Thursday, October 31, 2019


Over the course of my life, I cannot recall a situation where I truly competed to win.  I certainly have competed to do my best, to push at near 100% effort and committed full mental fortitude.  However, I knew that I was not the fastest or strongest. 

I have nearly always trained with a peer group.  That may have been friends, a high school cross country team, masters swim club or Crossfit box.  In all circumstances, I may have kept up, but was not leading the pack.  To that end, I always strived to turn in my best performance, knowing the competitive field would be larger, not smaller.

I have participated in events ranging from foot races, duathlons, triathlons and the Crossfit Open.  My goal has often been to finish.  That does not take away from the measure.

Running is the cleanest measure.  What is your Personal Record (PR) in the 400m, mile, 5K, 10K, marathon, etc.?

Weightlifting is even cleaner.  What is your PR in the Snatch and Clean & Jerk?

Powerlifting.  What is your total? Squat, Bench Press, Deadlift?

Crossfit is a little different.  We measure and repeat across varied time and modal domains.  I was recently discussing a workout that seemed to favor an athlete.  She replied that her sweet spot was shorter workouts and 20 minutes did not suit her preferred time domain.  The modes of Crossfit span gymnastics, major lifts and traditional endurance sports like biking, running, swimming and rowing.  Is it functional fitness?  Will a measure of how long it takes me to throw a 20# medicine ball to a 10' target translate to general physical preparedness?

It sometimes seems that Obstacle Course Racing or Strongman, may be better training routines for general physical preparedness.  I believe that both of these combine 

Cardiovascular Endurance

Over the next few years, I would like to compete in a Powerlifting competition and a Strongman competition.  

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