Local woman competes at 2017 CrossFit Games
Last updated 8/10/2017 at Noon
Katherine Stojkovic’s fourth appearance at the CrossFit Games didn’t turn out the way she had hoped it would.
The Edmonds resident finished 18th overall in the Masters Women’s 60 and older division Aug. 3-6 in Madison, Wisconsin.
Stojkovic started out well in the Run, Swim, Run workout, placing 15th in the event, which the 63-year-old said definitely challenged her. Athletes ran 1.5 miles, swam 500 meters in an outdoor setting and then wrapped up with a 1.5-mile run.
“I finished with nine minutes to spare,” Stojkovic said. “I saw myself doing something that really scared me. I was really successful with it.”
Prior to leaving for Madison, Stojkovic practiced at Yost Pool. She had little experience in an open water environment.
“This lake we were in was very green with algae and seaweed,” she said. “I got through it. I was elated.”
This year was the first time Madison hosted the CrossFit Games and it turned out that organizers may have been overwhelmed by the number of athletes. Going in some people had concerns whether there were going to be enough staff to take care of the crowds of athletes working out at the same time, Stojkovic said
The Masters and teenagers competition, which previously were held at a different time, were run at the same time as the individual events. It turned into a situation where in Stojkovic’s view there were too many people competing at the same time with the result being confusion and communication breakdowns.
As a consequence, Stojkovic ended up being eliminated in the second workout because she did not complete a work requirement. Had the requirement been clearly communicated to Stojkovic, she said she would have approached the workout differently.
Stojkovic was disappointed but has moved on. She is hoping that next year’s CrossFit Games are better organized and that information is communicated in a clearer fashion.
The Edmonds athlete would like to be a part of the solution. Stojkovic had always planned that this year would be her final time as an athlete. She’s written to organizers that she would like to return.
“I would love to come to the Games next year, not to participate but to be someone who can be a link to the Masters to make sure they understand stuff,” Stojkovic said. “We need a liaison, somebody who knows how 60-year-olds are. It just fired me up to see if I can do something in another realm.”
Stojkovic’s days as a competitor aren’t quite over, though. She is planning to train for and compete in the Nor Cal Masters competition in Richmond, California. The event is held in late January.
Setting goals is an important part of how Stojkovic stays healthy. Without some sort of benchmark, she said that it’s easy to stagnate.
“You have to do some work in order to be better. I’m looking ahead, not looking back,” Stojkovic said. “I need to keep my fitness where it is or keep it better as I get older.”