13.3 is done and filed away. It was a shock to many people who had already faced this workout last year but there it was again. An AMRAP of 150 wall balls, 90 double unders and 30 muscle ups for 12 minutes.
Part of what is happening during the Open Competition is having your weaknesses exposed. If you are an all-round proficient athlete you stand a better chance of doing well, if you have an Achilles heal, then you hope that exercise doesn’t show up in any of the workouts. The other aspect of facing these workouts is testing yourself against your peers, in your gym, in your country, in the world. There is no other competition that I can think of that provides this kind of involvement.
Every person who signs up for the Open should be proud of themselves for facing this challenge and putting themselves well outside their comfort zone. I have been so impressed by the athletes in our gym who have risen to this and done outstanding jobs at all three of the workouts to date. Everyone struggles, everyone pushes themselves to their limit, and everyone is amazing in my book.
There is another part of Crossfit in general but our community in particular that is brought into focus through the Open competition. And that is the support and encouragement that is offered to all the athletes. Whether you are a competitor looking to earn a spot in the Regionals or just challenging yourself to try to complete these workouts, it doesn’t matter because there is a crowd behind you cheering you on.
Sometimes though we don’t always achieve our goals and fall short of the expectations we put on ourselves. I fell well short on Friday night with 13.3. With 35 seconds left I’d finished the 90 double unders and rushed to the rings to get at least one muscle up completed because I knew that would move me into a different category within the Masters Division I’m competing in. I couldn’t do it. I failed myself and felt I’d let down the people who’d supported my efforts. I felt crushed. I couldn’t believe I’d blown it after getting so close. I felt that I’d lost my chance at advancing closer to my goal. I left the gym upset with myself but when I made it to my car I found myself shaking from the adrenaline and so I reached out. I asked for help and I got it. Someone very dear to me talked over what had happened and helped me find my equilibrium. The support I received then changed everything. I went home and while still disappointed I committed to redoing the workout on Sunday. Meanwhile our wonderful leader Dave was texting me and reminding me to take some of my own advice that I’d previously offered to other athletes when they had struggled. He was right.
When Sunday arrived I was back in the gym with a new attitude. My goal was to do the workout with a smile. Coach Roe wrote on the floor beside my medicine ball ‘Have Fun’. I had already written a message for myself on the back of each hand. One said Believe and the other was simply a drawing of a happy face. At 3,2,1 it all started again and Roe kept me on track but also relaxed. I beat my previous time for the Wall Balls and then got through the Double Unders, which are my weak link and the exercise I feared most showing up. This time I had a 90 seconds remaining and I calmed myself then addressed the rings and got 3 muscle ups completed. I was thrilled and so grateful for the coaching and support I’d just received.
The point of my sharing this is simply that we all face challenges, we all hit a wall sometimes, and we all can benefit from the tremendous support that exists in our gym.
At the end of the day we do this for fun. We do it to test ourselves. We do it because we can. If you struggle, don’t worry there will be a hand there ready to help you back up, because that is what we do.
We have two more workouts to come and I know our athletes are going to do amazingly well in them because of the spirit that drives our community will push each and every one to be the very best they can be. They are all winners in my book.