In Athletes, CrossFit Games

July 22, 2011

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Hilary Achauer explains how the oldest and youngest athletes in the Southern California Regional approached the competition.

If you’re a CrossFitter over the age of 30, it’s likely that at some point you’ve given yourself a little extra credit for your years.

Yes, you’ve played the age game.

After getting demolished in a workout, you allowed yourself to think, “Yeah, I didn’t get as many rounds as I thought, but I’m 10 years older than her! I’m doing fine.”

As a 38-year-old in a gym filled with mostly twentysomethings, I was happy giving myself a pat on the back for my extra years until I met 42-year-old Bill Grundler at the Southern California Regional. I didn’t even think about the effect of being 10 years younger than most of the competition until I watched Connor Martin, age 20, compete at that same event.

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14 Comments on “Taking Age Out of the Equation ”


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As a 39 year old a couple months away from 40, GUILTY as charged! Way to Rock Bill!! Definitely an inspiration.


replied to comment from Jeremy Ford

Great examples and a great topic. Regardless of age, Crossfit makes all the difference between an ordinary, usually sedentary life and a truly fit life.


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awesoem awesome work bill and connor! great article as well. keep up the great work all! see you at the games! :)


Tammi Byxbee wrote …

"He who is calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of opposite disposition, youth and age are equally a burden"


I loved this article on so many levels. As a 42 year old combat athlete, whenever you get knocked down, you come back that much stronger-it's a choice you make.


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damnit, why do people keep taking away my excuses!



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Umm, this article actually argues against itself a little bit. Why do we make a big deal about what Bill accomplished? Because of his age. So in effect we are saying he has overcome much more than an athlete half his age has to. You can never take age out of the equation, and, I don't think you should. I mean we have Masters divisions for a reason. I think it is incredible what Bill has done and continues to do, but it is so incredible because he is 42.


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Thanks to everyone for reading and commenting. David, the point I was making is that Bill's strategy is to take age out of the equation. It's not that any of us ignore his age, it's that he does. He doesn't cut himself any slack for being 42, which is part of his success. It is incredible what he's done -- I agree! I learned so much watching him compete.


replied to comment from Hilary Achauer

Ah, I see your point.


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I see where they are coming from how Connor is an amazing athlete for his age. Although I turned 19 a day before regionals and ended the weekend in 15th.


Jeff Martin wrote …

What's your point Trevor?


Great article, thanks!
And while it DOES take away another one of my excuses, it reminds me of the power curve, the second power curve designed to delay age-related decrepitude. This is, IMHO, one of CF's major movements: age well. Age like an athlete and you will age well!
Good stuff!
PS: Grundler is a straight=up beast! 'Nuff Said!


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Seems Trevor's point is pretty obvious. Nothing wrong with a little boasting, right?


wrote …

Great article - I play the age game. I've never been an athlete - ever. Until I started CrossFit at the age of 36. I'm now 39 and consider myself an athlete. I've competed with a team at Regionals two years in a row as well...but, I can be better. Once I get over my mental age hump! Bill, you are an inspiration. Thanks!


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I've used every excuse in the book to appease my fragile ego. I'll be 43 in a month and people like Grundler and Mikkelsen are tremendously inspiring. Thanks for these articles Hillary.

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