Will Lucas Parker Retire from CrossFit?

"Regardless of my performance or my health status, my season is over. So, the question is, am I going to do this again? Will I plan for a comeback, or will I retire and shift my focus?" Lucas Parker

LUCAS PARKER HAD TO WITHDRAW FROM COMPETITION AT THE EAST REGIONAL

In his own words:

“I decided to withdraw from this weekend’s competition. Halfway through the first event I started getting dizzy and lightheaded. I felt the distinct urge to sleep.

After finishing the event and leaving the floor with assistance from the medical team, I spent about half an hour getting my pulse, blood pressure, breathing, and temperature monitored and back to normal with help from the medical team. After this I observed a very red colour in my urine.

In warmup and execution of event 2, my symptoms returned and persisted.

This is now becoming a trend for me – this pattern of events has occurred in other crossfit competitions.

Based on this, I felt it was unwise and unproductive to continue, this time.

Nobody is more disappointed about this than I am! Indeed, I am as perplexed as I am upset. I believe my prep this year was solid, and I felt good in the days and minutes leading up to this “system crash.”

THANK YOU to the medical staff and volunteers who took care of me and kept me safe.

The plan now is to continue recovering, and to pursue further testing and information.

I’ll post more detailed thoughts in few days.”

SINCE THE EVENT HE POSTED A POST ON HIS BLOG WHICH TALKS ABOUT HIS FUTURE AND HIS GOALS

“The programming this year was a very broad test of the 10 General Physical Skills (more direct and obvious challenges to balance, agility, coordination, speed, etc.) which seems to favour my type of fitness. Many of my weaknesses and disliked movements were absent, like rowing and GHD situps.

Mentally, going in, everything seemed to be in place for a successful weekend. I had a solid year of training, using past open workouts to compete against myself on a weekly basis. In preparation for regionals, I used a training template that emphasized compounding muscle fatigue each day, especially in gymnastics movements (for example, assault bike and handstand work in the morning, and then burpees, wallballs and push jerks in the afternoon), which, when the regionals events were revealed, was clearly a successful decision.

In the week before regionals, I reduced my volume, while maintaining intensity in things like assault biking and treadmill running, and selectively practiced my weakest skills in the 6 events.

Indeed, I felt great up until halfway through event 1. My breakfast was large that morning, I got a quick tune up from my chiropractor, and I believe my warmup went very well. I had my final nervous bathroom break after checking in at the athlete corral, and we were off to the races. The treadmill run felt quicker and easier than expected, and I had high hopes for an above-average performance.

Unfortunately, you know the story from there…

So, what now? The first order of business is getting some medical attention. I’ve run a couple blood and urine tests, with some abnormal (but not immediately life-threatening) results – now, the doctors want to do some ultrasound investigation and possibly a muscle biopsy. So, I don’t have any solid answers yet, which can make it difficult to decide what to do day-to-day.

Regardless of my performance or my health status, my season is over. So, the question is, am I going to do this again? Will I plan for a comeback, or will I retire and shift my focus? That decision will be guided by my doctors in the coming weeks.

Until then, my path still seems clear: I can work hard to support my health with nutrition, sleep, and rejuvenating activity. I can enjoy the outdoors. I can think about what I want in my life and my career. And maybe I can do more blogging!”

Read Lucas Parker’s full post on his website

Lucas Parker Explains What is Causing the Pec Injuries in Event 2 of CrossFit Regionals

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Editor-In-Chief at BOXROX. I come from a background of rugby and weightlifting. Growing up in the English Lake District, I spent a great deal of time swimming in its stunning lakes and rivers. In 2015 my brothers and I became the first people to swim the 145km length of the River Eden, from source to mouth, in 9 days. We also swam the Corryvreckan whirlpool, the third largest in the world, and Crossfit is a huge part of my training for these events.

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