Originally published January 14, 2018
Whether it’s your 1st or 4th Open, it never loses its spectacular hype, anxious anticipation and excitement. Competition takes an ordinary workout and turns it into a test. The intensity reaches a knew level and shocks even the most seasoned fitness aficionado. Putting it on a worldwide scale against the average CrossFit go-getter and the sports elite, it doesn’t get any bigger than the CrossFit Open.
You Vs. You
Here’s an important perspective that needs to be embraced in order to enjoy and appreciate the experience of the Open. Please, don’t get caught up in being over competitive. Avoid the urge to compare yourself to others and get stuck seeking validation of your efforts with a ranking or placement. At the end of the day it is completely arbitrary where you end up. All that matters is the effort you put in each time and the way you conduct yourself before, during and after the workouts. To bring out the best in your efforts, attack each workout with a healthy dose of humility and gratitude. You will have all the support you need from those around you to be uplifted when things start to get hard.
The spectacle that is the Open brings the community together like nothing else. It’s about supporting those around you to give their best and leave it all out on the floor. It’s a celebration of hard work, dedication and persistence in the art of fitness.
One & Done… For All Five
To maximise your experience throughout the five weeks of workouts, here’s a couple tips:
- Discard any expectations. There is no need for unnecessary pressure to perform beyond your means.
- Do the workouts once. It’s the old “one and done” rule. Talk with your coach about strategy, be confident and give it everything you got for that day.
- Reflect on your performance but don’t dwell on them either. This is an opportunity to learn your capabilities in the scope of these workouts, but don’t make it more than it is. You may discover some weaknesses in the light of competition. Turn these into positives by making it something to focus on for the future. It will all make you better in the long run.
Incorporate active recovery, mobility work, myofascia release prior to the day of the workouts. Nourish your body with good food. No radical changes are needed. Just be sure you replenish them glycogen stores for the day of the workout. That may mean some clean carbs like sweet potato and rice, accompanied with plentiful veg and a hearty steak (grass-fed of course).
Sleep well. The most important element of proper preparation is getting restorative sleep leading up to the workout.
Make it a memorable experience and have as much fun as you can during the five weeks. Leave the ego somewhere far, far away, as it will only be crushed down to size in this competition. If you embody true humility and respect for other competitors, you will have a great time giving your best.