The Open starts on Friday 12 March.
Guys….let me say straight off the bat that whatever your decision is regarding your participation in The Open, it is respected and there is no judgement or pressure. There are many reasons why you may not want to do The Open.
I am going to highlight some reasons why you should.
It brings the community together. In previous years, before COVID, the Open was a time when we rallied everyone together and ran big Friday or Saturday sessions. The Box would be filled to the brim with a constant conga line of members doing the workout, being cheered on by those waiting their turn or who had just completed the workout. The atmosphere in the gym was palpable and it created an air of courage and confidence that you could breathe in and tap into to do things you didn’t think you could.
Now whilst COVID has pulled the handbrake on our ability to get massive groups together, we can still create that same feeling on a smaller scale within our classes. We can get behind those who are doing the workout and expect the same in return. We can cheer and encourage and yell and scream for people to get one more rep out because we know they can, and sometimes that is all the prompting they/we need to push past previously thought-of limits.
Doing the Open is like embarking on an adventure together. There are ups and downs, but this is all a part of the journey that makes it so memorable. It is an experience that will be etched into your mind as the time you discovered something more in yourself and about yourself. And this experience creates an unspoken bond between you and everyone else who put some skin in the game. You will have earned the right to give that knowing nod to another participant who threw caution to the wind and just had a go.
Because at the end of the day, that is what it is all about – just getting in there and having a go.
Who cares if you finish the workout in the time cap or not.
Who cares if you didn’t get the result you were after.
Who cares if you failed a lift or got stuck on your 3rd of 10 Toes to Bar.
What people care about it is that you stepped into the arena and had a go.
There are not many times in your life when you will be able to actively participate in a legitimate international competition. You may come 298,321st in the world, but considering the current world population is 7.8 billion, that put you in the top 0.0038% of fittest people in the world. That is something to be proud of.
So if it is your ego that is stopping you from entering, push that to the side because it preventing you from experiencing something special.
For those who are anxious because they don’t think they are ready, then just know that none of us are ready. The whole point of the competition is that we will be forced to dig deep and challenge ourselves. But on the flipside of that, just know that at the end of the day, you control your effort. If you want to take it easy, then take it easy. It’s your call. There are three levels to choose from – RX, Scaled and Foundations. You choose what level you want to do, and this can change from week to week (the Open goes for 3 weeks).
Another thing to consider is that you can use the Open as a gauge to measure your fitness each year. Maybe this year you will struggle with your pull-ups, but next year you will have nailed them. It is a nice way to see your progress.
We will be running the Open at GEO on Friday evening (4, 5, and 6pm) and all of the regular classes on the following Monday. The first workout will be announced on Friday 12 March. You do not have to register to come in and participate. The workouts will be programmed as our class workout. Just make sure you book into a class just as you would normally.
If you do want to put some skin in the game though, then you can register and join the team by going to games.crossfit.com. It costs US$20 to enter.
Let me leave you with this quote from Theodore Roosevelt which sums up GEO’s ethos of “Grow, Explore, Overcome”:
“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.”
I’ll see you in the arena.