Every year crossfitters from around the world are encouraged to participate in the Opens. Athletes are told that its a great way to see growth, and experience the community. I remember being told this my first year of CrossFit. I was told that I would be able to see growth, but I never realized the truth behind that statement until years later. For my first Opens, I wasn’t able to do a pull-up or double under. I didn’t understand the different types of wods or have the crazy lingo memorized. However, looking back to my first Opens and seeing this years Opens, I now see the growth people told me about year one. Every year the Opens feels more challenging but it’s amazing to be able to look back at opens #1 and say “wow, look how far I’ve come”. That ah-ha moment is what I tell people about when they ask if they should sign-up. No, the Opens may not give you anything more than a sense of competitive understanding when you first start, but when you do it again in year two, there will be a lot of growth shown. Every year following that becomes even better than the last.

So, if you missed the deadline for this years Opens, I encourage you to do the wods anyway. Write the date, your score and a comment about your approach. Maybe the amazing atmosphere got to you and you hit a PR. Those PR’s are pretty popular around Opens time. Also, If you did sign-up, congratulations on completing your first Opens wod of 2017. Cant wait to see whats in store for us in the next 4 weeks!

Have a great weekend,