Some of you just completed the Open for the first time ever and some of you are seasoned veterans. No matter what your skill level I think it is safe to say, like every year, this year we were forced to operate outside our boundaries. Some of us were pushed to workout with our 1RM, some of us strived to get that first muscle up, and others were grateful for the movements but as a collective whole I think we all felt the pain and agony of 15.5. Now The Open is over and it is back to our daily programming, or is it?
We strongly believe that The Open is designed to expose your weaknesses. Whether you like it or not, that is its inherent nature. What you learned from The Open should be that there are things that you need to work on. So don't waste time, begin working on them now. Talk to your local coach, get in the gym and make a goal to work on technique or skills so that next year you are better prepared. This is a game of fitness, you win some and you lose some. For some we lost our pride during the Open but the good news is pride is easy to get back. Just set a new PR and you feel that sense of pride come back.
For us ,the Open was a combination of ups and downs. I was able to get my first muscle up in a workout which allowed me to complete The Open Rx for the first time in 2 years. Katie tried to get a muscle up during 15.3, but was not able to do it. The 185# power clean nearly forced me to tears as my 1RM was only 190# but the power of community and great coaching helped me complete the workout and get a score. No matter what our weaknesses were we leaned on each other and managed to power through for another year.
Be proud...no matter where you finished, or how you did. What you just accomplished for the past 5 weeks is monumental. You dedicated yourself for 5 weeks to suffer the unknown and no one can take that away from you. Here's to another year of working on our weaknesses and getting stronger.
At our gym we are lucky enough to have the wonderful photography skills of Jeffrey Perez, he was able to capture some of the agony Katie and I suffered during 15.5 enjoy.