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I’m always pretty excited about the opens. It’s not because I’ve never had a bad or disappointing moment, and every opens I’ve performed in a stellar manner and always felt proud. That’s not my reality.
I’ve been disappointed to tears in how I did in a wod, I’ve been angry, over reacted, and forgotten why I even do it in the first place. I’ve acted immature, placed an unnecessary amount of pressure on myself, and behaved in a generally embarrassing manner.
But that’s part of my growth as an athlete. I learned how to think, how to be competitive with myself, and how to stay balanced.
Those are all things I never would have learned if I didn’t participate in the open. Me maturing as an athlete and even coach is directly related to my experiences (both glorious and painful) during the Crossfit open.
Regardless of how you feel about your performance, you can feel how proud your team and coaches are with your work. It’s the only time you can watch Elite level Athletes compete in an event and say “I’m going to do that tomorrow!”
It’s an experience unlike anything else I’ve done, and it’s absolutely worth doing.
So, my advice is to make a batch of these Gluten-free (NOT PALEO, OH MAN!!!!) Oatmeal Chocolate chip cookies and head down to the gym tonight (Thursday) at 8pm and watch the live announcement of 15.1! Or stay home and eat the whole batch yourself while you watch your live stream of Rich Fronning and Matt Fraser doing work!!!!!!
Ingredients:
1 cup almond flour
1 cup gluten free rolled oats
3 tbls coconut flour
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Half a bag of “Enjoy life” chocolate chunks
Dash of cinnamon

Directions: preheat oven to 325. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss dry ingredients together in a large bowl, then add everything else and mix well. Plop spoonfuls of batter onto the cookie sheet and bake 12-15 minutes. So easy and so yummy. Just remember to enjoy desserts in moderation!