This will be my tenth time participating in the CrossFit Open. I really can't believe that I am writing that. I found out a few years after starting CrossFit (and doing the Open) that my coaches never thought I would make it and stick with it. That's how uncoordinated and out of shape I was! If you are new don't worry about how you look or what other people say. If you love it and find it a challenge keep going and don't give up. You will be glad you did.
Top 3 Reasons To Do The CrossFit Open:
The first time I participated in the CrossFit Games Open was in 2013, and I had no idea what I was getting into or what it was all about. I decided to do it because my coach, Gabriele Schlicht, told me I should do it and believed in me. This made me believe in myself. I had only been doing CrossFit for about 8 months and still had many moves (and weights) I couldn’t do or lift. I set a goal to get a score for all 5 workouts and not get disqualified before the end.
I was so excited to do the Open in 2013 that I did my first workout with 2 of our coaches. The 3 of us went head-to-head that night as soon as they announced the first workout. Needless to say, they were much better at CrossFit than I was. We had 7 minutes left and I was not able to get the weight over my head. I thought to myself, “I can’t just stand here and watch them (the coaches).” Everyone was cheering so I kept trying. After at least 12 failed attempts I finally got the weight over my head, not once, but 7 times. By the end of the Open I was able to lift 20 lbs. more than that over my head in a snatch.
A funny thing happens when you compete in the CF Open. You get to see what you are really made of and how deep you can dig. Each year I have had several firsts in the Open which is amazing with everyone cheering you on even if you are last to finish the heat. The CrossFit Open is about competing with yourself – both your mind and body. As my coach once told me you can teach skills but you can’t teach heart.
For me, it’s not about finishing first or qualifying for the Regionals or going to the CrossFit Games. It’s about not giving up, hitting new records, giving it my all and then seeing where I stand compared to the year before. I am happy to report that even as a Masters athlete I get better every year. Take the chance to see what you are made of, what you can accomplish when the pressure is on, what happens when the crowd is routing for you because they believe in you. It is an incredible feeling.
I have some of the best coaches around. You can see Gabriele Schlicht in many of these pictures. She is my inspiration, a friend and has 3 medals from the CrossFit Games, including Gold, as she was ranked #1 in the world. Gaby competed and won first place in her division in the 2013 CrossFit Games. Find someone who pushes you & inspires you.
One thing Gaby probably doesn't know is that while she was competing at the games I ran over our gym's prowler with my car. I was so worried that someone would tell her and mess with her concentration at the Games. As if she didn't have enough to worry about already. It was an accident and luckily the prowler survived and so did my car.
Sign up, get out there and give it your all! You will be happy you did. I BELIEVE IN YOU! www.games.crossfit.com
Photos taken by Pamella Falcao.
Blog updated: March 24, 2021.