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.