Preparing For The Open: Priority

With CrossFit’s release of the season’s schedule, the realization that the Open is almost here is causing an outbreak of game-faces, four hour long training sessions and motivational quotes.

Some posts incoming as you figure out how to navigate THE SEASON.

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Liam looks ready

Number #1?..or 2 or 3?

Step one is to decide how important the Open is to you. Is it THE thing or A thing? The answer to this question is going to influence  preparation;  mindset, programming, recovery practices, skill work….everything. It’s something that needs conscious thought and decision or you risk getting swept away in everyone’s race to the end of March.

Here are some descriptions that might help you figure out where your head is at. This is just a general list, you might fit a couple descriptions or even descriptions from either category.

THE thing:
-Your goal is to make it to Regionals. You’re on the bubble or not a shoe-in. If you were a shoe-in, Regionals would be THE thing because you’re a Regional athlete – there’s an upcoming post on this.
-You use the Open as a primary benchmark to evaluate your training progress over the past year. Sidenote: I know this is a thing, but I’m not a huge fan – also an upcoming post.
-The culture at your gym highly values the Open, using it to build community, camaraderie, and as a culmination of training.
-Local competitions are your thing, but you have a hard time handling nervousness, pressure, and gametime intensity.

A thing:
-You don’t have goals that pertain to the Open. You may not register, or if you do, it’s more of a curious thing or to compete with your friends at the gym.
-You don have goals that pertain to the Open, but improving significant weaknesses take precedence over trying for a “good” placing. In other words, you’re playing the long game.
-You don’t use the Open as a way to evaluate progress – you haven’t done it in the past or don’t desire to in the future.
-Your gym either doesn’t participate in the Open or so few people participate that you can’t consider it part of the gym culture.
-You don’t approach training competitively (this is not a sin).

Too often I see people, regardless of where they are at on this spectrum, go through the five weeks of the Open in a blacked-out stupor. This sucks. It’s not fun for the athlete who loses what could be a positive five weeks of training and competing, or the health-focused individuals who go through the Open with a sense of guilt that they’re not “one of the good people”, or coaches who have to try to scrape up the pieces of their people mentally falling apart.

Give it some thought, make a decision, and go forward.

 

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