2018 Schedule and Diet Struggles

December 15, 2017

Thanks for joining me in my Follow Dave Journey, we are in week 19. This journey chronicles my attempt to be one of the Top 200 Fittest 50 – 54 year old males as measured by the CrossFit Open, which begins the end of February 2018. You can read more about the CrossFit Open here.

The official schedule of the CrossFit Open for 2018 has been released, here is a copy of the press release from the Games.Crossfit.com website:



18.1- Feb. 22-26
18.2- March 1-5
18.3- March 8-12
18.4- March 15-19
18.5- March 22-26

Registration for the Open begins Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.

The Open is the first stage of the CrossFit Games season and the largest community event of the year. Every year, hundreds of thousands of athletes come together to compete in the worldwide, online competition.

Anyone aged 14 or older can compete. All you have to do is sign up at Games.CrossFit.com and log your score each week. Workouts are released on Thursdays at 5 p.m. PT, and athletes have four days to complete the workout for the week and submit their score. Scores are due before 5 p.m. PT the following Monday. Complete the workouts at a CrossFit affiliate with a judge, or film your effort from anywhere in the world and submit a link as proof.

At the end of five weeks, the fittest move on to the next stages of competition: the Regionals and the Online Qualifier.



The top 200 masters and teenagers from each division will be invited to compete in the four-day, online competition.
The qualifier will decide the 20 fittest masters and teenagers from every division who will receive a ticket to the Games.

This week’s post is dated December 15, 2017 meaning that I have just under 10 weeks until it all begins. I’m equally excited and nervous, which is just how I think I should be feeling.

I’m excited because the CrossFit Open is really a fun five week experience.

Many people I talk with don’t understand how this can be considered fun, but for most of us that do the Open it is a culmination of a year of hard work. It gives us a way to measure our fitness against others worldwide as well as a measure against ourselves to see if we’ve gotten fitter compared to the previous year.

In the end it comes back to it is fun because you’re exercising with your friends and you are all going through the same hard work together.

I’m nervous for many of the same reasons. I’m trying to compare myself to the Fittest 50 – 54 year old males. I’m nervous because there is a real possibility that I won’t make my goal and have a fear of looking foolish. I’m also nervous because I see how much better I still need to get to meet my goal. This nervousness isn’t bad, it helps me to stay motivated and to keep working hard.

10 Weeks! I can’t wait, it’s going to be awesome!!

Food Struggles

I’ve been struggling with my diet these last few weeks. Not major struggles, just little screw ups that are sneaking into my daily eating routines. I try to listen to the good voice in my head that says I only have 3 months left, stop eating bad things. But then I hear the evil voice saying it’s not that big a deal don’t stress over the small indulgences.

I haven’t figured out yet how to avoid this happening, the giving in to the evil voice. I only bring it up because I believe we are all going through this and that I (you) need to not beat myself up too much. But at the same time I (you) need to find healthy alternatives when we can’t keep ourselves from eating.

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I continue to love and be impressed by the people I exercise with. They are some of the most positive and inspiring people anyone could know. They make me laugh/smile and at the same time keep pushing me to be a better and healthier person.

Thanks for joining me on my journey.

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