Pasco’s Ken Idler moved up one position Thursday to finish sixth in the world in the Masters Men 50-54 division at the Reebok CrossFit Games in Carson, Calif.
Idler, who works out at FallOut CrossFit in Richland and who entered the contest ranked No. 18 in the world, entered the final day in seventh place.
In the Clean and Jerk event — one clean and jerk at maximum weight — Idler lifted 230 pounds to tie for fourth place.
And Idler finished fifth in the final workout — 100 double unders, a 100-meter run, 4 rope climbs, another 100-meter run, 30 Axle front squats, a third 100-meter run, a 100-meter Farmer carry, 20 dumbbell snatches, and a 100 meter run, all for time.
Idler had a time of 10 minutes, 54.5 seconds.
For Idler, it was an experience of a lifetime.
“It’s been awesome, the work was unbelievable,” he said. “I did some things I didn’t think I could.”
His goal was to make the first cut, from top 20 to top 12.
“But I finished in the top 10 in five of the six events,” he said.
He felt his best workout of the three days was Day 1’s second event, the Push, Pull, Drag.
“I took second in that,” he said. “I surprised myself. I pulled the sled really well. If I could have done the pullups better I could have won.”
All of the longer events were to his favor, he said.
“My strength is my endurance,” said Idler. “All the longer ones I did well.”
Craig Howard of Alamo, Calif., and Steve Parsoneault of Boulder, Colo., each had 507 points. But Howard was declared the winner.