To Open, or Not to Open
We are immersed in the CrossFit Open season, seeing new challenges this year. Many of us have taken on these tests, some have seen success while others have found their limits. This idea of how the CrossFit Open can demand so much from each athlete becomes a topic of debate. Is it worth the time and energy to put my body and my mind through the rigor of these workouts? I have reached out and heard feedback from our KSCF members and found introspect as to why they have or have not signed up for the CrossFit Open this year
First, we believe it is a huge achievement to register for the CrossFit Open. Especially for those who are doing it for the first time.
My beliefs are that the Open is simply a “competition” with oneself. It is an opportunity to evaluate your personal skill, strength, and mental resilience in a community and worldwide event. You are able to receive support from fellow friends, boxmates, and others while testing yourself.
Here are some responses from our KSCF members. Some are direct quotes and some are paraphrased from what I have heard.
“Since I have started the Open this year, I really like how it has challenged me and opened my eyes on my weaknesses and where I need to work more.”
“I knew this Open wasn’t going to be a good one for me, but I signed up because it will expose my weaknesses and I plan on training my ass of this year for next year’s Open.”
“I enjoy the camaraderie. But personally, I compare myself to myself and what I have or have not done in the present or past. The personal aspect is much deeper for me, which is not in the scope of your question. Although the workouts are not the same year-to-year, it is a good way to use motivation from others to test yourself and use your rankings to others to compare how you’ve done from year-to-year.”
Not To Open
“There are both CF-related as well as personal factors that deter me from the Open. I am not convinced of the goodwill of those behind the competition and the workouts themselves. I am not convinced that I am physically or mentally prepared to see how I stack up against all other crossfitters. I have not yet worked out how CF fits in with my broader goals and life in general, and entering myself into a competition under such circumstances does not seem wise. If I am honest with myself and pay heed to my natural tendencies as well as my previous sports-related experiences, I can clearly see that it would be ill-advised at this time for me to compete in the CF Open.”
“If I didn’t sign up for the Open, no one would count my reps.”
“I did not want to sign up because I felt as though I was not in my peak physical composition and would not stand up to the standards I had set for myself. If I participate in the Open and do not achieve what I feel I should, I know it would deter my inner confidence even more.”
For all who are part of the KSCFam, may the odds be ever in your favor?