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Photo of the “Death March” where we line up just before going out on the soccer field at the CrossFit Games. Numbers reflect lanes.

Back of the Pack

It’s been over a week since the 2016 CF Games and I have had a little time to let the year sink in. It’s certainly been a bag of mixed emotions, which started long before arriving in Carson. While qualifying for a third time was very gratifying, I had hoped to finish a little higher this year. My 2016 finish in 13th place was my best qualifying position so far, and although being among the pack is a great accomplishment, there is a sense of defeat to finishing at the back of the pack, even if it’s on the Reebok CrossFit Games Leaderboard.

Thanks to a supportive husband, Brute Strength, Active Life, and a pack of supportive local lovies, I put a lot of time and effort into becoming stronger this year. While my barbell work and overall strength have improved, the Games exposed the weaknesses in my training that, if I’m honest with myself, I knew were there all along.

I am not quite sure why, but my training has been suffering. I even questioned my love for the game as the Games were approaching.

My love… is the level of fitness that CrossFit and making it to the Games demands. Knowing this, I am now more driven than before to get back there next year. To do so… at 54 years old, in the 50-54 age group, will take a new level of commitment. Here goes…

1)My interval work must be pushed further and longer in those deep, dark caves.

2)My work must become more efficient, with separate am/pm sessions to maintain intensity and focus.

3)My nutrition, hydration, and sleep must be more deliberate and constantly maintained for stamina.

There are about 7 months until the 2017 CrossFit Open. Who knows what will come. I am confident that my happiness requires giving my fitness my all. …And if giving my all lands me a spot in the 2017 CF Games, I will be THRILLED!…and satisfied with being among the pack.

L

 

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