Last year's Online Qualifier winner Delaina Snider is back for more!
I remember a conversation I had with CrossFit Games athlete Becca Voigt earlier this year. I asked her when she planned to retire. She replied, “You know, I don’t think I ever will. I’m kind of crazy.”
Last year’s Cascade Classic online qualifier winner Delaina Snider reminds me of Voigt. At the age of 35, the mother of two has no intention of slowing down any time soon. Competing is in her blood, and it’s not going anywhere.
What was it like winning the Cascade Classic online qualifier against so many talented females last year?
Snider: It was a little surreal winning. I definitely didn’t expect it, and I was never in first place until the final workout. I did build a little confidence going there knowing that I would be competing against some pretty big name athletes in the elite decision, (and it helped me believe) that I could beat some of the girls that I would be competing against.
Snider went on to use this confidence to help her qualify to and compete as individual at the West Regional competition, where she placed 29th.
What was it like going individual least year compared to team like you have the past couple years (She competed with her Hybrid Athletics Centaurs team at the CrossFit Games in 2014).
Snider: The experience this year was very very mentally tough and very emotionally hard. I put a lot of pressure on myself and had big goals, but I ended up injuring my knee a month before regionals, so when the workouts came out with all the squatting, and the squat snatches being the first event of the weekend, I was mentally defeated right from the start. It was hard, and still is, but I’m working on it, to squat to full depth without feeling like someone was jabbing a knife into my knee and wanting to collapse. I thought I could fight through it, mentally and emotionally, and I tried, but sometimes things just don’t go your way.
What’s your plan this year?
Snider: As of right now, I’m not sure what I’ll do. I was hoping they were going to make a master’s 35-39 category for the 2017 CrossFIt Games, but that probably won’t happen so no I’m on a 4-year plan to make it when I turn 40. There’s a good chance that I’ll stay individual, but if the right team comes along anything can happen. I'm headed to the Granite Games as a 35-39 master, which I’m excited about.
What’s your 5-year plan?
Snider: Year 1, 2, and 3: Get and stay healthy so I can keep on qualifying to Regionals, and to really work on my weaknesses so I don’t have such big, glaring holes. Year 4 and 5: Qualify for the CrossFit Games as a master’s athlete.
What do you love most about competing? What do you find the most challenging?
Snider: Honestly, the thing I love most is actually the training that goes into competing and the dedication and discipline it takes to be at a regional and higher level. Day in and day out, the hours spent in the gym trying to improve and better yourself, and constantly chasing Robbie (teammate Rob Perovich) down. At competitions, though, the best part is stepping out onto the floor with the satisfaction of knowing how hard you worked to be there and that you deserve the chance to leave everything you’ve got out on that loor, and hopefully you can make your ‘people’ proud. The most challenging thing is when things don’t go the way you planned or how you prepared. Just shaking it off and moving on to the next one.
Snider is competing again this year in the online qualifier? ARE YOU?? Sign up today HERE!