I would say my training started back when I was 9 years old and a competitive gymnast. The conditioning in gymnastics was very similar to CrossFit WODs in that you had to be not only physically tough to make it through but also, and I think more importantly, mentally tough to make it through. When I quit gymnastics my freshman year of H.S., I played soccer more seriously and also did track and field. I had amazing coaches that also turned me on to the weight room. From then on I trained when I could in the weight room and did those two sports throughout H.S. I went on to college and played soccer and continued working out. I pursued my degree in P.E. and later became a personal trainer at a globo gym where I trained in the traditional body building model of lifting combined with 30-40 minutes of cardio. I trained and worked out regularly for years in this same manner while in the meantime having 3 children. I remember thinking that I was working my tail off just to maintain my current level of fitness. I never seemed to make any progress. I was in decent shape but I felt like I was working too hard with little to show for it. Then Jeff, my husband, found CrossFit. He did it for almost a year while I was pregnant with baby number three.
After recovering from pregnancy I tried it and was hooked from the beginning. From that day on I have followed the main site staying a day behind so I can have the flexibility of juggling workouts with kids and Jeff's schedule if needed (i.e. not leaving the house for a 10k while Jeff is at work and the kids are at home). Depending on the workout, I do some sort of warm-up and then just the workout. I have a personality with working out that tends to think more is better, so from the moment I started CrossFitting I decided that I would not let myself do more than what was prescribed. Part of the attraction, after all, was the emphasis on quality and intensity rather than volume. For this reason I decided I would stick strictly to the site and not add to it. I follow the 3 days on/1 day off schedule unless something arises where I need to do 4 days on 1 day off then 2 days on/1 day off or something like that, but I never skip rest days.
When I decided in June to do the games I stopped following the main site to brush up on some different skills. The focus of the final month of training was skill training, recovery and mental preparedness. I felt these three aspects of my training would help me the most in the Games rather than killing myself trying to knock an extra second off of Fran or gain an extra point on Fight Gone Bad. I did a few multi-WOD days just to prepare my body and brain for that new stimulus. I also added in quite a few extra rest days. I pretty much followed a 2 days on/1 day off schedule leading up to the Games because I knew probably the best way to actually gain increased performance on game day that late in the game was simply by being fully rested and fresh. Jeff also added in some more random things like tire flips, farmers walks, jumping squats etc. in hopes to prepare me mentally for some of the unknown aspects that were sure to arise in the Games. He missed the boat though on that one...I had no stake hammering practice in my programming that last month. What an oversight! I also enjoyed several sessions during the month training with Jenny Olson (sister-in-law and 8th in the CrossFit Games) while Jeff and Dan (CrossFit Redmond) made up really random WOD's and critiqued our every move.
From here on out I plan to do more of the same. I love following the main site because I don't have to think about what I'm going to do and I'm pretty sure I'd unintentionally leave some not so favorite WODs out if I did my own programming! I also like knowing that Coach Glassman has been doing this longer than anybody and I trust that he knows what he's doing when he does the programming.