I didn't even know what The Open was until maybe early February. JR was tweeting about it. I did some digging and realized that it was basically a virtual CrossFit competition "open" to anyone. I wondered who from our gym would register. Then I mentioned it to JR. He said I should register. That's all I needed to hear. I needed someone who knew about it to encourage me and basically confirm for me that it was something I could and should be a part of. Thanks JR! I really had no idea what I was getting into, but I knew it would be fun and I would hopefully learn a thing or 2.
I was disappointed that I had to watch the first workout announcement alone. I was really hoping the gym would have a party or something! But on my couch, with my laptop - became my position each Thursday night at 8pm. I texted Lauren non-stop during the first announcement, and pretty much during the other 4 announcements, too!
I was pretty bummed that each of the early weeks there was something I wasn't very good at. Double unders held me back in week 1. I bought a new jump rope the following day. Week 2 were those darned chest to bar pull-ups. I still can't do one - but I'm so close! Week 3 was a nice surprise. Deadlifts and box jumps - 2 things I could do! And I got 6 reps into a weight that was heavier than my 1 rep max from a few months prior. I fell short of my goal in Week 4 - really wanted to get to those cleans. It was my slow row that did me in. And let's just say I do't have the best aim with my wall balls. But I did get through those toes to bar that I had only gotten a few days prior. I considered repeating 14.4 but realized that my score wasn't nearly as important as what I was learning about my strengths and weaknesses. Week 5 was my most stressful workout - having to complete it on the road as a drop-in at another box. But it turned into my BEST workout in terms of execution and placement. And luckily, it consisted of 2 movements I can actually do, and I actually like thrusters. Burpees, well who likes those anyway?
I did all my open workouts on Friday mornings. I became the unofficial guinea pig for my friends doing it after me - allowing them to learn from my experience, and have a goal to shoot for. I really enjoyed playing that role. I got to "coach" others with my tips and recommendations after having gone through the workouts. I also really enjoyed coming in at other times to cheer everyone else on and take pictures. Such a great experience. I'm so proud and blessed to be a part of this great community!
I have SO MANY things to work on. I feel more focused than ever and I cannot wait for 15.1!!!