Friday night light was fun. I had the pleasure of doing the CrossFit Open 18.4 Workout with my buddy, Devin Edward. Unfortunately our other teammate, Matt Motia, was out of town. Out of all The Open workouts so far, I’ve got to say that this one really highlighted a weakness. I have never been a big fan of deadlifts. Personally, I don’t see the benefit of including a high volume of heavy deadlifts. On the other hand, I found some strengths in gymnastic movements. I was able to do the handstand push-ups unbroken and managed to get a set of handstand walks. Should I be worried about my deadlift numbers?
I would have to be more serious about my deadlift training/performance if I want to compete in the 2019 Regionals. At this point of my life, Regionals training is not my focus. Training for Regionals means I would have to train a couple of hours everday. I do not want to spend this amount of time at the gym to train for a competition. I have many other goals in life that I want to put my energy into. My priority is being a good husband. I want to be able to spend more time with my family. I do not want to be restricted by training. I want to be able to take a day off from training to go on a hike with my wife. I want the freedom to take spontaneous short trips. Training for Regionals is a serious goal and would require me to shift most of my focus from my home life to training.
I am also a gym owner. Serving clients is important to me. Training my coaches to grow their skills as coaches is also another priority in my life. I also want to be able to bring the best training and coaching for my athletes at the gym and online.
I think 18.4 is “one and done” for me. I don’t think I can improve on my points more than what I already have. I am also not going to risk injuring my lower back for an extra few points. Recovery is important after such a high load and volume workout. I spent an hour on rowing and biking the following Saturday, which allowed my body to flush out the toxins.
The 18.5 Workout is just around the corner. It’s another opportunity to bring our gym community closer and allow our athletes to push just a little more in a fun, competitive setting. The following week is going to be “deload” week, a recovery week that everyone deserves and can look forward to.