The Crossfit Open begins in four days. I’m excited to participate for the first time this year but dang, I really hate not being at100%. No, I’m not mad I can’t lift as heavy as Camille (umm, not even close!) I’m not sad because I still have a swing in between each rep of Toes-to-Bar. I’m a little irritated that I can’t do pull-ups yet, but mostly I’m frustrated that I’m coming off of two month long absence due to family emergency related travel, sickness (my kids and myself), and most recently a pulled muscle. Needless to say, my 2015 did not get off to a roaring start, physically speaking. As annoyed as I am, I’ve had to remind myself that I’m human and life happens, kids get sick, and injuries occur. I found Crossfit as a means to lose baby weight and get back in shape after having two babies in two years. I accomplished this, although I still wear a little mommy-pudge around the middle. Ultimately I have fallen in love with the challenges and community of Crossfit.
‘So if it bothers you that much why participate in the open at all?’
Valid question, right? Well, my reason is simple. The open brings out the two things that made me fall in love with Crossfit to begin with. Challenge and community. Last year I didn’t participate because I thought I was too new and we were in the middle of moving to a new country. It seemed like too much. My husband didn’t think so and he completed the first three open workouts in Virginia and the last two in Germany. I, of course, came with him to cheer him on and it was so much fun to watch everyone trying their best (THEIR best) at each workout, their peers cheering them on, and the smiles on people’s faces as the got their VERY first double under or pushed through the cruel thruster/burpee combo of 14.5. The challenge and the community was infectious and I regretted not participating, even though several of the moves were beyond my skill level.
So why am I participating in the 2015 Crossfit Open when I am not feeling at my personal 100%? For the challenge and to be a part of the community. I belong to an awesome local box, Crossfit Liberty, and I imagine the days we do the open workouts will be even more fun than our usual WODs! I haven’t yet decided if I will do the new scaled option or just go for RX, a question I’m sure several people are asking themselves this week. But honestly, it doesn’t matter. Both will be a challenge and either way I am a part of an awesome community.