Photography by Sarah Griffith
Laughter and cheers, challenges and tears... We saw it all during the Open. In our little corner of the world during Friday Night Lights we saw some amazing feats of strength and determination. And determination is exactly what it took to complete the open workout of 16.5. All week the predictions were running rampant in our minds. Would we see muscle-ups? Pistols? Box jumps? One movement we felt sure we would see was thrusters, but nobody saw those bar facing burpees coming! This was the first year of the Crossfit Open that a movement was featured in 2 workouts. A repeat of 14.5, a killer combo of Thrusters and Burpees.
David Myers did the WOD 2 years ago during the Open. So as he put on his knee sleeves and wrist wraps he mentally prepared himself for a tough one, "My last attempt at this workout was 21 plus minutes to complete. And this year? 16:44 - an improvement of more than 5 minutes! This proves that the training we do everyday works. You put in the work, you see results. Period" David isn't the only one reaping the benefits of the training in the Open. Regina Carroll PR'd as well, "I jumped off of two feet every single time tonight! My fear was always that I would trip or fall, but tonight I pushed that fear aside and pushed myself further." Way to overcome, Regina!
And we can not end the Open recap without highlighting the performance of the one and only Stacey Boaz. As he fought for a top spot in his division within the region we saw a skilled athlete go all out. He finished the workout in 12:30 - a truly impressive performance.
As we return to our regular training schedules, I think it is really important to carry some of the excitement from Friday Night Lights forward. Also, find a way to incorporate what you learned about yourself into your training regimen. I asked a few members what their advice would be, and here are their answers:
1. Be a cheerleader. The number one comment I heard was that when the going got tough during a WOD all the cheering in the crowd made a HUGE difference, "I wasn't sure I could squat clean 55# during 16.1, but with everyone cheering I just had to go for it." - Brenda Summerlin
2. Make a plan to work on your weakness. "I'm not just going to lift heavy this year, I'm going to attack gymnastic movements and improve my metabolic conditioning." - John Carter
3. Train for physical and mental strength. CrossFit challenges you on both fronts. "I learned I was stronger than I gave myself credit for. Now I know that I can overcome so I have more confidence." - Ashleigh Smithey
4. Know your competition. That means you have to look in the mirror. Your only real competition is yourself, "I look at where I was a few years ago and where I am now. I compete with myself and myself only. I look better, I feel better and I know I'm stronger than I was before and I love it!" - Toni Dunovant (By the way, THANK YOU Toni for being such an awesome cheerleader!)
5. Spend time working on form. " I know there are so many little details that I can tweak to improve my performance." - Mitch Fincher
"I'm going to pay more attention to the little things during a workout that can make me better. I'm going to scale the workouts so that I get the intended stimulus, so that my workout feels just like the workout of a top athlete." - Kelley Pulliam
So this ends our Open series blogs. I hope that you enjoyed the stories that were highlighted over the last five weeks. If some of you might have been a little shy to share your success, shout it out here instead. Feel free to comment below on your favorite Friday Night Lights moments... we want to hear from you! And, I just have to end the blog with this.. I asked Trina Pillar about her Open experience and I think she did the best job of anyone summing it all up. "I liked coming to CrossFit Eden before, but now, I know I love this place!"