I started my CrossFit journey in March of 2015 just as the Open was underway, not that I knew what it was at the time. I enjoyed the skills and the camaraderie of everybody challenging themselves with the same movements.
2016 (Open 1) - I scaled all of the workouts as I did not have a 95# OH walking lunge, 135# squat cleans, bar muscles ups, a 225# deadlift or 95# thrusters for the volume that was expected. I loved every minute of the Open which I completed at Old Pueblo CrossFit and MBS CrossFit
2017 (Open 2) - I Rx'd week 1, but scaled the rest, again limited by walking lunges, squat snatch, deadlift and heavy thrusters. I did all of these at West Metro CrossFit and again had a blast.
2018 (Open 3) - I did not register for the Open, but did all of the workouts at Aspire fitness. I had been working in the oilfield for about a year and was clinging to anything that resembled fitness. I did all of the workouts scaled and was limited by 50# DB HC&J, 50# DB squats, 115# OHS, HSPU, and 100# Thrusters. I completed the workouts at Aspire Fitness as well as I could around my hitch schedule.
2019 (Open 4) - I Rx'd weeks 1 and 2 before switching to scaled. This time I was limited by the walking lunges, snatch and heavy thruster. I did all of the workouts at CrossFit Golden and was about 4 months into a regular CrossFit training schedule.
2020 (Open 5) - First year to Rx all of the workouts, however had my fitness been better, I would have been limited by HSPU, 185# C&J, pistols and muscle ups. Felt really good to have confidence to try them all Rx, but I did skill out on weeks 3-5 and settled for a tie break time.
2021 (Open 6) - This was the pandemic year and I again Rx'd all of the workouts. The wall walk was introduced and I struggled with the standard, but gutted through. The progression of PU, C2B and MU allowed me to keep moving week 3 as I did not make it to the round of muscle ups. I did all of these workouts in the Garage Gym with Diya looking on.
2022 (Open 7) - I was back at CrossFit Golden for these and was again able to tackle them all Rx. I had some confidence moving a 115# thruster and my double unders had improved. I had confidence with a 225# deadlift. Great open for me.
2023 (Open 8) - I was again pleased with the programming and did all of these in my Garage Gym with Nisha looking on. I was again limited by fitness and did not reach the stopper movements of muscle ups, HSPU or heavy snatches.
I have made strides with some CrossFit specific skills including double unders and thrusters. I move well with burpees and have truly learned pacing for a given outing. I can do pull-ups and kipping chest to bar pull-ups. I can warm up myself and know my limits.
A few movements still elude me. I have yet to do a muscle up. In my lifetime, I have only done 1 HSPU. My Olympic lifts certainly leave something to be desired.
I believe 100% in the CrossFit methodology. I have staved off aging as best as I expect. I have kept my health indicators (blood pressure, A1C, cholesterol) in the borderline range rather than starting medications. I transitioned to oilfield work due to the General Physical Preparedness nature of CrossFit. I was still able to pack and partially move our household items. I have had the good fortune of trying kayaking, Highland Games, Ninja Warrior course and a grip competition.
Final Standings 3/11/2023 - 130,307 (men); 5700 (men 50-54); CrossFit Golden (19/19)
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