There’s always next year |

There’s always next year

Jon Mitchell
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Contributed photoRifle High School graduate Jenny LaBaw had her stay at the CrossFit World Championships cut short by injury.

Jenny LaBaw didn’t have much of a choice.

When she entered the second day of the CrossFit World Championships, which ran from July 12-15 in Carson, Calif., LaBaw was in fourth place in the 44-person field. But a lingering neck injury, one she had been dealing with since January, began to flare up.

By the time the final day of the competition came around, the pain that was prohibiting her from doing her workouts correctly forced her to withdraw from the competition, dropping her to a 37th-place finish after a sixth-place finish the year before.

“I ended up doing three of the workouts in pain,” said LaBaw, a 2000 graduate of Rifle High School. “It got to a point where I was really risking my health and it wasn’t going to be safe to continue, so I had to make a really, really hard decision to withdraw.”

LaBaw, who now lives in Chico, Calif., was in Silt this past week visiting family following her stint at the CrossFit Games. She wouldn’t specify what the exact injury in her neck was, but she did say the pain from the injury caused limited movement, which played a tremendous role in her finish at the Games this year.

The pain didn’t begin until July 13 – the second day of the Games – when it became difficult for her to do handstand pushups. She took a low score for that workout, and her scores suffered the rest of the way.

She did earn a top-10 finish in the sprint events – ninth, actually – which are arguably some of her strongest events. But, after a 31st-place finish in the clean ladder, a workout which includes deadlifts, which work out the shoulder muscles, she decided to call it quits.

“I was super disappointed and had every emotion I could think of going through my head at that point,” LaBaw said. “I was super upset when it all went down, but I came to realize that it all happened for a reason.”

LaBaw has since returned to California to begin a six-to-eight-week rehabilitation program meant to ensure a full recovery in time for her training regimen to begin in late October. Though the disappointment she felt from her finish earlier this month still lingers, she’s optimistic about her prospects for the 2013 Games.

“There’s always next year,” LaBaw said, laughing.

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