14.5 still gives me nightmares. I’ve never dreaded a workout as much as I did going into that one.
When all is said and done I finished 13,737/80,281 for top 17.1% of men worldwide. That’s an improvement over 9,251/46,227 (20%) in 2013 and 16,389/22,174 (73.9%) in 2012. Since I haven’t been able to train shoulders in over a month, was recovering from some low back (disc) issues for the first few weeks of the Open, and was sick for 14.1, I couldn’t be happier. With the injuries, I set my goal to beat the top 20% finish of 2013 and I did that with room to spare.
This year’s Open was the toughest of the 3 by far and there were almost 4 times as many men as when I first competed in 2012. I’m stronger and more fit than I’ve even been in my life.
I had a great week of rest and relaxation in Costa Rica, but can’t wait to hit it today and get back after it. Plan to keep resting the shoulder though until it’s fully healed.