When I initially heard about the Open I had no intention on participating. Competitions typically make me very anxious and I had zero desire to put myself through that. Well…peer pressure is a funny thing and before I knew it, I was signed up. To be honest, I had no idea what to expect. As the Open approached I started researching past years, trying to grasp what I was in for. I learned quickly that no amount of research could prepare me for what I was about to experience.
17.1~ The Big Day~
What a strange experience. I walked in the gym and felt instantly overwhelmed. So many people and a bit chaotic. I had a weird mind-set that day. I didn’t have any sense of urgency. I was only concerned with finishing under the time cap. When my heat was over, I did finish under the time cap (barely). At the time I felt satisfied. Until I went home that night and reflected on my first event. I was not satisfied anymore. I was really frustrated at myself for not pushing harder and trying to get a better time. I physically had it in me, but mentally I stopped myself. #1 Lesson…Do not let your mind bully your body. If there’s more fuel left in the tank, run it until it’s empty.
For the upcoming weeks I had a different attitude. I couldn’t wait until Thursday nights @ 7:00 to find out what kind of hell we had in store for us. I was pretty unproductive at work on Fridays. I found myself constantly on-line trying to strategize for the next event. As Mike Tyson once said “Everyone has a plan ’til they get punched in the mouth” That pretty much summed up 17.1-17.5 All the Friday research went out the door when that timer started.
As each week went by I would find myself frustrated at my performance. I would reflect on how I could have done better or pushed myself harder.
As I’m writing, I can’t help but think that this sounds like a bunch of negativity. Well, the reality is the Open in hard. It’s hard not only physically but mentally.
Was I happy when it was over? You bet I was.
Will I do it again in 2018? You bet I will!!!!
See, even though I didn’t love participating in the open I LOVED what I learned about myself during that 5 weeks. I LOVED hanging out with other CF-100 members and supporting each other. I LOVED learning what weaknesses I needed to improve on. We train hard all year, but I believe you need to be part of the Open to see just where you stand. I now know what I need to work on for next year. I have goals set that I wouldn’t have had, had it not been for the Open. For me, I want to be able to compete next year RX. That’s a big goal but I have a year to do it. This year I did every week “scaled” as for there was always one move that I couldn’t do RX. My drive comes from competition with myself. For others, that drive might come from competing against other people. In either case that drive pushes you to be better than you were yesterday. Open or not, that should be something we all strive for. Let’s be better than we were yesterday!!
As a side note: MY favorite part of the Open was watching the “Dottirs” compete 17.5 in Madison. A selfie with Sara Sigmundsdottir was a pretty big deal!!
Till next year…….