The buzz is in the air! CrossFit Games have released the dates and where regionals will be held AND of course people are posting about the workouts Dave Castro is going to come up with. It is a awesome time for CrossFit athletes/enthusiast/fans alike.
We have grown from a few athletes registered in 2015 to 25 in 2017. And we are hoping for more.
Expect 5 hard workouts.
Expect – or maybe not – a repeat from a previous year.
Expect a new movement or two.
Expect – and this really isn’t an expectation but more of a standard – to go through each workout with full range of motion.
AND (here it comes) expect a movement that you haven’t done YET!
Short story: 2014 Open 14.4 – a little chipper with muscle ups in it. I could not do them at this point but thought “when I get there, I will just try until time runs out.” I didn’t get to them.
2015 Open 15.3 – starts with muscle ups and I still don’t have them. I repeated this workout 3 times doing 1 MU attempt every minute on the minute. I scored a 0.
2016 Open 16.3 – HELL YEAH…muscle ups and I have them!!!
2017 Open 17.2 – I am more efficient with my muscle ups!!!!
The moral to the story is: control what you can. We can’t control the WODs – movements and standards are going to be what they will be. What we can do is control what we can…maintain the full range of motion for the movements we are doing, our mindset, our attitude. Do that and everything is everything.
I have been a part of 5 Opens…4 I was registered for. I have gotten better every year, I have went from the regular Open to becoming a Masters, and even was the Fittest Masters Educator in Missouri. Even though an ab injury has me sidelined for this Open, I will do the WODs I can and I am still an excited as anyone can be.
The Open is designed to test our fitness…long and short duration WODs that suck the life out of you; BUT, they are repeatable – and that’s the beauty. And we can view our standings worldwide and against our favorite Games athletes. This is a great event to be a part of and Friday Night Lights are a hoot too. Register for it, throw your name on the board at the box, and commit yourself to a few Fridays with the community – you WON’T regret it.