January 26, 2018
Thanks for joining me in my Follow Dave Journey, we are in week 25, I can’t believe it. 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 and here.
By the time you read this Darlene and I should be getting back from our epic three week search for sun. I have now found that one of the best benefits of being retired is the ability to pack up and search for sun in the middle of winter.
Quick recap, Darlene spent almost the whole time in Wickenberg Arizona riding horses and hanging out with friends. I spent the first three days in Wickenberg with Darlene and then went to Phoenix for one night to watch the Oregon Ducks best the Arizona State Sun Devils in a great basketball game.
I then flew to Las Vegas for five days. The Las Vegas Golden Knights is a new professional hockey team that began playing in Vegas this year. Seems like an odd place to have a hockey team but Las Vegas is crazy about their Golden Knights. While in Vegas I attended my first ever hockey game at the recently built T Mobile arena. The place was packed and the arena was electric.
After Las Vegas I flew back to Phoenix and met up with three friends for the 5G Summit. The 5G Summit is an annual trip I’ve taken with three friends for the past 20 years. 5G stands for God, Guys, Golf, Grub, and Games.
I then joined back up with Darlene in Wickenberg and we spent five days driving back home. Stopping three days in Red Bluff California for the 77th annual Red Bluff Bull and Gelding Sale. Now you haven’t lived until you’ve been to the Bull and Gelding Sale…….Smile, and this is my third year.
I mention all of this because of the importance of finding consistency in your life. Not only do I think exercising and eating healthy are important, but I also think spending consistent time with people that care about you and believe the same way is also important.
The 5G Summit started because we all were friends, had a similar relationship with God, and we enjoyed Golfing. Everyday we are together we spend time in prayer and devotion, and talking about what is going on in our lives. One of the keys in our longevity of meeting up with each other is our transparency, nothing is off the table and the discussions can become rather direct.
We have all had successes and failures in our life, and at times it can be hard to hear what a true friend is telling you. But, you can accept it because you know the person telling you only wants great things for your life.
I am truly blessed to have these friends in my life, and would encourage everyone, especially men, to develop these types of relationships.
I hate to admit that I haven’t exercised as much as I should have this past week. Some of it was out of my control but some was lack of motivation.
I’m ok with it though. I know that I need to make one final hard push before the Open and I’m hoping that a little rest for my body will be helpful.
I also know how nice this trip was, spending time with Darlene, friends, and time in the sun. Hopefully it will keep my mind in the right place.
Less than a month to go before the Open. I can’t wait.
Thanks for following me on my journey.