In a video posted to her YouTube channel, Toomey took fans into a typical day of cardio. She starts out with a series of runs at different paces, covering distances of 100, 200, 400 and 800 metres. “It was all about making sure that I put my ego aside, and stayed true to my paces,” she said after completing her morning session.
“It’s a little easy to go too hard at the start and then sell yourself too early, where in the back end that lactic acid buildup starts to affect your paces and essentially make the workout a lot harder, so making sure I didn’t go out too fat or too slow, and hitting some solid speeds, and then finishing off with some faster paces. I actually ended up trying to push the rest periods so I was recovering better, and the definitely got the heart rate up,” she added.
Following her run training, Toomey heads to the gym for conditioning training. The workout consists of sets on the RowErg, SkiErg and Assault Bike. “Today we’re specifically focusing on just being consistent through the efforts,” she explains. “We’re not looking to go out too hard, purely because it’s going to be a very long endurance piece, and we’re just wanting to find that consistency across all machines, and also be able to back that up.”
Given that those competing in the CrossFit Games don’t know what they’ll be tasked with until the day of competition, athletes need to stay adaptable and truly train for anything. It’s something Toomey knows all too well. “We don’t know what we’re training for, we don’t know what’s to come,” she says. “So I really just have to be prepared for anything.”