Overall, I ended up finishing fourth in my “wave”, but second in my Age Group – my first “podium” finish in a San Diego-area race. That’s a good feeling. A little bit of a drag was the margin between me and first place: about 30 seconds, most of which could be accounted for by the winner’s superior transitions. With clean transitions for me (I don’t know how he did, to be fair!), it might’ve been a sprint finish for the Age Group as I had a faster run split.
That would’ve been fun, if nothing else!
Overall, I was 18th.
I’m a “log” kind of guy. I want to know how I did, when I did it, and how it felt. I keep track of CrossFit WODs, races, lifting PRs, runs, bikes, swims… I test myself with time trials and see how I compare to earlier seasons, and earlier workouts in that season. I’ve done it for years… maybe just to scratch whatever OCD itch there is in my head, I don’t know. But I have always found it instructive to review my training plans after they’re executed, and review my races a little bit after they’re over. It’s part of the reason I like writing race reports. Today, I’ll share my lessons from Solana Beach about a month ago.
As I talked about a few weeks back when I outlined my beliefs about food, I am an advocate of eating healthfully. I think all the “cave people” and hard-core CrossFitters out there have it right – focus on eating whole foods for better health and weight loss, and you’re on the right track. Where they lose me is the name – “paleo” or “primal” – and the “hunter-gatherer” theme.
Almost three months ago, I buckled down and really started training for my first triathlon in almost four years. This time, I went about it a little bit differently than I had ever trained before. I wanted to try to incorporate CrossFit (no, that’s not all I talk about… I swear!!) and its perceived benefits – increased strength and high-end stamina – into my training plan.
Working with a CFE coach, I have been at it for roughly ten weeks now with my first race under my belt and the second approaching quickly. It seemed like a good time to take a look at the pros and cons of this year’s training experiment thus far.
Ah yes, the many criticisms of CrossFit…
I’m not sure what it is about CrossFit that makes it such a ripe target for people to criticize, but it sure seems like a favorite pastime of a lot of people who aren’t “into” CrossFit. Many times, people are critical of that which they do not understand, or have never tried. Healthy skepticism is one thing, but there is some serious unnatural distaste for CrossFit out there. We’re going to break it down and see how valid these criticisms are or aren’t. Today: “All they ever talk about is CrossFit!!”