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By Melissa McWilliam

  • Compare you to you: The Open is truly the most wonderful time of the year for many Crossfitters.  The excitement and anticipation of the unknown each week keeps everyone on pins and needles.  It is also fun to see how you stack up against others in your Box and in the world.  It is very east to get caught up in the leaderboard and forget what Crossfit is really about; you becoming more awesome at life.  I challenge you to take a few moments during the Open to reflect on how far you have come since you started.

 

  • Embrace the suck: Of course you want to be able to get your first pull up, or perhaps, your first bar muscle up during the Open.  No one likes not being able to complete the workout.  There’s a sense of vulnerability that comes with competing in the Open and not knowing what movements will come up.  There is a fear that there will be a movement that you are not strong enough to do or a movement that you have not mastered because you have not been able to put the time and effort into it.  That is ok.  I say embrace the unknown and unknowable.  Embrace the movements that scare you to death and if you get your first muscle up, embrace that sweet feeling of victory.  If, on the other hand, you are left dangling from the bar for 5 minutes and do not get your first muscle up, embrace that feeling too.  You were willing to give it your all, and that is half the battle.

 

  • Let your hair down: It’s the Open; life is short.  Now is not the time to take yourself too seriously.  Have some fun.  Be a little silly.  Enjoy the fact that you are able to participate in the Open.

 

  • Remind yourself why you started: The Open is a good time to reflect on why you started Crossfit in the first place.  Was it to be healthier so you could keep up to your kids?  To counteract the effects of your desk job?  To feel better in your skin and move better?  As you go through the Open don’t lose site of the big picture and what your end goal is.  It is easy to get caught up in the excitement and push just a little too far.  Remember your goal…write it down and don’t forget it.  The “why” is much more important than how you rank.

 

  • Say “Thank You”: The grueling 17.1 workout full of dumbbell snatches and the most loved, burpee box jump overs was a test of both mental and physical toughness.  It was a challenging WOD and whether you completed the workout in the 20 minute time cap or not you got your butt handed to you by Castro’s ingenious programming.  It is very likely that after you completed 17.1 one of your peers or friends told you “Nice Work!!”  In response to this compliment too often I heard, “I didn’t do as good as I should have” or “I only did it scaled”.  Forget that.  You showed up, you did the workout and you rocked it.  Just say THANK YOU and forget the rest.  It takes courage, mental toughness and physical fitness to sign up for the Open.

 

 

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