Signing Up to The Open – A Member's Perspective!
Who helped you sign up for the Open?
When I first heard about the Open at Perpetua I asked a few people whether it would be a good idea to sign up, given that I had only had 4 months of CrossFit training. They all said go for it, which I found very encouraging. My coach actually made it sound easy: ‘It’s never too early to sign up. If there’s a part of it you can’t do, don’t do it’.
What did you learn?
We had a day between seeing the workout online and actually doing it, so enough time to read tips and practise movements. On the day of the workout I found I was a lot more focused on my form than on any other regular training day.
Some mental resilience is definitely required to be consistently fired up for a drawn-out competition. Then again I found the Open much less mentally taxing than the 12 WODs of Christmas, because you have seven days to recover between workouts. I signed up to a daily email from www.mentalitywod.com to help me concentrate on doing things right and not be distracted by unhelpful thoughts or what was going on around me.
Teamwork: Although you compete alone, you still need a buddy to judge you, so in fact you are in a team.
Community: It seems the slower and weaker I was, the more I was cheered on.
Fitness: I improved at all the movements we did at the Open, especially wall balls and overhead lifts. The pressure of competing makes you go harder and once you’ve worked at that level of intensity, you add intensity to your normal workouts.
The big picture: checking your name on the leaderboard and realising you are part of a much bigger community.
All the fails: In workout 16.2, I couldn’t lift enough weight to make it to round two, so I did one round only. I felt really lame but glad I did it nonetheless as it pointed out my limits. In workout 16.4 I ran out of time at the end of the row and did’t make it to the push-ups.
The big picture: checking your name on the leaderboard and being below average!
Why should new joiners do the Open?
I think it would take me months to make the improvements I made at the Open in just 5 weeks. Looking at the long term, I expect to improve every year so it will be very encouraging to see that on record. Make sure to sign up!
Thanks to member Stella for her input!