I knew what the big time was in CF. I was very wrong. It truly is another level and just thinking about it gets my heart rate up!

3-2-1 Go!

I knew overall the workouts were good for me but I had to avoid a poor finish on Day 1 in events 1 and 2: The Triplet and Max Thruster. A bunch of bar muscle ups and a max lift have traditionally not been great for me but I spent a ton of time addressing those weaknesses this year. Crisis avoided – finished 8th in both events and kept myself in the game.

Event 3: I tested SQT the week before in the Las Vegas heat and knew it was a burner in every sense of the word. I committed to go unbroken on the snatches and had enough left in the tank to pass a few guys on the last run and take 2nd! That was fun!

Day 2

Events 4 and 5 were in my wheelhouse for sure and I knew it. The Long Chipper was up first. I knew I was likely to lose ground on the middle portions. So my strategy was to get out ahead on the run and hold on for dear life. The sandbags at the end were awful but I somehow moved them fast enough to catch up and take another 2nd!

I truly expected to win the double hanger and almost did. Jason Uberuaga and me battled to the end and both failed our first attempt on the 21st jerk. He got the best of me and split the second attempt while I failed another push jerk. Great work by Jason and I had to settle for 2nd. Then wow – I looked at the leaderboard and I was in second overall after day 2! Day 3 was going to be a fun ride now!

Day 3

Event 6: Sandwich was another one I thought I could win. And up until the last 10 reps of Dead Lift I was ahead. But our champion Shawn Ramirez did what champions do and stepped on the gas to take another 1st. He is an amazing athlete and proved again this year that he is the man to beat in the 40-44 division.

Final Event: Amanda

On one hand it was Amanda – a workout I can do but not very fast compared to the majority of top tier CF athletes. On the other hand I knew mathematically I was on the podium so I was able to enjoy what I knew was going to be my biggest physical challenge of the week. Add to the fact that Dave Castro introduced the WOD and we did it in tennis stadium was a dream come true. I went as hard as I could but I couldn’t muster touch and go squat snatches and took 10th. Congrats to Travis Page who had to win Amanda to claim 2nd place overall. What an impressive showing at his first Games appearance.

Final Standing: 3rd Fittest 40-44 year old on the planet. Please – not satisfied is how I left California. But if I never go back again I won’t have any regrets about 2015. I learned so much about myself and about winning from this competition. And I left very motivated to get back in 2016!

Time to Train my friends!

JP

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