See you at 9:30 at the park at the end of Myrtle.
Why I Hate the Open (but Participate in it Anyway)
I have participated in every year of the CrossFit Open. This will be my eighth year of dreading what 5 pm on Thursday will bring for five weeks between February and March. I’m not writing this to brag, but rather to relate to any and everyone in the gym. I know what it’s like to sign up and have no idea what to expect. The first year of the Open, I had a score of 1 in the third workout and I was stoked because I had to PR my clean to get that one rep. During the last workout of that same year, I got a score of three because I couldn’t do chest-to-bar pull-ups and there was no scaled division.
I know what it’s like to be excited about the Open. The last workout of the second year was a repeat of the last and I could eek out some chest-to-bar pulls and PR’d! I remember dying inside during the announcement of 12.4 (12 min AMRAP of 150 wall balls / 90 double unders/ 10 muscle-ups) and then having it repeated the next year (and PRing!).
I’ve done the Open while being 8 months pregnant and had to deal with the disappointment of not being able to do the final workout of 14.5. And then participating in the 2015 Open and being reminded that I had not fully recovered from pregnancy.
I have participated in every year and have hated it at some point. Don’t get me wrong, the Open gets better every year. The addition of the Scaled Division in 2015 means even more people can participate and I love gathering around the gym TV with other athletes Thursday nights to hear what torture Dave Castro has planned for us. However, the Open gives me so much anxiety because it makes me try harder. This year will be even worse because I know that I’m not as fit as I was last year.
However, I’m still going to participate. Is 2018 going to be the year I crush the Open? Probably not. But this year’s Open can also serve as a benchmark for next year, so when 18pointwhatever is repeated, I might PR. As much as I am dreading the five weeks between Feb 22nd and March 26th, I also wouldn’t miss it for the world.