While I have no WOD to post about because I had other plans last night and didn’t get to the gym, I do have something to talk about; The 2012 CrossFit Games.
Started in 2007, the CrossFit games were brought forth to challenge the fittest people in the world and to give a name and face to the fittest man and woman on the planet. Since the first games, the competition has evolved almost beyond comprehension with ESPN2 TV coverage, sponsorships, and celebrity status for the best of the best.
In 2011, the format changed and an online format called The CrossFit Open was started. With this format, competitors signed up online and once a week for 6 weeks were challenged with a WOD to complete. You could do the WOD at home by yourself and videotape it OR do it at a registered CrossFit affiliate box whose owner would then submit your scores on your behalf. The top 60 men and women from each region (we’re in Canada West) will then go to Regional’s to pare the field down further with only the best of the best entering the actual CrossFit Games in California from July 13-15.
With the open, anyone and everyone could compete. It didn’t and doesn’t matter if you’re Rich Froning or Annie Thorisdottir (last year’s overall champions) or me, we are all allowed to enter the CrossFit open.
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t going to enter this year. I’ve only been Crossfitting since about October and while I’ve made large strides, I’m no where near capable of placing in a competition, so why do it? That question was answered earlier this week by Derek–his answer to me saying “why do it”, was to say “why not?”. Well played sir, I guess you’re right. I had thought about it a lot over the last few months, it seemed like an ok idea but I just didn’t see a reason why I should enter but then I thought about some other things that I’ve done.
I’ve said it so much on this blog that I sound like a broken record but for us “normal” people, we’re there to better ourselves and compete with ourselves. Myself and the 715 boys get competitive with each other sure, but that’s more since we know we’re all fairly even, with each guy having his own strengths. In the end though, I’m there for me. Using this logic, I can enter the 2012 CrossFit Open and see how I do. If I place last out of the 40,000+ competitors this year, next year I can work to place higher, and higher the year after that; it’s all in forward progress and personal gains.
With that said, it’s official, I’m an athlete in a real fitness competition…it’s weird to actually see that in writing. I personally would have never put money down on this happening, but my mindset has changed a lot since October.
To prove it, here’s my profile:
Here’s the Crossfit403 team profile:
So that’s 13 people on our team…we have over 100 members at Crossfit403. If I’m doing it, why aren’t you? Don’t take that as rude, but as a challenge to yourself. It’s cheap to enter and you can do it for you. Prove to yourself that it’s in you to do something out of your comfort zone. I’m vastly overmatched by thousands in this competion, but I’m cool with that…get over the hump and sign up. You have 5 more days, the first WOD of the 2012 CrossFit Open will be published on Wednesday, February 22nd.
Are you in?