The 2018 CrossFit Open

March 30, 2018

The 2018 CrossFit Open finished up on Monday March 26th.  As I have mentioned a few times my results were not as good as I was hoping for but I did see a lot of improvement in all areas of Fitness.  I finished right at 1,000th place in the world for my age division, this result put my in the 88th percentile.  I didn’t meet my goal but I’m choosing to focus on the positives from this experience.

I’m stronger, I can lift more weight, and I can lift it faster.

I have more stamina, I’m able to work for longer amounts of time.

I improved my flexibility.  A good example of this is that now I’m able to do pistols, which are one legged squats.

I improved in body weight movements.  This was the area that I saw the biggest improvement, but, I still have a long way to go.  I’m now able to do, pull-ups, toes-to-bar, chest-to-bar, and handstand push-ups.  I still need to improve the number I can do of each of these movements and the speed that I can do each movement, but I’m excited that I can at least do the movements.

I still can’t do Ring or Bar Muscle-ups.  Being able to do these two movements would not have magically let me hit my goal this year of being in the Top 200, but it is safe to say that I will never reach this goal if I’m unable to do these two movements.

I also was able to reduce my weight to below 200 pounds.  I would like to continue to lose a few more pounds and try and maintain a weight of about 190.

This brings me to the question of what will my goals be for the rest of this year?

The short answer is that I haven’t decided yet.  I will continue to exercise and attempt to eat right but for the next four to six weeks I think I will be bringing the intensity down a notch or two.  Instead of five or six workouts a week it will be three or four, and I may not be able to ignore the random cookie that I come across……smile.

I’m also going to take a break from my weekly posts.  I’m really glad that I made my goal of posting at least once per week for the last 34 weeks.  If for no better reason then I have a journal of things I’ve tried and things I’ve accomplished during the last eight months.

My hope is that I will get back on some type of schedule of posting to this web-site…..I’ll let you know.

It has really been a lot of fun for me.  I appreciate everyone that has read even one of my posts, and to those of you that have reached out with a kind word, or encouragement for what I was trying to do, thank-you, it really helped motivate me to keep going.

Thanks for following me on my Journey.

God is good……all the time.

 

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.

18.4

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.

18.5

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.

Kendra

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.

 

 

18.4 and my sister Dana

March 16, 2017

Thanks for joining me in my Follow Dave Journey, we are in week 32.  This journey chronicles my attempt to be one of the Top 200 Fittest 50 – 54 year old males as measured by the CrossFit Open.

Alright, I’m home from Vegas and I’m ready to do the last two weeks of the CrossFit Open.  I would say that my results so far have been lackluster considering what my goal is, but just looking at a comparison to last year my results have improved dramatically.

Last year I ended up placed 1,681 out of 6,544, or in the 75th percentile.

After week 3 of the Open I sat in 823rd place.  Because there are over 8,300 50 – 54 year old men competing this year, my results put me in the top 10% in the world, so I sit in the 90th percentile.  I like looking at it this way because it sounds much more impressive…..smile

I’m not discouraged by how I have done but I continue to be impressed by how fit the men in my age category have become.

18.4

Last night the workout for the 4th week of the Open was announced.  Earlier in one of my posts I mentioned CrossFit Benchmark workouts.  These are workouts that every CrossFit gym in the world will do and track how their members progress over time.  This week’s Open Workout begins with the Benchmark workout titled Diane.

Diane is a couplet meaning that it includes two movements.  The first movement is the Deadlift, for men the deadlift is done at the weight of 225 lbs.  The second movement is the Handstand Push-up.  The workout has 3 rounds, with the first round being 21 reps of each movement, the second being 15 of each movement, and the third being 9 of each movement.  The workout has a time cap of 9 minutes.

As I have mentioned numerous times the handstand push-up is a hole in my fitness.  I can now do a few of these in a workout but to get through the first round in nine minutes would be heroic.

My Sister Dana

I heard on the radio earlier this week that a study was done in Sweden on Women who had a moderate level of Fitness during their “mid-life”.  These women that were fit during their mid-life had a 90% less chance of having Alzheimer’s or Dementia when they became older.

I don’t normally put much stock in these haphazard mentions on the radio but this one struck me because it hit very close to home on two levels.

I’m obviously very interested in fitness, but also my sister Dana, who I mentioned last week as having a birthday on Friday March 9th, has early onset Alzheimer’s and by most accounts is in the later stage of this disease.  Dana turned 56.

I don’t say this lightly nor am I looking for sympathy but I have had some very rough days over the last five years.  Last Friday was nearly as rough as any day I have experienced.  I think this will be the last birthday Dana spends on earth.  Even though I believe that Dana will go to a much better place, I can’t help but miss the incredible person I grew up with.

I’m not always sure why I write this blog but this week I am really confident in what I want to tell you.

If you are not doing something about your fitness, and I don’t care how old you are, you need to start……today.

The results are in, how we fight chronic diseases, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and now even Alzheimer’s, is through Fitness.  Then after spending time getting Fit you will decide to try eating better which will only make you more resilient to disease.

As great as life is it can still be really hard.  I encourage you to take the steps so that chronic disease becomes less of a possibility in your life.

Thanks for following me on my Journey.