Pasco’s Ken Idler rallied on the final day of the Reebok CrossFit Games to finish fifth overall in the Masters Men 50-54 Division.
Idler started Thursday ranked eighth out of 20 competitors.
But he thought he could do well in Thursday’s first event: the 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.
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He finished second overall with a time of 12 minutes, 17.85 seconds.
That vaulted him up to fourth place overall.
“That event looked better than I thought it would,” Idler admitted.
The final event he was thrilled with. It was a 200-meter run, four muscle-ups, followed by five snatches of 135 pounds. And it had to be completed in under 6 minutes.
Easy enough for him, with a time of 1:46.15.
But he placed 14th out of 20, dropping him to fifth. Idler scored 586 points.
“I felt I did better in that event than I thought I would,” he said.
Will Powell of Greensboro, N.C., won the competition with 635 points.
Overall, Idler’s fifth-place finish was one spot better than when he competed in 2013.
“My goal was to do the best I could, and wherever I ended up, I ended up,” Idler said. “I’m feeling good right now.”
Except for some torn up hands from doing 100 pull-ups, physically, he said, he’s fine.
“My nutrition is what sets me apart,” he said. “But it drains me mentally. From January until now, this is pretty much what I do. Tonight is almost a decompression for me.”
But he believes he’ll be ready for the 2015 CrossFit Games.
But he’s ready to get back to coaching his clients at his own business in Pasco, CrossFit Unrestrained.
“I enjoyed the workouts,” he said. “I enjoyed the process. But I really enjoy coaching and teaching.”