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Monday, February 23, 2015

Why Are You Doing The Open? - an interview with Dan Goldberg

With the CrossFit Open right around the corner, I thought I would interview some of our athletes at CrossFit Syracuse to see why they are participating in the Open.  To start out, I interviewed CrossFit Syracuse's head coach and 6 time Regional athlete Dan Goldberg.

Name?
Dan Goldberg

Age?
31

What level athlete do you consider yourself?
Regional level CrossFit Athlete...  With a world class attitude.

Why do you CrossFit?
I love to make progress.  I love to make goals and realize them.

Why do you train at CrossFit Syracuse?
It's the best gym in the whole world... and I own it.

Did you do the Open last year?
Yes.

If so, what was your experience like? 
Very stressful time for me.  It is such a long test.  5 weeks is a long time.  The goal is to make it to Regionals.  I feel like once I'm at Regionals, it's just fun.  So the real challenge is the Open.  

Any specific experiences that stand out about last year compared to previous years?
Last year, for one of the workouts, I broke into the top 100 in the world.  To be that good at anything is pretty neat.

Why are you doing the Open this year?
To make Regionals.

In the future, when you know Regionals is not attainable, will you still do the Open?
It's hard to say.  I don't like the idea.  The Open to me, is going as hard as you can.  Risking everything to go as hard as you can in a workout.  Risking your health and your body to do the best in that workout.  I don't know if I'm willing to do that if I know I'm not going to Regionals.  It will just open me up for increased risk of injury, there's no point.  I can't go 95% in the Open, I can only go 101%.

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