The CrossFit Open is upon us. Some of you have heard of it and some have not! I have registered every year since I started CrossFit with Alex 5 years ago! My first open WOD was 7 minutes of Burpees! I got 95 reps. Every year I have improved my overall ranking in the OPEN. Each year it’s been about the experience. I’ve always had a “I’ll do what I can do attitude” when it comes to competing. Each competition I’ve done has been different, but has been a learning experience for me. I get nervous, like really really nervous, like quite, Imma F*k Sh*t up nervous, but I’m trying to tell myself what I’m going to do right before the clock starts. I guess I’m nervous excited. So it’s super fun for me. I enjoy it. Get my ass handed to me at times, PR at times, and see my homies. My biggest obstacle for me as an athlete, up to date, is myself. Believing in myself. Last years Open I almost didn’t register simply because Alex exudes enough emotional stress during the 5 weeks equivalent to Hayden Christensen from Star Wars with a whooping cough and irritable bowels syndrome, with needs, lots of needs...See: “A day in the life of ALEX RILEY during the open or a competition” below:
That’s a summary of what begins days before the open, and lasts throughout the 5 weeks. I decided it would be best for both parties, for me to step down, and be there every step of the way for him as he competes through the open! He registered me anyway and I didn’t want a blank score, so I competed! The first two WODS I did not repeat and realized that I was in a position to compete for regionals. All and all I probably would have made it if I would have taken those first two a little more serious. Or maybe I would have done worse. Who knows! I was upset as I was so close to making Regionals and didn’t make it, BUT, I DID NOT go into it training for that purpose. So I put my sights on Competing this year. To train for the OPEN and REGIONALS! I was doing awesome until I hurt my back 6 months ago. This was not in training. It was simply a new movement I was being introduced to at a clinic, and I woke up and couldn’t put on my socks the next day. My back still bothers me. 2 Months, no training, then a re injur after getting back to feeling better, back to time off, and I am just now starting to add intensity to some movements! Moral of my story is, I compete with myself, but I really love the push of others during competition. Sometimes this hinders me, as maybe my version of what I am capable of, is being limited by Myself! But, it has allowed me to enjoy competitions, and the open, year after year. I do not PLAN on registering for the 2016 open. I feel the open is to test your fitness. It’s a competition to me and I want to be a part of it and push myself. If I register, I will try and compete for a score I am capable of pre injury. My training right now is simply to move and not re injur. So, as much as I can tell myself to just take it easy, at 3,2,1 go, I know I’ll go hard. I feel it’s a smarter choice for me to not compete at the moment. Weather you are competing against yourself and pushing yourself against you, or competing for a spot for regionals, it is stressful. We ALL want to see ourselves do what we feel we should be capable of. I would love to support everyone who chooses to test their fitness this year by competing in the OPEN. Do one more rep more rep that you think you are capable of! Do one more rep for me! I worked hard to reach my goal of being the best shape of my life for the 2016 OPEN, and I feel I did not meet this goal. I feel I have failed. I know things just happen. But I really felt I had a shot!
I encourage each athlete to consider registering. It will push you, and our community. In the best way, if you allow it. I encourage everyone to throwdown and go into it with no expectations other than to get a great workout and to be pushed hard! It’s not about the score. It’s about community and accountability. The open is made from a little bit of glitter and unicorns, and a lot of sweat! Don’t sign up and beat yourself up with negative self-talk for 5 weeks, or after a workout doesn’t go to plan. That’s not fun. If you feel “I should have done better” and this is a reasonable statement, then plan on redoing it during a re do time/day! If it goes better awesome, if not, move on. Don’t attach any negativity. You have to sign up and go through the workouts knowing you put in what you have in THAT DAY. That you are stronger, fitter, and a better human, for getting a score, to enter to your name, at your gym! And supporting friends that are in your shoes, working hard to get through that gnarly workout. We don’t CrossFit because it’s easy. We CrossFit because it kicks our ass and we see results, all within a community of friends!
I may end up registering and entering a few reps. Just purely because I hate to not register. But I know I cannot compete to test my fitness right now. So, any of you guys that are thinking about it, on the fence, or maybe haven’t even considered it, I do encourage you to take advantage of the upcoming OPEN, it WILL test you in the best ways, and you WILL be fitter at the end of the 5 weeks. Just make sure you have a good mindset entering, and throughout the 5 weeks. It is a competition. Everyone handles them differently! In the event you are not enjoying the OPEN, please contact Alex or Myself. We would love to chat about your experience! Right now, I will Plan on an OPEN meeting next Saturday the 30th at 9am at CFTD, this will serve as an open prep meeting and replace the WOD this day. Class at Mt. Adams will be canceled this day. We will need everyone’s help, so please show up if you can make it!!
See you all Soon!