Pasco’s Ken Idler had a strong finish at the end of competition Tuesday to vault into fourth place among 20 contestants in the Masters Men 50-54 division at the Reebok CrossFit Games in Carson, Calif.
Idler finished the day in the Run Rope — running a 400- meter dash, then climbing a rope twice, then repeating this routine four more times — in 10 minutes, 41.61 seconds.
That gave him a second-place finish in the event and 95 points.
He has 296 points.
“That last event helped me a lot,” Idler said. “Endurance is my strength.”
Frank Wray of Cincinnati leads the event with 330 points after he finished first in two events.
Idler started the day tied for 11th in the Deadlift Ladder, where athletes did a 1-rep deadlift every 30 seconds with progressively heavier barbells. He topped out at 425 pounds, a personal record.
“I was sort of targeting that 425,” Idler said. “Four hundred pounds is the best I’ve done.”
He placed tied for 13th in the maximum distance of walking on their hands, getting two tries. Idler made it 25 feet.
“I was disappointed,” he said. “I’m not great at handstands, but I thought I would do 50 or 60 feet. The second one, I did zero.”But then he picked things up.
He dragged a sled 100 yards in 27 seconds, tying him for sixth in that event, before his Run Rope finish.
“I knew I’d be middle of the pack in those first few events,” Idler said. “My best opportunity would be in the last workout. I have a slight groin strain I’m dealing with. I had a little concern coming out of the gate in the sled pull.”
At 10:55 a.m. today, Idler competes in an event called 2007. Competitors will row 1,000 yards, then do five rounds of 20 pull-ups and seven push jerks at 125 pounds.
“My pull-ups are a concern,” Idler said. “If I can stay in the middle of the pack in that, I’ll be happy.”
At 2:20 p.m., it’ll be Medball Burpee. Competitors will use a 70-pound Medicine ball and do cleans over the shoulder in repetitions of 21, then 15, then 9.
They have a time limit of 11 minutes.