CrossFit Games: Fourth is just fine to Fischer
Mark Fischer was just happy to make it to the CrossFit Games finals last week. Nearly making the podium during his first appearance at the worldwide competition was just an added bonus.
“Really, I tried not to look at where I was,” the 55-year-old Carbondale man said of his focus on his way to a fourth-place finish in the Masters 55-59 age group in Carson, California. “I really did my best to try not to pay attention to any of that. All I really wanted to do was just enjoy everything about being there.”
There ended up being plenty to enjoy for Fischer, who was second in the 20-athlete field going into the third and final day of the July 22-24 event. To top it off, he had more than two dozen people from his CrossFit gym, Sopris CrossFit, who drove to another time zone to cheer him on.
“That was really cool to see,” Fischer said.
Fischer wasn’t the only Garfield County athlete to take part in the Masters branch of the CrossFit Games finals. Robbie Davis, a co-owner of CrossFit Bonedale in Carbondale, improved on 2013’s sixth-place finish in the 40-44 age group one spot up to fifth place. The 43-year-old Davis made a huge recovery to do so, using a first-place finish in the med-ball/burpie workout on the second day to help him climb back from being in 19th place out of 20 competitors after the first day.
Fischer didn’t have any first-place finishes during his time there, but he did have a pair of second-place finishes. Those made a big difference in helping put him in contention for the age-group championship after he was 11th following Day 1.
“I was actually really happy with where I started,” Fischer said. “Then after the second day was over, I was in third place or something and I said to myself, ‘Hey, how’d that happen?’”
Actually, Fischer was in second place headed into the final two events. That came thanks to second-place finishes in the fifth and sixth workouts of the events, which Fischer said catered to his overall strengths.
Those workouts were the 2007, a workout that involves 1,000 meters off rowing, five sets of 20 pullups and seven push-presses, and the Medball Burpee, which involves multiple reps of overhead throws of 70-pound medicine balls and burpees.
“Those were more in my wheelhouse,” Fischer said.
He wound up finishing 10th in the Masters Final Event on July 24, which dropped him off the podium but still gave him a fourth-place finish. Still, he’s more than happy with the finish he had.
“I would have been totally content with finishing in the Top 10,” Fischer said. “So finishing fourth was just tremendous. Everything about it was a completely rewarding experience.”
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