Wow, was it just me or did the 5 weeks of the CrossFit Games Open fly by or WHAT!??!
As a first year affiliate we have many new-to-CrossFit athletes, most of whom had no intention of signing up for the Open. With that in mind our goal was to provide all of our athletes, whether Games competitors or not, with the experience of competing in the Open. We decided that Saturday’s would be a great time to hold the Open WODs, and that teaming athletes up, and letting them “judge” one another would be a fun experience. So yah, we knew it was gonna be a great time, but we didn’t anticipate how much of a success it would be.
As the weeks progressed you could literally feel the anticipation build in the days leading up to the announcement of the WOD. Each week the Saturday class got a little bigger, and each week the buzz in the box grew. We strategized, struggled, sweat, laughed, cried, PR’d, and became empowered by what we were able to accomplish each and every week. Every one of our athletes learned something new about themselves and about CrossFit. Everyone pushed beyond what they thought were limits and realized they in fact ARE capable of reaching any goal they set.
Whether you were new to CrossFit, or a veteran, we were all reminded how awesomely powerful the “community” of CrossFit is, and over the last 5 weeks it was pretty frickin’ cool to watch the OCCF community grow closer together.
We are so proud of everything our athletes have accomplished not only over the last 5 weeks, but over the last year as well. OCCF is officially 1 year old and we hold true to our core value that our success is a direct result of our athlete’s success. And you all kicked ass.
On a personal note, I hadn’t planned on competing in the Open. It would be my first time doing the Open and I struggled with the thought of not “Rx-ing” the WODs. Cranky shoulders keep me from moving a lot of weight and limit my ability to perform many of the advanced gymnastic movements that might appear in the Open WODs. Not to mention those damn double-unders!! ARRRGH!!! Anyway, the more everyone talked about it, the more I wanted to share in the CrossFit Games Open experience with my athletes. I wondered though, what they would think of me, their coach, doing the WODs scaled. Turns out it didn’t matter one damn bit and I was truly humbled by all the support I received during the WODs. I’m so thankful to be part of this community, and I can’t wait to do the Open next year WITH ALL OF YOU!
Based on feedback, and the success we had hosting the Open WODs we’re planning an in-house “Throwdown Series”, similar to the CrossFit Games Open, this summer. More on that to follow!