Why I Do the CrossFit Open
This will be my fourth time participating in the CrossFit Open. The first time 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, Steven Wang, 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. 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 just me and 2 of our coaches. 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 do 20 lbs. more than that.
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 – 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.
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.
All photos taken by Pamella Falcao.