Well the Open has come and gone. The 4th Open that is, for me. Ok, so you all can go back to your normal, everyday lives now. Hopefully you were happy with how it turned out for you. Right now I’m actually pretty salty because Team 3 lost the In House competition. How do you win every week and then lose the last week?

The Open was SO MUCH FUN – as always. The workouts, the pressure, the intensity…it’s hard to top that any other time of the year. But FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS at CFEC was by far my favorite part of the Open- both because of the people and the atmosphere. It was pretty much electriccccccc, and it wouldn’t have been so great without all of the awesome peeps that make CFEC what it is. We had an MC, somewhat of a DJ (actually not really, but still great music), beer some weeks, late night tacos after FNL every week, great vendors every week, and Josh came out and took pics a couple of weeks. [You can see all the pics from one of the weeks here]. 

For me, 17.5 was probably my favorite workout of the entire Open. Who doesn’t want to do 90 thrusters and how ever many dubz that was? I’d rather do that than heavy snatches any day. 

Before I get into 17.5 and personally finishing the Open for me, I wanted to give a shoutout to my friend, Emma. Emma is 14 years old, and she’s been doing CrossFit for maybe 3 years now. She started out in KidFit, and she’s been working out in class for the past couple of years. She’s a great athlete, and really driven. She gets her 14 year old butt out of bed a lot of mornings and drags her parents to the 5 am class. She helps her parents take care of all the kids they have. There are so many kids in that family that I lost count of how many Collins’ there are. She also occasionally comes to class at 8:30, so I get to see her then. Well, she’s improved so much over the past year – especially over the past 6 months. She competed in the 14-15 teen girls division, and did every workout Rx. She JUST missed the cutoff to qualify for the online qualifier. She was in the running for it until the last week. BUT I watched her do those double unders Friday night, and they looked better than they ever have before – because she’s worked on them…on her own… like outside of class. Anyway, I’m proud of ya, Emma, and I know good things are coming for ya over the next couple of years – both in the gym and out of the gym. 

There were a good bit of people at CFEC who did this workout as prescribed, even though the double unders were a struggle for some, so props to everyone who got uncomfortable and finished the Open strong – even if it took 40 minutes. 

17.5 was my favorite workout. I think I already said that. It was so much fun that I redid it Monday morning because I figured I didn’t go hard enough Friday night. On Monday, I forgot about pacing (I usually don’t pace workouts anyway), and pushed myself a lot harder. I shaved almost 30 sec off my time from Friday, despite not feeling great and each of those 65 lb thrusters feeling like it was 95 lb. Therefore 17.5 hurt a lot more the second time around.

But because of ^^^^^ I can say that I truly gave my all, I didn’t give up, and I ended the Open the best I could – even though I was a little bummed after not doing so great Week 3. I didn’t give up, and there was still at least a little part of me that stayed hopeful that I could finish within my goals. 

While I came up just a little bit short of all 3 of my goals, I still know 100% that I gave my all this year, while keeping a positive mind and attitude the entire time (or haha, trying to at least). 

  • I wanted to be Top 20 in the South East. I ended up at 39th. That’s a bummer. But then I have to remind myself that there were almost 11,000 girls that competed in the SouthEast, and I was 39th. I had 3 out of 5 top 30 finishes. One of those was a Top 20 finish. Last year I only had 1 out of 5 Top 30 finishes.
  • I wanted to be #1 in South Carolina. I got #2. But that’s still better than last year. I was #3 in the state last year. 
  • I wanted our team to make it. I’m not sure where we ended up. But that was a goal for me, and it was a goal for our gym. We didn’t make it, but we had a lot of fun, and it forced Derek and Jackie to workout with us too, and it gave us an excuse to take and post ridiculous pictures after working out together.

So, there ya have it. None of that worked out the way I saw it going in my head. And yeah, I’m definitely trying to make myself feel better by stating all of the positives. I’m not like thrilled with how it turned out or anything. BUT, I do talk about perspective on here a good bit, and looking at all of this in a positive way helps me to not be too disappointed. 

And through the Open this year, I’m learning three (actually four) things: 

  • I’m learning that no matter how hard you work, there is always someone out there working harder. And no matter how much better you get, there are a rather large handful of people who are getting better too. Maybe even better than you. 
  • I’m learning how to deal when life doesn’t go as planned – despite my best effort. I’m realizing more and more the older I get that I hate not getting my way. I’m such a child. 
  • I’m learning how to take setback and/or failure and turn it into good. Hopefully y’all haven’t grown tired of me always talking about failure on here, and hopefully people can still be inspired through my failure(s). 
  • And last but not least, I had to add this last minute: I’m learning that despite how much better I got over the past year at snatches, I still have a lot of work to do. Obviously.

Finally, here is a public shoutout to my man, Daniel for putting up with my tears throughout the past 5 weeks. Even when I acted like a child, he still heard me out and reassured me that just because I’m almost 30 years old doesn’t mean that I can’t be passionate about working out and competing. Colin –  for helping me get better over the past year, and sending me workouts to do on my own to get better. I wouldn’t have had what gainz I had (big and small) without him. Nick- for judging me every Friday night when he could have been doing other things to make FNL great. Jerry, aka Lil Yerri- for videoing me, despite me not always being the nicest. Shawn- for being the best MC CFEC could have ever asked for. Marlie and Jackie- for working out with me over the past several months. And Joanna Neal- for always sending me the nicest texts and getting lunch and coffee with me and for reminding me why I do all of this in the first place. #323.

Thanks, everyone for following along throughout the last 5 weeks! And if you completed the Open – whether RX, Scaled, first time, or seventh time, be proud of yourself, eat a cupcake, have a beer, and be grateful for getting to work out and compete in the first place. 

“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” – Colossians 3:23

 Photo by  Josh Wilson Photography

Photo by Josh Wilson Photography

 Photo by Josh Wilson Photography

Photo by Josh Wilson Photography

 Photo by  Josh Wilson Photography

Photo by Josh Wilson Photography

 Photo by  Josh Wilson Photography

Photo by Josh Wilson Photography

 Photo by  Josh Wilson Photography

Photo by Josh Wilson Photography

 Photo by  Josh Wilson Photography

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