While the dust hasn’t even settled on the completion of the CrossFit Open, many of us are already thinking about what we could have done differently, and what we need to do to better prepare for next year. Whether you’re happy or not about your performance in the Open, I think this is a good time to remind yourself about your “why”. As in “why did you start CrossFit in the first place?” If you are anything like me, you started CrossFit because it seemed like a fun and effective way to get or stay in shape. Perhaps you started to lose a few extra pounds, to have more energy to play with your kids and do the things you love, an hour a day to yourself to blow off some steam, or just as a means to stay as healthy as possible.
Along the way many of us discover the competitive side to CrossFit, one that is accessible to just about everyone. This can be great because it brings people of all ages and skill levels together, and can be a source of motivation. However, aside from those competing at a high level, the problem comes when our sole focus is on how we perform in competition. In addition to that, our day to day training sessions are no longer fun, they are “necessary” in order to reach a certain level of competitiveness.
For those of you that may be beating yourself up if you didn’t make it to the next level of qualifiers, just remember why you started CrossFit in the first place. Train hard, have fun, be good to yourself!