There were so many memorable moments from this year’s Open. What I love the most is that people got in there and had a go. It didn’t matter if you were the fastest, or if you RX’d it, or even if you finished a workout. All that mattered is that you jumped into the arena and gave it your best shot.
Below are a collection of snapshots from this year’s Open that collectively represent all that we went through……together.
The Man in the Arena
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. ” – Theodore Roosevelt
SUPPORT – We have all been there. That workout when you are the last person still going and all you want is for that damn time cap to tick over so that you can stop. But you don’t. The other members rally around you. There are words of encouragement being shouted at you. A voice in your heads says “SHUT UP! LEAVE ME ALONE. I DON”T WANT TO DO ANYMORE” And another voice, a stronger voice says, “KEEP GOING. I CAN DO THIS. ONE MORE REP!” You push on. The workout finishes and you are overcome with emotion. You have just pushed yourself to a very dark place. A place most people do not care to visit. But you went there, you stared it in the face and you stood your ground.
FIND YOUR INNER BEAST – Some of these challenges have a way of tapping into our most primal instincts. An inner beast emerges and allows us to keep fighting, to keep pushing, to finish the task no matter what. A guttural roar that would never be heard outside of the Box allows you to harness the strength and power from within.
EMPATHY – Sometimes words of encouragement or just the presence of someone who knows what you are going through can lift your spirits and motivate you to face the pain and suffering still to come.
JUST ONE MORE REP – Keep the mind positive and the body will follow. More often than not you can do more than what you think you can. You just need to tell yourself you can.
POST WORKOUT BLISS – the elation you feel when you have conquered a challenge is indescribable – certainly to those who have not experienced it. But amongst your fellow members, all it takes is a silent fist bump or high 5 and you know they know what you are feeling.
REFLECTION – At the end of a workout it all seems so surreal. You are done. The body just wants to stop…..and do nothing while the mind races through what you just accomplished. You survived.
WHY AM I DOING THIS? – It’s a question we all ask mid-WOD. By going to a dark place in your training, the crap that you face in life doesn’t seem so bad. And the good times feel so much better – the light seems lighter. The rest of your life becomes easier by comparison. It makes you a stronger person, not just physically, but emotionally, mentally and spiritually. It puts things into perspective.
GROW AND DO THINGS YOU DIDN’T THINK YOU COULD – The Open has this mystical element about it that allows us to try things we haven’t done before, to rise to the challenge and be better than what we were.
SEE HOW FAR YOU HAVE COME – through hard work, consistency and discipline we can progress and improve ourselves. We can work to be the best version of ourselves.
NO EXCUSES – if you really want to improve your fitness and not just talk about it, you will find a way. You will overcome any obstacles in your way and do what needs to be done.
STAY FOCUSSED ON YOU GOALS – focus on the simple things and get them right, no matter how long it takes. Don’t rush. Don’t worry about what everyone else around you is doing. Put the training in, do the boring stuff and slowly you will reach your goals. Then there’s no turning back.