The Journey

February 16, 2018

Thanks for joining me in my Follow Dave Journey, we are in week 28. 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.

The Open starts on Thursday February 22nd. It is less than one week to go and I can’t wait. The first workout is announced at 5:00 pm Pacific Time.

At Veneta CrossFit we will watch the announcement show, on Thursday at 5:00, and then spend our workout time that night practicing the movements and strategizing the workout. Then, as a community, we will do the workout on Friday night. The scores or time for the first workout must be posted by the next Monday at 5:00 pm Pacific Time. Veneta CrossFit currently has 11 people signed up to compete in the Open.

My plan for next week’s post is to review the workout that was announced on Thursday night. I will try to give an honest assessment of how I think I will do and how I feel about the workout before doing the workout on Friday evening.

I’m hopeful that after I’ve completed the workout and posted my score I will write a post on how I think I did. We’ll see…….smile.

The Journey

I live a very blessed life. I love my wife Darlene and the relationship and life that we have. My son Casey, his beautiful wife Destiny and our precious Granddaughter Kaylee bring more joy to our lives than I can express. Both Darlene and I have amazing parents that are involved, supportive, and important pieces in our lives. On top of that we both have an incredible network of family/friends that love and support us.

I’ve mentioned many times how enjoyable this journey has been for me. I feel like I’ve stretched myself, attempting and doing things that I had always wanted to try. I think this journey has helped give me confidence to not be afraid to try new things.

I say this because I think the most important thing I’ve learned in this journey is how important living an abundant life is to me. I talked about this a few weeks ago, in a post, and it continues to resonate with me.

I want an abundant life.

I want more in my relationship with God, more in my relationship with Darlene, my kids, family, and friends. I want to be healthier, stronger, and happier. I think this journey these past 28 weeks has helped in making this happen.

Bring on the next five weeks, I’m ready to give it a go.

Thanks for following me on my journey.

Sickness, Injuries and Pistols?

February 9, 2018

Thanks for joining me in my Follow Dave Journey, we are in week 27. 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.

Exercising through Sickness & Injuries

Exercising during the flu season can be troublesome. At Veneta CrossFit we always want to encourage people to be consistent and exercise regularly, but what about when you are sick?

In a lot of ways I equate this to going to work even when you are sick. For most people their job is a responsibility. Weather it is true or not there is a feeling that if we don’t go to our job the work place will fall apart. Or, on a more fundamental level if we miss a day of work we might get fired and won’t be able to eat (If this is true go find a better job…smile).

The fact is, if you are sick you need to rest. This is true for work and for play. It’s not always easy but the best option when you are sick is to lay low for a few days and get better.

It is a similar thing with injuries. Resting the injured body part seems obvious but I often have a hard time forcing myself to rest. So how do I approach exercising when I am injured?

Before I go further on this subject I often have people tell me that they will never do CrossFit because they “heard” that the risk of injury is greater in CrossFit. I realize that I am a CrossFit enthusiast and have a bias, but there have been many independent studies done that show CrossFit is no more dangerous than other forms of exercise. Here is a link to a random study that I found with a quick google search. This study found that CrossFit has no more risk of injury than other forms of exercise, including running, playing soccer, playing basketball, etc.

The above study is consistent with my personal experience of playing sports and exercising throughout my life.

With that being said injuries do happen. In fact earlier this week during a running workout I felt tightness in my inner thigh. I was near the end of the workout so I decided to cut the workout short. Then on Wednesday night during a workout that included weighted squats I felt the same tightness. Once again I decided to cut the workout short before anything more serious occurred.

But what do I do now…….the Open starts in less than two weeks.

Thankfully, I think this injury is minor. It only hurts when I run or do squats. Although doing these two things are important to my goal of making the Top 200, I think I can work around it.

I have chosen to consider this small injury a blessing. I will now be able (forced) to focus more on the movements that I have the most difficulty with, the holes in my fitness. Pull-ups, Chest to Bar Pull-ups, Toes to Bar, Hand Stand Push-ups, and the dreaded Bar Muscle-ups. These movements will require minimal involvement from my injured area and will allow me to give this area the rest it needs.

So what is the answer to exercising when you are sick or injured? Although similar, I think the answer is slightly different. When sick, rest is the best medicine. When injured, rest is still important but it is also imperative that you find alternative ways to stay active. There are so many ways and forms of exercise, the key is to just keep moving.

