The Open exposes all of our weaknesses across the board. There is no escaping this fact. It reveals our complacencies, our strengths, and our total inadequacies.
For me, I couldn’t be happier. I met all of my goals in the workouts (except for the bar muscle up in 17.2). I PR’ed my snatch at 95 lbs. I crushed 17.5 as it played to my strengths. I got off the rower in 17.4 and got one Handstand push-up. I finished 126th in my region for my age group and finished 56th in my state for my age group. I am SUPER excited about this!
However, the most important lesson I have taken away is my renewed desire to improve all of my weaknesses, to get stronger, to be the best, to crush all the Open Workouts in 2018.
What I wish I would have done: I got complacent in my double unders. I have them but they are not consistent. I stopped practicing them months ago and it showed in 17.5. I could have shaved 2 minutes off my time if I hadn’t of stumbled in the double unders. They are so taxing and I get so winded. I haven’t learned to breathe through them and they definitely aren’t consistent. It bothers me.
Same with my muscle-up. I knew it was coming back in September. But I got so frustrated that I couldn’t do them that I stopped doing them all together until the Open was almost upon us and then it was too late. I would rip trying to get one and then be done for a week waiting for my hands to heal. Again, I got frustrated with it. Because I have the strength. It’s the technique.
Same with chest-to-bar. I got so frustrated kipping them that I only stricted them. So in the Open, I stricted all of them and lost time.
So, I have set new goals for the entire year to improve upon. I want to increase strength so 155 lb deadlift is not heavy for me and a 95 lb snatch is not a PR. I want to increase skill so double unders and pull ups are second nature and I don’t have to think so hard about them. Keep up my cardio so I can still kick butt. And push myself beyond my limits and my mindset to achieve what I haven’t been able to.
Summary: The Open exposes our weaknesses like no other. But it shows us areas to be stronger. Be better. And succeed. Both in CrossFit and in life.