Let’s Get This Open Over!

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)

I am a new devotee to CrossFit starting around eight months ago when a new box opened a mile away from my home. I was looking around online a year ago at area boxes and noticed a new one was coming just a long walk from my house. I had considered CrossFit several times over the last couple years, but when CrossFit Greenwood Village was established so close to home, it was as if God was hitting me in the head. I felt like the next box would sprout up in my back yard if I didn’t finally give it a try.

As the father to a four and two year old, I let a lot of excuses get in the way of maintaining intensity in my workouts. I went from running an occasional marathon or half marathon to just putting in a ho hum amount of work each week. I see now I was doing the bare minimums to do my job in law enforcement and stay healthy. It was easy to justify it all by saying I was spending more time with the family.

I started CrossFit with an open mind and some intimidation. I’m a military vet and am generally comfortable around any globo gym or my work gym. This was different. My box was a big place with no machines beyond a couple rowers. Lots of Olympic weight sets, kettle bells, wall balls and rigs that looked like a bunch of reinforced scaffolding filled out this giant space. The coaches and many of the people I’d meet working out looked more like extras from the movie 300 than mortals such as myself. Despite all kinds of schools from boot camp to various law enforcement academies, I had never been instructed properly in any Olympic lifts. I had never played with kettle bells. A lot was new and the intensity of the WODs, even in the elements class, brought back memories of my more brutal high school wrestling practices.

I was hooked. It was painful at first. I will never forget some of the first weeks and the shock to my system of waking up muscles that had been sleeping comfortably for years. It was a combination of the realization of my sad physical condition, the positive atmosphere and new friends, the learning I experienced every session and the amazing amount of fun that I was having working so damn hard.

I kept my membership to my globo gym. It is cheap and they have a pool and steam room that my box lacks. I now go to my globo gym on rest and recovery days and still do my old workouts. My old workouts are now nice, relaxing recovery days.

CrossFit let me in on the trick to fitness. A hell of a lot of really, really hard work will get you places fast.

My first Open arrives and my coaches are all pushing us to enter. They gave us a ton of good reasons. It supports the CrossFit community as a whole, peer pressure, awakening your competitive spirit, using it as a benchmark, challenging yourself, fun, etc. They were all good reasons and I signed up fast. I knocked out the judges course to help me prepare and looked forward to the 14.1 announcement. I took my daughter to the box to watch it broadcast live with a bunch of members.

Well, that was a kick in the groin. Double unders for the start of the first open workout. I had been nursing a bone spur inflammation in my heel and the doc told me no plyo until the soreness subsided. I hadn’t tried any running or jump rope at all in months. Lots of experience on the rower, but I had not attempted a double under in quite some time. As aggravating as the double unders was the fact that the 75 pound snatches would be so light and easy for me being a big guy. I knew I had to get through a set of DUs to even pick up the bar. I walked out with my daughter pretty dejected. I obsessed over how crappy this was and couldn’t sleep. Even though I have no hope of making regionals, I knew I was technically out of the standings if I did not at least complete a single rep for each workout. It really pissed me off. I drink the CrossFit kool aid and want to compete and now I was kind of stuck.

I came up with an idea on the fifth or six time I woke up Thursday night. I would do the damn workout and I wouldn’t hurt my heel. I would do the double unders on one foot. Nothing in the standards or the judges course said I needed to jump with both feet. I knew it might take me most of the ten minute workout, but I would get a couple double unders.

I practiced on one foot that day and realized it was ugly, sad and slow, but possible. I ended up doing the workout. I even came back Monday and re-did it for a better score breaking into three digits.

The next workout comes and I see what bigger guys like myself fear – chest to bar pull ups. I obsess thinking about strategy and the workout all weekend again and get through it. The third brings in box jumps, but thankfully box steps are OK’d so my plyo issues are not a deal breaker.

