It’s that time of year again… Open Season! After some serious thought of not doing the 2015 CrossFit Open, I have signed up and am going to give it a go. Rx or scaled, I have only one goal this year…
If you’re a CrossFitter, you know the Open and you know what all this means. If you’re not, the quick rundown is that this is a worldwide competition held over 5 weeks with one workout per week that is announced on Thursdays and we have until Sunday afternoon to complete it and submit our scores. Everyone from the worst in the world to the best in the world can compete and rank against each other. For more of an explanation, see this post from last year’s Open.
Oh, while you’re at it, check out my recaps of all five WODs from the 2014 Open.
Just writing 14.5 brings a shudder through my body. Eww. Bad memories.
I wasn’t going to do the Open this year because the experience would be very different from last year’s. Last year, I was a newbie CrossFitter (and a newbie blogger) and I knew nothing of either. Every workout brought a new movement into play, and I attempted some things, like OHS, that I wouldn’t have for many more months to come.
The exposure to new things, the challenges, the fun at having no expectations, competing against the world… that was FUN. I definitely enjoyed that, even as I suffered through so many thrusters and burpees.
This year, I’m not a newbie. This year, I have expectations.
This year, I might forget to have fun.
I’m going to have certain scores I want to obtain. I’m going to want to prove what a year of CrossFit has done to my fitness level. I’m going to want to do the Rx versions and not scale… even if my abilities dictate that I should scale.
And with that, I’m going to expect things from myself… realistic or not. And regardless, I’m going to inevitably be disappointed at least once… and I’m going to be extremely down and hard on myself. If a regular WOD can make me question my worth to the world… what would a poor Open WOD performance bring?
Well… my goal is to not let that happen.
I mean come on Chris. You’re a barely average (sometimes below average) CrossFitter. You work a regular 8-5 desk job. You workout a few hours a week. This is supposed to be fun.
I’m going to try my best to have fun in this 2015 CrossFit Open. Hell I know I’m not the best, far from it. I’m average at best… and maybe that’s ok. Maybe that’s why I appeal to some people… maybe there are other barely average CrossFitters that can relate to what I’m going through… wanting to be better but not really knowing what “better” is or why we think we should be better.
I don’t believe in participation ribbons, but I also know that I really am competing against myself in my CrossFit. I’m not making the Games; I’m just trying to be better than I was yesterday.
That’s not a cop-out to make myself feel better. It’s being realistic. I’m not elite; I shouldn’t hold myself to elite expectations.
What I’m going to do is follow Pat Sherwood’s advice and relax. And have fun.
I’ll be sharing my 2015 Open experiences on here on the blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter… everywhere. So be sure to follow along. It’s going to be hard. It’s going to suck. It’s going to be fun. It’s going to be great.
Your Turn -> Are you doing the Open? What is your goal(s) for these five weeks?