So - why do I do it? Why put myself through five grueling and painful workouts if I know I'm not going to 'win'? Well. Lots of reasons.
Here are the top five reasons why I compete (and why you should too):
- Because I can. And really... anyone can. The first workout in 2012 was 7 minutes of burpees. ANYONE can do a burpee. Don't let the weights and times of all the other workouts intimidate you. Last year, a gal at my gym did almost 150 fourteen pound wall balls to a 10' target. I don't know if she'd ever picked up a 14lb medicine ball, much less done a workout with it. And she KILLED it. That's the point of the open - to crush your limits.
- To beat myself. Last year I came in 19,220th place out of the 27,820 women who completed all five workouts. Awesome right? Okay... not that awesome. But this year - I want to beat myself last year.
- To compete with friends. There aren't very many opportunities that you have to compete against your friends at the gym - trying to beat them while cheering for them to get one more rep. You work your ass off, give each other sweaty hugs, and then you go have a beer afterwards. It's the best kind of competition.
- To feel awesome. Last year, I didn't think there was any way that I could do ANY of the workouts for the Open. I was so intimidated. The workouts are long. The workouts are heavy. But you finish it - and you feel awesome for finishing it.
- Because why not? Seriously... why not compete? It costs $20 and you get to see where you rank against all the competing CrossFitters in the world. In. THE. WORLD. Where else can you see where you rank against a whole world of athletes? I'm not positive - but I think no where. (Unless you are an Olympian. And in that case - having you compete in the CrossFit Open is remarkably unfair and I protest.)
So... have I convinced you? Why will you compete?