I find that while I solidly sit in the seventy fifth percentile of my masters division, I am very dissatisfied. This score means nothing in so many ways as I am not going to regionals. I don’t even have a desire to get past the open. My wife and family doesn’t look to see where I fall in the rankings. I feel no pressure to do any better than I’m doing from my brothers and sisters at CrossFit Greenwood Village or my coaches. I feel nothing but love and support from them all.

I screwed up by not working more on my weaknesses. History shows each one of my weaknesses are programmed into the Open workouts each year. I thought I was doing my best by just hitting the WODs hard and continually bettering my work capacity and strength overall. I now know I was wrong not to be working a little on my weaknesses every day. A little too late now looking at week five already days away.

I am not satisfied because my coach was right. The CrossFit Open brings out a competitive spirit in us that sometimes had been dormant. It wakes up our drive to absolutely do our best even when the outcome means nothing in a grand scheme except to us and no one else could ever know just how hard we pushed. Few around us outside CrossFit will ever understand the drive we have. The Open has awaken a drive in me that I love. Any real barriers to my progress are now gone. I am limited only by my age, genetics and time training. Those limits can be pushed with hard work. Because I have seen the various PRs in my Open workouts and then come back to beat those on Monday afternoons – I know the future is wide open. I will someday soon be getting unbroken muscle ups after completing ten minutes of a brutal chipper. It will happen some day.

I know from the Open again what it is to really care about my performance. I never sweated my quarterly PT tests at work. I was above average among my peers and never felt the need to be any better. I never stressed over a time in a marathon or how I would get through my workout at my globo gym. I just enjoyed them.

The Open and our monthly Hero WODs stress me out in such a positive way. I want to go in thoroughly prepared mentally and physically to give it everything. My goal is to leave nothing in the tank by the end. If I can talk or stand up at the end I know I failed a bit.

These positive aspects of the Open are also the reason I cannot wait until 14.5 is over and in the record books. I want to relax and get back to the hard work. I now know exactly where I am and I don’t like it. I want to give myself some mental recovery time and get back to the pure enjoyment of knocking out a metcon or strength workout with my CrossFit family without so much worry about the number at the end. I know I need many months of doing this followed by daily work on my weaknesses. Let the progressions begin!

I want to relax and give everything to a Wednesday morning WOD without worrying about any kind of taper for what is getting announced the next night.

I want to smooth out double unders, chest to bar and toes to bar to make them my strengths. I want to have the skill set next year to go deep into every Open workout and have even more fun. CrossFit is a blast on even the worst days, but it is most fun when you are knocking out reps in something you see as a strength. I don’t want the embarrassment of having so many weaknesses.

Let’s get 14.5 over with, I have CrossFit Open 2015 to train for and the clock is ticking.

Printable Version

We Are Scouting Top Writers

Are you passionate about fitness and have something to say? Reach a huge online community and get the discussion going - start writing for Tabata Times today!

Share this post
@TabataTimes on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook 
Advertise Here

Most Popular of All Time

CrossFit Shadyside shared a link on Facebook


J. Humenay published the post Answering The Question - "Why Do You Lift?" on Tabata Times
Recently, I've been asked the question, "Why do you do Olympic lifts? There are so many other ways...
CrossFit Pittsburgh posted an article
CrossFit Integrated Fitness shared a link on Facebook

CrossFit Pittsburgh posted on Facebook

Available right now: 1 pair of Men's Cordura WOD Shorts Size 33" Retail $60.00 yours for $40.00.

astewart30 published the post Size Doesn't Matter on
From the time I was 10 years old I have been aware of my size. I have always known how much I weigh...
CrossFit KSX posted on Facebook

Tuesday's Workout Strength: 10 min EMOM 3 Deadlift @ 70% of 3RM Conditioning: 12min EMOM 3 Power cleans 155/115 5 strict pull-ups Rest 2 min: 3 rounds of: 1 min elbow plank 45 sec max supermans 30 sec Russian twist with weight 20/15 * 30 sec rest between rounds*

CrossFit Iron City posted on Facebook

This week's challenge is: 3 min AMRAP of 20 DU's Jason L. already has 2 wins down, who is going to take the top spot this week?

