The 2017 CrossFit Open is over. Maybe you’ve worked for months or a year or more to achieve something special for this. Maybe you signed up from peer pressure or on a whim. Either way, whatever your motivations were, it’s over. You DID IT! Some workouts were better than others, some crippled you for days, others left you feeling like the strongest version of yourself – stronger and more resilient than you imagined.
We talk about the magic of the Open, that somehow, $4 per workout produces personal greatness. PR’s abound during the 5 weeks of the Open. It’s the crucible of competition. Of knowing this is your chance to give your absolute best this workout. This one time. You dig deep into your suitcase of courage and find something special you didn’t know you had.
So now what, now what do you with all this? Flaws were highlighted; greatness achieved. Open enrollment for Rx+ is on, Murph is coming up, we’re going to run another Strength Cycle, and there’s always local competitions you could try. The Open highlights any chinks in our CrossFit armor, anything you’ve been avoiding or haven’t worked magically comes up in these 5 weeks. It’s almost like Dave Castro knew I haven’t been working my DB snatches or Bar Muscle Up’s or that I have a tantrum anytime I mess up DU’s.
How many no-reps did you have on the WB’s in 17.4 because you missed the wall or didn’t squat low enough? Nothing sucks more than squatting like a punk all year only to get beaten on by your judge during the Open. You know what else? It’s breaks your judges’ hearts to no-rep you. Yeah, we hate it. So when we hammer you in class, it’s to make you better. Not to hurt your feelings. Let the coaches help you. Have you taken an honest assessment of your abilities on the spiderweb? When was the last time you looked at your skill level sheet? Ask us questions about programming, about mobility, about tweaking your start position on an Oly lift. You may find your row gets a little worse when you first start doing it right, but if you stick with it, if you keep practicing the right way to do it, you will get better. We promise. Plus you’ll look WAY better in your social media posts if your form is textbook perfect.
Your time is now. Now is the time to objectively assess where you’re at, where you’re going, what your goals are. Are you surprised at how heavy the snatches were in 17.3? Or in 17.4, when you couldn’t hold a steady row pace? It’s time to focus on the chinks in your armor, it’s time to stop avoiding warm-ups and using your time in the box to get better. If you do what you’ve always done, you’re going to get what you’ve always gotten. Mediocrity and complacency do not produce results.