November 17, 2017
Thanks for joining me in my Follow Dave Journey, we have made it to week 15. 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.
As you can see by the picture above I finally cracked the 200 lb barrier. This was pretty exciting for me since I had plateaued for the past eight weeks. It was a short lived excitement though as I jumped back above 200 lbs the next day. I’m still encouraged as this has been my pattern since I started trying to lose weight.
My pattern since the beginning has been to drop a few pounds literally overnight, only to jump back up the next day. I will then drop back down to the new weight sometime over the next few days or even a week later. It can be frustrating but at least I know what to expect.
I mentioned in last week’s post , Workout 17.5 would be my next redo. I’ve been looking forward to the redo of this workout because, I was optimistic that I would be able to do the workout in under 20 minutes, with a goal of finishing in 18 minutes. My original time on the workout was 25 minutes and 22 seconds. I remember being so tired while doing this workout that right in the middle of the exercise I sat down on the floor and rested, I never do that in a workout! I was pretty sure I could resist resting in middle of this redo. (Big Smile)
As a reminder the movements for this workout are:
10 Rounds for time:
9 Thrusters @ 95 lbs
35 Double Unders
The video is of the 10th and final round of the workout. While the workout was tough and as usual I ended up laying on the ground gasping for air when the workout was completed, I finished the workout in 16 minutes and 20 seconds. I was able to improve my time by 9 minutes and 2 seconds. (WOW)
Like I said I expected to improve but this improvement really blew me away. When I compare this new time to the times posted by the other 50 – 54 year old males, from when they did it in March, my new time would have placed me 228th as compared to my original placing of 1,183rd out of over 6,000 competitors.
This result is really a positive shot in the arm, in my Mental Side of Fitness post I talk about needing positive results along my journey. My positives for the week are that I continue to lose weight, this allows me to workout harder and longer, which then causes a measureable improvement in my workouts.
On a completely unrelated note, I’ve always worn short white socks when I exercise. Recently I looked in the mirror before I went to workout and all I could see was an old man with skinny white legs. Because of this I’m really trying to step up my sock game. Please notice my stylish gray socks in the video.
Thanks for following me on my journey.