So are you Fit enough?
With the official start to the CrossFit games season just hours away you have probably spent the last couple of days logging time on YouTube. Searching for things like handstand push ups, pull ups, toes to bar and the elusive ring muscle up. I am not going to lie I've been researching the same videos.
I love the energy that the open creates. I have seen some pretty amazing things happen. Like first time Muscle ups, PR lifts and a newly renewed passion in personal fitness. For some the open can be another stepping stone on there life long journey into fitness or it can serve as a temporary obstacle of defeat. Sometimes we get caught up on the hype that we can create some very high expectations for ourselves that are largely outside our ability. Or we think that we are comparable to someone else in the gym and they completely destroy our open time/reps.
When we create goals that are way out of our range they can have a adverse effect. Now I am not saying that you shouldn't set goals because you might not hit them or fall way short. But when it comes to fitness there is one large component that often gets overlooked, work. Work is what separates the good from the great. This is where hours of working on the components for a muscle up turns into a PR performance. Work is where you develop the technique to produce a PR lift.
I am often reminded of the picture of the iceberg and how the tip is smaller than the part under water. This is like your training. We have to use the days outside of the open to create work, mastery of skills and pushing our limits. We cannot truly expect to have an magical performance if we have not put in the work necessary. It would be like not having a single pull-up and expecting to get a muscle up in an open workout.
Here's the good news!
This journey, this open is about you. You have got to accept the way you have trained, eaten, slept, stretched, and worked all year. If it was less than ideal then embrace that and make a choice to change it going forward. If you are not happy with your performance this year, get with a coach and create a plan. Only 0.01% make it to the CrossFit Games most of us realized that this is not our goal. This is about self discovery, self mastery and being able to keep up with our kids (or future kids or someone else's kids or maybe just staying fit ). If you are a parent you set the tone on how your kids will handle adversity. Will they go through the motions and show up to check the box? Or are they going to dig in, value hard work, and hold themselves to a higher standard? Nobody is perfect but we all can make small steps to getting better.
If your goal is to enjoy the spirit of the open, then enjoy it. Laugh, have fun and relish in the celebration of fitness. But don't for one second think that you have less value due to a “poor” performance on a workout. It's meant to be hard, it's meant to challenge you. If it doesn't challenge you it doesn't change you.