We’re now a few weeks out of the Friday Night Lights Fever, and you may be feeling a little antsy, maybe even worn down from the adrenaline that comes with anticipating and then “performing” in a group of your fitnessing peers. Coach Paige shares some reflections on the last couple of months as well as thoughts about moving forward. Have a read, and get ready for what’s next!
The Open is Over…So Now What?
The Open is always an exciting time for CrossFit athletes. It is five weeks of grueling workouts designed to physically and mentally test ourselves. It is during the Open that we find a toughness within ourselves that we do not normally see throughout the year. We find this toughness because of our CrossFit community and the inspiration we see from each other at the box each Friday night. We use each other’s momentum to push ourselves in ways we normally don’t. Even if we dread the upcoming WOD, Fridays during the Open are nights we look forward to because of competition and camaraderie.
But what happens when it is over?
For many boxes, the first few Fridays after the Open may seem underwhelming: Friday Night Lights is over, there are no more spectators, classes become smaller, and the competitive atmosphere that drives many of us during the Open is gone.
But that does not mean that we as athletes are done for the year. This does not mean that because Friday’s WODs are no longer Open WODs that we cannot continue to push ourselves on Friday nights. This does not mean that all of our personal goals have been met and we have nothing else to strive for. In fact, this is a crucial time for us athletes. We can now look back over the Open and determine our strengths and weaknesses. We can make necessary changes to our schedules to put in an extra hour each week at the box to work on those weaknesses. We can create new goals for ourselves, focusing on consistency in nutrition, attendance, and accessory work.
We all like to think that it is the Open that defines us as a CrossFit athlete. However, it is our time spent outside of the competition that defines who we truly are as athletes.