What up? Happy Thursday to all of you. Hope you’re enjoying the sunshine this week. You know what really makes me happy? Someone today said that they’re pretty sure we’re done with winter in South Carolina. Like it’s never coming back. Or at least for now. I think that’s too good to be true BUT, it does sound nice. If you only know me from my blog, you probably think I’m obsessed with the sun, and hot weather, and all that. And, yep. I pretty much am. 

But moving on, today is officially 4 WEEKS UNTIL THE CROSSFIT GAMES OPEN begins. 

 Now if you don’t do the whole CrossFit thing, you probably have no idea what the Open is – unless you know CrossFit people. And then I’m sure they’ve probably told you allllllll about it (over and over again)…

But in case you don’t know, or if your gym hasn’t told you yet,  the Open is a 5 week long, online competition, in which hundreds of thousands of different people from all over the world unite by competing and doing the same workouts – whether in CrossFit affiliates or random garage gyms. It’s about more than just a competition though. The community aspect behind it can’t be beat. But more on that later. I didn’t sign up for the Open my first year of CrossFit, and as I watched all of my friends do the workouts, I had some serious FOMO.

Each of the 5 workouts is accessible to everyone. So, no reason to be scared. If you can’t do the workout that week as prescribed, there is a scaled version – just like a normal day in the gym, right? There’s something for everyone. However, these workouts are still challenging – even for the fittest out there. 

While everyone does the Open “for fun,” for a very, very small percentage of the people out there, it’s an opportunity to make it to Regionals, which is the next step in the CrossFit Games season. Only the Top 20 in each region qualify for that, which is about .02% or something, so they say. But no matter what, the Open is still a great way for each of us to see how far we’ve come and to compete against our friends and like minded people. But above all of that, my favorite reason to do the Open is to see what we are actually capable of doing. 

I won’t waste any more of your time talking about the actual Open. But I did write about it last year too here if you want to see old pictures and stuff. 

If you’re contemplating about doing the Open, but you haven’t made your mind up just yet, you should just do it. At our gym, everyone will do the workouts in class, so we’ll all do it one way or another. Sign up, pay the $20, show up to do the workouts, have a judge count your reps/score, and if you’re into this part like I am, see how you compare up against your friends in your gym, city, state, region, country, age division, and ultimately the world. It’s all about getting better, HAVING FUN, and surprising yourself with what you are capable of. And what better way to do that than alongside your friends? You can sign up here. 

Now, here’s where it gets personal.

For the past couple of years, we’ve done an In house competition during the Open. We made teams, names were drawn, families and friends were split up, trash was talked, and we threw down for 5 weeks. Points are given for winners of each division, as well as for bringing fans to watch. So, there are a lot of ways to get points for your team. We’re doing the same thing this year. Hopefully with more pizza, beer, and tons of kids running around on Friday nights. You can’t beat Friday Night Lights. Also, this is an appropriate time to state GEODUCKS (way better name than the manatees) FOR LIFE. Let it all hang out.

 I love this picture so much. Friday Night Lights.

I love this picture so much. Friday Night Lights.

For me personally, the Open is a chance to make it to Regionals again. Last year, that was NOT a goal of mine until like halfway through the Open when we were all like, “hmm…this is a miracle, but she may just slip her way in there.” But this year, I’ve been working for it. Hard. Like I’ve done 5,654,354 toes to bar and handstand pushups over the past year HARD. I eat to fuel my body. I gave up alcohol awhile back (except for a celebratory drink or 2 after Wodapalooza). I push myself every day – some days go better than others (if you know, you know). Some days I don’t see improvement right in front of me. But the process since last spring/summer has been great. I’ve learned a lot, and I’ve had some pretty great people help me and believe in me to get me to where I’m at now – despite me being a hot mess at times. Colin has been patient enough (most of the time)  to help me work on everything that is considered a weakness for me, which has made the past year pretty humbling. But the rewards of what I can do now vs. what I could do a year ago are definitely worth it. He’s put a lot of time in to help, and put up with over a handful of breakdowns over the past year, and I’ll always remember that and be thankful for that.

 So no matter what happens, I’ve already won because of the above reasons. But….I’m a workhorse, and I’m gonna find a way. Promise you that. 

The good news is, there are a handful of people around me who have been working just as hard, and would love to go as a TEAM to Regionals with CFEC. We know it’s going to be a challenge, for sure, and it’s going to be a group effort. But no one ever said it would be easy. So, we’ll see where that hard work gets us. If not, we still win because we got better trying to reach a goal TOGETHER, and it’s been fun taking those (almost) daily after workout pictures.

 I couldn't find a picture of it, but one of my favorite moments of the Open last year was when Haley got her first bar muscle up. She tried so hard on Friday, went out of town for her Bachelorette weekend, and came back Monday, and got one. I couldn't find the pic, but this is her linking together her toes to bar. 

I couldn’t find a picture of it, but one of my favorite moments of the Open last year was when Haley got her first bar muscle up. She tried so hard on Friday, went out of town for her Bachelorette weekend, and came back Monday, and got one. I couldn’t find the pic, but this is her linking together her toes to bar. 

 When Ryan Twitty got his first muscle up last year in the Open.

When Ryan Twitty got his first muscle up last year in the Open.

 When I was so proud of Emma Collins doing 16.5. I think she was 13 then, and I was supposed to be judging her, but I was so dang proud of her, that I almost forgot to count her reps. 

When I was so proud of Emma Collins doing 16.5. I think she was 13 then, and I was supposed to be judging her, but I was so dang proud of her, that I almost forgot to count her reps. 

 When we realized we should probably start recording my workouts, so a good group of nice people came back to the gym on a freaking Sunday, so I could have the JOY of doing 16.1 again.

When we realized we should probably start recording my workouts, so a good group of nice people came back to the gym on a freaking Sunday, so I could have the JOY of doing 16.1 again.

 We take judging pretty seriously. 

We take judging pretty seriously. 

 After all those snatches and bar muscle ups when I couldn't feel my arms for about an hour. 

After all those snatches and bar muscle ups when I couldn’t feel my arms for about an hour. 

 When I painfully (sorry Nick) got through all those handstand pushups, and thankful that this year, if we redo that one, I'll get through them a lot easier :)

When I painfully (sorry Nick) got through all those handstand pushups, and thankful that this year, if we redo that one, I’ll get through them a lot easier 🙂