Reflections on the Open
So… If this was your first Open then you know what the rest of us have known for some time now. The Open is a cruel, heartless beast that will chew you up and spit you out if you’re not ready for it. You can either grow from it, or you can feel sorry for yourself.
As an athlete: I thought this was one of the best Open’s in several years. The programming was incredibly challenging, but not so ridiculous that you shook your head wondering how Dave Castro still has a job. As much as I dislike the guy, he did a stand up job this year. Obviously I very much enjoyed the first and last workouts. Light and long really plays to my strengths, so it was nice to get 2 of those WODs. Unfortunately, the things that tripped me up were all things I didn’t think would be an issue this year. Toes to bar and double unders in 16.2 fell apart way faster than they should have. I was pleasantly surprised by my bar muscle ups in 16.3 since those are a movement I practice about once every 6 months. I don’t like them. They tear up my hands and I think they take less skill, grace, and strength than ring muscle ups. Unfortunately… It was my grip strength on the power snatches (of all movements) that slowed me down in that workout. 16.4 once again proved that my handstand push ups are abysmal compared to the rest of my abilities. I hate that I didin’t get much stronger on those over the course of a whole year. I know they are huge weakness for me, but still did nothing about it. All in all a pretty decent Open for me. Not as good as I was hoping to do, but I’m ok with how it all worked out. Just gets me hungrier for next year.
As a coach: Holy shit you guys were awesome to watch! This was our third Open here at CFPF and we more than doubled the participation from last year. I think doing the in-house team competition was a great success. It kept you guys focused on the important aspects of the CrossFit Open – hard work, dedication, and community. I loved all the energy you guys brought to those Friday nights. Too often we get caught up with working out hard that we forget to let loose and have fun. CrossFit is definitely a lot of hard work, but most of all it should be fun.
Now REALLY as a coach: I saw a lot of awesome things this Open season (bar muscle ups anyone?), but I also saw some things that really dug at me as a coach. If there is one thing that will drive me absolutely crazy, it’s seeing people give up on themselves before they’ve even tried. In 16.3 I saw everyone come in with determination and fire in there eyes. You were all going to get a bar muscle up if it killed you (for some it almost did). But when 16.5 rolled around… dead, lifeless, sometimes fearful eyes. Disgusting. A lot of you had quit before you even begun. I can accept a shitty performance. We all have bad days. I can NOT accept a shitty effort. Shane had a ruptured chest, and even he gave an all out effort with one arm. He may not have finished, but at least he gave it an honest try. My intent with this is not to make you feel bad about yourself. I’m hoping this will spur you to take a good hard look at yourself. Because if a half hour workout can make you ‘check out’ that easily… what else are you giving up on in your life? A while ago I posted an article about “bricks” and “twinkies”. Which one are you and which one do you want to be?
Ok, the bard part is over. I still love you guys.
Yes, the Open is hard. If something doesn’t challenge you, then don’t ever expect to be changed by it. You can either take your beating and keep grinding, or you can give up. Winners and losers both fail. The difference is winners keep trying despite failure. Celebrate your success and learn from your failure.
All of you are CrossFit Post Falls. We’re the community that decided average wasn’t good enough. This was by far our best Open. More PR’s. More fist bumps. More laughs. Shake it off, and keep grinding. I haven’t given up on you, so don’t give up on me. As always there’s no reason not to be the hardest worker in the room.
Love your life or change it