Last year I didn’t sign up for the Crossfit Open because I was pregnant. It shouldn’t have been an excuse considering the two obstacle races I completed at the end of my pregnancy. This year I wasn’t going to sign up because I was just five months post-baby and I didn’t feel I was at the level I needed to be to compete. Peer pressure got the best of me though and I signed up.
And I’m so glad I did.
My box got together every Saturday morning to do the WODs (if you wanted). I decided that I didn’t want that much pressure with so many people watching so I would complete my WODs Thursday mornings before the 10am class came in, when the gym was fairly quiet. It worked for me. I did go in a couple Saturdays to watch and cheer on the rest of the team. The atmosphere was electric! Everyone is so supportive and encouraging to all the athletes, no matter skill level. I don’t think I will be so nervous to attend the Saturday sessions during next years Open. Part of why I love Crossfit so much is that there is such a community feel to it. It was amazing and inspiring watching not only the top athletes from the box, but other people accomplish more than they thought they could.
As for how I did, I may have been at the bottom of the team roster for every single WOD, but I’m ok with that. My final score put me at 968th in Canada West, haha. Honestly, I accomplished things I didn’t think I was capable of. I threw weight overhead that I’ve never been able to lift multiple times. I reached a PR. I challenged myself and I learned exactly what I need to work on to improve. I’m excited for the next year in the box, working on getting stronger and focusing on more skill work. I can’t wait to crush the open next year and hopefully move myself from the bottom of the roster.
While it was such a fun experience over the last five weeks, I’m kind of happy the Open is over now so I can get back to my regular workout routine and get working on hitting new PRs and improving my skills. If you are a crossfitter, I encourage you to try your hand at the Open next year, regardless of your skill level. The challenge is totally worth it.
Ooh, and I just found out the Ignite team is off to Regionals which is super exciting. I’m so glad that I was able to help contribute to the team’s score, even if it was only a little bit.
Have you ever competed in anything?