Noah Ohlsen sits atop the Leaderboard at the end of Day 2 after an eighth- and a first- place finish in the day's events.
Noah Ohlsen sits atop the Leaderboard at the end of Day 2 after an eighth- and a first- place finish in the day's events. ©2017 CrossFit Inc. Used with permission from CrossFit Inc.

Noah Ohlsen was the one consistent name in the top 5 of the CrossFit Atlantic Regional. Not only was Ohlsen in the top 5, moved up to 1st after Event 3 and never looked back. But last night, we found out that this dominant performance almost never happened.

According to Ohlsen, “A little over two weeks prior to the competition, I tore my right pec doing intervals of dumbbell snatches and ring dips. While it was minor, it was so painful that I couldn’t even do a burpee, let alone support myself on the rings.”

Ohlsen and his coach, Max El-Hag of Training Think Tank, focused on letting his pec heal while trying to maintain his fitness. Finally by Wednesday Ohlsen was able to do slow, strict dips. However, he still was unsure whether he would hold up through 45 ring dips in a competition.

Luckily, Ohlsen’s pec held up and he finished Event 2 “unscathed”. It was his worst performance of the weekend, 13th, but it wouldn’t matter as the rest of the weekend went to plan and he stayed above the pandemonium that would go on with the rest of the leaderboard (i.e. Ben Smith’s comeback and Travis Mayer’s Event 6 heroics).

The elephant on my chest: The lead up to this regional was the most nerve-racking and doubt riddled yet. A little over two weeks prior to the competition, I tore my right pec doing intervals of dumbbell snatches and ring dips. While it was minor, it was so painful that I couldn’t even do a burpee, let alone support myself on the rings. Max (@trainingthinktank) and I took a step back and did EVERYTHING in our power to intelligently heal the tendon while still trying to maintain my fitness and prepare for game day. With the help of @sflrehab, @athletixrehab and @joannleigh, I was able get it back the point where I could slowly do a few strict dips two days before. I slept about five minutes total of the ten hours I was in bed Thursday night, anticipating the workout that’d set me back less than three weeks ago. Needless to say, I made it through unscathed and was just as happy to remain healthy as I was to win. Thankful for whatever went on inside of my body and for all the TLC I got from very special people outside of it, to give me the confidence that I could still perform when the time came. A deep, sincere and heartfelt sorry to those who didn’t make it all the way through the weekend. I’ll do my best to represent in Madison!

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