Well it’s certainly been a harsh Open so far. Double unders, overhead squats, and chest to bar pullups are some of the most difficult movements we do in CrossFit. I gotta be honest: the programming so far has made me feel a little bad about encouraging people to do the Open. Those of you who didn’t make it past the first 3 minutes on Saturday probably didn’t get the best workout, and might be a little disappointed. But I think there are a few things to take away from this…
1. We said the Open is for everyone. Perhaps it’s better to say that the Open is for everyone who wants to be a CrossFitter. And the fact is this: if you want to be a CrossFitter, you’re going to have to learn how to do things that are really hard to do, like double unders, and overhead squats, and chest to bar pullups. How often do you see people in a regular gym doing any of those things? Never, right? In a CrossFit gym they are completely ordinary. As a matter of fact we did a workout in January that was pretty similar to 14.2. The Open workouts so far have been difficult, but they have undeniably been CrossFit workouts.
2. The more difficult the challenge, the more inspirational the performances, on both ends of the spectrum. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a person who gave more effort than Pat King gave on Saturday (192 reps). It was clear, from the look on his face at the end, that he had gone deep within himself to find a way to keep moving, despite what must have been tremendous, incredible pain. When he was done, he was DONE. I found myself hoping I could give a fraction of the effort Pat gave. Thank you, Pat, for inspiring us.
Then of course there was Nate Anderson (5 reps). Nate walked in on Saturday with an OHS PR well below 95lbs. But — here’s the important thing — he walked in nevertheless. And I don’t want to put words in his mouth, but I think he walked out a slightly different person. At the very least, he walked out with a PR, and watching him stand those 5 reps up was one of the greatest things I’ve ever been privileged to witness. Thank you, Nate, for inspiring us.
From Pat to Nate, and everything in between, watching people confront challenges, and overcome them, is the best part of the Open.
3. Predicting Open WODs isn’t my thing, but I bet it gets easier from here. Or not. Either way, it’s all about your attitude. If the Open WODs so far have smacked you in the face, commit yourself slapping them back next year. Then put in the work and make it happen.
But first we have three more to go…