A lot has changed for Dani Speegle in the past year.
This time last year, she was a relatively unknown athlete. No individual Regionals experience, and zero media coverage.
One year later, as the first week of the 2019 Open gets underway, there’s no other potential Games rookie with more competitive momentum, and more media hype behind her.
“It’s been a complete transformation these past twelve months,” reflected Speegle. “All around, my mindset is different, my nutrition has changed, my training has changed, everything has changed, and it’s wonderful.”
The change has been evident on the leaderboard, as she’s notched top 5 finishes in both Dubai and at Wodapalooza to start the season, and finished her first Regional as an individual in 2018 only three spots out from qualifying in 8th.
Her goals for the season have also transformed, and Speegle is clear on what that means for this year’s Open.
“Top 20 worldwide for sure, that’s the goal. I would love to earn a spot to the Games through the top 20, so that’s definitely something that’s also realistic, which is another reason why I’ve been doing qualifiers on top of qualifiers, to get used to those type of workouts, that type of setting.”
The first obstacle in her path is 19.1 — 15 minutes of 19 Wall Balls, and 19 calories on the Concept2 rower — and she’s got a straightforward plan of attack.
“Unbroken on the wall balls and the row I don’t want to go below 1,100 calories per hour pace,” said Speegle, “I’m used to using a heavier ball or a higher target so these wall balls will actually feel nice.”
Speegle’s first crack at the workout comes tomorrow morning at Strength in Depth, where she’ll have athletes like Sara Sigmundsdottir and Jamie Greene as a measuring stick, but for the rest of the Open she’s planning on retests and whatever it takes to reach her goal.
“Plan is always hit it Friday, retest on Monday if I feel like I need to,” Speegle said. “Then in that final week, depending on where I’m placed, I’ll do it as many times as I have to.”
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