Noah Ohlsen Opens Up About His 2020 CrossFit Games Experience

Event 4

This event seems like a microcosm of the entire weekend. What felt like a first place execution ended up being a third place finish. Handstand walking is my jam! I was excited to try to knock this one out of the park and earn some much needed points.

I got outclassed by one dude and outsmarted by another. I managed to go about 200’ unbroken at what felt like a fast pace and took a couple quick breaks as I chipped away at the final 100.

When I crossed the finish line and saw Mat and Justin already sitting there, I was disheartened. Another frustration that I needed to swallow, as we moved on to the ranch for the final event of day one.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Event 4⁣ This event seems like a microcosm of the entire weekend. What felt like a first place execution ended up being a third place finish. Handstand walking is my jam! I was excited to try to knock this one out of the park and earn some much needed points.⁣ ⁣ I got outclassed by one dude and outsmarted by another. I managed to go about 200’ unbroken at what felt like a fast pace and took a couple quick breaks as I chipped away at the final 100.⁣ ⁣ When I crossed the finish line and saw Mat and Justin already sitting there, I was disheartened. Another frustration that I needed to swallow, as we moved on to the ranch for the final event of day one.⁣ ⁣ ? @crossfitgames

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Event 5

This was certainly the event that I was most proud of all weekend. That was one of the gnarliest, grittiest, grind through it runs that I’ve ever done. Y’all, I don’t know if you could get a proper feel for it on the live feed, but some of them hills was STEEP. Like crawl on your hands and knees steep and others were just do everything you can to put one foot in front of the other and walk your way to the top steep.

Luckily, I learned my lesson after exploding on the trail run here in 2016, that starting it in the lead doesn’t mean you’ll finish in the lead. I felt like I paced it well and it paid off. At a certain point, Mat and Justin separated themselves out in front and I was able to chase Sam. For a majority of the hour we were running, I was back and forth and side by side with Jeffrey. Most of the time he had a slight lead on me, but I started to pick up on particular windows of opportunity that I could pass him. Physically, the last three miles were intersting because my energy came and went in waves. I’d saunter along for a bit at a pace that felt slow, but all that I could muster, and then all of a sudden I’d be cruising quickly and try to hang onto that for as long as I could.

Trudging up what I knew was our final climb, Jeffrey was walking about ten steps ahead of me. I decided to risk using the extra energy to run at that point to pass him just as we reached the peak and let gravity send me soaring down the other side. I could hear him hot on my heels and didn’t have a whole lot of push left in me, but was mentally screaming encouragement at myself to just hang on and spread the gap because it was almost over.

As I slid down the hill shown in the photo above, I recognized that it was one of the first ones we climbed on our hands and knees, which meant the finish line was right around the corner! I confidently emptied the tank and managed to secure myself a third place finish that was celebrated with some @dougthedoggo kisses. I was thrilled that I battled it out and never gave up.

That being said, I truly don’t think I ever fully recovered from the effort that took me, for the rest of the weekend.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Event 5⁣ This was certainly the event that I was most proud of all weekend. That was one of the gnarliest, grittiest, grind through it runs that I’ve ever done. Y’all, I don’t know if you could get a proper feel for it on the live feed, but some of them hills was STEEP. Like crawl on your hands and knees steep and others were just do everything you can to put one foot in front of the other and walk your way to the top steep.⁣ ⁣ Luckily, I learned my lesson after exploding on the trail run here in 2016, that starting it in the lead doesn’t mean you’ll finish in the lead. I felt like I paced it well and it paid off. At a certain point, Mat and Justin separated themselves out in front and I was able to chase Sam. For a majority of the hour we were running, I was back and forth and side by side with Jeffrey. Most of the time he had a slight lead on me, but I started to pick up on particular windows of opportunity that I could pass him. Physically, the last three miles were intersting because my energy came and went in waves. I’d saunter along for a bit at a pace that felt slow, but all that I could muster, and then all of a sudden I’d be cruising quickly and try to hang onto that for as long as I could.⁣ ⁣ Trudging up what I knew was our final climb, Jeffrey was walking about ten steps ahead of me. I decided to risk using the extra energy to run at that point to pass him just as we reached the peak and let gravity send me soaring down the other side. I could hear him hot on my heels and didn’t have a whole lot of push left in me, but was mentally screaming encouragement at myself to just hang on and spread the gap because it was almost over.⁣ ⁣ As I slid down the hill shown in the photo above, I recognized that it was one of the first ones we climbed on our hands and knees, which meant the finish line was right around the corner! I confidently emptied the tank and managed to secure myself a third place finish that was celebrated with some @dougthedoggo kisses. I was thrilled that I battled it out and never gave up.⁣ ⁣ That being said, I truly don’t think I ever fully recovered from the effort that took me, for the rest of the weekend. ? @crossfitgames

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Event 6

This was my chance. The first classic @crossfit workout of the weekend that I really thought I could take advantage of and pull off a much needed win. In practice a few days prior, I played around with a toe to bar technique that I felt confident would buy me a few seconds of a lead on each set.⁣ As rocked as my legs still felt from the trail run only about 16 hours prior, I believed that I could gut the lunges out quickly enough to stay ahead.

As I’d hoped, I was the first one to finish the opening set of toe to bar! By the time I put my kettlebells down to start the second set, I could see that lead had diminished. I fought on with hope that I could still pull it off. Going into the final set, Mat and I were neck and neck. I swang my feet up to the bar frantically, but he made it to the kettlebells a split second ahead. As I crossed the finish line a few second behind him, in exasperation I thought, “dang it man, can’t I have at least one!”

A second place finish was my best of the weekend thus far, but felt disheartening having been so close to a victory.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Event 6⁣ This was my chance. The first classic @crossfit workout of the weekend that I really thought I could take advantage of and pull off a much needed win. In practice a few days prior, I played around with a toe to bar technique that I felt confident would buy me a few seconds of a lead on each set.⁣ As rocked as my legs still felt from the trail run only about 16 hours prior, I believed that I could gut the lunges out quickly enough to stay ahead.⁣ ⁣ As I’d hoped, I was the first one to finish the opening set of toe to bar! By the time I put my kettlebells down to start the second set, I could see that lead had diminished. I fought on with hope that I could still pull it off. Going into the final set, Mat and I were neck and neck. I swang my feet up to the bar frantically, but he made it to the kettlebells a split second ahead. As I crossed the finish line a few second behind him, in exasperation I thought, “dang it man, can’t I have at least one!”⁣ ⁣ A second place finish was my best of the weekend thus far, but felt disheartening having been so close to a victory. ? @crossfitgames

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