Dan Bailey Talks 2020, Future as an Athlete
If there was a CrossFit athlete out there that is best suited to deal with the craziness that is 2020 it would have to be Dan Bailey. The five-time Games athlete has seen his share of obstacles as an athlete since his career-best fourth place finish at the 2015 Games.
He missed qualifying for the 2016 Games after finishing seventh in the California Regional. A promising start to the 2017 Central Regionals was cut short due to an injury. Numerous injuries and surgeries have shelved the fan favorite in the following years. After competing at the 2019 Rogue Invitational in the Legends Division, Bailey made his Sanctional debut and competed in his first live, elite competition since the 2017 Regionals in Dublin, Ireland at the Filthy 150 last November.
Our own Tommy Marquez caught up with Bailey at the Masters Fitness Collective Championships to get an update on what he’s been up to and what he has planned in the future. Here are some highlights from the interview.
On competing at Filthy 150: “Super-stoked to get that invite out to Ireland. Great people who ran the event, it was a great event. I could definitely feel it on day two, actually on day three, I’m not quite in shape for this yet coming off 2018 with all the surgeries and just trying to make sure that I’m healthy and get back without having any problems. I took my time and had been very careful with training and still performed really well and still happy with how I did out there.”
On what he has been doing this year: “I’m training a little bit but there’s not much to train for at the moment. Don’t know what the 2021 season is going to hold and don’t know how it’s all going to unfold. Just taking my time, trying to stay healthy and enjoy it I guess.”
On what we can expect from him in 2021: “We will see what it looks like. I’ve been straddling the line I guess in terms of competing again. I feel like if I put the time, effort and energy into it, it’s something I can probably be competitive with again.
On competing in the masters division: “I don’t know. I’ve kind of been on that ‘never masters train’ just cause I want to be in the show with the big dogs, that’s what I’m used to doing. That doesn’t take away the things these guys do because it is really impressive.”
On the future of Danny Broflex: “You gotta tame the beast before you let him out of the cage. We have some good content set-up and we hope to release it real soon.”
The full interview includes his thoughts on his current health and recovering from his injuries.
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