Diamond of the Tough Recap

Oct 1st, 2012

Diamond of the Tough Recap


On Saturday, Patrick T, Lance, and I took a trip down to Santa Cruz to compete in the Diamond of the Tough, a masters competition for the CFers out there who are a little past their prime (there were some really impressive masters athletes out there, though, so a lot of them are probably still in their prime).

It was a blast, as most of these CF competitions are.  All three of us turned in top 10 performances and did our best to represent CFO well.

Here’s a rundown of the competition for the three of us.


Patrick’s performance on Saturday was typified by consistency.  He never finished outside of the top 10 in any of the four workouts, with his best finishes being his 3rd place finish in the 5-10-15 yard shuttle sprint and a 4th place finish in the standing broad jump.

He also put up 175 lbs for a max set of five in the bear complex, which was good for 7th place in that workout.  

This was Patrick’s first competition of the new Games season and it was a promising start.  He finished in 8th place overall in the 40-44 age group.


Lance showed that when he has a workout that involves a barbell, he’s ready to throw down.  His two best finishes in the four workouts were a 7th place finish in the bear complex, throwing 165 lbs around for five sets like it was a toothpick, and his 6th place finish in the fourth workout, which was a 3-rounder involving double-unders, overhead squats, and chest-to-bar pull-ups.

This was Lance’s second competition of the new Games season, and he greatly improved on a 15th place finish at his last competition.  He finished in 7th place overall, facing some stiff competition, with three competitors in the 45-49 age group who competed in the final stage of the CF Games last year.


For me, it was about making those small improvements and getting closer to where I want to be when the NorCal Masters rolls around in January, and then the CF Games Open later in the year.  This was a good stepping stone.  I dug myself a deep hole after the first workout (the bear complex), finishing in 13th place with 155 lbs, but in the final three workouts I finished 6th, 3rd, and 2nd, respectively, good for a 7th place overall finish.  I just need to get stronger now.  The winner of my age group did 205 lbs for the bear complex, so I have my work cut out and a clear path in front of me.


We’ve been posting a few videos from the competition on our FB page, so be sure to check it out if you’re curious about what CF competitions are like.