The four-time, defending “Fittest Man on Earth” Mathew Fraser dominated in his first live competition of the season at CrossFit Strength in Depth in London, England a month ago. Tommy Marquez sat down with him at the Freakest Challenge in Barcelona soon after. Here are a few highlights from that interview:
On his performance at the Strength in Depth: “Execution went very well. I was very happy with a lot of my performances. In some of the wins, there’s things I can fix.”
On breaking records and his motivation: “If the Games go on forever, every year the probability that someone will beat my record is just like flipping a coin. It’s only a matter of time. There’s only two options. They are either going to beat my record or not beat my record. It’s only a matter of time that it aligns and someone does. I’m just making sure that I’m proud of the results I have and that I’m completing the reasons of why I’m here and why I got into the sport.”
On the shift his career path took: “I figured I would do a couple of years at the Games and by then have a good engineering job and go full steam ahead with that. Little did I know.”
On the top lesson he’s learned while competing: “I’d say the number one thing I’ve learned in my time in CrossFit is confidence. And not like cockiness, more just confident in who I am.”
The full interview includes his thoughts on the on-the-water rowing event at Strength in Depth, why he keeps coming back for the Freakest Challenge and his opinions on championship rings.
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