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CrossFit Open 17.1 Reaction

Last night Summit Strength & CrossFit SSP had our first ever Open competition with our athletes. It was awesome. During last year’s Open, I was just focusing on getting the box open, and we didn’t actually have our first class until March 10th, which was already two or three weeks into the biggest month in CrossFit. So, needless to say, I was both excited and a little nervous for last night. It was my first time signing up for the CrossFit Open (I’ve detailed before how I was scared. See it here) and I just wasn’t sure what to expect. Here’s what I learned:

It feels just like Gameday.

Yes, I know “gameday” isn’t technically a word. But, it describes this feeling perfectly. Yesterday, perhaps my favorite moment was more of a feeling. I woke up, for the first time since college soccer, feeling like I had a game that night. It was that performance bug coming back, and it felt great. If you’ve never experienced that feeling, as I expect many of you haven’t in a long, long time if ever, you just really need to take the plunge. Yes, there are nerves. You’ll feel slightly scared. Your adrenaline will be pumping. And you’ll feel more alive than you have in years.

Having someone to cheer you on helps.

It doesn’t matter whether you have three or thirty people in the box there to cheer you on, just having at least someone to help you push through those really tough moments when you don’t know if you’re going to finish the workout.

There will be tough moments. Look, this is a test of your fitness. If you aren’t getting to that point where you just feel stretched outside of your comfort zone, you’ve missed the point. Not every day in CrossFit is meant to feel like that, but this one is. Don’t shy away from it. Embrace that once or twice per week you’re going to get after it. Just have your friends on hand to help you keep going when all you want to do is quit.

You will do something you didn’t think you could do.

This is probably my favorite thing about the Open. Every year, videos come out of someone’s first muscle up, or first box jump, or a new clean and jerk PR. Last night, we had people in our box who were legitimately worried about doing that many burpees smash through that mental block.

“I just am worried about the burpees…I’ve never done more than 5 in a row.” Heard that a couple times. Next thing you know, I’m giving someone a high five after SEVENTY FIVE BURPEE BOX JUMPS. I mean, seriously, you all are rock stars. That was amazing.

I even had one woman who has been with us for about 8 months say that she should have done a harder scale. Wow! Finish 17.1 and say you needed it to be harder? Impressive. I remember looking at her and her husband before the workout started (I had just finished mine and was a sweaty mess) and saying, “You’re both over 50. When you get tired, remind yourself that it is amazing you’re doing this. You’re special.” And then I gave them both a hug. Honestly, it was a really cool moment. Well, at least for me. They probably didn’t enjoy the sweat. But they were about to workout so oohhhhh welllll.

Finally, I’m amped for next week.

That was one of my favorite days in CrossFit yet. This is going to be a special five weeks. I already cannot wait for next Thursday’s announcement and getting after it again on Friday.

P.S. Be sure to get some recovery in today! Then read our post on how to improve your recovery even more.

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