Meriah and Jenna hit WOD #3 last Friday.
Posted by Bridger CrossFit on Wednesday, April 13, 2011
My friend Jenna and I doing do CrossFit Open Workout 11.3, my favorite open workout of all time.
I’m a weightlifter, and I’m signed up for the open.
I signed up NOT to see how I rank against my friends, my (fr)enemies, or the pros. I signed up NOT because I want to go to regionals or the games, nor did I sign up to really push/challenge myself, or see what I can do. I signed up to I show if I can do it without any of those reasons, so can you. You are in charge of your CrossFit Open experience and your CrossFit experience at that.
As many of you know, I compete in Olympic weightlifting on a national level. I don’t really train much CrossFit, especially cardio! While weightlifting is a part of CrossFit, it’s just one part! Don’t get me wrong being strong, especially in the Olympic lifts, makes a lot of those other parts easier (well more like survivable), but there are still other strengths and skills I don’t spend much time developing that are needed in CrossFit.
I mainly signed up to have fun and celebrate the sport of fitness, my community and my friends! I signed up for the volleyball, never wanting to win the league, what’s different here? Did I get a little overly competitive at volleyball from time to time? Yes, but ultimately I was there to have fun with my friends and that’s what I did! This is a once year event, a change in the day to day workouts, and there’s nothing else like it! I can’t participate in the the qualifying rounds of the NBA championships, or MLB or NFL. Not to mention supporting one of the few sports that has equal prize money for both it’s male and female winners (can’t say that about the NBA/WNBA or NFL/Lingerie League)!
I cannot promise I’ll do every workout Rx’d, or give it an all out effort. Actually, I’m fairly certain I won’t. I’ll be doing what is best in the moment for me and my goals, which is weightlifting. Will it be easy to hold back? NOPE. I’ve always had a competitive spirit (even Phase 10 brings out a dark, dark side of my competitiveness). Checking my ego in the moment to serve my greater goal is going to be a huge challenge for me. Will the workouts be easier done scaled or paced? Ugh, unfortunately probably not, the beauty about going fast is that it you’re done sooner! Will I be glad I did it? Best not to ask me during or directly after, but ultimately how can I be upset about exercising and having a good time with my friends?
There you have it, that’s my why. Yours may be the same as mine or very, very different. No matter what your why, I hope you are doing it for your reasons, not someone elses. Each workout that comes out I’m gonna do what I think is best for me and my goals in that moment, and I encourage you to do the same.
I will see you Friday nights in Broomfield!