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“I’m tryin’ hard and climbin’!” Noah Ohlsen Is Staying Alive, Just Barely

March 19, 2019 by
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Noah Ohlsen’s 2019 Open didn’t start off great, putting him into a seemingly insurmountable hole with a 792nd place on 19.1.

Since then, Ohlsen has logged a 31st on 19.2, 8th on 19.3, and a 3rd on 19.4, an incredibly impressive series of performances which have landed him in 74th on the overall leaderboard going into the final week.

But here’s the stark reality: No athlete who has ever been outside the top 50 has ever finished top 30. Ohlsen would need a perfect performance and a whole lot of other help around the leaderboard for him to qualify.

Ohlsen’s process of moving up the leaderboard is a result of constant and honest analysis of his performances and finding spots to improve. Take 19.4 for example: he finished his first attempt in 8:33, and knew he had to find another gear to improve.

“I went about 90% on the first workout, finished it in 2:23, sat down during the rest, water, towel, long slow exhales to bring my heartrate down.”

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Following the three minute rest after the first portion of 19.4, Ohlsen executed the second half quickly and unbroken. “I don’t think I can go much faster on that part, [so I] have to go about 95% on the first part, maybe shave 10-15 seconds there and hope to perform the same on the back half.”

Ohlsen’s second and final attempt put him 20 seconds faster with an 8:13 finish, but where exactly do those 20 seconds come from?

“Back pocket! They were there the whole time!” Ohlsen jokes. “The beginning, went from 2:23 to 2:05.”

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