I’ve got lots I could go on and on about in this post, but I guess that just means I need to write more often. Regardless, I apologize now for this post and it’s inevitable randomness
I just got home from doing 2014 CrossFit Open WOD 14.4. We’re 80% through this year’s Open, the single biggest fitness competition in history with over 200,000 people competing from across the globe. It’s pretty damn cool to be a part of all of that, and even more cool that after some reflection this year on my progress, weaknesses, and goals, to realize that I’m the top 50% worldwide. This isn’t mind blowing as far as stats go, but what it speaks to is my topic for this post.
Progress, and why the CrossFit Open is so important to me.
I’ve talked about this before, sometimes at length, but this year it has sunk in more than ever.
My first CrossFit Open was in 2012. I weighed around 300lbs and had been doing CrossFit for about 6 months. I had goals, but really I just wanted to post a score for each of the 5 workouts. I finished last in my region, but I still considered it a success for the reason that I did the work and posted 5 scores, something that several hundred people didn’t do. I still vividly remember Steve as my judge on workout 12.3…my game changer. It had toes to bar, a movement I still dislike. I spent about 14 minutes struggling, fighting, ripping, and failing to do a single rep. Not one.
Remember that, for later.
In 2013, the Open got into my head. For some reason I had huge expectations of myself, and I still don’t know why. I knew, and know, that I’m not a Regionals level athlete (yet…………………), but I had high hopes and 2013 crushed me. I was grumpy, agitated, and really hard on myself. I did well, even posted some pretty high scores, but felt horrible with my performance. Oh well, move onwards and upwards! I still achieved the goal of doing at least one of every movement I attempted. Nothing beat me but myself. I grew a lot over the past year though and I think my attitude is better than it’s ever been.
Now, back to 2014. CrossFit 403 is bigger than ever. A gigantic family of like minded, loving freaks, who consider dancing and bad jokes at the gym as important as working out. Our Friday night Open dates are awesome, and the support is unreal. I needed that tonight, and I got it. I’ve been stoked with this years Open, and barring workout 14.2, in which chest to bar pullups crushed me, I’ve done a LOT better than I could have hoped for…and even then, I managed 10 chest to bar pullups, more than I’ve ever done before. I’ve placed in the Top 10 guys in our gym twice in 3 weeks (5th and 7th) and tonight went better that anticipated.
Remember when I talked about Steve judging me in the 2012 Open and not having to count a single toes to bar rep? Well, he lined up as my judge tonight and all I could think was “he’s not getting off that easy this time, I’m getting reps”. As I said though, the support was unreal. I know I didn’t do a very good job of hiding my dislike for toes to bar, but everyone was just so G-damn upbeat, I just went with it. As is extremely common with athletes in this sport, I am my harshest critic, and I know I wouldn’t have done nearly as well had I done this on my own. Chris and Steve especially, I needed those words tonight…one at a time, get work done.
All said and done, I did 50…50…one at a time. I was as proud about that as I was of Sang, who did 3. She worked her ass off for those 3 and left the bar with a smile. THAT’S what the Open is all about, do what you don’t think you can.
Next week, after 14.5, the final WOD, I’ll do a recap of my scores, but this post isn’t about that as much as it’s about believing in the ability to push through the tough circumstances thrown in front of you and learning to keep on truckin.
I’ve always taken pride in my ability to push through the hard parts of life and continuing to work when no one else is willing. I work on that through CrossFit—push beyond. Get outside the comfort zone. I know it hurts but it’s worth it. To me, the CrossFit Open is the most important and crucial part of CrossFit competition. It’s about competing with yourself. It’s about the people, the positivity, the health, the growth, the progress, the challenge, the camaraderie, the limits being thrown for a loop.
I’m so proud to be part of the CrossFit 403 community, and the CrossFit community as a whole. There’s nowhere else I’d rather be than here, and I can’t wait to see what The Dave has programmed for 14.5.
Next year though….next year, I’m doing a f*****n muscle up.