Well Crossfit friends, I don’t know about you but it’s been a looooong achy week for me. The Crossfit Open 2015 was definitely a learning curve and one hell of a battle (both physically and mentally). I went through a roller coaster of emotions over the 5 weeks; from excitement to frustration, from apprehension to joy and all the way back to frustration again – but I’m sure you will agree with me when I say – it was worth it!
So, without further adieu, here’s my 15 things I learnt from the 2015 open – in no particular order.
- I need to work on my Gymnastics If you need me in the next few months, you’ll probably find me inverted or hanging from a bar somewhere
- My Crossfit friends will be friends for life thanks for the motivation Zettie (and for being a damn good barbell bitch!)
- Supporting and Motivating others is just as important as doing well
- Not to be discouraged by my score Just knowing I tried my best is enough (for now)
- We all have different strengths and weaknesses
- Stop ignoring movements just because I can’t do them Oh hi snatches!
- Thrusters Suck!! as if we didn’t already know
- Make a plan A… and a plan B, C, & D
- Relax & enjoy yourself – there is no point in getting frustrated
- My husband hates me! Spending long hours at the box and talking endlessly about movements, times & PB’s is pretty annoying, I’ll give him that
- I’m capable of much more than I think I just need to believe
- To look after my body… I finally made it to the physio after months of pain!
- Scaling isn’t failing It’s okay that you’re not quite there yet – just keep going
- Complaining doesn’t get you anywhere apart from in a bad mood
- I love Crossfit!!!
The number one thing I’d take away from this list, and I think you all should too, is, ’there is no point in getting frustrated’, especially when, lets face it, most of us won’t even make it to regionals, let alone the actual games. Yes, most Crossfitters are highly competitive (even if we won’t let anyone know it), but there is no point in being too hard on ourselves. Instead, channel that energy in a positive way and work on the movement, break it down into progressions and build yourself up – then come back next year stronger and faster! At the end of the day, we all Crossfit for the love of it – and like I always say at my box – if it stops being fun, then what’s the point!?!
So bring it on 2016 – I’ll be ready for you, but for now…