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Tina | Notes From The Box | http://www.notesfromthebox.com
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Why, you might wonder, would someone like me participate in the CrossFit Open? Clearly, I am no Julie Foucher.
I take no offense. I have asked myself that a number of times lately. Why am I doing this? Is it not enough just to do the regular grueling WODs? Do I really need to do the impossibly grueling WODs of the Open too? Do I really need another thing in my life at which to fall short?
Yet, here I am, three rounds in, ranked somewhere in the lower end of a pack of thousands of women in my age group. Even within my own box, I am bringing up the rear. But it is impossible to feel badly about that when you’ve got boxmates and their spouses and grandma’s (not kidding about the spouses and grandmas) cheering you on, genuinely proud of your efforts, proud that you had the guts to sign up and show up and give it your best.
And even though I am swabbing the gym floor with my scores, participating in the Open has been well worth the $20 and humiliation for a number of reasons.
At the top of that list of reasons is that I now pay very close attention to my reps and whether or not they would pass muster under the watchful eye of a judge. I found out in the practice WOD that no, they would not. There is nothing worse (in this context) than a No-Rep, nothing worse than spending that energy and getting nothing in return PLUS the penalty of losing precious seconds AND having to do it again. (And here I must applaud my judges for their fairness and kindness. They hate to give no-reps. I’ve only gotten a few so far and I absolutely deserved them. And I absolutely hate them.)
Yes, properly performed reps will slow you down and take your WOD score down with it, and maybe your ego too. But in the long run, developing the habit of performing reps as prescribed will make me a stronger and better athlete, and I am convinced that will be evident in next year’s Open.
Another reason doing the Open has been worth it is that it has “opened” my eyes to what I can do – which is way more than what I thought I could do. Maybe it’s an act of self-preservation that I keep my expectations low, or maybe I just sell myself short, but in every round so far, I have out-performed my expectations. Some will suggest that in the heat of competition that adrenaline kicks in and we dig deeper to find that extra strength but I am convinced that it does not come from somewhere inside but from somewhere on the side — in the cheers and shouted encouragements of my boxmates and their grandmas and spouses. It’s borrowed strength.
The other thing that makes the Open worth it for me is that it’s the best possible measuring stick of progress. When I compare where I am next year with what I did this year, I will have an accurate assessment of my progress.
And that’s what it’s all about for someone like me – progress. I don’t hope, need or want to be at the top of any leader board. I just want to get better, stronger, faster, more agile and more able so that I can enjoy the best of this one life that I have for as long as I can, and participating in the Open moves me in that direction.
So what is someone like me doing in the Open? Besides swabbing the deck with her scores?
Getting just a little better, faster, stronger, more agile and more able — one rep at a time.