Pasco’s Ken Idler knew he’d be in for a rough second day at the Reebok CrossFit Games in Carson, Calif.
Entering Wednesday’s Masters competition for men ages 50-54 in fourth place, the first event of the day was called 2007. It consisted of rowing 1,000 yards, then doing five rounds of 20 pull-ups and seven push jerks at 125 pounds.
“My goal was to stay in the top 10,” he said.
And that’s what he did, placing eighth out of 20 with a time of 12 minutes, 40.78 seconds.
In the day’s other event, the Medball Burpee, competitors used a 70-pound Medicine ball to do cleans over the shoulder in repetitions of 21, then 15, then 9.
Idler placed 11th with a time of 4:52.43.
“The Medball I did better than what I thought I’d do,” he said.
Overall, entering today’s final round, Idler ranks eighth with 432 points. However, he is only a few points out of sixth place.Will Powell of Greensboro, N.C., is the overall leader at 476 points.
“I knew (Wednesday’s) workouts were not my strengths,” Idler admitted. “If it was more endurance, it would be better. But it’s pretty predictable. Right now, I’m sitting where I thought I’d be in the standings.”
There are two events remaining, both today and with all 20 competitors getting a shot.
The first is called Down and Back Chipper. Competitors do 40 box jumps on a 24-inch tall box; 20 toes to bars; 40 wall-ball shots with a 20-pound ball; 20 rings dips; then the wall-ball shots, followed by the toes to bars, and finally the box jumps again.All of it must be done in under 21 minutes.
The final event will be a 200- meter run, four muscle-ups, followed by five snatches of 135 pounds. This must be completed in under 6 minutes.
“The first event is something I should do well in,” Idler said. “The closer, I’m not thrilled about. (Today) I have an opportunity to move up in the standings in that first event.”
So far, it’s been a great experience for Idler.
“It’s awesome,” he said. “You get to meet a lot of these guys from around the world. I’m in the middle of it right now, and I want to finish as I as I can. But when it’s over and it’s all said and done, you get a bit awestruck.”