CrossFit Center City shared a link on Facebook

#DIDYOUKNOW that CFCC offers Custom Fit Meals? These fresh, healthy meals are a great option for weeks when you're especially busy. They offer a huge menu that rotates week to week, and there's no commitment required. Use code CENTERCITY to take 10% off your first order. If you're thinking about participating in the #cfccrecharge or are struggling to find healthy options on-the-go, give CFM a try! #nutrition #paleo #paleoish http://crossfitcc.com/a-new-option-for-healthy-convenient-eats-at-cfcc/

CrossFit Center City shared an image on Facebook

Don't forget we are holding a 2 hour introductory Strongman clinic on Sunday September 28th. Link to sign up is in the comments. Email Record at record@crossfitcc.com if you have any questions about it and remember it is open to both CFCC member and non-members!

CrossFit Prime posted an article
CrossFit Prime posted an article
CrossFit Athletics posted on Facebook

SFH Fish Oil and *new* pure protein (without Creatine) is in stock!! Get it while it's hot.

Kristy Parrish published the post How Julie Foucher Became Julie Foucher on
Editor's Note: "How Julie Foucher Became Julie Foucher" was originally posted to the Beyond the...
WhatWouldJohnMackEat published the post Portuguese Style Littleneck Clams on Nutrition WOD
Littleneck clams are hands down my favorite seafood. I eat them raw, steamed or cooked Portuguese...
CrossFit Prime posted an article
CrossFit Focus shared an image on Facebook

Jeremiah swinging the kettlebell with authority.

CrossFit Focus shared a link on Facebook

You don't get what you want - you get what you work for.

Breaking Point Fitness CrossFit Ridge Ave posted on Facebook

Tuesday 9/9/14 15 mins to work to heavy Snatch deadlift + snatch pull + snatch For time: 10 power cleans 185/125 20 burpee over bar 30 toe 2 bar 200ft farmers carry 55/35 30 toe 2 bar 20 burpee over bar 10 power cleans

CrossFit Center City shared a link on Facebook

Learn all about the newest cycle leading up to the CrossFit Total on Halloween! Deadlift and Strict Press Tuesday tomorrow! http://crossfitcc.com/workout-of-the-day-tuesday-9-9-14/

CrossFit RDU shared a link on Facebook

CrossFit Invoke shared an image on Facebook

Body Comp Challenge is in full swing. Be sure to make these next 12 weeks worth it! #cfinvoke #cfiathlete #cfibootycamp #crossfit #bodycomp #fat #relentlesslife #weighin #eatright #nutrition #goals #progress

CrossFit King of Prussia posted an article
CrossFit RDU posted an article
CrossFit Gastonia shared a link on Facebook

Tuesday's WOD http://www.crossfitgastonia.com/w-o-d

CrossFit Delaware Valley shared an image on Facebook

6pm cleanin' and dubbin'!

CrossFit Delaware Valley shared an image on Facebook

N'Sync! (See what I did there? Lol)

Breaking Point Fitness CrossFit Ridge Ave shared a link on Facebook

There is still space left to register for the Carl Paoli seminar at CrossFit Ridge Ave on September 20th from 9am-5pm. The seminar is $295 with discounts offered for CF Level 1 Certified Trainers, Educators, Military/Fire/Police/Rescue and USA Gymnastics members! https://freestyleconnection.pushpress.com/open/event/freestyle-connection-seminar---philadelphia-pa

CrossFit 77 shared an image on Facebook

What an awesome start to our Let's Move class on Saturday September 6! Remember this class is free every Saturday from 10:30-11:30 bring your kids and their friends! We can't wait to see the turn out for this Saturday!

CrossFit Focus shared an image on Facebook

CrossFit 77 posted on Facebook

George just PR'd his back squat by 50lbs! 365# like a champ!

