"It takes a Community", Ty's words resonated with me as I just attempted to better my score on 14.1 and lay motionless on the floor.
It's now Tuesday morning and the scores are almost all in. 306 is in 5th overall on 14.1, 3 reps shy of third. Top score for all of Saskatchewan gyms, and third in all the Prairies. Good start 306!
Now if we look a little deeper and see what it takes in this day and age to finish in the top 5% of all CF gyms WORLDWIDE, 214th in the WORLD out of over 4000 CF affliates participating in the Open. The answer is simple it takes a community!
What does that mean? It means what Rebecca and I have always preached, "Community above all else". Always supporting each other and pushing each other in a postivite yet competitive environment. Our 6AM class goes through the same program as our 7PM class and all of other 9 daily CF classes. One program, one community, one goal. Our program and our system works, flat out it works.
A great example on how we came to this score is thtis past weekend. The scores would start coming in early at 6AM on Friday morning with Mike Rogers putting up the score to beat of 269. At 11Am Parker and myself would go ahead and improve on the the top scores and post 315 and 308. By the time Saturday rolled around people were bettering their performance on second attempts and trying to catch scores ahead of them. Viki would come up with a big score of 308 which she would better on Sunday with 317, Destini the DU queen hit 303, and then Sam came to play and posted a whopping 328. I redid it applying a different strategy then the day before using the muscle snatch instead of the Pwr snatch and improved significantly and posted a 360. Tim Gab and Steven Lund would also put big numbers on the men side with 310 and 315. Parker would redo it and hit 333. As Sunday rolled around our scores were strong but only good for mid-pack in Canada West. We had chased each other all weekend always bettering the scores for the team and the community but we needed a few big performances.
Rebecca had initially posted a score which was not reflective of her current capacity, the issue came that she was using a new rope and it was not properly adjusted. On monday morning Rebecca went on a mission, adjusted her skipping rope length and crushed 14.1, 345! Tim Gabb new he had a little more in him aswell and decided to chase down Parker's score and hit, you guessed it, he hit one more rep 334. Now our team score was looking great, good for top ten in the region. One athlete left to come in, Joel. Joel Baryluk one of our newest members was coming in at 1pm and has the skills and the capacity to hit this one big. Joel would put up a great score, 312, but did something even better, he shared a strategy that he had seen used by an athlete that hit 394. After hearing that startegy I new it was too late for me as I had already tried the WOD today. I knew that if somebody could benefit from this strategy which involved pacing much slower in the early rounds it would be Wonderkid. So a quick convincing text to Aaron Parker, and he would come in at 6:30PM, 30mins before the Open closes to take one last crack at it.
So Aaron stepped up to the plate, using Joel's startegy, using Rob Webb to help him stay on pace, with Jeff Woo judging he would deliver a huge 390. Huge group effort!
Well done 306, bring on 14.2!
Keep supporting each other, and chasing each other.
Open season is here!! In the world of CrossFit, the next five weeks are very exciting. Over this weeks Dave Castro from CF HQ will announce one workout per week. These WODs will act as the first qualifier for the CrossFit Games in Carson, California where they will crown the fittest male, female and team in the World. This is my 3rd open experience and although things change, there is a familiarity with the excitement and camaraderie that I feel during this time. For some, this is a big competition to ensure that they secure a spot to compete at Regionals. For others, it is a fun community event and a friendly competition among friends Whatever the motivation of the athlete, we get to come together as one community and tackle these WODs together.
There are some new rules that have been implemented by head office this year. If you are a top 60 hopeful, you will be required to have each of your open WODs video taped and judged by someone who has taken the on-line judges course. If you are a hopeful, please make sure you have taken your on-line course so that you can judge your fellow athletes. Even if you are a top 60 hopeful and plan to compete on the team and not as an individual, you will still be required to submit your videos. Head office will request the video at the end of the open.
We will be running the WODs on Fridays and Saturdays during regular class time. We do ask that if you do need to be taped, that you let us know when you plan on doing the WOD in advance so that we can have everything set up. Please do your best to get the open WOD done during these times. If you can't make it, please let Jason or I know and we will make arrangements for you. Each athlete will also be responsible for submitting your score. Please don't wait until the last minute as we have to validate them in time.
Now, if I can leave you with some words of advice. As awesome as the open can be, it can also mess with people's heads. You have this opportunity to compare yourself with over 100,000 other athletes WORLDWIDE! This is where I have to say..."keep it real!". Don't get down on yourself because you finished 15,000th on a WOD. There are a lot of incredible athletes competing out there that have been doing this for a long time, been to the Olympics or played elite level sports. You can't define your performance as it stacks up to Rich Froning or Sam Briggs (well, you can but just remember that they are the fittest in the whole world!). You have to look at what you did, in that moment. You might finish last but it was the most double unders you have ever done - celebrate that! You PR'd and you gave all you had - that is something to be proud of!! Try not to get caught up in the leader boarding and trying to figure out what the next WOD is going to be. It will be what it is and all you can do is hit is hard and give it your best. Remember, we are not defined by CrossFit, it is something that we do. We get to train and workout and that is an awesome gift. So, enjoy the experience! Let's support eachother, help our hopefuls get to Regionals and have a great open season!!