If you are a novice CrossFit athlete like me the Open can be a bit intimidating. This statement is especially true if, like me, you have yet to string double unders together. Needless to say my score for 14.1 got me down. I felt like it was not reflective of what I am capable of and how much work I have put in this year. After engaging in some negative self-talk and just being an unpleasant person to be around, I realized something...The number you got on 14.1 is just an indicator of where you are today. It is not a measure of what you are capable of nor can it possibly measure what you will be capable of in the future.
Sometimes we forget to celebrate just how far we have come. I want to encourage you to take a moment right now and to remember where you were this time last year, and to reflect on just how far you have come. There have been many firsts this year, many new skills acquired, new movements mastered, personal records smashed, and heavier weights lifted. Some of us are quite a bit smaller and have lost a lot of weight this year, and others have gotten bigger and are a lot stronger. In CrossFit we measure everything, but the reason for that has nothing to do with judging who you are, or whether you are good enough. It is about chronicling your journey, and to measure your progress on your fitness journey over time.
When you get a number that is less than what you wanted, remember it is just a measure of where you are right now. Accept it, own it, and then make a plan to improve it. We cannot improve if we do not measure our starting point, and we can never begin to improve if we are not brave enough to participate and say, these are my numbers, this is where I am right now. Don’t let a bad score make you feel bad, or let you lose heart. When you catch yourself engaging in negative self-talk, stop and remember where you were when you started CrossFit…now think about where you are now compared to then. Next imagine how much more fit you will be when you tackle 15.1. Once you can see this one score in the context of your entire journey, you will realize how silly it was to obsess over what you perceive to be a bad score. After all, the only way you really lose, is if you stop training and improving.