by Coach DJ Hillier with Team Detour
Memorial Day weekend 2017 was one for the books. I was fortunate enough to compete in my third consecutive CrossFit Regionals. This year the competition was held in Nashville at the Music City Center. Going into the weekend we had our sights set high on finishing in the top five and qualifying for the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin.
This year’s competition included 6 events (2 per day) to find the fittest male, female, and team in the central region. My team (CrossFit Detour) had a great outing by finishing in the top 10 for all six workouts. Our best finish was event 2 with a third place finish. After day 1 we were sitting in 4th place and feeling really good about our chances to move on to the next stage. Unfortunately we had some questionable calls and poor execution on a few of the events and we finished 6th overall on Sunday night. For those who don’t know, the central region is the largest and most competitive region in the world. We have 11 states in our region where other regions in the U.S have 4-6. All in all we competed hard and put everything we had on the floor. The hardest pill to swallow is the fact that in any of the other 7 regions in the world, we would have qualified for the CrossFit Games. However, that is sports and with every experience comes something to learn for next time.
I want to say thank you for every member at Mi5 Fitness who has helped me get to the point in my career where I am at right now. Being a professional CrossFit athlete is an extreme honor and I wouldn’t be able to do it without my support system and the people at my box. Also, thanks to everyone who purchased a shirt and donated money to help fund my journey to regionals. You guys are all awesome and I am very thankful for you!
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