Pistols?

There is a specific movement, similar to an Air Squat, where you squat only using one leg. This movement is called a Pistol. If you asked me a few months ago if there was a specific movement that I thought I would never be able to do, I would have said Pistols.

I’ve never mentioned Pistols in my posts because I had relegated it to something that was just beyond my capabilities. Because of its difficulty it has never been included in the Open and there is no reason to think it will show up this year.

But……Last week, out of the blue, I was able to complete my first Pistol. I then proceeded to do 60 more Pistols in a workout. It blew my mind.

After the workout I took the above video. My form may not be perfect but I did it and I’m still 51 years old. If I accomplish nothing else on this journey this is a major accomplishment for me. I can do Pistols, thanks for following me on my journey.

Meeting and Setting Goals

February 2, 2018

I woke up Thursday morning this week and told Darlene “The Open starts three weeks from today”. I started this journey in August of last year and we are getting close to the conclusion. I wanted to take a little time to recap how I’ve done in meeting the goals that I outlined in my very first post which you can see here.

Original Goals:

Post an update to the Blog every week.
Train hard for eight months.
Place in the Top 200 for 50 – 54 year old males in the CrossFit Open.

How Have I Done?

My first goal was to update this blog weekly.

I started this blog because what really pushes me is accountability.  My hope is that if I say I’m going to do something, I do it. Writing something new every week is a major time commitment.  I don’t claim to be an accomplished writer but I’m happy to say that so far I’ve accomplished this goal.

My second goal was to train hard for eight months. I’m excited to say that so far I have done this.

I’m excited because these past six months have given me a renewed joy for exercise. I love going to CrossFit. I can’t wait for warmer weather so I can get back on my bike. I look forward to swimming on 90 degree days. I look forward to an active life…..how great is that?

My last goal of making the Top 200 in my age group of the CrossFit Open has been the driving force of this blog. This goal is the thorn in my side, it is always on my mind, always pushing me. I hate this goal and I love this goal.

I’ve always wanted to be “Super Fit”, but never have been able to define Super Fit. This year I defined Super Fit as placing in the Top 200. I realize that this is completely arbitrary but it is how I have chosen to measure Super Fit.

With three weeks to go before the Open, I can honestly say I have no idea if I will meet this goal. I don’t want to fail, but there is a real possibility that this will happen. I’m glad I still have three weeks before it all starts.

Miscellaneous Thoughts:

I have learned and done so many new things during this journey.

I did a 100 mile bike ride, which was on my bucket list. I can now do Pull-ups, Toes to Bar, and Chest to Bar Pull-ups.

My diet and nutrition are so much better then when I started this journey. I now eat Avocado, Sweet Potatoes, and Fish. I’ve also begun to drink coffee, it makes me feel like I’m all grown up….smile.

I now take a few daily supplements, Fish Oil, Vitamin C, and Creatine.

I sleep better and just generally feel better.

Future Goals:

I haven’t figured this out yet. I know I need to have them. I’ve been a goal setter my whole life, and the benefits I have received from setting goals are life changing for me. If you don’t already do it I highly recommend the process.

Three Quick Thoughts on Goals:

Your goals need to be measurable.
Write your goals down.
Share your goals with someone that will help keep you accountable.

The last two are self-explanatory but the first one might need a little explanation.

You need to avoid goals like, “I need to eat better” and “I want to work out more”. You need to give yourself a way to measure how successful you are in meeting your goal. It would be better to say “I’m going to eat no more than 2,000 calories per day” or “I will go to Veneta CrossFit three times per week”.

Final Thoughts:

In trying to determine my new goals one of them revolves around this blog. It appears that roughly 800 people per week read about my journey. Either that or my always supportive Mom is reading my post 800 times each week.

I really have limited knowledge of who is reading my post. Any feedback I could receive would be awesome.

It will take a little effort on your part because I don’t know how to make the comments section of my web-site work. Believe me this is completely because of my lack of skill and isn’t a reflection on anyone else.

I would like to know who is reading, if you like the posts, if they are helpful, even if you’re just reading because you think what I’m doing is crazy/stupid. Please let me know.

You can DM me on Facebook either through my personal account or through the Veneta Crossfit Facebook account. If you want to e-mail me directly at venetacrossfit@hotmail.com this will also work.

Once again thanks for joining me on my journey.