With the 2014 CrossFit Games Open in the rearview mirror, it is a good time to reflect on what just went down. First of all, what I saw from our members at TwinTown CrossFit was nothing short of spectacular. You had the guts to accept a tough challenge, you met the challenge head-on, and you rose to the occasion. You should be proud of yourselves for this.
This year’s Open was brutal. Each week you were asked to complete physical tasks that would make most women and men cower. You could have sat on the sideline and made excuses for why you shouldn’t compete, but instead you decided to get in the game and give it a shot. You harnessed whatever fear and apprehension you may have had, and channelled it into a commendable performance. It was inspiring to watch you attack each workout.
If the Open exposed weaknesses in your game, start improving today. You have an entire year to turn these weaknesses into strengths. A word of caution: it is easy to quickly forget about, or ignore, the weaknesses exposed in the Open and begin next year’s Open in the same place you are right now. The 2013 Open exposed my horrible shoulder mobility, and after the 13.5 I was determined to correct the problem. But rather than put in the time to achieve better range of motion in my shoulders, I made excuses and did not do the necessary work. Due to my laziness, the overhead squats in 14.2 kicked my ass and put me in my place. My performance was embarrassing and, frankly, inexcusable. Don’t let this happen to you, it is demoralizing.
For the majority of us the CrossFit Games Open is not about securing endorsement money, or a spot at regionals; it is about seeking to better ourselves through a physically and psychologically taxing event—did anyone else have dreams about the workouts? No matter where you finished on the leaderboard, or how many of your goals you achieved, you are all better for having gone through the experience. Now, capitalize on the momentum you have created and own your fitness in 2014. Don’t go it alone, like I tried to do, only to come up short in next year’s Open. This will lead to easily preventable frustration and disappointment. Your coaches are here to help you if you need guidance, so hit us up and we will work with you on your weaknesses. The 2015 CrossFit Games Open will be here before you know it; make sure your game is in top form before then.
What weaknesses did the 2014 Open expose in your game?