Wow, it’s done.
I competed in the 2013 CrossFit Open and lived to tell the tale lol!
Ask any crossfitter that participated in the Open, and we will all admit it: 13.5 was NOT a game.
There’s something about finishing the Open, that just seems to click with me. I actually feel like a crossfitter…like I somehow earned that nomenclature.
Now, real talk: YOU DO NOT NEED TO COMPETE IN THE OPEN, TO BE A CROSSFITTER!
You pay your money, show up consistently at the box, respect the culture, go hard during a WOD and cheer your competitors on…those are some of the numerous items that define us.
Personally, and based on my individual efforts to improve, to just be better than I was the day before, I feel different.
What I do and/or say inside (and outside) the box, has impact because people respected my CrossFit Open intensity…or maybe I should say my spunk, moxie and fight lol, because I surely fought for those 12 chest to bar pull ups…for each and every one of ’em!
That respect, given so freely, both humbles me and gives me the confidence to call myself a crossfitter, even when I know others have been referring to me as one for months. This is something I had to feel and it just so happens that the Open was the conduit.
I gained an insane amount of personal insight from seeing all my weaknesses in thier full glory *slightsarcasm*. The Open was the mirror I occasionally crave (#wantitbad); so I can see and correct myself…I saw how much I flagged behind others during 13.2 because of my lack of endurance during the Box Jumps, my inability to do a kip Chest to Bar during 13.5, my slow elbow “whip” (ugh!) during 13.4 with Clean & Jerks.
I showed up, took a chance, tried something different, put my heart on my sleeve, was open to constructive criticism, provided it and took it; connected with my box mates in 5 weeks in a way that 5 months of CF membership only began to show me.
This…is CrossFit. And I’m in love with it.
Isn’t it amazing when you realize that something brings you joy, even when it stings just a little?
With that said, standby for changes to the site, more coverage of events, guest contributors and thr like. I appreciate you guys sticking with me…looking forward to spending more time with you!