What is up? Happy Monday! (Ok, sorry…Tuesday by the time you are reading this).  I actually wrote this yesterday before going back to the gym to help with people doing the Open and submitting those last minute scores, but never really got around to posting it last night. Oh well. You win some, you lose some. 

Ok, just a warning. If anyone out there reads this and really doesn’t care about the Open, or CrossFit in general, you’re probably going to want to stay away from here over the next 5 weeks. Actually, don’t do that. There’s a lesson to learn in anything, right? 

So, 18.1 was announced Thursday with a loooooonnngggg 20 minute AMRAP – and TBH, I like those long workouts a little better than those short sprints. And I was just thrilled that I could do this one without my ankle giving me a hard time. So, no excuses. I did it Friday night with all my friends, but of course, I wanted to redo it Monday – with the rower and dumbbell a little closer and the desire to go a little harder. I wanted to quit, BUT Shoutout to Shawn for yelling at me, Colin for telling me I was doing better than last time, and Jon for doing the workout right beside me. 

Here is a reminder for you – and definitely for me too – over the next 5 weeks: Don’t let your desire for a certain score or ranking in the OPEN (or life in general, I guess) turn you into a not very nice person. <—I’m trying to get better about using certain words, so, we’ll go with “not very nice person.” You’re better than that, and ‘m better than that. 

If you’re competitive, you’ve probably had at least one moment where you allowed your nerves to get the best of you before a workout. Or, after a workout, maybe you projected your negative feelings about your performance (or lack of performance)  on to other people- especially those you love. 

I know I’ve definitely come up a little short in this – maybe more than once. Haha. 

But at the end of the day, is your score or ranking really going to matter in 5 years from now? Let alone 1 year from now? No. I promise it won’t. BUT… the way you treat people and make them feel will last forever. 

I know there are some people out there who see the Open as more than just a once a year, CrossFit community event, and I’m right there with you. But say you’re in that top .6745% (or whatever it is) and you actually make it to Regionals. That’s awesome! But people forget that stuff. And that kind of talent, strength, and stamina doesn’t last forever. BUT, you can make an impact in the lives of people now that will stay with them forever. 

So, don’t get so caught up in the moment that you forget to look around and see the beauty in you having the OPPORTUNITY to workout with all of your friends –  because you have a body that is capable of moving. What’s also cool is that with every workout, there are different ways to modify it to fit everyone’s needs. So, you could be doing the same workout as the people next to you, but it just may look a little different. 

Here are three practical ways to make the Open about more than just you and your performance or ranking:

  1. Take part in the Open (besides just working out). Everyone needs a judge, so one way to do this is to judge your friends, or judge someone you don’t even know. You can judge them AND encourage them at the same time.
  2. Do your best, push through the pain (embrace it 🙂 Despite the results, that is good enough. Don’t get caught up in your score or ranking when you see other’s (whether in your gym or in your region). 
  3. Don’t put your whole life, friends, and family on hold for the Open. Yeah, it’s only 5 weeks, and yeah, if you want to do well, be smart 🙂 BUT, don’t feel like you have to miss out on something fun just because the Open is here.

We had our first Friday Night Lights of the year this past week at CFEC, and in my opinion, it was the best one we’ve ever had for several reasons: 

  • There’s a group of 10 kids (let’s say more like pre teens) doing the Open with us. They are leading off that first heat of FNL every week. Some of these kids have been in Kelly’s kidfit program since the beginning – or at least for the past couple of years – and they are way cool and so impressive to watch.
  • The weather was great, the doors were open, and there were people everywhere.
  • There are a lot of people experiencing the Open for the first time – some who have only been doing CrossFit for less than a few months – which I know takes a lot of bravery to just throw yourself out there like that. They make the gym a better place. 
  • The workout was 20 minutes long, and we had 8 people going at a time, which means we were there for a loooonnnggg time, but everyone stayed, drank, (should have brought more food), and cheered people on until everyone did their workout.
  • Robin (Koeing Family Chiro, and all around bad@&&) was there helping people feel better, and Athleta put on a trunk show too. 

I can’t wait for this Friday! My PT girl, Elissa, will be there doing dry needling and cupping, and LULULEMON will be there! 

So, as you check the Leaderboard today, remember it’s just CrossFit – aka adults working out. Doing your best is enough – BE THANKFUL. And there are still 4 weeks to go, SO HOLD ON.

And, last, but not least, remember that people will be more greatly impacted in how you carry yourself – in success and in perceived failure – than they ever will on your score or ranking. 

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

Check back later on this week, because I’ll be talking about a friend of mine who is doing the Open for the first time!