Facing the Fact I am Slowing Down in CrossFit

Hot crossfit girls Climbing Rope in CrossFit Competition in Denver, CO
Climbing Rope in CrossFit Competition

Today I did Diane: 21-15-9 reps of deadlifts at 155 and handstand push ups. I was 4 minutes behind my PR (personal record) of a year and a half ago. And I thought I was pushing it.

The only thing I’ve PR’ed lately has been DT — only because DT is heavy weight.

I’m stronger than I was a year and a half ago, but not faster.

Facing a VO2 Decline with Age

VO2max declines with age (about 2% per year after age 30), which measures the body’s efficiency at producing work. I’m doing HIIT workouts to try to increase this VO2max and stop the decline — or at least slow it down — but we’ll see.

If I enter CrossFit competitions with no master’s class, odds are, I won’t even place. There is a big difference between 28 and over 40. This is fine, but it still is a hard pill to swallow.

My consolation? I’m still moving, still improving, still being challenged, and still striving to be my best. CrossFit is a competition against myself. That’s all that matters.

 

3 thoughts on “Facing the Fact I am Slowing Down in CrossFit

  1. It is hard to take sometimes. I think Indeal with it by stopping being competitive with others just myself. So each year I try to set targets. Try to find ways to improve my fitness each year. So far found them. One easy way has been to add one minute each year to my training period. Tricks myself that I am still getting fitter….

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  2. Sadly, it happens to all of us. it is definitely a hard pill to swallow. I am in the same boat. The worst part though, is once I realized I was no longer as competitive as I used to be, I kind of lost my mojo as well. That’s the hardest part. I am always trying to get my motivation back,

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