An Open Thank You
Well, it’s over. For some the culmination of a year’s work, for others, a last minute decision not knowing what they’re signing up for. For some just five exercises we’re going to have to do anyways, for others, sleepless nights and endless planning every movement of the next day’s workout. I’ve been a part of every single open. It’s evolved, it’s gotten harder, it’s become everything to some and nothing to others. Personally, I’ve been leaning towards the latter for some years now. But this post isn’t about that, it’s about YOU! Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart. I had so much fun this year and it’s because you all made it so.
This year’s open brought dumbells, more dumbells and more of our favorite open staples like handstand push ups, burpees, double unders, HEAVY SNATCHES and thrusters. It also brought with it the excitement we expect from the open. New PR’s, besting repeated workouts and tears, both of joy and sadness.
Regardless of how you THINK you did, I can promise you this, you did exactly how you were supposed to. “Dad” statement I know, but hear me out. Firstly, CrossFit is not an underground thing anymore. There are world class athletes competing now. Secondly, your fitness level has as much to do with your genetics as your nutrition, sleep schedule and how often you work out. It is all correlated and intertwined. Thirdly, you have to look at the whole picture. Did you increase your workload at your job? What’s your family life like? What is your priority? If it’s not CrossFit, it’s okay that it’s not, your family, job and overall health are more important, then your open score is just that, YOUR open score.
I’m not here to get on a soapbox on CrossFit, the open and it’s actual importance in your life. I’m here to celebrate everyone coming together each weekend to throw down together, cheer each other on and have some genuine fun. I witnessed groups of people gather around those who were struggling, knowing how much pain they were in. I saw people push themselves to the absolute limit and stepping across that threshold, doing better than they ever thought possible. I watched friendships form on the basis of a workout, ones that would have not been possible outside of “hey I need a random judge”. I genuinely heard the statement “I feel awful but I want to do this with the people I’ve done all the other workouts with”. That’s powerful, think about it. I WANT TO STRUGGLE WITH THOSE I STRUGGLE WITH DAILY. Where else does that happen? There is real power in going through hell together. The CrossFit open is proof of that.
In closing, congratulations to everyone, regardless of how you did or think you did. It was a pleasure fitnessing with you all. Until next year and as always #castrosucks.
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