Hiiiiiiya. What’s up? Let’s make this quick because you don’t have time. I’m in between classes, so I have to type really fast, and I’m already over this post because I’ve tried to post it twice, and somehow WordPress decided that me clicking “publish” meant me actually clicking “go ahead WordPress. Delete my entire post.” And then second time around, “Go ahead WordPress. Delete my post again.” Obviously me and WordPress need to figure things out. But I gotta follow through! And the subject of this post is too important to not get something out.

If you aren’t into CrossFit, then this is me apologizing on the front end because it’s going to be tough to relate to the jist of what I’m saying in this post. But I suppose you can always find something to relate to…

Let’s talk about the OPEN! Have you signed up to do the Open this year? I feel like there has been so much weirdness and awkwardness around the Open. Maybe people are scared of couches, and anti freeze jugs, and broomsticks. Oh, and strict pullups. I get it. But at the end of the day, isn’t that a small part of what keeps us coming back for more every day – the unknown and unknowable?

Everyone has their own reason for doing/not doing the Open this year, so I’m not trying to stand in the way of that. I’m not judging. You do you.

But for what it’s worth, I don’t want you to miss out, soooo here are two reasons you should do the Open:

1. FOR YOURSELF  I understand if you’re just not feeling the Open this year. Like maybe you have other priorities. That’s understandable. Or maybe you’re injured. Or maybe you just know it’s best for you to take some time not  to workout competitively. Cool. But if you’re boycotting the Open because there’s no more Regionals, or because everything is up in limbo, or because it looks like CrossFit has forgotten about all of us, then you’re the only one missing out. You’re the only one who loses. CrossFit doesn’t owe you anything. And you don’t owe CrossFit anything. The Open should be about you vs. you. It’s a great way for you to push a little harder, dig a little deeper, hang on to the bar for a little longer, and maybe just surprise yourself. It’s about getting your first pullup, double under, or muscle up. It’s about cleaning a weight you didn’t know you could do. I’ll never forget the Open in 2016 – I think it was 16.2 – with the toes to bar, double unders, and cleans that got heavier as you went. I cleaned 175 that day – like 9 times I think. I had never done that before. I mean, it was ugly. But I did it. If it weren’t for the open, I probably wouldn’t have done that. 

2. FOR YOUR GYM Broomsticks and assisted burpees and anti freeze jugs aren’t what makes CrossFit so special. It’s the community. It’s the people in your gym that you get to throw down with, cheer on, peel off the floor, pick them up when they trip over a box during a burpee box jump over, and celebrate with when we all surprise ourselves and do even better than we thought we would. If you don’t do it, you’re probably going to experience at least a little bit of FOMO, for sure.

Every year (or at least for as long as I can remember) we’ve done an In House Competition/Intramural Competition at CFEC. Everyone gets to be on a team. You show up and do the workout for your team. Because we know that not everyone wants to pay the $21 and some change to CrossFit, or be on a big leaderboard, we let them just sign up through the gym for free. We also throw in at least one more modified version of the workout. EVERYONE CAN DO IT.  Everyone who signs up in the gym gets to do the workout, whether they sign up online or not. This year, we have about 80 or so signed up, and because we all love to procrastinate, I’m sure that number will grow some by Monday when the first week’s scores are due. 

I know people are bummed this year that there is no Regionals, but in case you didn’t know, it’s really, really tough to be in that top .6782%, BUT thanks to these new, up and coming, great people called Local Comp, we’ll get to still be somewhat competitive, and even maybe qualify for an after the Open event – all thanks to them. Local Comp does fitness event scoring, payment, processing, etc. I assume they are the reason why there have been so many more competitions announced in the upstate recently. They do a great job advertising. And last, but not least, they are really nice people. They are doing something called the UPSTATE OPEN this year. You get to take part by just signing up online for the Open. Top finishers in our area will qualify to throw down against one another in August. You can check out their post on Instagram for more details, but this includes a division for teens, 30 people qualify for 18-34, a Masters division, and a Masters + division. So, instead of being sad that there is no more regionals, get ready for “Fittest of the Upstate.”

For me, personally, the Open is all about FUN this year. I’m excited to do the workouts Friday night with my friends at CFEC. No pressure. In fact, I keep forgetting that is actually starts this week – which is a good sign for me! In the past, I’m embarrassed to say that the past two years, I’ve obsessed so much about the Open. It was all fun and games, and I even did a little better than I thought I would way back in 2015. In 2016, I surprised myself BIG TIME after the first couple of workouts, and I stayed within the top 30 in the Region the entire time. I really never would have thought that I could make it to Regionals. It came down to the last week, and I knew I needed to work my way down to a better placing in the region to qualify for the next level. I prayed for thrusters and burpees for that last week, and sweet Baby Jesus provided (you’re welcome everyone). The Open was so much fun that year!

So, here comes 2017, and I wanted to prove to everyone that I wasn’t a fluke, and that I could make it again. I worked really hard. I got really wrapped up in it, I put my identity in it, and made myself sick. And injured. It was close, but I didn’t make it that year. I would come to realize later that it was definitely a good thing because I needed to take a step back,
get some hip issues fixed, and a few months later,  get my still torn achilles fixed (again), and get my mind and priorities right.

So, the Open in 2018 rolls around, and I am 4 months out of surgery. This gave me a reason to be a little more chill. I didn’t expect anything. I had a brand new achilles tendon (tendon from my big toe is now holding it together, which is pretty cool), and I was cleared the week before to do box jumps. I knew I would be happy with getting to do the workouts Rx. Well, I did, and actually ended up at 50th in the region on the dot, which is way better than I thought I would end up. I didn’t get too bummed over not being able to clean a really heavy weight. I was nervous about allllll those double unders on my ankle, but I legit felt great during that workout, which was my open miracle of the year 🙂 It was probably my most favorite Open to date. I dubbed it Open GREATeen

So, with that, I know it’s going to be even better this year – not because of Crossfit – but because of my attitude, my perspective, and I want to see how I’ve improved since last year.

Hope you’re getting PUMPED!

Here are FOUR things to think about:

  1. Your identity or worth isn’t in your placing, or in your performance for that matter. First of all, you are more than that, but you already knew that. You just needed someone to remind you. In fact, while most people get better in their Open placings year to year, I have steadily declined since 2016. WHOMP WHOMP. Maybe this is me thinking too highly of myself, or maybe Im in denial BUT I am proof that you can still get fitter, healthier, stronger, develop a better mindset, and be a better athlete and coach – even if your overall placing drops. I know 100% that I am fitter now than I was in 2016, 2017, or 2018. I hope that doesn’t get taken as me thinking too highly of myself. I am just trying to prove a point that it’s not all about your placing.
  2. Find something to be proud of in every workout.
  3. MINDSET- tell yourself what you CAN do and what you WILL do. Push through.
  4. Be grateful! – Grateful to be able to move, grateful for the opportunity, grateful for the pressure that comes with it all, and grateful for the people around you.