18.4, 18.5, and Kendra

March 23, 2018

Thanks for joining me in my Follow Dave Journey, we are in week 33.  This journey chronicles my attempt to be one of the Top 200 Fittest 50 – 54 year old males as measured by the CrossFit Open.


CrossFit Open workout 18.4 was the worst workout for me when compared to other 50 – 54 year old males.  This wasn’t a surprise to me, I’ve been concerned since the very beginning of this journey that Handstand Push-ups would be a big downfall for me.  Whereas I have been around the 90th percentile on the first three weeks of workouts I dropped to the 68th percentile on last weeks workout.  Overall I continue to be in the top 87% so hopefully I can get back above 90% in the last week.

Even though the results weren’t what I wanted I received a lot of satisfaction from this workout.  I completed six Handstand Push-ups, not very many but six more than I could do a few months ago.  I was overwhelmed by the support I received during the workout from my friends at Veneta CrossFit.

I must sound like a broken record but working out with friends is really the way to do it.


Workout 18.5 is the last workout of the CrossFit Open.  It consists of 100 lb Thrusters and Chest to Bar pull-ups.  I’m pretty good at Thrusters so I will just try and do as many Chest to Bar pull-ups as possible.

I’ve been very open about Body Weight Movements (Muscle-ups, Pull-ups, Handstand Push-ups, Toes to Bar) being my weakest area in CrossFit.  As luck would have it this year there was a Body Weight Movement in all five weeks of the Open.  For my goal of being in the Top 200 this was unfortunate.

This last week is obviously no exception, as Chest to Bar Pull-ups are about as Body Weight sensitive as any other movement.  I’ve had my pity party about this and now I’m ready to give it my best shot.  It’s going to be a hard workout but I’m still looking forward to it.


My daughter Kendra would have turned 34 today.  She had a smile that could absolutely light up a room.  Her loss has left a hole in my heart that will never be filled…..I really miss her.

When I started writing this blog my intention was to keep most of my personal life out of it.  I realize now that this was a ridiculous thought.  I’m a pretty emotional person, so not sharing things in my life that are the most important is not realistic.

Kendra, Hunter, and KayLynn are always in our thoughts, and even though these thoughts can bring pain, they also bring joy.  Many of the best memories in my life include these three, so I choose to talk about them, share about them, and cry about them, and refuse to forget them.

God is good…..all the time.

Thanks for following me on my journey.



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