We had an opportunity to chat with Dan Bailey at the recent inov-8 retreat in Big Sur, California. At this point, if you have been immersed in CrossFit Games-ness of the past few years, Dan Bailey needs no introduction, as his competitive resumé speaks for itself. But in case you didn’t know, in the past three years he’s been dominating the Central East Region — finishing in the top 3 since 2011 — and finished 8th overall at the 2013 CrossFit Games (after finishing 6th the previous two years).
Why inov-8? Dan initially connected with them through Rogue, and since joining the inov-8 team, they share a symbiotic relationship: inov-8 provides the necessary gear for training, and in turn the athletes give them feedback on how their products fit, perform, etc. One of the “coolest” reasons he joined their team was because of their mission statement for the company as a whole, which focuses on each individual athlete (“Everything inov-8 does is designed to celebrate the grit and glory of the committed athlete”).
A new job in San Diego means that this year Dan is competing in the SoCal Regionals at the end of May and hoping to find the podium at the Games in July, of course. For those “on-the-cusp” athletes who consistently make Regionals and are aiming for the Games, he advises them to seek out athletes and coaches who have been there before for guidance. His own background as a track and field athlete prepped him well for the individual aspect of being a Games competitor, but he says it actually gets harder every year because of CrossFit’s growth — more media, more fans, bigger venues — all of which can pull you in different directions.
If you’re a newer CrossFitter, Dan says to enjoy it and not rush the process. Work on your skills and mechanics instead of trying to catch up to someone else.
And perhaps not surprisingly, his last meal on earth would be chock full of protein: surf ‘n’ turf.
Follow Dan Bailey on Twitter at @Dan_Bailey9.