CrossFit Wake Forest posted on Facebook

9/9/2014 WOD: Push Press 3-3-3-3-3 Use the heaviest weight you can for each set. Rest as needed between sets. Then: 4 rounds for time of: Run, 200 m 10 Kettlebell Swings

CrossFit Wilmington posted an article
CrossFit Harrisburg posted on Facebook

Tues Back Squat (3x4 @ 80%, then 1 set for max reps) 15 mins to complete Metcon (Time) 4 Rounds 200m Run 40 double unders 300m Row Rest 1 min 2 for 1 du subs

CrossFit Invoke posted an article
CrossFit Focus posted on Facebook

Tons of new skills discovered for the 6 p.m. group today, especially those double-unders!

CrossFit Main Line posted an article
CrossFit Main Line posted an article
CrossFit Main Line posted an article
CrossFit Main Line posted an article
Raleigh CrossFit posted an article
CrossFit Wilmington shared an image on Facebook

Everyone loves HSPUs @cfwilmington #wantmoredomore #strongereveryday

CrossFit LKN shared an image on Facebook

Big 9 am class this morning!

CrossFit Love shared a link on Facebook

9.9.14 http://bit.ly/1tFrlIx

CrossFit Love shared an image on Facebook

The Olympic Weightlifting seminar with Diane Fu is almost here! Have you registered?! Learn more about the Olympic lifts and what mistakes you may be making that are holding your PRs back! Check out the details and register TODAY! http://bit.ly/NtByob

CrossFit Wilmington shared an image on Facebook

Great job to Alison and all of our new members this summer!

judyjudyjudy published the post Why The Box Is Not Like Any Old Gym- Facing Fear and Finding Beauty At Crossfit on
"He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear. " ~Ralph Waldo...
Raleigh CrossFit posted an article
CrossFit Main Line shared an image on Facebook

Beginning this week, YOGA will be offered at 10:30am on Tuesdays at CFML and Thursdays at CFR5. Come join us!

CrossFit Durham posted on Facebook

Welcome back to CFD athlete, and recent new MOM, Rachel Mason!

CrossFit RDU shared a link on Facebook

CrossFit RDU shared an image on Facebook

We will have WODbody Sports Massage in house here at CrossFit RDU this coming Wednesday. Appointment slots will be available from 3pm-8pm in 30min sessions or more. There will be a sign up sheet on the whiteboard. Check them out and we may make it a permanent fixture! $35 - 30 minutes $45 - 40 minutes $55 - 50 minutes $65 - 60 minutes

CrossFit RDU posted an article
CrossFit Exchange shared an image on Facebook

Achieving Excellence through competition helps us break through our own boundaries. From the coaches desk we are all proud of the athletes that came out, and more importantly for all of your help and support.

CrossFit Delaware Valley shared an image on Facebook

Ladies - check this out!

CrossFit Durham shared a link on Facebook

CrossFit 910 shared an image on Facebook

liftlaugheatrepeat published the post Secret Ingredient Paleo Meatloaf on
So my husband absolutely loves meatloaf, which is great because it's a relatively simple meal...
CrossFit Main Line shared a link on Facebook

Hey Main Liners and R5ers! Good news...beginning this Thursday, 9.11 at 6:30pm we are bringing in a Chiropractor a couple days a week for your aches, pains and general fitness recovery needs to CFML. The wonderful, Dr. Katzen will be scheduling free consultations and following up with necessary treatments. We could all use a little adjustment. Call today to schedule your appointment at CFML- 610-664-8330 http://www.drkatzen.com/

CrossFit Coastal shared an image on Facebook

Congratulations to Brandon M for passing his CrossFit Level 1 Certification and also Head Coaches Phil & Kelly for completing / passing their CrossFit Kettlebell Certification this weekend! Continuing education is very important to us here at CrossFit Coastal. Your instructors are always in a constant state of learning new ways to serve you better. Proud of you!

@TabataTimes on Twitter

Watch the latest episode of GPTV