Why I love the CrossFit Open

I am participating in the 2018 CrossFit Open. With all my heart and soul. This is my 4th Open, and I look forward to it (and fear it) the other 10 1/2 months of the year. I block out 5 weeks where I don’t go on vacation or make weekend plans. I’m not alone. There’s a lot of athletes who know the significance of the Open. They know where they have to place to make Regionals or the online qualifier.

There is not a chance-not the remotest of possibilities-that I will make it out of the open. At least not for the foreseeable future. I am a profoundly mediocre CrossFitter. But I still love the Open.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of athletes complete 5 workouts over 5 weeks. We record our scores and see how we stack up with others in our box, our age group, and around the world. The top tier moves on to events like the Regionals, the Online Qualifer and eventually, the CrossFit games where the fittest man and woman on earth are crowned.

It’s so much more than that, though.   It’s 5 workouts where you give it all. Leave nothing in the tank. For me, the Open was the first time I pushed myself like that. In 2015 and 2016, I’m pretty sure I finished in the bottom 10%. In 2017, I was somewhere in the 40th percentile.  That’s a huge leap up the leader board for me.

I was not an athletic kid, teen or adult. Until I found CrossFit 4 years ago, I didn’t intentionally challenge myself physically. After several months of classes, I was up for the challenge in 2015. I was very fortunate that the “scaled” division was introduced that year, which actually allowed me to complete all the workouts.

As the months and years have passed, I’ve gone from CrossFit nerd to Superfan.

After Dave Castro’s Thursday evening announcement of what the workout is, I spend Friday reading strategy guides and discussion boards for tips on everything from transition techniques to skill drills.

After I complete my workout, I analyze how I could have done it better or faster. Sometimes, I do it again. In fact, this year, I have done both workouts twice and may be doing the second one a 3rd time.

My competition is me.  There is something magical about these five weeks, and I wish everyone would take the opportunity to experience it.

This year, at CrossFit Fixx we are holding the Inaugural Intramural Open, modeled after the Catalyst Fitness idea from . We’ve had an amazing turnout and around 60 athletes participating.  Seeing so many people who have never participated in the OPEN hitting PR’s and pushing themselves to this limit is profoundly inspiring.

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